THERE were 650 cattle yarded at the fortnightly sale on Tuesday.
Export cattle eased slightly again. Demand was strong for all store descriptions.
Bulls topped at to $2.75c/kg and $2460.
Bullocks sold to $3.09c/kg and $1550.
Heavy cows over 500kg topped at $2.42 per kilogram and $1625, averaging $2.32c/kg. Cows 400 to 500kg sold to $2.45 per kilogram for a $2.21 average.
Lighter cows under 400kg topped at $2.06.
Export heifers sold to $2.80 per kilogram and $1440. Cattle were drawn from Mundubbera, Gayndah, Coringa, Kumbia, Durong, Nanango, Yarraman, Kingaroy and locally.
Two pens of local santa steers averaging 397kg sold for an average of $1340 at $3.37c/kg. Two-tooth charbray steers from Kumbia weighing 448kg sold for $2.82 c/kg and $1264. Charbray steers from Coringa sold to $1159 at $3.50c/kg. Soft Euro-cross steers from Windera sold for $3.36 c/kg and $1217 with a weight of 362 kg. Simmental steers, 358kg, from Proston sold for $3.28 c/kg to return $1177. Two-tooth droughtmaster steers from Gayndah sold to $1276 at $3.25 c/kg. Charolais-cross weaner steers from Windera sold for $4.10c/kg and $838. Simmental-cross weaner steers ex Gayndah sold for $4.04 c/kg to return $817. Charbray weaner steers from Coringa sold for $1004 at $3.93c/kg.
Local angus-cross weaner steers sold to $900 at $3.78 c/kg. Simmental-cross heifers, 360kg, sold to $1066 and $2.96c/kg. Euro-cross heifers, 331kg, sold for $3.01 c/kg returning $998. Red brangus heifers from Wondai sold for $1010 at $2.90c/kg.
Santa weaner heifers, 240kg, also from Wondai sold to $3.36c/kg for $810. Droughtmaster-cross weaner heifers sold to $784 at $3.20c/ kg. Simmenta-cross weaner heifers from Gayndah sold for $3.46c/ kg and $682. Droughtmaster cows and calves sold to $1455.
The next Murgon sale is on Tuesday, May 5 at 8am.
COOLER days in Queensland are providing favourable growing conditions for many fruits and vegetables at the Brisbane Produce Market this week. A wide range of new season crunchy and juicy apples are available for your snacking needs. There are excellent supplies of shepard avocadoes with the hass variety from Queensland is just starting to appear.
Other best buys this week include pears, ladyfinger bananas from northern New South Wales, red crimson grapes, plums and dragonfruit. While strawberries are in between season and blueberries are scarce, we have good supply of bright red raspberries from Caboolture. Lemons, limes, imperial mandarins from Gayndah and local new season navel oranges from are available in great supply.
Indulge yourself in baking some orange muffins or lemon tarts sprinkled with almond and butter. Seedless watermelons are eating well, and rockmelons are in good supply.
It is quince season. Closely related to the apple and pear, this yellow skin and golden fleshed fruit is great for creating jams and marmalades. Another exciting item in season is the chestnut. Unlike other nuts, they are low in fat and high in carbohydrates. They cannot be eaten raw and are best cooked, boiled or roasted. For a flavourful dinner cook chopped chestnuts with pork mince and noodles and finish up with a garnish of coriander, lemon zest and chilli oil.
The popularity of the custard apple has skyrocketed over recent year. Our favourite this week is the pink mammoth variety. This exotic fruit has a sweet taste similar to that of a cooked pear and is the perfect afternoon snack. Once ripe the custard apple is best stored in the fridge.
There are good supplies of pomegranates this week. Look for pomegranates that are heavier to ensure that the seed have the most juice. Its seeds can be used as dessert toppings, and its pulp can be pressed to make a juice. This juice can be used to make jellies, salad dressings, and syrups. Leafy greens like lettuce, spinach, spring onion, kale, rocket and silverbeet are good value buys this week. There are good supplies of Asian vegetables, carrots, wombok, eggplants, okra, leeks, fennel and Lebanese cucumbers. Both broccoli and cauliflower are eating well but priced at premium. Crunchy capsicum has started to come from North Queensland, expect supply to increase in coming weeks. Now is the time to do some home cooking. Sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions and kent pumpkins are available and are the perfect base for soups, casseroles and home cooked meals.
If you are looking to add versatile vegetables to your basket then zucchini should be one of them as they are in great supply and the quality is good. This week’s top pick is kent pumpkins from the Lockyer Valley. Select a round shaped pumpkin with a mottled green, yellow skin and a golden flesh that gives a hollow sound when knocked.