A slightly smaller yarding than the previous week was penned at Gracemere on Friday, with 2592 head on offer. The yarding consisted of 1315 steers, 832 heifers, 217 cows, 32 cows and calves, and 225 bulls. Cattle were drawn from Collinsville, Nebo, Boyne Valley and all local areas. Quality was good overall and the current weather conditions encouraged the usual buyers to extend their limits. Prices improved for all descriptions.
Slaughter steers sold to 268.2c, average 263.6c, steers 400-500kg made 278.2c, average 258.5c, steers 300-400kg reached 316.2c, average 260.6c, steers 200-300kg made 328.2c, average 272.8c and steers under 200kg sold to 294.2c, average 271.4c.
Slaughter cows sold to 245.2c, average 204.9c, cows 400-450kg made 234.2c, average 190.3c, cows 320-400kg reached 154.2c, average 108.9c, and cows under 320kg made 170c, average 108.2c.
Heavy heifers sold to 263.2c, average 229.6c, heifers 300-400kg made 259.2c, average 238c, heifers 200-300kg reached 252.2c, average 224.3c, and heifers under 200kg made 246.2c, average 220.9c.
Cows and calves sold to $1475/unit.
Bulls over 600kg made 259.2c, average 244.6c, bulls 450-600kg reached 254.2c, average 249.1c and bulls under 450kg sold to 262c, average 234.6c.
Wotonga Grazing Co, Nebo sold Droughtmaster cross bullocks to top at 268.2c/kg weighing 619kg to return $1661/hd. L Swift, Westwood sold feeder steers to 278c to weigh 432kg to return $1202/hd. Trevor and Lyn Pullen, Montrose, Marlborough sold a quality line EU Brahman steers for 285c weighing 288kg to return $820p/hd. Max and Evelyn McCartney, Sandgralee, Marlborough sold prime Brahman cows for 218c they weighed 551kg to return $1202p/hd.
I & A Walters, Dingo sold a line of Charbray heifers to 258c to top at 486kg to return $1285/hd. Aaron and Alison McLaughlin, Myimbarr, Dingo sold Charolais Brangus cross weaner heifers for 252c weighing 236kg to return $597/hd. Shane and Margaret Walsh, Currajong, Marmor sold Charbray No8 heifers for 252c weighing 236kg to return $597/hd.