Prices firm across CQ sa­le­yards this week –

Central Queensland News - - RURALWEEKLY -


THE meat­works mar­ket held firm to dearer last Fri­day at the Gracemere CQLX sa­le­yards.

With good qual­ity lines of store cat­tle meet­ing with strong com­pe­ti­tion across all de­scrip­tions the over­all mar­ket was firm to dearer on last week’s rates.

A yard­ing of 2238 head were pre­sented, com­pris­ing of 909 steers, 853 heifers, 413 cows, 49 x 49 cows and calves and 14 bulls.

Cat­tle were drawn from Collinsville and Bowen in the north, Miriam Vale in the south and lo­cal ar­eas in be­tween.

Steers to slaugh­ter topped 276.2 c/kg av­er­ag­ing 260.2c/kg to a firm mar­ket.

Steers 400 to 500kg topped 284.2c/kg av­er­ag­ing 273.4c/kg while the 300 to 400kg steers topped 332.2c/kg to av­er­age 293.8 c/kg with a +10 change in the mar­ket.

Steers 200 to 300kg topped 374.2c/kg to av­er­age 339.5c/kg with a +21 change in the mar­ket.

Steers un­der 200kg topped 366.2c/kg to av­er­age 346.2c/kg.

Cows to slaugh­ter topped 232.2c/kg av­er­ag­ing 201.1c/kg with a +6 change in the mar­ket.

Cows 400 to 450kg topped 238.2c/kg to av­er­age 191.9c/kg.

Cows 320 to 400kg topped 236.2c/kg av­er­ag­ing 182.9c/kg with a -13 change in the mar­ket.

No quote was avail­able for smaller cows.

Heavy heifers topped 276.2c/kg to av­er­age 263.3c/kg.

Cows 300 to 400kg topped 326.2c/kg to av­er­age 259.5c/kg with a +15 change in the mar­ket.

Cows 200 to 300kg topped 308.2c/kg to av­er­age 269.4c/kg with a +5 change in the mar­ket.

Cows un­der 200kg topped 310.2c/kg to av­er­age 277.3c/kg.

Cows and calves topped $1300 to av­er­age $1150.

Bulls over 600kg topped 223.2c/kg to av­er­age 209.2c/kg.

Bulls 450kg to 600kg topped 395.2c/kg to av­er­age 222.3c/kg.

Smaller bulls topped 338.2c/kg to av­er­age 280.8 c/kg.


THE Emer­ald com­bined cat­tle sale last week saw a good qual­ity yard­ing of just over 1500 head of­fered.

Most of the cat­tle were drawn from the lo­cal area with the ad­di­tion of a large sin­gle ven­dor of­fer­ing of wean­ers from the Jeri­cho area.

The mar­ket re­alised a dearer trend across all de­scrip­tions with young weaner cat­tle see­ing the big­gest gains, driven by strong de­mand from lo­cal re­stock­ers.

Like other selling cen­tres this week prime cat­tle met with a stronger mar­ket with a full panel of buy­ers present and op­er­at­ing.

Bul­locks over 550kgs were in short sup­ply and topped at 259.2c/kg to av­er­age 253c/kg.

Heavy feeder weight steers 400-500 kgs topped at 279.2c/kg to av­er­age 273c/kg and +18c/kg dearer on av­er­age.

A large sup­ply of qual­ity weaner steers were of­fered reach­ing a top of 387.2c/kg while steers 200-280kgs av­er­aged 349c/kg and +15c/kg dearer.

Prime heavy cows over 520 kgs in short sup­ply topped at 215.2c/kg and av­er­aged 203c/kg to be +4c/kg dearer com­pared to last sale.

A large of­fer­ing of heavy heifers over 400kgs topped at 269.2c/kg selling to a feed­lot op­er­a­tor, with heavy heifers av­er­ag­ing 260c/kg.

Heifers 350-400 kgs reached 269.2c/kg to av­er­age 262c/kg and +20c/kg dearer.

Weaner heifers reached a healthy top of 315.2c/kg with heifers 200-280 kgs av­er­ag­ing 286c/kg and +22c/kg dearer.

Cows and calves topped at $1210/unit.


CHAR­TERS Tow­ers Com­bined Agents yarded a to­tal of 1483 cat­tle con­sist­ing of 488 prime cat­tle and 995 store cat­tle last week.

The prime cat­tle con­sisted of 141 bul­locks, 18 heifers, 249 cows and 80 bulls. Store cat­tle yarded 780 steers, 195 heifers, 0 cows and 20 cows and calves.

Prime cat­tle com­prised of a lesser qual­ity yard­ing with fewer good fin­ished bul­locks pre­sented and only pock­ets of well fin­ished cows yarded.

The yard­ing was drawn from Nor­man­ton, Croy­don, Ge­orge­town, Mt Sur­prise, Ma­landa, Ei­nasleigh, Kid­ston, Hugh­en­den, Tor­rens Creek, Green­vale, lo­cal and coastal ar­eas.

Bul­locks were quoted two to four cents dearer, heifers were one to three cents eas­ier, and cows un­der 400kg were two to six cents eas­ier on last week’s rates, while heavy cows over 400kg were two to four cents dearer.

Bulls over 400kg sold to cheaper rates of four to six cents selling to 239.2c/kg to av­er­age 230c/kg.

622 weaner bulls from mostly three prop­er­ties in North Queens­land dom­i­nated the 995 feeder cat­tle yarded.

Mostly in the 200kg to 320kg range, the weaner bulls sold to a top of 338.2c/kg to av­er­age 299c/kg.


A LARGER num­ber of mixed qual­ity cat­tle gen­er­ally sold to a firm mar­ket with most classes re­ceiv­ing only qual­ity re­lated price changes.

A fair panel of buy­ers was present and op­er­at­ing in the young cat­tle sec­tion and in­cluded the usual feed and trade buy­ers plus some re­stock­ers.

De­spite some ad­di­tional ex­port pro­ces­sor sup­port on the heavy grown steers and bul­locks prices gen­er­ally re­mained very close to the pre­vi­ous sale.

The rel­a­tively small se­lec­tion of cows also sold to within a few cents of the pre­vi­ous week.

Light weight year­ling steers re­turn­ing to the pad­dock made to 328.2c with most close to 306c/kg.

Year­ling steers in the 280-330kg range to feed made to 315.2c to av­er­age 294c/kg.

A good sam­ple of medium weight year­ling steers to feed av­er­aged 296c and made to 215.2c/kg.

Heavy weight year­ling steers to feed av­er­aged in the early 270c/kg range and made to 288.2c/kg.

Light weight year­ling heifers to feed av­er­aged 268c while those re­turn­ing to the pad­dock made to 298.2c to av­er­age 286c/kg.

Medium weight year­ling heifers to the trade made to 280.2c to av­er­age 268c and heavy weights to the trade av­er­aged 267c/kg.

Heavy grown steers to ex­port slaugh­ter av­er­aged 268c and bul­locks made to 278.2c to av­er­age 269c/kg.

Medium weight 2 score cows av­er­age 181c and made to 190c/kg.

Good heavy cows av­er­aged close to 210c and made to 224.2c/kg some re­turn­ing $2085/head.

Heavy bulls made to 270.2c/kg.


THERE was a yard­ing of 214 head at the Roma Prime Sale last week, down 330 head on last week. Qual­ity was good with ma­jor­ity of the yard­ing fat cows to slaugh­ter.

The yard­ing was made up of 77 bul­locks, 111 cows, 16 year­lings and 39 bulls.

All buy­ers were in at­ten­dance and op­er­at­ing.

Year­ling steers made to a top of 222.2c and year­ling heifers made to a top of 226c/kg.

Light weight steers un­der 500kg made to a top of 250c to av­er­age 235c/kg.

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