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