MARKET REPORTS CHARTERS TOWERS
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.
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.