Emerald agents yarded 1400 head of mostly local cattle that came under strong competition at the March 8 sale, with all categories rising on last week’s rates.
Prime: bullocks over 550kg reached 278c/kg to average 272c, heavy steers 500–550kg reached 281c to average 266c, heavy heifers over 400kg topped at 268c and averaged 254c, cows over 520kg topped at 220c and averaged 217c, 450-520kg cows made 218c to average 214c, while heavy bulls over 600kg reached 269c to average 238c.
Store: heavy feeder steers 400–500kg made 291c to average 282c, while trade feeder steers 350–400kg topped 330c and averaged 301c. Backgrounder steers 280-350kg made 339c and averaged 307c, weaner steers 200-280kg sold to 368c and averaged 340c, while light steers under 200kg topped 368c to average 365c. Feeder heifers 350–400kg reached 267c and averaged 260c, backgrounder heifers 280-350kg topped 277c to average 267c, while weaner heifers 200-280kg reached 313c to average 268c and heifers under 200kg topped 298c averaging 285c.
Damien and Lana Hanrahan, Carnangarra, Comet consigned Brahman cross steers to 284c weighing 450kg or $1278, while Lyn Sypher and family, West Park, Emerald sold Droughtmaster steers reaching 303c to weigh 367kg returning $1115.
The Charles family of Gindie offered Charolais steers topping at 330c and weighed 372kg or $1229, while the Brimblecombe family, Dalkeith, Capella consigned Droughtmaster steers to 342c weighing 205kg and returned $701.
The Dyer family, Mountain View, Alpha sold Euro cross heifers topping at 253c to weigh 496kg returning $1256, while Warrick Stent-Smith, Roper View, Wyuna offered Charolais heifers reaching 275c and weighing 260kg returning $717.
The Hamblin family, Doris Park, Emerald sold Droughtmaster cross cows to 218c weighing 643kg or $1403, with the Backus family, Nardoo, Emerald consigning Droughtmaster cross cows to 219c and weighing 635kg to return $1391.