Roma store sale: All descriptions stronger, in smaller yarding

Beef Central, 02/04/2014

Numbers at Roma store sale yesterday fell by more than a thousand on the previous week, yarding just 1808 head in the wake of last week’s rain, as prices improved strongly.

Wet weather prevented the movement of some cattle and some livestock producers held cattle back from the market.

Good numbers of restocker buyers were present and extra feedlot buyer competition pushed prices higher across all classes of steers and heifers. Light weight yearling steers gained 7c/kg on average, while light weight yearling heifers to feedlot buyers jumped 17c/kg. Export processors also showed more enthusiasm to secure suitable cull cows.

Lightweight yearling steers hit 202c/kg and averaged 189c, up 7c/kg, while plainer lines averaged around 157c, up 8c/kg.

Medium weight yearling steers to feed topped at 192c and averaged 178c, up 16c/kg, while good quality sorts returned to the paddock at 191c, up 11c/kg.

Heavyweight yearling steers to feed reached 185c and averaged 181c, up 5c/kg, while lightweight yearling heifers to feedlot buyers made to 160c and averaged 153c, up 17c/kg.

Those bought by restockers topped at 169c and averaged 156c, up 22c/kg. The better quality mediumweight yearling heifers to feed hit 166c and averaged 154c, up 31c/kg.

A few grown steers sold between 165c and 173c/kg. Store condition 2 score cows mostly sold between 90c and 98c/kg. Heavyweight 4 score cows averaged around 145c, up 8c/kg.


Among the highlight sales:

Nellybri Pastoral Co, Nellybri, Surat, sold 254kg Droughtmaster-cross steers to 202c/kg to return $514/head. The Droughtmaster heifer portion, averaging 365kg sold to 158c to make $577.

S & W Pelizzari, Bosthinia, Barcaldine, sold 235kg Charbray steers to 202c to return $476. The 216kg Charbray heifers sold to 162c  to make $350.

Ben Avery, Allandale, Blackall, sold 296kg Charbray steers to 200c to return $594, while D & K Twist, Juandah Downs, Mungallala, sold 245kg Charolais steers to 199c to return $489.

Mt Rourke Pastoral Co, Boolbie, Winton, sold 222kg Droughtmaster-cross steers to 194c to return $431, while the heifer portion, averaging 380kg sold to 160c to return $608.  

B & K Packer, Deepwater, Roma, sold 366kg Charolais-cross steers to 192c to return $704. Their heifer siblings averaging 405kg sold to 166c to make $673.

W & N Albeck, Nasby Farm, Wallumbilla, sold 328kg Angus-cross steers to 192c to return $632, while C & D Walsh, Venturah, Roma, sold 451kg Brahman-cross steers to 185c to return $836. 

Heifers in the 350-450kg range reached 166c/kg and averaged 150c/kg. Heifers in the 280-350kg range topped at 160c/kg and averaged 152c/kg. Heifers in the 220-280kg range topped at 157c/kg and averaged 144c/kg, while heifers under 220kg topped at 169c/kg and averaged 150c/kg.

P & M Vetter, Cooladdi Park, Cooladdi, sold 157kg Droughtmaster heifers to 169c to return $266.

Cows over 500kg sold to 147c/kg and averaged 143c/kg, while cows 400-500kg topped at 143c/kg and averaged 120c/kg. Cows in the 300-400kg sold to 116c/kg and averaged 104c/kg.

Bulls up to 400kg sold to 168c/kg and averaged 136c/kg. 


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