Latest cattle sale prices from selling centres across central Queensland
CQLX agents penned 2468 head on August 11 at Gracemere consisting of 1350 steers, 870 heifers, 203 cows, five cows and calves and 35 bulls.
The market firmed in most descriptions, however weaner steers gained some ground and weaner heifers eased on last week’s rates.
Steers to slaughter topped 278.2c/kg to average 257.0c/kg firm.
Steers 400–500kg topped 294.2c/kg to average 276.0c/kg with a -6 market change.
Steers 300–400kg saw a top of 316.2c/kg averaging 284.0c/kg with the market remaining firm.
Steers 200–300kg saw a top of 344.2c/kg to average a 327.9c/kg return with a +15 change in the market.
Steers under 200kg topped 348.2c/kg to average 323.8c/kg to a firm market.
Cows to slaughter topped 249.2c/kg to average 204.3c/kg with a +8 market change.
Cows 400–450kg topped at 200.2c/kg to return 171.1c/kg seeing a market drop of -9.
Cows 320–400kg topped 210.2c/kg to average 171.2c/kg firm.
Wotonga Grazing Nebo sold hereford cross to average 643kg at 256c/kg to return $1650/hd.
John Hicks and family sold prime droughtmaster cows for 224c/kg weighing 631kg to return $1416/hd.
Cash family, St Lawrence, sold brahman steers for 336c/kg to weigh 265kg to return $892/hd.
C and K White, Glenroy, sold quality brahman steers to a top of 336c weighing 212kg to return $708/hd.
Brett Hall Kuttabull via Mackay sold brangus weaner steers for 342c/kg weighing 256kg to return $877/hd.
Spelta Grazing Gogango sold santa euro-cross steers for 337c weighing 286kg to return $967/hd.
Riverside Pastoral Nebo sold brahman-cross steers for 284c weighing 381kg to return $1083 and the heifers averaged 256c weighing 345kg to return $885/hd.
Lyn Graham sold charbray weaner steers to top at 328c weighing 265kg to return $870/hd.
Emerald selling agents sold 1138 head in an increased yarding last Thursday.
Cattle were drawn from Capella, Bogantungan, Alpha, Springsure, Clermont, Rolleston and local areas.
With limited numbers of heavy prime steers on offer and reduced numbers of heavy and medium-weight cows the market was dominated by runs of good-quality young steers and heifers.
All regular buyers were in attendance, with the market firm to two–five cents better for prime cattle, with the younger good-quality store cattle firm to a shade dearer on last week’s quotes.
Brendan Anderson, Alpha, sold brahman-cross light weaner steers for 3.31c/kg weighing 190kg or $621.
Andrew and Bronwyn Hoch, Alpha, sold droughtmaster cows for 2.00c/kg weighing 510kg to return $1020.
Andrew and Angella Schwarz, Springsure, sold droughtmaster grain-assist heifers for 2.42c/kg weighing 586kg or $1418.
Kerry and Cathy Truloff, Willows, sold brahman cows for $1.95c/kg weighing 590kg or $1153.
KD and DJ Copping, Rolleston, sold santa gertrudis cows for 2.00c/kg weighing 548kg and returning $1097.
Riverside Grazing Company, Springsure, sold euro-cross steers for 2.11c/kg weighing an average of 316kg to return $670.
They also sold euro-cross mickey bulls for 2.48c/kg to weigh 179kg returning $444.
Cobb Cattle Co, Clermont, sold brahman-cross steers for 2.44c/kg at 392kg to return $956 and brahman-cross heifers sold for 2.45c/kg at 344kg to return $844.
George, Marie and Steve Saunders, Bogantungan, sold a line of charolais/ droughtmaster /brahman-cross weaner steers to top the sale at 387.2c/kg.
The lead pen of charolais-cross steers weighed 270kg, which made 374.2c/kg and $1012/hd.
The draft averaged 235kg for 374.2c/kg average or $882/hd.
Ted and Gai Sypher, Capella, sold brangus weaner heifers to top the sale at 2.90c/kg weighing 225kg and $652/hd.
Peter and Jeanette Cook, Pine Hill, sold droughtmaster steers to 337c/kg to weigh 280kg and gross $944/hd.
CHARTERS Towers combined agents yarded a total of 1487 cattle consisting of 571 prime cattle and 916 store cattle.
The prime cattle consisted of 106 bullocks, 22 heifers, 292 cows and 151 bulls.
Store cattle yarded 298 steers, 573 heifers, no cows and four cows and calves.
Cattle comprised few bullocks with some good lines of cows.
Yarding was drawn from Mt Isa, Julia Creek, Richmond, Hughenden, Belyando, Georgetown, Prairie local and coastal areas.
Bullocks were quoted 7–8c/kg dearer, heifers were 2–4c/kg easier and cows were 7–8c/kg dearer on last week’s rates.
Bullocks topped at 252.2c/kg for a few individual ones, whereas the top pen made 2c/kg.
Best-priced trade heifers were presented on a/c CT and JL Poole and made 259.2c/kg to weigh 465kg and return $1205 a head.
The top pen of cows was sold by J Bethel for 206.2c/kg and weighed 603kg to return $1433 a head.
Bulls sold on a/c AJ Gallagher topped at
THERE was a yarding of 4786 head at Roma Store Sale, down 2000 head on last week.
All the usual buyers were present and operating in a market rewarding quality, however the dry of winter was evident.
The cow market was mostly affected as growers lightened off and battened down the hatches, hopeful for early spring rain.
Calves topped at 374c to average 350c/kg.
Yearling steers to restockers representing the majority of the yarding topped at 370c to average 294c/kg.
Feedlot entry-weight steers topped at 317c to average 283c/kg. Heavier steers to slaughter made to a top of 290c to average 265c/kg.
A handful of grown heifers made to 246c to average 193c/kg. Light bulls returning to the paddock topped at 332c while heavy bulls to slaughter averaged 248c/kg.
Cows to slaughter topped at 220c while light-conditioned cows topped at 214c/kg and only a handful were returned to the paddock.
There was a yarding of 938 head at the Roma Prime Sale, up 77 head on last week.
All buyers were present and operating in an easier market, where the majority penned were cows in prime conditions.
Quality was good across the board.
Yearling steers 350–400kg topped at 260c to average 256c/kg.
Grown steers topped at 275.2c to average 254c/kg. Good yielding young bulls topped at 267c to average 225c/kg.
A handful of sappy yearling heifers sold to 240c to average 226c/kg. Grown heifers made to 256c and averaged 243c/kg.
Light cows topped at 217c to average 197c/kg.
The largest runs were of good-quality heavy cows in prime condition over 500kg, which were pleasing to the buyers and topped at 220c to average 211c/kg.
THERE were a few more cattle yarded this week for a total of 683 head.
The yarding consisted of a good supply of young cattle and there was a fair penning of bullocks and steers, however cows were in limited supply.
Quality was mixed, although there were several pens of well-finished yearling cattle offered that were off-crop and supplementary fed.
There was also some good lines of well-bred yearling steers and heifers that were suitable for feeder and restocker buyers.
Competition was weaker with yearling steers selling 20c/kg cheaper and more in places.
The odd trade yearling steer sold to 318c/kg.
Feeder and restocker steers ranged from 234–320c for lightweights, while medium-weight feeder steers under 400kg averaged 289c/kg.
Yearling heifers were back by 10 cents with trade heifers selling to 298c, feeder and restocker heifers ranged from 242–298c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of grown steers and cows, with only a few heifers offered.
There were several lots of bullocks and steers off-crop and supplementary fed.
The market was down by seven–15 cents, the highlight of the sale was a pen of steers selling to a top of 291c/kg to wholesalers.
The general run of steers ranged from 240–275c/kg.
Grown heifers sold up to 279c/kg.
The cow market was down by 20 cents, with medium and heavyweight cows ranging from 180–206c/kg.
THE recent decline in prices reduced the supply of stock into the saleyards by 31% and overall quality was mixed.
A fair panel of buyers was present and operating in a firm to cheaper market.
Restockers were selective in their purchases of lightweight yearling steers and average prices reduced by 12c/kg.
However the lightweight yearling heifers returning to the paddock went against this trend to improve in price in places.
Medium-weight yearling steers to feed experienced strong demand and the heavyweight yearling steers to feed lost a further 4c/kg.
Medium-weight yearling heifers to feed sold to a firm market. A small selection of young heavy grown steers and bullocks received very little change in price.
A large selection of cows continued to slip further in price, with the largest samples 4–8c/kg cheaper.
Steer calves returning to the paddock made to 380.2c, with heifer calves reaching 320.2c/kg.
A fairly large selection of lightweight yearling steers returned to the paddock at 331c, with sales to 358.2c/kg.
Medium-weight yearling steers to feed averaged 314c and made to 322.2c, while the heavyweights to feed mostly sold around 302c, with an isolated sale to 318c/kg.
Lightweight yearling heifers returning to the paddock made to the occasional 310.2c, with a fair sample averaging 292c/kg.
The better end of the medium-weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 280c and made to 292.2c and the lesse- quality lines averaged from 240–251c//kg.
Bullocks made to 281.2c while full-mouth classes were in the largest numbers and averaged 243c, with some to 264.2c/kg.
Medium-weight two-score cows averaged 191c and the best of the medium weights made to 210.2c to average 207c/kg.
Good heavy cows mostly sold around 211c, with the occasional pen to 220c/kg.
STRONGER MARKET: The cattle market improved this week after lower prices in previous sales.
243.2c/kg and weighed 780kg to return $1896 a head.
Store cattle steers were dearer up to 20c/kg, heifers 10–12c/kg dearer, with a larger gallery of buyers and two export buyers.