LIVESTOCK: Latest reports from Central Queensland cattle sales
A SLIGHTLY smaller yarding at the CQLX Gracemere sale last week with 2655 head offered, down 100 head on last sale.
The main run of 485 head of better bred vealer steers sold to a top of 328c to return an average of 284c/kg.
Similar improvements were also seen in the vealer heifers with sales to 260c and averaged 240c/kg for the best bred lines.
Yearling steers made to 284c with the majority from 265c to 278c/kg.
Improvements of 30c plus were commonplace in the yearling heifers which averaged from 220c to 242c and a top of 258c/kg.
Grown steers went to feed at an average of 253.4c while four score steers to processors averaged 266c and best to 268c/kg.
Grown heifers to the trade sold to 263c with the best averaging 254c/kg.
Four score cows improved almost 20c to average 217c for the heavyweights and 205c/kg for medium weight cows.
Heavy bulls averaged 249c/kg. Several pens of useful cows and calves sold from $950 to $1425/unit.
CHARTERS Towers agents and vendors penned 1705 head, 352 head fewer than last sale.
The few calves penned improved in value with the best steer calves selling to 252c/kg.
Yearling steers sold to 246c to return averages from 225c to 240c/kg.
Yearling heifers made to 228c on occasions with averages in the mid 180c/kg range for the better bred pens.
Grown steers to feed sold to 230c with processors averaging 254c for their best four score steers and paying to a top of 263c/kg.
A few grown heifers to the trade made 220c to 223c/kg for the best.
The four score cows reached a top of 214c for a few grain assisted cows with an average of 196c/kg.
Plainer three score cows improved to average 177c/kg.
Heavy bulls to live export topped at 262c, averaging 257c/kg.
The better bred pens of cows and calves made from $910 to $1100/unit.
THERE was another small yarding at Emerald last week with 549 penned, an increase on last sale of 171 head.
Vealer steers made 283c for the best, with vealer heifers making 225c/kg.
Yearling steers made 262c and yearling heifers, averaged 189c/kg for the best.
Grown steers to feed made to 262c, averaging 252c to 259c/kg.
Four score steers made to a top of 256c and averaged 254c/kg.
Grown heifers went to feed at a top of 234c, while processors paid to 248c, to average 222c/kg for theirs.
Four score cows improved to make 224c for the best, while plain, under finished cows averaged 188c, to be almost 20c/kg up on last sale.
Heavy bulls reached 263c, to average 242c/kg. One pen of good quality cows and calves sold for $1225/unit.
SULLIVAN Livestock yarded 1059 cattle at their Gympie sale where the market was dearer for meatworks cattle and heavy feeders, both steers and heifers.
A bazadaize Bull from Rodney Johansen, Boompa topped $2.88 to return $2838.
John and Joan Falconer, Widgee sold a charbray bull for $2.86 ($2461).
St Neots, Cinnabar sold a charolais bull for $2.84 ($2614).
Quality young bullocks from Neville and Lyndall Ensbey, Bergins Pocket made $3.02 and $3.01 to return $1829 and $1769.
A show steer from Hamilton Rockemer, Brooweena made $3.09 to return $2102.
Brahman cows from Neville and Lyndall Ensbey made $2.45 ($1557 and $1363).
Droughtmaster cows from BH and SO Portas, Woolooga made $2.45 ($1655 and $1542).
Only a small amount of heavy feeder steers were yarded and sold to a top of $2.76 for charbray steers from Ian Gauld, Teebar to return ($1144).
Droughtmaster steers 10 – 12 months from Ron Gibbs, Widgee sold for $2.85 or $992 and $866.
Droughtmaster cross steers from Dennis and Sue Billiau, Scotchy pocket made $2.69 ($784).
Droughtmaster steers from John Krafft, Gunalda made $2.88 ($710).
Generally weaner steers sold from $2.60 to $2.81.
Charbray heifers from Dion Williams made $2.49 ($685).
SMALLER YARDINGS: Smaller numbers were recorded in areas around CQ last week, with Emerald seeing an increase of 171 head. PHOTO: FILE