Latest sales results from across Central Queensland selling complexes
A SMALLER yarding of 2410 head presented at Gracemere, 615 fewer head than last week. It was a good quality offering, drawn mainly from local areas, together with drafts from Alpha, Collinsville and Bowen.
Condition is still decreasing each week, with an increasing number of light conditioned cattle on offer. Prices eased for most descriptions, although light cows had an increasing trend as processors competed to fill trim orders. A very mixed offering of yearling heifers saw sales to 240c, with the better types averaging from 226–231c/kg. Heavy grown steers to feed topped at 270c, with processors paying to 275c/kg for their best. A few prime four score grown heifers to the trade topped at 270c/kg. Plain, light cows sold strongly to 197c, averaging 184c/kg. Heavy four score cows reached 236c to average 232c/kg. Heavy bulls averaged 229c, reaching a top of 239c/kg. Good to average quality cows and calves sold from $850–$1060/unit.
A YARDING of 2172 cattle were drawn by Charters Towers combined selling agents, featuring several northern lines of bullocks, cows and grown steers. Most categories improved on last sale, with export bullocks lifting 8c and heavy cows improving by more than 10c/kg, particularly better yielding pens. Two processors did not operate, however the remaining regular processors, two live exporters and regular feeder buyers operated, with selective support from cautious restockers and backgrounders. Cattle were drawn from Mt Isa, Burketown, Cloncurry, Richmond, Georgetown, Greenvale, Ravenswood, local and coastal area.
Heavy export bullock supply decreased, however there were some very good quality local lines attracting strong demand, improving by up to 8c/kg on the previous week. Processors secured heavy four score export bullocks to 270c to average 267c, while three scores sold to 274c to average 269c/kg. Plainer D muscled heavy bullocks sold to 263c to average 231c, while plainer types to feed destined for live export sold to 220c to average 205c/kg. Suitable heavy grown steers to live export sold to 264c multiple times and plainer types to feed destined for live export sold to 245c to average 228c/kg. Heavy grown steers to feed sold to 237c and medium weight feeders to 245c/kg.
THE yarding at Emerald was 1422 head – down 210 on last week. Cattle were drawn from the local areas along with a draft from Cloncurry. Overall quality was good although competition was subdued and prices for many descriptions eased on previous sales. A run of mixed sex calves averaged 219.5c with the best steers making to 248c/kg. Vealer steers topped at 251c, averaging 239c/kg. Vealer heifers to slaughter averaged 208c with restockers paying 200c/kg. Four score grown heifers to the trade averaged 248c and topped at 257c/kg. Four score cows gained a little on last sale to average
234c/kg for the heavy weights. Heavy bulls to processors averaged 228c/kg.
BULLOCKS over 600kg sold to 290c. Trade bullocks 500–600kg sold to 294c, up 7c from last sale and cows over 500kg sold to 258c, up 21c. Cows 400–500kg sold to 245c, up 19c. Feeder steers 400–500kg sold to a top of 280c, up 6c, while steers 300–400kg sold to 277c, firm on last sale. Steers 200– 300kg sold to 285c, down 3c on last fortnight. Heifers 300–400kg sold for 262c, up 12c, and heifers 200–300kg sold to 262c, up 30c.
Four and six tooth santa cross bullocks from Wandoan sold for 290c/$1799. Brangus bullocks from Mt Perry sold for 286c/$1844. Two to six tooth brahman bullocks from Childers sold for 294c/$1492. Four and six tooth crossbred bullocks from Bundaberg sold for 288c/$1671. Charbray cross cows from Gin Gin sold for 245c/$1164. Brahman cows from Hervey Bay sold for 243c/$1246. Droughtmaster cross cows from Gayndah sold for 243c/$1438. Brahman cross cows from Mundubbera sold for 243c/$1225. Six tooth heifers from Manumbar sold for 275c/$1596. Milk tooth charbray cross heifers from Hervey Bay sold for 281c/$1412.
Four tooth brahman cross steers from Morganville sold from 280c/$1396. Milk and two tooth santa cross steers from Wandoan sold for 273c/$1260. Two to four tooth steers from Childers sold for 272c/$1292.
IN THE YARDS: Rory and Michael Delaney from Childers with a pen of their two to six tooth brahman bullocks. The pen sold for 294.2c/kg or $1492/head.