LOTFEEDERS were prepared to pay similar prices as processors for heavy steers at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange prime and store sale on Wednesday, where a line of bullocks made 401.3c/kg.
The quality red Brahman offering, from Hillcrest Pastoral Company, Middlemount, made a return of $2353/head for the lead pen which weighed 630kg.
In total, the full run of 220 averaged 513kg to return $2058/head.
Matt Pearce, SBB GDL Rockhampton, said processors and lotfeeders competed side by side for this quality line of bullocks.
"For this particular run, the first five pens were bought by a processor then the rest were secured by feedlot operations," he said.
"There is a shorter supply of these types of cattle, and lotfeeders prefer securing longer lines compared to buying a pen here and there. So, when these Hillcrest bullocks came in, and given they were presented so well, they became a real highlight."
A feedlot buyer also snapped up Baralaba vendor, M Davey's, line of 458kg Charbray steers for 404c/kg which made a return of $2216/head.
In total, the overall yarding increased this week by 861 to 2643 head of mostly locally drawn cattle.
Looking ahead, Mr Pearce predicted the yarding sizes would hold steady at around the 2500 to 3000 head mark.
"Next week I believe we will have similar results and we could even see the prices lift given the strong demand for cattle," he said.
Slaughter steers sold to 404c, average 376c, steers 400-500kg made 420c, average 403c, steers 300-400kg reached 510c, average 430c, steers 200-300kg made 646c, average 534c and steers under 200kg sold to 646c, average 581c.
Slaughter cows sold to 322c, average 282c, cows 400-450kg made 337c, average 267c, cows 320-400kg reached 271c, average 240c, and cows under 320kg made 150c, average 92c.
Heavy heifers sold to438 c, average 366c, heifers 300-400kg made 448c, average 390c, heifers 200-300kg reached 500c, average 417c, and heifers under 200kg made 520c, average 444c.
Cows and calves sold to $2400/unit, average $2071/unit.
Bulls over 600kg made 340c, average 312c, bulls 450-600kg reached 370c, average 338c and bulls under 450kg sold to 570c, average 515c.
Mt Stuart Trust, Capella, sold No.9 Grey Brahman steers for 410c weighing 492kg to return $2020/hd. A and D Power, Yeppoon, sold Brangus weaner steers for 646c to weigh 210kg to return $1360/hd. M and R Collins, Wowan, sold Charbray steers to 510c weighing 321kg to return $1640/hd.
D Wyatte, Biloela, sold Droughtmaster steer to average 414c weighing 416kg to return $1923/hd. K and C Lindley, Wowan, sold a pen of Charbray steers for 416c weighing 486kg to return $2025/hd. SG and J Davies, Ubobo, sold No.1 Charolais steers for 590c weighing 249kg to return $1470/hd. John Clark-Coolee, Alton Downs, sold Brangus cows for 299c weighing 560kg to return $1675/hd.
R and G Lisle, Kunwarara, sold a pen of No.9 EU Brahman heifers for 386ckg weighing 424kg to return $1638/hd. W and D Linneman, Yeppoon, sold Brangus heifers to average 438c weighing 389kg to return $1705/hd. Moorvale Pastoral Co, Nebo, sold Charbray cross heifers for 464c weighing 252kg to return $1172/hd.