Prices ease but still riding high

DESPITE a lack of interstate buyers at Friday’s monthly store cattle sale prices remained solid although slightly easier.

Corcoran Parker stock agent Kevin Sanderson described the sale as solid particularly considering prices eased 5c to 8c per kilo across the board the day before at the fat cattle sale.

“Prices are still good and way ahead of what we’ve experienced before,” he said.

“Most processors have cut back to two or three days’ operation due to the high prices so the demand’s not there.”

There were around 1000 head including calves at Friday’s market with heavier steers making $3.30 to $3.60 per kilo and smaller steers (260kg to 340kg) reaching $4 per kilo or better.

Cows and calves sold for between $1700 to $2400 while heifers were $30 to $40 per head cheaper making around $3.30 to $3.70 per kilo.

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