Good buyer turnout at sale but they had a beef

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor -

BUY­ERS chas­ing cat­tle for meat­works t ur ned o ut i n s t r e n g t h f o r Wednes d a y ’ s weekly sale at Char­ters Tow­ers where a small yard­ing was able to sat­isfy lit­tle more than the lo­cal mar­ket.

A to­tal of 308 head were yarded at Dal­rym­ple Sa­le­yards where t he 160-head prime cat­tle lineup in­cluded an of­fer­ing of qual­ity fat cows and com­prised 4 5 bul­locks, 4 9 heifers, 56 cows, and 10 bulls.

The store cat­tle of­fer­ing to­talled 148 head and con­sisted of 89 steers, 11 heifers and 48 cows with calves. Agents said rain over the pre­ced­ing few days had closed roads to the north of Char­ters Tow­ers, al­ready in poor con­di­tion due to Cy­clone Yasi, as well as coastal routes, pre­vent­ing de­liv­ery of cat­tle to mar­ket.

Char­ters Tow­ers agent Matt Geaney said gra­ziers to the north of the town were keen to turn off, but were stymied by lack of ac­cess and the need to muster and sort cat­tle, which had be­come mixed due to Cy­clone Yasi dam­ag­ing fenc­ing.

Mr Geaney said agents were hop­ing for dry weather ahead of a spe­cial store cat­tle sale set down for March 25 for which gra­ziers were reg­is­ter­ing good num­bers.

Among prime cat­tle at Wed­nes­day’s auc­tion, bul­locks topped at 167.2c/ kg for one ox sold on be­half of Mt Dou­glas Pas­toral Co, via Char­ters Tow­ers, which weighed and brought $ 1028.

Top-price trade heifers were pre­sented by Rass Farm­ing, Raven­shoe, and fetched 144.2 c/ kg, weigh­ing 347kg to re­turn $ 501 per head.

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