Blackall combined agents yarded 1328 head at the Blackall’s fat and store sale on Friday. Fat cattle followed suit with other major centres across the eastern seaboard and strengthened considerably by up to 20c/kg. Feeder cattle were in fair supply and competition pushed prices to a top of 280c for steers and 235c for heifers. Store cattle attracted strong competition from re-stockers and one major northern NSW processor on the light weaners to go onto feed. Cattle were drawn from the Cloncurry, Hughenden, Muttaburra, Winton, Longreach, Isisford, Yaraka and local districts.
Steers over 550kg sold to 286.2c, average 254.6c, steers 400-550kg made 284.2c, average 253.2c, steers 350-400kg reached 275c, average 263.9c, steers 280-350kg made 254.2c, average 241.7c, steers 220-280kg sold to 260.2c, averaging 245.2c, and steers under 220kg sold to 284.2c, average 259.6c. Mickeys made to 170c, to average 170c.
Heifers over 450kg sold to 254.2c, average 249.6c, heifers 350-450kg made 235.2c, average 218.6c, heifers 280-350kg reached 184.2c, average 159.8c, heifers 220-280kg sold to 200.2c, averaging 170.1c, and heifers under 220kg made 168.2c, average 146.4c.
Bulls over 450kg made 224.2c, average 184.7c, and bulls under 450kg sold to 214.2c, average 174.7c.
Cows 300-400kg sold to 148.2c, average 93.1c, cows 400-500kg made 214.2c, average 172.6c, and cows over 500kg reached 242.2c, to average 222.1c.
Ashover Pastoral, Barenya, Hughenden sold Brahman cross cows to a top of 206c weighing 489kg to return $1008/head.
Bloomfield Pastoral Company, Lilyveil, Blackall sold Droughtmaster cows to a top of 228c weighing 568kg to return $1297/head.
Beco Pastoral Trust, Luthrie and Hypatia, Longreach sold feeder steers to a top of 262c weighing 445kg to return $1166/head. They also sold EU steers to a top of 284c weighing 151kg to return $430/head and EU heifers to a top of 189c weighing 233kg to return $440/head.
Peter Hall, Oorindi Park, Cloncurry sold Droughtmaster steers to a top of 252c weighing 270kg to return $683/head. He also sold Brahman feeder heifers to a top of 211c weighing 359kg to return $759/head.
Bailey Properties, Paradise Downs, Blackall sold Charolais bulls for 204c weighing 927kg to return $1893/hd.
Moonbong Partnership, Ravensbourne, Blackall sold Santa Gertrudis ox for 286c weighing 606kg to return $1736/hd.
Enniskillen Pastoral Co, Mt Enniskillen, Blackall sold Santa Gertrudis cows for 216c weighing 522kg to return $1128/hd.
Adams and Son, Darracourt, Blackall sold Simmental cross cows for 232.2c weighing 563kg to return $1307/hd.
Pigurra Grazing Co, Forest Hill, Blackall sold Shorthorn cross cows for 214.2c weighing 475kg returning $1017/hd.
DG & DL Carter, Elsinore, Blackall sold Santa cross cows 240.2c weighing 588.8kg to return $1414/hd.
Copai Pastoral Co, Politic, Aramac sold Droughtmaster cross steers for 264.2c weighing 188.6kg to return $498/hd.
Will Gray, Rocklea, Barcaldine sold red Brangus steers for 252c at 136kg to return $436/hd.
DR & KJ Allen, Tarcombe, Longreach sold Droughtmaster cows for 238.2c for 613.6kg to return $1461.53/hd. They also sold Droughtmaster heifers for 254.2c for 550kg to return $1398.10/head.They sold Droughtmaster bulls for 224.2c for 702.5kg to return $1575.01.