Feeders up the ante on grown cattle

Ballarat feeders collect higher prices, smaller cattle firm to cheaper


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Heavier grown and weaner cattle suitable to feed on grain met improved demand at Ballarat

Heavier grown and weaner cattle suitable to feed on grain met improved demand at Ballarat’s monthly store cattle sale on Friday.

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Myrniong Poll Hereford breeder, Louise Abey sold a pen of her Braelands, Injemira-blood steers, 326kg at $1050 head

Myrniong Poll Hereford breeder, Louise Abey sold a pen of her Braelands, Injemira-blood steers, 326kg at $1050 head

Prices achieved for these feeder lines improved 15-20 cents a kilogram liveweight or $60- $100 a head however lighter, plainer and younger cattle met a sticker market, with little heifer lots most affected attracting limited inquiry.

The yarding of 2376 contained a good selection of cattle suitable to feed along with an increased number of smaller spring-drop calves.

Steers weighed heavier than 550kg made $1400 to $1580 a head and averaged 249c/kg, while steers, 450-550kg, made $1290 to $1485, average 291c.

Steers suitable to feed, 360-450kg made $1050 to $1350, averaged 304c/kg while lighter steers, 280-360kg made $800-$1050, average 292 cents. 

The demand for heifers traveled on similar lines, with those suitable to feed selling at higher values while light and plainer heifers, unless taken for breeding, selling at much cheaper rates.

Heifers to feed made 265- 280c/kg while lighter and plainer lots mostly made $450-$650 to sell at 220-250c/kg.

The market for breeding females varied demand for cows to calve offering opportunities while those with calves at foot sold to good inquiry.

Cows to calve made $900 to $1490 while cows with calves at foot sold in pen lots made $1500 to $2000 per outfit. 

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