NUMBERS were back this week with just under 2400 cattle penned at the Emerald store and prime sale held on April 4.
Overall the quality improved which was reflected in a lift in averages for most categories, the limited numbers of top quality weaners came under strong competition to post the biggest gains. The few heavy Bullocks penned sold to 148c/kg, steers 500-550kg were 6c stronger to sell to 151c and average 137c, while 400-500kg steers topped at 147c to average 135c, a cent or so better. Steers in the 320-400kg range got to 189c for a 142c average, a gain of 6c, steers 220-320kg made as much as 204c for a 159c average to regain the previous sale’s losses, while a limited number of light steers under 220kg peaked at 168c.
There was a little more life in the cow market with no heavy cows in the yarding to quote but those in the 400-520kg range gained 7c to top at 119c and average 110c, with plain conditioned P.T.I.C. store cows making 110c.
Heifers over 400kg topped at an isolated 149c for a firm 127c average, 300-400kg heifers came under subdued competition to reach 147c and averaged 126c, 4c less than the previous week, heifers in the 220-300kg range peaked at 156c and gained 9c to average 142c, while plain heifers under 220kg made to 125c. Just two lots of plain conditioned aged cow and calves sold to $530 per unit.
Col and Jenny Feddersen, Whitdale, Rubyvale, consigned a large draft of no-1 Droughtmaster-cross steers selling to a top of 145c and $673 per head, the draft averaged 141c and $573p/h. Richard and Jenny Woolcock, Oakey Creek, Springsure, offered a draft of Brahman-cross heifers which topped at138c and $543p/h, while Ian and Jenny Grayson had a 515kg Brangus heifer reach 149c and $768p/h.
The Barlow family, Amaroo, Comet, sold 380kg Brangus heifers for 135c and $513p/h, while 395kg Wagyu-cross heifers from John and Robin McCosker, Codenwarra, Emerald, made 128c and $506p/h.
The Birchmore family, Walkers Park, Richmond, sold a draft of good frame, fresh store condition Droughtmaster cows to 115c and $571p/h.
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