At this week’s store sale Charters Towers Combined Agents yarded a total of 1288 head consisting of 638 prime and 650 store cattle.
Of the prime there were 178 bullocks, 53 heifers, 360 cows and 47 bulls.
The store cattle was made up of 407 steers, 222 heifers and 21 cows and calves.
The cattle were of a mixed quality with fat prime cattle making for strong competition at auction.
The yarding was drawn from Normanton, Georgetown, Julia Creek, Collinsville and local and coastal areas.
Of the prime cattle bullocks topped 15c, heifers 5c and cows 10c dearer on last week’s sales in what could be the start of the good, solid month of sales.
The top pen of bullocks, cross bred steers from ‘Mt Douglas’ in Clermont, pulled 255c/kg from a weight of 536kg to return $1,368 per head.
Heavy bullocks averaged at 246c/kg, a strong mean for works ready cattle.
The best priced trade heifers sold on account of Khartoum Past Co returned $953 per head from 219c/kg, weighing 435kg.
Hammer Grazing Trust had the best pen of cows which topped at 202c/kg from a weight of 522kg to return $1,056 per head.
Ken Cameron bulls weighing a healthy 626kg returned $1,455 per head from a price of 232c/kg.
The store cattle showed good quality and top pens had up to five and six bidders meaning steers and heifers were both 10-15c dearer than last week.
A pen of very young Brahman cross steers sold on account of CF Easton made 304c/kg from 143kg to return $435 per head.
There was a good pen of Brahman cross heifers sold on account of Ball & Co weighing 175kg, topping at 263c/kg to average $460 per head.
A pen of crossbred heifers sold on account of Mt Douglas Past Co topped at 249c/kg and weighed 318kg to return a healthy $792 per head.
The pen of 21 cows and calves sold on account of CJ and DJ Stallan returned $870 per unit.