Good buyer turnout at sale but they had a beef
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.