Alstonville cow rakes in top price for meatworks
AN AUSSIE red cow out of Gavin and Kathy Robb's Alstonville dairy returned the highest price for a meatworks cow at Saturday's Lismore store cattle sale.
She sold for $2.06/kg, weighed 825kg, giving a healthy return of $1701. Heavy beef cows the same day topped at $2.16/kg.
A total of 555 cattle were sold at the sale.
It was a good yarding of steers, heifers and cows with calves, but generally the quality was down on previous sales.
Three-year-old angus steers sold to a top of $2.26/kg, returning $1163. Twelve to 20-month-old steers sold from $700 to $925 and weaner steers from $380 to $675.
A good line-up of angus and brangus heifers attracted good competition. PTIC heifers sold from $980 to $1120.
Cows and calves topped at $1480 with most young breeders with frame and potential selling in the $1000 to $1300 range.
Older or small frame cows and calves ranged from $600 to $1000.
At Tuesday's Lismore fat sale 500 cattle were sold.
Vealer prices rose by 5c to 8c/kg liveweight.
Prime vealers generally sold from $2.22 to $2.32/kg.
A line of outstanding grain-assisted angus heifers from Nashua sold for $2.44/kg, returning $771.
Good quality charolais, angus and limousin steers of any weight are selling in the $2.30 to $2.65/kg range.
Charolais weaner steers from Teven returned $710.
Due to one of the major buyers having processing problems the cow market was 10-15c/kg below the previous week.
Heavy cows sold from $1.80 to a top of $1.98/kg for a poll hereford cow from Morrow Brothers, Alstonville, which returned $1377.
Medium cows sold from $1.35 to $1.75/kg