Off the Rails: Good year for cattle producers
IT HAS turned out to be a good year for cattle producers, both price and weather-wise.
Following good rains over the Christmas period last year cattle prices rose sharply and have steadily risen ever since.
At last Saturday's Lismore Store Sale, 580 cattle were sold and 160 steers sold to strong competition.
Three-year-old Santa steers topped at $3.14/$1459.
Most weaner steers and yearling sold from $3 to $3.50/kg, $480 to $1094.
Heifers sold well with most weaners $2.50 to $3.06/kg.
Breeding stock were popular. Santa X Hereford cows with good calves topped at $1720.
Most of the young cows and calves sold in the $1350 to $1600 range.
Secondary cows and calves sold from $1000 to $1250.
On Tuesday Lismore's last sale for the year saw a small yarding of 126 cattle sold.
Vealers sold at similar rates to last week but due to some meat operators closing pre-Christmas, cows were 10 - 15c/kg cheaper..
The best of the vealers sold from $3 - $3.10/kg.
Weaner heifers topped at $3.24/kg and light weight steers $3.44/kg.
Cows were cheaper but still topped at $2.28, $1323.
Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year to all of our valued clients.