A FEEDLOT buyer from Jondaryan wasted no time in filling his order at the Roma store sale on Tuesday, purchasing more than 400steers from the Nugent family, Tambo, in one hit.
Morgan Pastoral Co took home all but 12 of the entire line of heavy feed-on Santa steers with a bid of 312c/kg.
The Nugent’s offered a total of 415 steers which averaged 311c/kg at 418kg to return $1301/hd.
The heaviest pen of steers topped at $1539/hd.
They also sold 142 heifers for 298c/kg averaging 338kg to return $1012/hd.
David and Lynelle Nugent, Tambo Station, Tambo, had travelled to the sale to watch the steers from the family partnership go under the hammer with Landmark, which in the end only lasted a few minutes.
The Nugent family run about 3500 breeders across four properties in western Queensland; Tambo Station, Toliness, Bulburram and Highfields.
Their herd is now predominately Santa based with a few white marking cattle still popping up as a throw back to an integration of Hereford genetics finished about six years ago.
The Nugent’s routinely turn off their cattle to the Roma saleyards in October but couldn’t have picked a better time to offer their steers and heifers.
Recent rain had producers retaining their cattle and meant the full effect of the change in the season on cattle prices hadn’t been reflected in the smaller yardings at the weekly Roma store sale over the past few weeks.
But Tuesday’s booking of more than 5800head provided plenty of competition.
The buyer gallery was largely filled with local representatives from St George, Glenmorgan, Taroom, Wandoan, Roma while also as far as Quilpie.
Landmark selling agent Rod Turner said there were a number of strong runs of cattle this week which were well supported.
“Heavy feeder steers topped at 312c/kg which is probably 20c/kg up on last week,” he said.
“Young cattle got out to 420c/kg and your domestic feeder type cattle were making about 315c/kg to 325c/kg
“Cows had the biggest improvement out to 249c/kg from Kidman and Co at Bedourie.
“There have been a lot of plain quality odds and sods but today there was very good lines of quality cattle.”
The Nugent’s Tambo properties had received between 18 to 120mm of rain in the wet change while their other properties were under the lighter end of the falls.
They previously sold their steers to the bullock market but have been finding better rewards in the heavy feeder game.
Mr Nugent said their steers had been prepared on buffel grass and he was happy with the condition of their offering this year considering the seasonal conditions.
“In the last few years we have changed a bit away from the growing bullocks because we can find we can get them to this stage and not get much less money for them 12 months earlier,” he said.