MAR­KET RE­PORTS CHARTERS TOW­ERS

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FIND A -

CQLX GRACE­MERE

A TO­TAL of 2600 head were on of­fer at CQLX Grace­mere, just 140 head more than last week, with most cat­tle from lo­cal ar­eas, how­ever there were sev­eral lines from Bowen and coastal ar­eas present.

Qual­ity was good through­out, from good lines of bul­locks to qual­ity wean­ers, al­though con­di­tion is much plainer this week as coun­try dries out.

A full field of buy­ers was present but work­ing on re­duced rates and val­ues were re­duced in most sec­tions ex­cept for the very best qual­ity lines.

The best male calves to re­stock­ers reached 327c to av­er­age 310c/kg. Medi­umweight vealer steers av­er­aged 334c, with sales to 373c/kg.

Vealer heifers av­er­aged 240–248c/kg. Good-qual­ity year­ling steers sold to 337c av­er­ag­ing 319c/kg, with re­stock­ers buy­ing most of the lighter-weight runs.

The best lines of year­ling heifers re­turned av­er­ages in the mid to late 240c range, mostly to feed­ers, while re­stock­ers paid a premium of 261c/kg plus for choice heifers. Grown steers to feed sold to av­er­age 270–274c, with four-score bul­locks selling to pro­ces­sors to av­er­age 242–245c/kg.

Grown heifers made close to 240c to feed and 180–209c/kg to the trade. Four-score cows again eased sig­nif­i­cantly, av­er­ag­ing 191–198c and only one sale to 202c/kg. Bulls topped at 221c, most av­er­ag­ing 188c/kg.

Very few cows and calves were of­fered, with the best mak­ing $1050/unit.

EMER­ALD

THERE was a smaller yard­ing of 895 head pre­sented at Emer­ald sale, 255 head less than last week.

Cat­tle came al­most en­tirely from the lo­cal area, with qual­ity very mixed and prices re­flected the qual­ity vari­a­tion through­out the sale.

All the reg­u­lar buy­ers were present and com­pe­ti­tion was fair. Vealer steers made to 361c, to av­er­age 345c/kg. There were only a few vealer heifers penned, which made to 280c to av­er­age 277c/kg.

Bet­ter-qual­ity year­ling steers sold to 316c and av­er­aged 308c/kg.

How­ever the plain types only av­er­aged 253–260c/kg. Year­ling heifers av­er­aged from 230–240c, with an oc­ca­sional sale to 273c/kg.

Grown steers to feed made to 246c, while four scores to slaugh­ter av­er­aged 237c/kg. Grown four-score heifers made to 239c and av­er­aged 233c/kg.

Heavy four-score cows reached 204c to av­er­age 196c/kg.

Pro­ces­sors paid a top of 225c for heavy bulls but most sold from 179–189c/kg. One small pen of cows and calves made $1225/unit.

NUM­BERS fell by 127 head to 1360 cat­tle for Charters Tow­ers Com­bined Selling Agents this week, fea­tured by some good small lines of prime cows and store steers, in con­junc­tion with some north­ern cat­tle.

One ma­jor pro­ces­sor was again ab­sent, while those present op­er­ated on lower rates with limited in­ter­est through­out, while one reg­u­lar feeder buyer, two live ex­porters and re­stock­ers rounded out a larger buyer gallery.

Cat­tle were drawn from Mt Isa, Clon­curry, Ing­ham, Townsville, Wood­stock, lo­cal and coastal ar­eas.

Vealer steers met strong com­pe­ti­tion, reach­ing 351c, av­er­ag­ing 10 cents lower at 343c/kg.

Year­ling steers were of mixed qual­ity, selling sim­i­lar to last sale, with live ex­porters se­cur­ing steers av­er­ag­ing 278c, with grown steers selling to 272c/kg. Light year­ling steers re­turn­ing to grass sold to 322c to av­er­age 304c/kg.

Vealer heifers were well sup­plied, with some small, well-fin­ished heifers to slaugh­ter selling to 270c, with those re­turn­ing to grass selling to 278c, eas­ing five cents to av­er­age 256c/kg.

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