THE number of cattle yarded declined 30% on the previous store sale.
It was a very mixed quality yarding, with generally good quality lines drawn from western parts of the state.
Restocker buyer attendance at the sale was limited, but good quality lightweight yearling steers continued to sell to firm market prices.
Demand remained very strong for medium and heavy-weight feeder steers and heifers.
Lightweight yearling heifers to backgrounders and feeders experienced a 5c/kg lift in price on average. Cows and calves sold to $750/unit.
Lightweight yearling steers hit 222c and averaged 207c, down 1c, while plainer lines made to 177c and averaged 166c, down 8c/kg.
Medium-weight yearling steers to feed earned to 226c and averaged 212c, up 7c, while those returning to the paddock topped at 200c and averaged 193c, down 13c/kg.
Heavy-weight yearling steers to feed sold to 223c and averaged 218c, up 7c/kg.
Lightweight yearling heifers to feedlot buyers made to 188c and averaged 171c, up 5c, while those to processors made to 180c and averaged 166c, down 7c/kg.
Those to restocker buyers made to 186c and averaged 178c, down 1c/kg.
Medium-weight yearling heifers to feed reached 185c and averaged 170c, down 3c, while those to processors hit 172c and averaged 164c, up 3c/kg.
Heavy-weight yearling heifers to feed hit 194c and averaged 191c, up 17c/kg.
Medium-weight 3 score cows sold to 175c and averaged 149c, up 2c, while heavy weight 4 score cows made to 188c and averaged 187c/kg, unchanged in price.
BIGGENDEN SALE: Cattle buyer Steve Dunn, Murgon, with a pen of droughtmaster and brahman-cross steers on account of GB and GE Dingle, Bundaberg. Steve Dunn bought the steers for Smithfield Cattle Co, Proston, for 210.2c or $777/head.