CQLX Gracemere agents yarded an increased number of 4634 head on Wednesday, comprising 2380 steers, 1946 heifers, 278 cows, 24 bulls, and six cows and calves.
The increased yarding was mainly due to large single vendor quality lines being drawn from the Nebo/Collinsville area. Other cattle were drawn from Koumala, Dingo, and local areas. All processors were present but were not as strong as previous weeks.
Feeder steers decreased slightly on last week's exceptionally high rates. Weaner steers struggled to maintain previous weeks' highs but were still keenly sought after. Similar trends were seen in the heifer market.
Slaughter steers sold to 396.2c, average 359.6c, steers 400-500kg made 406.2c, average 384.9c, steers 300-400kg reached 426.2c, average 394.5c, steers 200-300kg made 472.2c, average 413.4c and steers under 200kg sold to 518.2c, average 468.8c.
Slaughter cows sold to 339.2c, average 276.4c, cows 400-450kg made 348.2c, average 280.5c, cows 320-400kg reached 340.2c, average 275.9c, and cows under 320kg made 263.2c, average 214c.
Heavy heifers sold to 388.2c, average 354.8c, heifers 300-400kg made 422.2c, average 375.1c, heifers 200-300kg reached 440.2c, average 382.2c, and heifers under 200kg made 456.2c, average 414.4c.
Cows and calves sold to $1825/unit, average $1520/unit.
Bulls over 600kg made 318.2c, average 257.2c, bulls 450-600kg reached 350c, average 299.9c and bulls under 450kg sold to 468.2c, average 330.7c.
R and J Jacobsen, Kunwarara, sold Brangus steers for 400c, weighing 431kg, to return $1728/hd. Montrose Grazing Co., Marlborough, sold EU Brahman weaner steers for 472c, weighing 221kg, to return $1043/hd. Greenlakes Station, Barmoya, sold a run of 231 Brahman cross steers to make 518c, weighing 145kg, to return $752.57/hd.
R and K Hannant, Mt Larcom, sold Droughtmaster steers at 468c, weighing 243kg, to return $1138/hd. Lake Elphinstone, Nebo, sold a run of 124 Brahman steers topping at 386c, weighing 357kg, to return $1382/hd. Barlow Park, Kinka Beach, sold Brahman cross cows at 281c, weighing 526kg, to return $1479/hd.
EM and RF Bella, Nebo, sold No.9 Brangus heifers for 410c, weighing 339kg, to return $1390/hd. D and S Kent, Banana, sold Brahman heifers for 388c, weighing 353kg, to return $1373/hd. TA Wood and VS Conolly, Koumala, sold Grey Brahman heifers to top at 426c, weighing 193kg, to return $826/hd.
V Hunt, Dululu, sold Charbray heifers at 440c, weighing 257kg, to return $1132/hd. Greenlakes Station, sold a run of 220 Brahman cross heifers to average 456c, weighing 167kg, to return $762/hd. D Clark, sold a run of Brahman No.9 heifers to make 368c, weighing 472kg, to return $1728/hd.