Thursday cattle summary

According to MLA, cattle numbers at Dalby declined 22%, to 4,075 head. The yarding was made up of a good supply of yearlings, with a large offering of lighter weight vealers also penned. Quality throughout was fairly good, with several drafts of well-bred lines suitable for backgrounders and feeders also on offer.

  • Light C2 yearling steers to restockers were back 8¢, to 359¢/kg
  • Light C2 yearling heifers to restockers averaged 4¢ dearer, at 339¢/kg
  • Heavy D4 cows to slaughter slipped 8¢, averaging 223¢/kg

Casino throughput lifted 15%, to 1,730 head. A good supply of vealers were yarded, with a number of plainer quality lines also penned. Quality was generally good, with the exception of some restocker weaners that presented in mixed condition.

  • Medium C2 vealer steers to restockers were back 19¢, averaging 327¢/kg
  • Light C2 vealer heifers to processors averaged 21¢ lower, at 302¢/kg
  • Medium D3 cows to slaughter slipped 4¢, averaging 219¢/kg

Consignments at Warrnambool declined 11%, to 1,042 head. Not all buyers operated, with a mixed offering of cattle penned. Vealer prices held mostly firm to marginally cheaper, while cow drafts trended similarly to slightly dearer in places.

  • Heavy C3 vealer heifers to processors were back 11¢, averaging 331¢/kg
  • Heavy C4 bullocks to slaughter eased 1¢, averaging 296¢/kg
  • Heavy E1 cows to the same orders reached 185¢, averaging 178¢/kg

At the close of the markets on Wednesday the 8th of March 2017:

  • The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) averaged 614.25¢, easing 1¢/kg cwt on where it finished the previous day
  • Trade steers were back 1¢, averaging 327¢/kg lwt
  • Medium steers averaged 284¢, back 1¢/kg lwt
  • Heavy steers averaged 290¢, up 1¢/kg lwt
  • Medium cows averaged 217¢/kg lwt, holding firm
  • Feeder steers averaged 328¢/kg lwt, steady

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