Chopper prices firm

CHOPPER cow prices in Victorian saleyards this week were mostly firm to dearer.

At Camperdown only the usual recent buyers operated in the cow market, though an extra exporter attended the market earlier.

Prices were mostly equal to 5 cents a kilogram higher, but the plainer quality had estimated dressed weight costs similar at 290-320c/kg carcase weight.

The light weight E1 cows sold from 106-113c with D1 medium weights from 131-135c/kg.

Restockers paid between 135-141c for most of their 1 score cows and a top sale of 165c/kg was recorded for a single medium weight D1 Friesian.

The D2 heavy weight Friesians to processors made 144-158c, with a top sale at 165c, while the heavy C muscled beef cows were from 156-158c/kg.

Demand remains strong for D1 and D2 dairy bred bulls with prices equal to a further 4c dearer but the B2 heavy weights averaged unchanged despite the top prices being 10c/kg higher.

At Shepparton, regional saleyards manager Jock Hicks said prices increased by 4-6c/kg across an offering of 460 cows.

“But the quality was not as good,” he said.

He quoted heavy Friesians from 134-160c/kg, medium weights (500-600kg) from 114-152c/kg and lighter weights (400-520kg) from 110-128c/kg.

According to the National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS) medium weight cows (180-260kg) were mostly dearer.

Most of these were D1s (211 head) and gained 3c/kg. This was an equivalent of 116-146c/kg.

The E1s (138 head) were 9c/kg higher to trade from 111-138c/kg.

There was a limited number of lighter weight cows, with most reduced in price.

The E1s (51 head) realised 104-127c/kg, to be 7c cheaper.

The heavier cows (260kg) varied in rates from 2c cheaper to 10c/kg dearer.

Most were D2s (198 head) and returned 135-165c/kg.

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