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A YARDING of 2905 head was presented at Gracemere last week, comprising of 1189 steers, 1150 heifers, 455 cows, 56 cows and calves and 55 bulls.
Cattle were drawn from areas north to Bowen and Collinsville, Nebo and Mackay, along with all areas to as far south as Theodore.
Along with a couple of bigger lines, there were a lot of smaller vendors represented as everyone seems to be lightening off numbers due to the season.
Buyers were depleted from past weeks and competition, although spirited at times, was mostly average and prices were reduced accordingly.
The Jones family, Theodore, sold No.6, santa cross steers to top at 316c/kg for 362kg to return $1070/hd.
ST & VE Sharps, Delta, Marlborough. sold No.6 brahman cross steers for 260c/kg, weighing 404kg to return $1051/hd.
Bella Grazing, Banana, sold brangus weaner steers for 346c/kg, weighing 239kg to return $828/hd.
GR & AE McFadzen, Sarina Range, sold droughtmaster weaner steers for 370c/kg, weighing 179kg to return $661/hd.
RHDG Trust, Bauhinia, sold 120 santa cross weaner heifers to top 248c/kg, weighing 223kg to return $550/hd.
Kevin Russell, Dingo, sold heifers to top at 239c/kg, weighing 593kg to return $1419/hd.
H Woodard, Eidsvold, sold brangus cross cows and calves to top at $1225/hd.
THE EMERALD combined cattle sale saw a mixed-quality yarding of almost 800 head offered.
The cattle were drawn from all local areas, with the dry conditions really starting to show its effect on the cattle offered.
Quality was very mixed and supply of most descriptions was very limited compared to recent sales.
The ongoing dry conditions certainly reduced the store cattle buyers gallery today, with most store cattle values realising much cheaper rates than recent weeks.
All the usual meatworks operators were present and operating, with most prime cattle realising a firm to slightly dearer market.
Bullocks more than 550kg topped at 258.2c/kg for an average of 252.2c/kg, 3c/kg dearer.
Feeder steers 400–500kg of very mixed quality and supply topped at 264.2c/kg to average 236.2c/kg.
Weaner steers topped at 361.2c/kg for lightweight EU accredited steers, while weaner steers 200–280kg averaged 307c/kg, down 30c/kg on the previous sale.
Heavy cows more than 520kg in short supply reached 219.2c/kg for an average of 208c/kg and slightly dearer than previous sale.
Heifers 350–400kg topped at 253.2c/kg to average 246c/kg, 18c/kg cheaper.
Weaner heifers topped at 265.2c/kg, heifers 200–280kg averaged 254c/kg, which was 20c/kg cheaper than last week.
Cows and calves topped at $1240/unit.
Ted and Gai Sypher, Veronica Downs, Capella, sold brangus weaner steers weighing 225kg for 320.2c/kg to return $720/head. Their weaner heifers topped the sale at 265.2c/kg, with their lead pen of heifers weighing 206kg to make 260.2c/kg or $537/head.
John and Jan Smith, Birraban, Springsure, sold santa/angus steers weighing 345kg for 258.2c/kg to return $890/head. Their weaner heifers made 255c/kg, weighing 266kg for $680/head.
Rob and Julie Crozier, Rydan, Rubyvale, sold brahman weaner steers for 292c/kg, weighing 250kg to return $730/head.
James Kadel Emerald, sold brangus bullocks for 252c/kg, weighing 754kg to return $1900/head.
Rob Willey, Windermere, Capella, sold brangus cows for 219c/kg, weighing 556kg to return $1218/head.
Fred Peters, Grovelea, Springsure, sold droughtmaster heifers weighing 427kg for 249.2c/kg, returning $1065/head.
WJ and LC Barnes, Emerald, sold droughtmaster feeder heifers weighing 371kg for 249c/kg to return $925/head. Their weaner heifers sold to 264c/kg, weighing 237kg to return $626/head.
CHARTERS Towers combined agents yarded a total of 2047 cattle consisting of 462 prime cattle and 1585 store cattle.
The prime cattle consisted of 65 bullocks, 32 heifers, 272 cows and 93 bulls.
Store cattle consisted of 1218 steers, 358 heifers, five cows, and four cows and four calves.
Cattle comprised of small lines of finished cattle for slaughter supported 1585 store cattle.
The yarding was drawn from Burketown, Richmond, Hughenden, Mt Garnet, local and coastal areas.
The condition of the cattle was good, the market eased in line with the seasonal conditions worsening.
Bullocks were quoted as 3–8 cents easier, heifers were 4c easier and cows were 2–5c easier on last week’s rates. Bulls were 2–3c cheaper. Store quotes:
STORE cattle were presented in much bigger numbers than previous weeks and were in good store condition.
Although there has been lack of rain in recent weeks, the market did improve 8–12c for all steers, reflecting good lines of quality cattle on offer, and heifers improved 7–11c.
A line of 362 steers on account Hammer Grazing, Charters Towers, averaged 316c/kg at average weight 231kg to realise $732/head.
Morr Morr Pastoral sold a line of 237 No.6 brahman cross steers averaging 254kg, selling to an average 299c/kg for $763/head.
A good pen of seven heifers on account Wilson and Co, Forsayth, made 268c/kg, weighed 250kg and returned a good average of $670/head.
Cows and calves were insufficient to quote.
Cattle are pushed through at the weekly Gracemere sale at CQLX.