Cattle market remains firm at Lismore
A TOTAL of 475 cattle were sold at Lismore Saleyards on Tuesday. A mixed-quality yarding of vealers, some very good but most showing signs of autumn weather and lack of milk.
Prime vealers sold from $2.18 to $2.40/kg for healthy returns of $460 to $750.
Yearlings suitable for the "corner" butcher sold from $2.30 to $2.38/kg.
A Belgian blue yearling steer from Wyrallah sold for $2.32, returning $905.
Well-bred weaner steers sold to premium prices usually 20c to 40c above their meat value.
Despite the quality of the grown cattle having fallen, prices held firm. Bullocks off Rosebank sold for $2.24/kg ($1401), a heavy angus-cross cow from Whian Whian got $2.06 ($1515), and brangus heifer off Booerie Creek returned $1.87 ($1179).
At this time last year, cattle producers had to settle for low prices if they couldn't keep their stock through winter in the hope of improved prices. Thankfully, this year's better prices means that decision to sell is easier to make.