A total of 2320 head of cattle were yarded at Blackall's prime and store sale on Thursday. The cattle were yarded from Blackall, Aramac, Alice Springs, Tambo, Yaraka, Isisford, Jericho, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton and Jundah.
With a full panel of buyers in attendance, Blackall market followed all other market trends this week. Prime cattle remained firm and good quality store cattle were also firm, with plainer quality cattle easing across all descriptions.
Steers over 550kg sold to 270.2c, average 262.1c, steers 400-550kg made 278.2c, average 247.7c, steers 350-400kg reached 264.2c, average 222.7c, steers 280-350kg made 280.2c, average 236.3c, steers 220-280kg sold to 287.2c, averaging 257.8c, and steers under 220kg sold to 282.2c, average 247.9c. Mickeys made to 244.2c, to average 220.7c.
Cows and calves made to $850/unit, average $830/unit. Heifers over 450kg sold to 254.2c, averaging 225.3c, heifers 350-450kg made 246.2c, average 194.3c, heifers 280-350kg reached 220c, average 194.7c, heifers 220-280kg sold to 204.2c, averaging 187.1c, and heifers under 220kg made 206.2c, average 186.8c.
Bulls over 450kg made 250.2c, average 212.9c. Cows 300-400kg sold to 171.2c, average 132.8c, cows 400-500kg made 200.2c, average 163.1c, and cows over 500kg reached 210.2c, to average 194.9c.
BF Birchley and RC Birchley, Gartmore, Tambo sold Braford bullocks for 258.2c/kg weighing 669kg to return $1726/hd. Edkins Campbell sold bullocks to top at 263c weighing 605kg returning $1591/hd.
Bailey Properties Blackall sold Charolais cross cows for 208.2c weighing 649.4kg to return $1352/hd. Bloomfield Pastoral Company, Bloomfield, Blackall sold Droughtmaster prime cows to top at 194c to weigh 570kg to return $1105/hd.
RS and AM Windsor, Innerdale, Blackall sold Santa Gertrudis heifers for 254.2c averaging 467.1kg and returning $1012.44/hd. Walker & Co Winton sold Droughtmaster heifers for 218c weighing 462.3kg to return $1008.68.
Ben Avery, Allandale, Blackall sold Charolais cross heifers for 246.2c weighing 445kg to return $1095.59. KEC and JA Gordon, El Kantra, Longreach sold Santa heifers for 236.2c weighing 405kg to return $956.61/hd.
MJ Hoch, Lake Huffer, Aramac sold Charolais cross steers for 274.2c weighing 425kg to return $1167/hd. Braden Russell, Mt Macquarie, Blackall sold Simbrah steers for 270c weighing 405kg to return $1093/hd.
KEC and JA Gordon, El Kantra, Longreach sold Santa steers for 278.2c weighing 465.6kg to return $1295.37/hd. DV and RJ Bailey, Singleton Park, Isisford sold Charolais cross steers for 268.2c weighing 253kg returning $678/hd.
Henbury Cattle Co, Henbury, Alice Springs sold Angus cross mickeys for 232.2c weighing 239kg to return $555/hd. WP and KL Cluff, Blair Athol Station, Boulia sold Droughtmaster steers for 270.2c weighing 552.1 to return $1491.80/hd.
Pendine Pastoral Company, Pendine, Aramac sold Charolais and Santa cross steers to top at 264c. MS and LC Kersh, Bora, Richmond sold Santa Gertrudis heifers at 220c weighing 347.6kg to return $764.74/hd.
Henbury Cattle Co, Henbury, Alice Springs sold Angus cross heifers for 206.2c weighing 201kg to return $414/hd. RS and AM Windsor, Innerdale, Blackall sold Brangus cross bulls for 206.2c with an average weight of 825kg to return a head value of $1701.15.
K and N Douglas Enterprises, Cloncurry, sold Santa bulls for 247.2c weighing 480kg to return $1186.56/hd. Walker & Co Winton sold Santa bull for 211.2c weighing 695kg to return $1467.84.
ES and JB Otto, Minnamoora, Jericho sold Brahman bulls at 219.2c weighing 800kg to return $1753.6/hd. Darren and Raelene Matheson, Jundah, sold Brahman cross cows and calves for $830.