Large yard­ing drop at CQLX

Central and North Rural Weekly - - LIVESTOCK -

GRACE­MERE

A MUCH smaller yard­ing of 1720 head was present, back 1635 on the pre­vi­ous sale.

Mixed-sex calves sold to re­stock­ers to an av­er­age of 209c, with the best male calves reach­ing 262c/kg.

Vealer steers av­er­aged 255c, sell­ing to 284c/kg on oc­ca­sion.

Vealer heifers av­er­aged 166c with sales to 228c/kg.

Heavy year­ling steers made to 257c to av­er­age 250c, while light and medium weights made from 219c to 226c/kg.

The best of the heavy year­ling heifers made 236c and av­er­aged 208c to 211c/kg.

Heavy grown steers to feed av­er­aged from 234c to 250c/kg, with four-score bul­locks mak­ing to 238c to av­er­age 236c/kg.

Heavy trade heifers av­er­aged 221c and four-score cows av­er­aged 190c/kg.

Live ex­port buy­ers paid 243c for their bulls and those to pro­ces­sors av­er­aged 214c/kg.

Good, av­er­age-qual­ity cows and calves made from $775 to $1025/unit.

CHARTERS TOWERS

A RE­DUCED yard­ing of 1424 mixed-qual­ity cat­tle was drawn by Charters Towers Com­bined Sell­ing Agents this week.

Heavy year­ling steers to back­ground des­tined for live ex­port sold to 236c, with many eas­ing by up to 20c/kg with qual­ity a fac­tor.

A mixed of­fer­ing of vealer heifers re­turn­ing to grass sold to 208c mul­ti­ple times, with most lesser-qual­ity lines sell­ing from 120c to 156c/kg.

Bet­ter types to back­grounders sold to 196c, while heavy year­ling heifers to slaugh­ter sold to 225c/kg.

Heavy three-score bul­locks to ex­port slaugh­ter sold to 247c and av­er­aged 3c lower at 246c/kg.

Medium weight three-score bul­locks to pro­ces­sors sold to 249c to av­er­age 228c, with plainer types to feed sell­ing to 196c to av­er­age 166c/kg.

Grown steers to feed sold to 206c, while some good-qual­ity heavy steers to back­grounders sold to 230c/kg.

Sin­gle sales of ex­tra-heavy three-score cows sold to 213c to av­er­age 197c/kg.

Medium weight two-score cows to slaugh­ter sold to 152c to av­er­age 106c/kg.

In­creased num­bers of light-con­di­tioned cows to re­stock­ers eased by up to 20c, sell­ing to 140c to av­er­age 99c/kg.

A small num­ber of heavy bulls to slaugh­ter sold to 244c, while many heavy bulls suit­able for live ex­port sold to back­grounders to 236c, with most sales from 220c to 228c/kg.

Feeder weight bulls to feed des­tined for live ex­port sold to 236c to av­er­age 201c, while bet­ter qual­ity light males to back­grounders sold to 236c/kg.

Light-con­di­tioned cows with young calves at foot sold for $460/unit.

EMER­ALD

A TO­TAL of 1270 head was on of­fer at the Emer­ald sale, rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease of 185 head on the pre­vi­ous week.

The price for vealer steers in­creased to av­er­age 281c for the bet­ter-bred pens, mak­ing to a top of 298c/kg.

Vealer heifers topped at 200c, av­er­ag­ing 189c/kg.

Year­ling steers sold to 273c for light weights, while av­er­ages var­ied from 236c to 258c/kg for most oth­ers.

The best of the year­ling heifers made 228c, gen­er­ally av­er­ag­ing 210c to 215c/kg.

Grown steers to feed av­er­aged from 240c to 244c, with four-score bul­locks mak­ing to 263c and re­turn­ing av­er­ages of 252c/kg for heavy weights.

Prices eased a lit­tle on the best cows due to the qual­ity of fin­ish to av­er­age 187c/kg.

Grown heifers to pro­ces­sors topped at 207c and av­er­aged 190c/kg.

Heavy bulls av­er­aged 214c/kg to pro­ces­sors.

GYMPIE

A GOOD-qual­ity yard­ing of 1082 cat­tle at Sul­li­van Live­stock’s Gympie sale meant the mar­ket re­mained firm for meat­works and young cat­tle, while heavy feed­ers were slightly eas­ier.

Bran­gus-cross weaner steers from Rod Janke made $2.69 ($760).

Char­bray steers from Ma­ree Dun­combe, Conon­dale, sold for $2.79 ($646).

Drought­mas­ter steers from Don­ald and Wendy Brown, Beaver Rock, made from $2.70 to $2.73.

Gen­er­ally, bet­ter qual­ity weaner steers sold from $2.45 to $2.81

Feeder heifers were lim­ited in sup­ply and sold to a top of $2.30 for li­mousin-cross heifers from Rus­sell Kernke to re­turn $893.

Weaner heifers sold to a top of $2.20, gen­er­ally sell­ing from $1.90 to $2.12.

Cows and calves sold to a top of $1225.

PHOTO: GEORDI OFFORD

MIXED NUM­BERS: Yard­ings in Grace­mere and Charters Towers dropped, while Emer­ald had an in­crease of 185 head.

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