Charters Towers 1 Nov 2023: Single vendor line dominates sale

James Nason 01/11/2023

Yarding 2568 Change + 1747

File pic of Dalrymple Saleyards. Image: Charters Towers Regional Council

The yarding was dominated by a large single vendor line of lightweight northern weaners, supported by a limited number of prime bullocks and cows.

Only three regular processors were operating along with regular feeders, one live exporter and an increased number of opportunity restockers.

Cattle weee drawn from Mt Isa, Croydon,, Georgetown and south to the local area.

Increased restocker competition saw light steers improve 25c to 50c, heavy steers and bullocks to processors improved 15c and prime cows were mostly firm.

Steers under 200 kg returning to the paddock averaged 262c, selling to a top of 276c, steers above 200kg made to 262c to average 245c/kg.

Similar heifers under 200kg returning to the paddock sold to 132c to average 127c/kg. Heifers above 200kg averaged 121c/kg, while those to the trade averaged 123c/kg.

Small mixed quality lines of yearling steers sold according to quality. Steers above 280kg to feed reached 218c to average 171c to 189c/kg.

Yearling heifers to feed made to 136c to average 127c, heifers above 330kg sold to 158c to average 126c/kg. A small sample of grown steers to live export averaged 170c/kg.

A large sample of grown heifers to processors sold to 155c for an improved average of 150c/kg.

Heavy full mouthed bullocks to export slaughter topped at 190c, most sales 164c to 172c, a small sample to live export made 168c/kg. Medium weightlifting 3 score cows sold to 159c to average 140c, prime heavyweight cows topped at 190c to average 164c/kg. Heavy bulls to live export made to 202c to average 178c/kg, processor bulls averaged from 130c to 180c/kg.

A small number of cows and calves made to $850 per unit.

Market Reporter: Mick Kingham

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  1. Peter F Dunn, 01/11/2023

    Given the current economic, environmental and governmental impacts on farmers, the above marginal price improvements are without doubt unlikely to provide much joy (in the context of available buyer dollars) for the vendors involved in the three bull sales scheduled for Charters Towers in November.
    I hope I have misjudged.

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