Emerald agents yarded a total of 810 head for the first sale of 2021, with a draft of mostly lighter cattle offered for the bidders competition. A very competitive panel of buyers were in attendance, with excellent results across the yard.
Heavy bullocks over 500kg sold to a top of 384c to average 377c, bullocks from 500-550kg sold to 394c to average 384c, steers from 400-500kg topped at 438c to average 403c, feeder weight steers from 350-400kg sold to 454c to average 438c, 280-350kg steers sold to a top of 500c to average 455c, weaner steers from 200-280kg topped at 594c to average 524c, while weaner steers under 200kg sold to a top of 582c to average 504c.
Heavy heifers over 400kg sold to a top of 361c to average 338c, feeder weight heifers 350-400kg topped at 390c to average 341c, 280-350kg heifers sold to 430c to average 398c, 200-280kg weaner heifers sold to a top of 518c to average 479c, while heifers under 200kg sold to a top of 518c to average 455c.
Heavy cows over 520kg topped at 308c to average 300c, cows from 450-520 kg sold to 320c to average 297c, while heavy bulls over 600kg topped at 288c to average 268c.
Rhonda Ryan, Banyula, Emerald, sold Braford steers to 448c to weigh 316kg or $1419. David and Loreena Lowery, Talafa, sold Charolais cross weaner steers making to 554c to weigh 206kg or $1145 while their heifer portion made to 518c to weigh 203kg or $1053.
Gabe Hoch, Springsure, sold Droughtmaster steers to 550c to weigh 248kg or $1346. Shane Goodwin, Malthoid, Capella, sold Brahman heifers to 430c to weigh 286kg or $1233. The Prince family, Melaleuca, Capella, sold a line of Droughtmaster heifers making to 486c and weighed 255kg to return $1243.