Sale defies weather
BURNETT Livestock and Realty’s first meatworks and store sale for 2013 last Monday saw a yarding of 1460 head.
The cattle market held on well, despite continued dry weather over Christmas and the new year.
Due to the dry, local areas were becoming alarmingly short on feed and water.
Cattle of fair to good quality sold mostly to a firm market, while cattle of a lesser quality were harder to sell.
Bullocks were the only description of cattle to sell to a dearer market.
Bullocks 600kg and over topped at 175.2c and averaged 171.9c to be 14 cents dearer than the last sale in December 2012.
Bullocks 500–600kg topped similarly and sold eight cents dearer.
Jaranda, Booyal, sold No 9 simbrah bullocks for 175.2c or $1177–$1282.
Mooru Grazing, Takilberan, sold santa-cross No 9 bullocks for 175.2c or $1174.
Santa hereford-cross four to eight-tooth bullocks from Wandoan sold 165–175.2c or $1010–$1191.
Cows over 500kg topped at 153.2c and sold to a firm to slightly dearer market.
Cows under 500kg sold to a slightly cheaper market.
Santa-cross cows on account of the Staib Family, Coalstoun Lakes topped at 141.2c or $823.
L. Lerch sold a charbray cow for 153.2c or $1072.
Quayle Cattle Co, Gaeta, sold santa-cross cows to top at 146.2c or $794.
Trade heifers were of a mixed quality, with most being under weight with four to six teeth, which brought the averages back to 20c cheaper overall.
CB & CE Hosking, Coalstoun Lakes, sold two and four-tooth trade heifers to top at 160.2c or $865.
Heavy bulls topped at 162.2c and averaged three cents dearer.
Some good pens of steers 400–500kg were yarded, topping at 174.2c and averaging 17c dearer than the last sale.
Droughtmaster-cross milk and two-tooth steers on account of ME Dingle, Mt Perry, topped at 170.2c or $699.
Droughtmaster and charbray milk and two-tooth steers from Murgon sold 170.2–174.2c or $779–$794.
Steers 300–400kg were of mostly poor quality and averaged 10c cheaper than the last sale.
DL Roebuck, Gin Gin, sold crossbred No 2 steers for 173.2c or $477.
Santa weaner steers from Ubobo sold for 173.2c or $428.
Weaner steers were also of mixed quality, topping at 185c and averaging six–15c cheaper.
ARN Horwood Family Trust sold limousin charolais-cross weaner steers to top at 185c or $466.
Brangus charbray-cross weaner steers on account of RG and J Drinkwater, Eidsvold, sold for 175.2c or $449.
Only a few feeder milk and two tooth 300–400kg heifers were yarded, topping at 171.2c.
Brahmousin milk and twotooth heifers on account of IR and EA McLean, Dallarnil, sold 160.2–171.2c or $576–$590.
Plenty of heifers were yarded under 300kg.
And considering not many people had grass for them to go back onto, the market held on reasonably well.
John Booth, Monduran, sold charolais cross No 2 heifers for 161.2c or $475.
Limousin crossNo 2 heifers on account of Maitland Bros, Boompa, sold for 165.2c or $406.
Heifers 200–300kg were 10c cheaper and heifers under 200kg were one cent cheaper.
GN and CM McCracken, Bundaberg, sold brangus-cross weaner heifers to top at 165.2c or $408.
WJ and LD Zelinski, Biggenden, sold charbray heifers to top at 166.2c or $384.
Forty-three cows and calves were yarded on the day, topping at $750.
Cattle were drawn from Wandoan, Cracow, Ubobo, Monto, Eidsvold, Mundubbera, Mt Perry, Gayndah, Murgon, Bauple, Maryborough, Thinoomba, Torbanlea, Childers, Bundaberg and the Burnett.
PRICES HOLD WELL: Burnett Livestock and Realty’s Lance Whitaker with a pen of santa-cross No 9 bullocks on account of Mooru Grazing, Takilberan, at the Biggenden saleyards.
Buyers out in force for the opening meatworks and store sale at Biggenden. Despite the continued dry weather, the cattle market held well.
Russell Bargenquast of Brooweena with the Burnett Livestock & Realty’s selling team of Bevan Wade, Matt Curtis, Paul Hastings and Lance Whitaker in action at the first sale for the year at Biggenden.
John Zelinski of Biggenden and Kevin Brown of Brooweena discuss the dry conditions at the opening cattle sale of the year at Biggenden.
Ross Kinbacher of Boompa catches up with Gayndah’s Carolyn and Warren Kenny at Monday’s meatworks and store sale at Biggenden.
Wayne Davis, David O’Donohoe, Greg Jensen, Tim Richards and Steve Dunn are eager to buy some stock at the opening sale of the year at Biggenden.