A smaller yarding of 2400 head was penned at Gracemere on Friday consisting of 1285 steers, 775 heifers, 245 cows, 45 cows and calves and 50 bulls and mickeys. Overall the quality was good with cattle coming from mainly local areas as well as from Alpha, Collinsville and Bowen.
Meatworks and heavy feeder cattle were well sought after and prices rose slightly again this week. The same cannot be said for smaller cattle returning to the paddock, with buyers being very selective. There was a very good quality run of No8 Droughtmaster/Simmental Cross steers that bucked the trend, selling for 293c and weighing 297kg.
Slaughter steers sold to 275c, average 265c, steers 400-500kg made 272c, average 262c, steers 300-400kg reached 293c, average 259c, steers 200-300kg made 293c, average 239c and steers under 200kg sold to 254c, average 220c.
Slaughter cows sold to 236c, average 216c, cows 400-450kg made 269c, average 197c, cows 320-400kg reached 228c, average 171c, and cows under 320kg made 210c, average 147c.
Heavy heifers sold to 255c, average 235c, heifers 300-400kg made 238c, average 226c, heifers 200-300kg reached 230c, average 189c, and heifers under 200kg made 188c, average 165c.
Cows and calves sold to $1060/unit, average $807/unit.
Bulls over 600kg made 239c, average 226c, bulls 450-600kg reached 234c, average 227c and bulls under 450kg sold to 238c, average 202c.
Webster family, Gracemere sold Charbray bullocks for 275c weighing 590kg returning $1623/hd. Needmor Family Trust, Gogango sold Droughtmaster steers for 269c weighing 524kg returning $1412/hd. Bill Linnamen, Yeppoon sold Brangus cows for 226c weighing 590kg returning $1336/hd. M & K Heath, Wowan sold Brahman heifers for 269c weighing 446kg returning $1200/hd. Wales Graz, Biloela sold No7 Brahman steers for 250c weighing 374kg returning $935/hd.
Yaralla Droughtmasters, Blackwater sold a quality run of Droughtmaster/Simmental cross No8 steers for 293c weighing 298kg returning $873/hd. KJ & LM Lawrence, Sarina sold Simbrah feeder heifers for 240c weighing 414kg to return $994/hd. WP & JR Shannon, Goovigen sold No7 Senepol/Angus cross heifers 236c weighing 336kg returning $792/hd. Jim and Glenda Maguire sold Brangus cows and calves for $1060/unit