3-year Hereford-Friesian steers, 580-620kg, made $3.33/kg
2-year Angus-Friesian steers, 470-580kg, rose 7c/kg to $3.19/kg
2-year Hereford-Friesian heifers, 390-515kg, improved 33c/kg to $3.15/kg
Yearling Hereford-Friesian steers, 305-340kg, achieved $3.30/kg
A big line-up of cattle turned out at the Taranaki cattle fair last Wednesday. A large local contingent attended but few outside buyers. The 3-year section featured plenty of short-term cattle; Hereford-Friesian steers, 449kg, earned $3.30/kg and Hereford-dairy, 605kg, $3.31/kg. A few lighter pens of mixed breeds, 370-558kg, were all $3.15-$3.19/kg.
There was plenty of competition for 2-year Hereford-Friesian steers; the top cut, 372-500kg, earned $3.31-$3.40/kg, with lesser pens mostly $3.17/kg to $3.30/kg.
Yearling steers provided varied returns. Angus-Friesian, 291-475kg, sold from $3.00/kg to $3.26/kg while Angus-cross, 238-314kg, traded $2.68/kg to $3.28/kg. Yearling Angus-cross heifers, 293kg, sold well at $3.79/kg, while beef-types of good quality sold $3.00/kg to $3.23/kg.