First sale back
EMERALD agents yarded a slightly larger yarding of 1430 head, in what has been only the second sale for the past four weeks due to welcome wet weather. Consignments came from Charters Towers, Jericho, Alpha, Clermont and within the local area. Quality and presentation was mixed throughout most categories and whilst on the improve, their condition was typical of cattle presented shortly after a wet change. The buyer panel was bolstered with new orders from within the live export, feedlotting and restocking sectors, with solid representation from the traditional supporters. Competition was strong with improved prices in most sections with the exception of some of the plainer cattle. Limited numbers of killable cattle were offered. bullocks remained firm to a touch better, medium and heavy cows improving 10c/kg, heavy heifers over 400kg predominately sold to feedlot operators. A large offering of bulls sold exceptionally well. Feeder steers and heifers improved 13c/kg and 15c/kg respectively. Weaner steers were mostly made up of smaller lots and very mixed in quality, however any of the better types and runs were rewarded the best peaking at 399c/kg. Weaner heifers were well represented with better quality lines and larger numbers, making up approximately one third of the entire yarding. The lighter portion remained firm and the heifers over 200kg sold to 325c/kg to show an improvement of 11c/kg. Bullocks sold to 270c/kg, averaging 266c/kg. Heavy heifers over 400kg sold to 269c/kg to average 265c/kg.