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MLA Report Mixed Trade on Thursday

07 December 2012
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Throughput at Dalby was back by 38 per cent with a decline in the numbers of grown steers and bullocks yarded on Thursday, writes Meat and Livestock Australia.

Dalby Saleyard

The D1 muscled calves to slaughter were back 9¢ on 152¢, while light yearling steers to restock orders lifted 4¢ on average, to make 202¢/kg. Heavy yearling steers to feed averaged around 183¢ for the better quality lines, while restockers paid from 135¢ to 175¢ for D2 muscle heifers.

Feeders paid a top price of 179¢ for medium weight C3 heifers averaging 172¢/kg. The majority of the grown steers sold from 154¢ to 170¢ for the C3 heavy weight and bullock lines. Medium weight D1 cows were unchanged on last week’s levels averaging 110¢, while heavy D4 cows topped at 160¢ to make 148¢/kg.

Casino-Heifers Average 205¢

Consignments at Casino were steady as the majority of the yarding consisted of young cattle. Medium weight vealer steers to slaughter sold from 187¢ to 210¢, while the heifer portion averaged 205¢, up 1¢/kg. Light D2 yearling heifers returning to the paddock were 14¢ cheaper on average making 147¢, while medium weight D3 cows topped at 139¢ to make 130¢/kg.

Warrmbool-Numbers Unchanged

Competition between buyers was subdued. Heavy B3 muscle vealer steers averaged 189¢, up 2¢, while heavy C3 heifer lines sold from 160¢ to 180¢/kg. Medium yearling dairy heifers averaged 111¢, while restockers paid from 114¢ to 133¢ for D2 beef lines.

Bullocks generally sold from 161¢ on average, while medium weight D2 cows to slaughter topped at 110¢ to average 105¢/kg. Heavy C4 lines sold 3¢ dearer on average making 134¢/kg.

Cattle Indicator Back slightly

At the conclusion of Wednesday’s markets the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) was back slightly on 330.75¢/kg cwt. The trade steer indicator lifted 2¢ on 184¢, while feeder steer were unchanged on 178¢/kg. Medium and heavy steers were both steady on Tuesday’s levels making 165¢ and 173¢/kg respectively. The medium cow indicator settled on 125¢/kg.

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