NLRS sale commentary:
Yarding 8979 Change -1832
Good numbers of cattle from across western Queensland were yarded. The quality of store cattle ranged from very good to plain, well-conditioned sorts.
A large panel of restocker and feedlot buyers were present at the sale with heavy weight steers to feedlot buyers finding very strong demand. Restocker buyers were more active on light weight yearling heifers than the previous sale with prices improving up to 40c, despite extra plainer, quality consignments penned. Cows and calves sold to $1,280 and averaged $986/unit. Steer calves sold to 342c and averaged 325c, up 1c, while heifer calves made to 315c and averaged 295c/kg. Light weight yearling steers topped at 334c and averaged between 301c and 312c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed earned to 324c and averaged 303c and those returning to the paddock hit 299c and averaged 282c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed sold to 328c and averaged 320c, up 22c/kg.
Light weight yearling heifers reached 328c and averaged between 272c and 288c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed sold to 300c and averaged 283c/kg. Light store cows to restockers made to 200c and averaged 184c, while medium weight 3 score cows topped at 250c and averaged 236c, up 12c/kg. Heavy weight 4 score cows hit 256c and averaged 255c, up 6c/kg.
Weekly Roma Store Sale press report:
Roma calves hit 342c/kg
A total of 8979 head of cattle were consigned at Roma’s Store Sale. Weaners under 220kg topped at 342c/kg and averaged 310c/kg, while weaner steers in the 220-280kg range reached 334c/kg and averaged 295c/kg. Steers in the 280-350kg range reached 326c/kg and averaged 286c/kg, and steers in the 350-400kg range reached 322c/kg and averaged 292c/kg. Feeder steers in the 400-550kg range topping at 328c/kg and averaging 312c/kg.
A Barton & Co, Manfred Downs, Julia Creek, Santa steers sold to 330c/kg for 183kg to return $604/head.
A & H Howard, Locharnoch, Jericho, sold Santa steers to 334c for 249kg to return $834.
Nugent Pastoral Co, Bulburram, Tambo, sold Santa steers to 328c for 460kg to return $1512.
Doce, Bottle Tree, Injune, sold Droughtmaster steers to 324c for 521kg to return $1690.
G & L Smith, Iona, Wallumbilla, sold Murray Grey-cross steers to 324c for 471kg to return $1529.
M & E Baker, Rosedale, Wandoan, sold Charolais steers to 324c for 212kg to return $687. The Charolais-cross heifers sold to 308c for 250kg to return $772.
Peel Northampton Downs, Northampton Downs, Blackall, sold Santa steers to 320c for 255kg to return $819.
Bronte Cattle Co, Bronte, Charleville, sold Santa steers to 318c for 210kg to return $670.
Graeme Langton, Poverty Park, Roma, sold Droughtmaster steers to 317c for 428kg to return $1358.
Nellybri Pastoral Co, Nellybri, Surat, sold Droughtmaster steers to 316c for 268kg to return $848.
Russell Mocker, Surprise, St George, sold Charbray steers to 306c for 307kg to return $940.
Heifers in the 350-450kg range reached 302c/kg and averaged 256c/kg. Heifers in the 280-350kg range topped at 308c/kg and averaged 243c/kg. Heifers in the 220-280kg range topped at 308c/kg and averaged 254c/kg, while heifers under 220kg topped at 328c/kg and averaged 276c/kg.
Batt Bros, Beatrice, Stonehenge, sold Santa heifers to 328c for 160kg to return $525.
Bendigo Grazing Co, Bendigo, Cloncurry, sold Santa heifers to 316c for 165kg to return $522.
S Kidman & Co, Morney Plains, Windorah, sold Santa heifers to 295c for 322kg to return $950.
Moonbong Partnership, Chatham, Charleville, sold Santa heifers to 294c for 415kg to return $1220.
Graham Thomas, Guns Gully, Injune, sold Santa heifers to 284c for 181kg to return $515.
Nardoo Pastoral NQ, Nardoo Station, Cloncurry, sold Droughtmaster heifers to 276c for 268kg to return $742.
Cows over 500kg sold to 256c/kg and averaged 248c/kg, while cows 400-500kg topped at reached 255c/kg and averaged 224c/kg. Cows in the 300-400kg sold to 246c/kg and averaged 197c/kg.
Cows and calves sold to $1280/unit and averaged $986.
Bulls up to 400kg reached 328c/kg and average 274c/kg.