Charters Towers combined agents yarded a total of 2204 cattle, consisting of 1090 prime cattle and 1114 store cattle.
The prime cattle consisted of 143 bullocks, 142 heifers, 618 cows and 187 bulls. Store cattle consisted of 344 steers, 498 heifers, 84 cows and calves and 188 mickey bulls.
Cattle consisted of very good lines of fat cows, few finished ox and heifers and large numbers of fat bulls.
The yarding was drawn from Richmond, Normanton, Mt Isa, Hughenden, Greenvale, as well as local and coastal areas.
Bullocks were quoted 6c dearer, heifers were 8c dearer, cows were 10c dearer and bulls 8c dearer on last week's rates.
Steers and bullocks under 500kg sold to 388c and averaged 343c, and those over 500kg topped at 358c to average 343c. Heifers under 440kg sold to 360c and averaged 338c. Cows under 400kg made 288c and averaged 248c, while cows over 400kg reached 284c, averaging 273c. Bulls under 450kg made 350c and averaged 309c, while bulls over 450kg reached 350c to average 309c.
A pen of heavy bullocks topped at 388.2c for three bullocks sold on a/c Pedracini Grazing, that weighed 433kg to return $1680/hd. Best priced trade heifers were presented on a/c Lawnhill, that sold for 360.2c, weighing 367kg to return $1321/hd. The top pen of cows was sold by KJ and MM Taylor for 286.2c, weighing 532kg to return $1522/hd. Bulls sold on a/c Stanbroke topped at 350.2c and weighed 514kg, to return $1800/hd.
Store cattle were from Normanton, Greenvale, Richmond, Julia Creek, Coastal and local areas, with some very good lines of both steers and heifers.
Steers under 200kg reached 540c to average 540c, steers 200 - 320kg sold to 555c, averaging 444c, and steers 320 - 400kg topped at 432c and averaged 414c. Mickeys under 400kg sold to 552c, averaging 458c. Heifers under 200kg topped at 648c and averaged 442c, heifers 200 - 320kg sold to 454c, averaging 382c, heifers 320 - 370kg made 380c to average 366c, and heifers over 370kg topped at 376c, averaging 373c.
A pen of 22 steers a/c RD Anning made 432.2c and weighed 366kg, returning an average of $1579/hd. A pen of 22 steers a/c Condon Grazing made 552c and weighed 224kg, returning an average of $1236/hd. A good pen of 40 heifers a/c Condon Grazing made 454.2c, weighed 226kg and returned $1026/hd. Six cows and calves sold on a/c AG and MC Power, Richmond, returned $1700/unit.