THERE was finally something to smile about for graziers in the north with day one of Big Country 2019 exceeding expectations.
Agents and vendors alike were optimistic with the results for the first day of the sale at the Dalrymple Saleyards, with red Brahman bulls and heifers all selling well.
Both categories received a 100 per cent clearance rate, with buyers coming from throughout Queensland, including the flood-stricken north west, and from the Northern Territory.
A total of 99 red Brahman bulls sold to gross $910,000 to average $9,190.
Of them, 93 registered Brahman sires sold to gross $879,500, with an average of $9,460 with a top price of $54,000.
Six red Brahman herd bulls sold to gross $30,500 to average $5,085 with a top of $6000.
The heifers also sold well, with 25 Brahman Belles stud heifers selling to gross $120,500, to average $4,820 with a top price of $19,000.
Forty of "Lanes Creek Ladies" heifers sold to gross $220,000 to average $5,500 with a top of $12,500.