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Quality was once again mixed with some good lines of heavy bullocks and cows, an increased number of northern bulls, supported by good lines of store steers and heifers.
Most regular processors were in attendance and operating at subdued rates along with one live exporter, regular feeders and opportunity restockers.
Demand for quality lines was fair, while secondary lines were difficult to sell.
Cattle were drawn from Mt Isa, a east to local and coastal areas. Yearling steers and heifers with quality were mostly firm, secondary lines sold lower according to quality.
Values for all processors categories eased in line with recent grid adjustments and other selling centres.
Heavy cows eased 9c, bullocks averaged 30c lower and heavy bulls fell 10c to 15c/kg.
Active restocker demand pushed light steers to 248c, to average 211c/kg. A good sample of suitable weaned heifers above 200kg returning to the paddock reached 188c to average 149c/kg. Yearling steers above 280kg to restockers reached 230c to average 211c and steers above 330kg averaged 208c/kg. Steers above 330kg to feed made t 212c to average 182c/kg.
A very good quality line of yearling heifers above 330kg to feed topped at 182c to average 173c/kg. Grown steers above 400kg to processors sold to 178c to average 176c those to feed averaged 190c/kg.
Grown heifers to the trade reached 172c multiple times to average 150c/kg. Heavy full mouthed bullocks to export slaughter topped at 198c, most sales from 160c to 192c/kg. Medium weight 2 and 3 score cows sold to 178c to average from 132c to 159c/kg. A good sample of prime heavyweight cows made from 176c to 182c/kg.
Heavy bulls to live export sold to 254c to average 230c/kg. Heavy bulls to processors averaged 196c/kg.
Market Reporter: Mick Kingham
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