The yarding at Gracemere on Friday was similar to the previous week, with a total of 2141 head; comprising 813 steers, 909 heifers, 389 cows, 23 bulls, and seven cow and calf units.
Quality and condition was mixed throughout the day in the yarding, drawn from the normal catchment around of Central Queensland between Bowen, Gin Gin and west to Moura.
Buyers comprised the normal group along with an extra processor and several new faces in the restocker paddock. A little moisture in some areas has helped change buyer attitudes. Values improved for most classes through the day.
Slaughter steers sold to 290c, average 270c, steers 400-500kg made 287c, average 267c, steers 300-400kg reached 292c, average 267c, steers 200-300kg made 286c, average 259c and steers under 200kg sold to 282c, average 250c.
Slaughter cows sold to 239c, average 220c, cows 400-450kg made 238c, average 198c, cows 320-400kg reached 170c, average 133c, and cows under 320kg made 118c, average 82c.
Heavy heifers sold to 262c, average 239c, heifers 300-400kg made 264c, average 228c, heifers 200-300kg reached 240c, average 209c, and heifers under 200kg made 224c, average 186c.
Cows and calves sold to $850/unit, average $750/unit.
Bulls over 600kg made 268c, average 235c, bulls 450-600kg reached 246c, average 229c and bulls under 450kg sold to 244c, average 194c.
Armstrong & Sons P/L, Alton Downs, sold Speckle Park steers to 285c, weighing 534kg, to return $1522/hd. EM and RF Bella, Nebo, sold No.8 Brangus steers to 282c, weighing 433kg to return $1223/hd.
Hinchliffe family, Milman, sold No.8 Droughtmaster steers for 287c, weighing 422kg to return $1211/hd. Villamosa, Rannas, sold Charbray steers to top at 292c, weighing 384kg to return $1122/hd.
G Groves, Ubobo, sold Brahman cross steers at 280c weighing 369kg to return $1033/hd. C Huntly, Killara, sold Charbray cross steers to top at 282c, weighing 335kg to return $947/hd.
T Blakeley, St Lawrence, sold Charbray cows to top at 231c, weighing 641kg to return $1481/hd. Danasta Family, Middlemount, sold prime Droughtmaster cows to top at 237c, weighing 506kg to return $1200/hd.
C Olive, Ogmore, sold prime Brahman cows for 234c, weighing 450kg and returning $1055/hd. Pimlico Pty Ltd, St Lawrence, sold a line of No.8 EU heifers topping at 254c, weighing 355kg to return $904/hd.
D and T Muscat, Dows Creek, sold Brangus weaner heifers for 238c, weighing 228kg to return $544/hd.