A LARGE run of Riverside Pastoral Company steers created fierce bidding competition among feedlot buyers at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange prime and store cattle sale on Wednesday, where the lead pen sold for 421.2c/kg.
The top pen from the 450 offered by the Williams family, Nebo, weighed 456kg and returned $1924/head.
Justin Rohde, Nutrien Ag Solutions Rockhampton, said larger lines of cattle were always a hit with CQLX buyers.
"There was plenty of competition for these cattle and we had two southern Queensland feeder operations as well as a few local operators bidding strongly," Mr Rhode said.
In total, combined agents yarded 2513 head comprising of 1520 steers, 622 heifers, 274 cows and 97 bulls.
"Overall, it was a strong sale, and the results held firm in comparison from last week," Mr Rhode said.
Light steers peaked at 636.2c/kg in the under 200kg category.
A highlight in this weight range came from Nebo vendor, J L Deguara, for their Brangus steers which sold for 630c/kg, weighed 139kg and returned $873/head.
In the 200kg to 300kg category, B and M Woodard, Duaringa, had a strong result for their EU Brangus weaners, which reached 594c/kg and averaged 221kg to return $1463/head.
Another highlight included 256kg Droughtmaster weaners, offered by T and J Holland, Wycarbah, which sold for 568c/kg to equal $1457/head.
For heavier lines, Bullrush Pastoral, Nebo, had a good result for its No.9 Brangus steers, which topped at 417c/kg and weighed 553kg to equal $2202/head.
Bullrush Pastoral also peaked the heifer market for a 246kg No.0 Speckle Park line which reached 542c/kg and returned $1333/head.
For heavier heifers P Bouna, made 362c/kg for their 481kg Charbray pen which made a return of $1742/head.
Despite one less processor operating in the bidding gallery, the cow market was firm to dearer.
Olive Brahmans, Marlborough, reached 302c/kg for its 629kg pen which returned $1901/head.
Looking ahead, Mr Rohde predicted market stability at next week's sale.
"I think the prices will stay where they are at and we will have similar strong results at next week's sale," he said.