Charters Towers Combined Agents yarded a total of 1487 cattle on August 9, consisting of 571 prime cattle and 916 store cattle.
The prime cattle consisted of 106 bullocks, 22 heifers, 292 cows and 151 bulls, while the store cattle consisted of 298 steers, 573 heifers and 4x4 cows and calves.
Cattle comprised of few bullocks with some good lines of cows. Yarding was drawn from mostly western areas such as Mount Isa, Julia Creek, Richmond, Hughenden and also Belyando, Georgetown, Prairie, Mt Coolon and Collinsville, local and coastal areas.
The lead of the bullocks in the prime section of the yarding sold at dearer rates while all prime cows were cheaper across the board.
Bullocks were quoted 7-8c/kg dearer, Heifers were 2-4c/kg easier, Cows were 7-8c/kg easier and Bulls were 4-6c/kg dearer on last week’s rates.
Bullocks topped at 252c/kg for a few individual sales whereas a top pen of bullocks made 245c/kg
Best priced trade heifers were presented on account of CT & JL Poole and made 259c/kg to weigh 465kg and return $1205 per head.
The top pen of cows were sold by J Bethel for 206c/kg and weighed 603kg to return $1433 per head.
Bulls sold on behalf of AJ Gallagher, topped at 243c/kg and weighed 780kg to return $1896 per head.
Store quotes saw a larger than normal gallery of store buyers competed on feeder steers and feeder heifers, with also two live exporter operators bidding on feeder steers in the 280 to 400kg weight range. Feeder steers were up to 20c dearer and feeder heifers were 10-12c/kg dearer.
A pen of 10 steers on behalf of K & L Woodhouse made 353c/kg and weighed 228kg and realised $805 per head.
A good pen of 30 heifers on account of CT & JL Poole made 292c/kg, weighed 228kg and returned a good average of $668 per head
A line of 300 heifers, on account of CT & JL Poole, Glendower Station, Prairie, made 272c/kg to average 261kg and returned $710.
12 cows and 12 calves sold on account of P & L Butler and returned $1330 per unit.
The next prime and store sale is booked for Wednesday August 16.