TUESDAY’S combined agents sale in Murgon saw numbers back to 650.
The market for feeder types was firm on the last sale and some improvement was noticeable in the cow market.
Lesser quality, light conditioned weaner steers and heifers were still difficult to market.
Charbray bullocks from Murgon sold to $901 at $1.55/kg and $931 at $1.51/kg.
Bulls topped at $931 and $1.43/kg.
The heaviest cows topped at $848 for $1.22/kg.
Santa cows from Manumbar sold to $686 at $1.13/kg.
Droughtmaster cows from Murgon sold for $1.15/kg to return $665.
480kg charolais cows from Gayndah sold to $551 at $1.14/kg.
Lighter cows sold mainly from 80c/kg to $1/kg.
515kg charbray steers from Murgon sold to feedlotters for $849 at $1.65/kg.
440kg droughtmaster cross steers on account of M and CWard, Murgon, sold for $748 and $1.70/kg.
Brangus steers from Gayndah sold for $589 at $1.63/kg and $530 at $1.57/kg.
370kg brahman steers from Durong sold for $577 at $1.56/kg.
Light euro cross steers from Murgon sold to $303 at $1.50/kg.
Droughtmaster cross heifers from Murgon weighing 427kg sold for $654 or $1.53/kg.
390kg brahman cross heifers from Goomeri sold to $613 at $1.55/kg.
357kg droughtmaster cross heifers from Nanango sold for $1.52/kg returning $544.
Fresher vealer heifers sold mainly from $1.10 to $1.20/kg topping at $1.33/kg.
BURNETT Livestock and Realty’s fortnightly meatworks and store sale held on Monday saw a yarding of 1249 head.
With all processors back buying, meatworks cattle improved throughout.
As the dry weather persists and looks like continuing, store cattle not suitable for slaughter or for feedlots are tending to be harder to sell.
Bullocks topped at 161.2c/kg averaging 11 cents dearer for bullocks over 600kg, while bullocks 500-600kg were three cents dearer.
Overall, cows were of much better quality than the previous sale, with some high quality cows over 500kg topping at 133.2c/kg to be 17 cents dearer.
Cows 400-500kg were 12 cents dearer while cows under 400kg were eight cents dearer.
A mixed line of trade heifers were yarded and averaged nine cents dearer.
Heavy bulls sold firm on the previous sale.
Monto’s AK May sold brahman cows to top at 116.2c/kg or $539.
Store feeder steers of 400-500kg were a little harder to sell this sale topping at 163.2c/kg to average eight cents cheaper.
Steers 300-400kg topped at similar rates to the previous sale, averaging slightly cheaper.
Rosie Downs, Rosedale, sold charbray brangus cross steers with milk and two teeth for 161.2c/kg or $633.
Droughtmaster brangus cross steers with mostly two teeth on account of NJ and JA Reinke, Mundubbera, sold for an average of 162.36c/kg or $664.
Some good quality weaner steers were yarded but with a tail also in them they averaged five to 14 cents cheaper, while the better quality topped at 189.2c/kg – higher than the previous sale.
Charolais cross weaner steers on account of Bernie and Nicolson, Byrnestown, sold for 164.2c or $426.
De Nobrega Pty Ltd, Gayndah, sold charbray weaner steers for 185.2c/kg or $396.
Charbray weaner steers on account of IR Perrett, Brooweena, sold for 189.2c/kg or $379.
Feeder heifers 300-400kg were much better quality than the previous sale topping at 155.2c/kg and averaging 19 cents dearer.
PG Hall, Dunmora, sold charbray cross milk tooth heifers for 150.2c/kg or $655.
P and MA Dalton sold milk tooth angus and brangus cross heifers from their Dallarnil block to top at 155c/kg or $596.
Clem Clarke, Bucca, sold santa cross milk tooth heifers for 155.2c/kg or $617.
Weaner heifers and heifers up to 300kg are again proving a little harder to sell, while the heifers with enough condition to kill are still holding on and heifers with not enough condition are starting to struggle.
This weight heifer sold from four to 14 cents cheaper.
RJ, LC, Wand JE Whitaker, Hervey Bay, sold murray grey cross weaner heifers from 120-130c/kg or $235 to $271.
Trinity Pastoral, Wallaville, sold brahman weaner heifers to top at 132.2c or $306.
GL Diver, Biggenden, sold brahman cross weaner heifers to top at 130c/kg or $248.
Cows and calves sold from $200 to $550.
The next meatworks and store sale will be held on Monday, August 18.
BIGGENDEN CATTLE SALE: Burnett Livestock & Realty’s Lance Whitaker with a pen of charolais cross weaner steers on account of GJ Bernie and the Nicolson Family, Gayndah. The steers sold for 164.2c/kg or $426/head.