THE rain started to fall as the first TopX Eidsvold cattle sale for 2015 commenced.
It was an inspiring start to the year with an increase in prices and confidence in the market.
Steers over 400kg sold to 264c/kg and averaged 230c/kg, while steers over 300kg earned to 266c/kg and averaged 238c/kg.
Steers in the 200-300kg range reached 272c/kg to average 244c/kg. Heifers over 300kg earned to 219c/kg to average 198c/kg while heifers in the 200-300kg range sold to 242c/kg and averaged 218c/kg.
RN and VR Horn, Tawarri, Cracow, sold steers 264c/kg for 428kg to return $1125 per head.
GarryWalsh, Winwood, Eidsvol,sold brangus cross steers to 272c/kg for 263kg to return $717 per head.
Webster Grazing, Sheprock, Eidsvold, sold brangus heifers 219c/kg for 336kg to return $970 per head.
HK Dwyer, Biggenden, sold charbray cross heifers 225c/kg for 251kg to return $565 per head.
TV and LB Haupt, Eidsvold, sold charbray cross EU heifers 223c/kg for 235kg to return $524 per head.
The next sale will be the TopX Eidsvold and Greenup Eidsvold Station Santa Infused Show Sale on the February 19 with the normal store sale to follow directly after the show sale.
MONTO Cattle and Country kicked off their cattle sales with a cracker sale held on Wednesday, January 21.
General falls of eight to 14 inches of rain over the Christmas period saw buyer confidence rise.
Cattle were drawn from Boyne Valley, Biloela, Harrami and Monto districts.
Bulls sold from 147c/kg to 200c/kg.
BE and SP Myles penned braford brahman cross bullocks 614kg which made 238c/kg or $1463.
SM Schimke sold droughtmaster cross steers 525kg to 229c/kg or $1205.
Simon Stanhope sold a run of four and six tooth brahman steers to average 436kg to average 225c/kg or $980.
Bob Schutt sold 462kg droughtmaster steers to 239c/kg or $1106.
Spelta Grazing penned 542kg charolais cross cows which sold to 215c/kg or $1167.
Moretti and Son sold santa cows 554kg to 205c/kg or $1140.
George and Inga Augenstein sold simbrah cows 510kg to 216c/kg or $1100.
K and T Gilvear sold brahman trade heifers 422kg to 237c/kg or $1000.
Sandy Muntelwit's light trade heifers 385kg sold for 221c/kg or $850.
RJ, MA and MJ Dunn sold quality No 3 santa steers 426kg for 258c/kg or $1100.
Ashenhurst Pastoral, Ubobo, sold No 3 droughtie cross steers 350kg and 376kg for 255c/kg topping at $960.
Shayne and Helen Mossman, Yalwarra, Ubobo, sold three pens or brangus and brahman cross No 3 steers from 249c to 253c/kg topping at $955.
Neville and Jenny Keitley's charbray and droughtie cross No 3 steers sold to 260c/kg or $997.
Lighter No 4 santa steers 303kg on account of Daphne Morgan sold to 278c/kg or $843.
Peter Adcock's red brangus santa cross No 4 steers 275kg realised 280c/kg or $772.
R and L Blyton's charbray weaner steers 270kg sold to 282c/kg or $766.
Shayne and Helen Mossman's light conditioned No 4 brahman cross steers sold to 240c/kg or $600.
Ashenhurst Pastoral's droughtmaster cross weaner steers sold to 256c/kg or $610.
Kurt and Tracey Myles sold charbray weaner steers 238kg for 277c/kg or $660.
Larsen Farms also sold charbray weaner steers 209kg for 270c/kg or $522.
The last pen of weaner steers for the day account Shayne and Helen Mossman sold for $522 at 270c/kg.
Birch Pastoral yarded quality 382kg droughtie heifers which returned $915 or 239c/kg.
PF and DF Adcock sold red brangus No 4 heifers 368kg for 239c/kg or $880 and 250kg heifers for 230c/kg returning $580.
Larsen Farms sold quality charbray heifers about 340kg for 238c/kg or $812 and weaner heifers for $480 or 229c/kg.
Petdes Pty Ltd sold a quality run of droughtie red brahman cross No 4 heifers to average $512 or 205c/kg.
SP and HO Mossman sold a run of brangus, droughtie and brahman cross No 4 heifers from 189c to 198c/kg topping at $480.
BJ and AJ Dent's Brangus weaner heifers sold to 229c/kg or $545.
Monto's next sale will be held on Wednesday, February 4, at 9am.
ON THE MONEY: Monto Cattle and Country's first sale for the year was a cracker.