Cow market recovers slightly

Charolais steers.

Charolais steers.

Prime Cattle 

March 21

Yarding 1635

There was a slight rise in numbers and the quality was good. There were plenty of yearlings suiting feeder orders and a few weaners that went to restockers. Grown heifer numbers improved, nearly all the two tooth went onto feed. Grown steers lifted in numbers and quality, and nearly 600 cows were penned. The market sold to a dearer trend.

Weaners to Restockers lifted 5-10c and sold from 185-235c/kg. The plainer heifers sold to a stronger trend, making 178- 207c/kg. Feeder steers were 5c dearer for the medium and heavy weights making 230-270c/kg. Heifers were 9-12c dearer, with heavy weights receiving 244-264c/kg. The few to the trade sold from 255-280c/kg. Grown steers were 30c stronger, making 258-280c and grown heifers to feed made from 185-228c/kg. Grown heifers to process reached 231c/kg. Cows were the big movers, lifting 30-35c/kg. D2 cows sold from 120-174c to average 159c/kg. Heavy 3 and 4 score cows made 170-215c, averaging 190c/kg.

Cat, Wgt (Qty), c/kg, $/hd

  • Light Steers < 350 312 Top 270 $908; Av 223.7 $569. Light Heifers < 350 230 Top 246 $849; Av 183.1 $434
  • Trade Steers 351 - 500 123 Top 279.2 $1,379; Av 251.8 $1,049. Trade Heifers 351 - 500 264 Top 264.2 $1,103; Av 225.1 $891
  • Export Steers 501+ 31 Top 280.2 $1,663; Av 267.3 $1,507. Export Heifers 501+ 2 Top 232 $1,433; Av 218.1 $1,205
  • Cows 612 Top 215.2 $1,505; Av 171.2 $875
  • Bulls < 700 26 Top 171.2 $467; Av 124.7 $353. Bulls > 700 8 Top 200 $2,009; Av 188.9 $1,780

Photo: Ray White Livestock sold 10 Charolais steers on behalf of Robert Perceval, Rye Park for 280.2c/kg, av 593.5kg, $1662.99 a head.

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