Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) announced that Roma Saleyards, Australia’s largest cattle selling centre, will be included in MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS).
The Roma yards accounted for more than 20% of total Queensland cattle market throughput in 2008-09, according to MLA’s NLRS Manager Travis Parcsi.
The addition of Roma Saleyards to the NLRS was a win-win for local producers and the broader industry, Parcsi said.
Roma services a wide area and has the largest saleyard throughput of cattle in Australia, with over 407,000 head sold in 2008-09.
The Roma market has traditionally been a barometer for store cattle sale prices so combining these figures with MLA’s NLRS wide-ranging reporting services will provide an even more reliable indicator of cattle prices for producers across the country.
MLA’s NLRS provides an independent, accurate and timely source of livestock market information collected directly from major prime and store markets, feeder and direct sales and wholesale meat markets. In addition, the NLRS provides weekly summaries, skin and hide prices and slaughter information.
MLA’s NLRS was approached by Roma Saleyards to commence reporting both weekly store and prime markets.
Roma Saleyards operations manager Terry Hyland said by joining the NLRS they could ensure efficient capture and reporting of their sales as well as including more detailed data such as muscle scores, fat scores and weight ranges in their market report.
Source: MLA – Meat & Livestock Australia