The weekly market report brought to you by Geaney’s Livestock and Real Estate.
A total of 1453 head of cattle was yarded yesterday by Charters Towers Combined Agents consisting of 1150 prime cattle and only 303 store cattle.
The prime cattle was made up of 140 bullocks, 83 heifers, 889 cows and 38 bulls.
Store Cattle consisted of 153 steers, 140 heifers and 12 Cows & 12 Calves with no cows yarded.
Prime cattle held a lot of good quality lines of cows which were supported by smaller lots of bullocks.
Over half the yarding were meatworks ready cows and this week’s yarding was drawn from Einasleigh, Georgetown, Bowen, Mt Isa and local and coastal areas.
The regular buyers were joined by a good flock of new buyers keeping auction competitive and prices high.
Bullocks were quoted the same as last sale but heifers were 5-7c dearer and cows 8-10¢ dearer on last week’s rates.
Bullocks topped at 260c/kg for a decent pen sold on account of Scona Pastoral, weighed in at 560kg to return a healthy $1457 per head.
The top priced trade heifers were sold for local graziers P and G Myles, Charters Towers, topping at 243c/kg at a weight of 440kg to return $1070 per head.
Cows topped at 216c/kg with a pen sold on account of E and H Matthews making just under that at 214c/kg and weighed 520kg to return $1115 per head.
D Muller, Charters Towers bulls topped at 224c/kg from a weight of 710kg to bring in $1591 per head.
A very small yarding of store cattle meant a lot of competition for good quality lines.
One line of 102 weiner heifers pulled 295c/kg with the best young steer pulling 302c/kg.
A pen of 34 No. 5 Brahman steers, sold for Eric Ellems, made a very healthy 309c/kg and weighed 253kg to pull $783 per head.
SPK Pastoral No. 5 heifers from Spring Ck made 295c/kg from 192kg to rake in $566 per head.
Cows & calves returned $980 per unit.