With the final sale for 2018 at Emerald on Thursday and isolated rain events throughout the district in the past 24 hours with a chance of more on the way, light weight to medium weight categories came under strong competition increasing in places up to 35c.
A lesser quality line up of slaughter cattle were on offer which reflected a cheaper market. Heavy bullocks made to 267c to average 250c, with steers 500-550kg making to 278c to average 258c, 400-500kg steers topped at 310c to average 296c, with 350-400kg steers making to 298c to average 283c, steers 280-350kg reached 307c to average, while steers in the weaner weight ranges made to 315c to average 291c.
Heifers over 400kg made to 241c to average 232c, while heifers 350-40kg made to 261c to average 252c, heifers 280-350kg made to 277c to average 257c, with heifers in the weaner weight ranges making to 278c to average 244c. Heavy cows over 520kg made to 228c to average 223c, while cows 450-520kg made to 225c to average 220c.
Highlights: Charles and Wendy Curran, Bluegrass Plains, Capella sold Charolais cross steers to 309c to weigh 402kg or $1244, The Stent-Smith family, Roper View, Emerald sold Simmental cross steers to 300c to weigh 404kg or $1212. Lynn Sypher, West Park, Emerald sold Droughtmaster steers to 307c to weigh 320kg or $983.
Andrew and Marleene Slack, Mayview, Emerald sold Droughtmaster steers to 290c weigh 320kg or $930, while their heifer portion made to 259c to weigh 340kg or $883. The Hughes family, Wentworth, Clermont sold a large draft of Brangus cross heifers making to 269c to weigh 346kg or $932. The Perry family, Glendon, Emerald sold Droughtmaster heifers to 240c to weigh 220kg or $530.