Most cattlemen at Blackall's monthly weaner sale last Thursday have never seen prices like those being shouted from the catwalk, including Les and Marion Brazier from Charters Towers.
They were among those contributing to a 5000-head yarding at the smoking hot sale, described by MLA reporter Sam Hart as an exceptional quality yarding with all categories of yearling steers and heifers represented in good numbers.
The Braziers sent in No. 1 Brahman-cross steers and heifers from Silverdale, country they lease south of Prairie, with the steers selling to 560.2c/kg, averaging 226kg and returning them $1270 a head.
The heifer portion realised 414.2c/kg, averaging 342kg, for a total of $1420/head.
They were sold through Frame Rural Agencies but Troy Williams, Williams Livestock and Rural at Charters Towers, who was on hand for the sale, said they'd been raised on 'clean' country and so it made sense for them to be sent down to Blackall to sell.
"We thought we'd put the toe in the water and test the market in the south," he said.
Ms Brazier said while it was the first time they'd sold at Blackall, it had been a good experience.
"I've never seen prices like this," she said. "I've been watching rows and rows of steers going over the scales and they're all returning prices around $2000 a head."
Their cattle went to southern restockers, which she said could mean Blackall remained a future selling option.
According to the MLA report, there was very strong competition between local and interstate restockers alongside feedlotters, which saw new yard records across most categories.
Light weight restocker steers under 200kg continued to strengthen, selling to 690c to average 611c/kg.
Steers weighing 200 to 280kg made to a top of 670c to average 608c, while 280 to 330kg steers to restockers were in high demand, topping at 596c with most around 564c/kg. Those onto feed sold to 592c to average 536c/kg.
Medium weight steers made to 580c to average around 513c for those to feed and 520c/kg for steers returning to the paddock.
Heavy yearling steers to feed were in good supply and saw prices lift to an isolated 536c with most sales around 483c/kg.
Light weight restocker heifers under 200kg saw strong demand selling to 638c to average 537c, and 200 to 280kg heifers made to 590c averaging 496c/kg.
Heifers weighing 280 to 330kg to the restocker sold to a top of 534c and those to feed made to 506c to average 433c/kg.
Medium heifers to feed sold to 528c to average 432c and heavy heifers to feed made to 410c to average 396c/kg.
PTIC cows sold to 386c/kg and cows and calves sold to $2540 to average $2100/unit.
The majority of cattle were sourced locally from Blackall, Yaraka, Jericho, Longreach, Aramac, Isisford, Barcaldine and Ilfracombe.
Regan and Tahlia Jensen, Prairie Downs, Blackall sold very good quality EU Charbray steers to set a new saleyards record by achieving a top of 690.2c/kg averaging 206kg returning $1423.54/head.
H & S Glasson, Greenlaw, Yaraka sold Santa Gertrudis-cross heifers for 558.2c/kg averaging 205.2kg returning $1,145.43/head. They also sold Santa Gertrudis-cross steers for 619.2c/kg averaging 238.3kg returning $1,475.31/head.
Alice Downs Grazing Co, Alice Downs, Blackall sold Santa Gertrudis steers for 669.2c/kg averaging 224kg returning $1499.01/head.
ETG Holdings, Alice Downs, Blackall sold Santa Gertrudis steers for 624.2c/kg averaging 266.7kg returning $1664.53/head.
E & E Moller, Edwinstowe, Jericho sold Santa Gertrudis steers for 488.2c/kg averaging 464.6kg returning $2268.39/head.
DKM Pastoral P/L, Athol, Blackall sold Charolais steers for 492.2c/kg averaging 474.1kg returning $2333.34/head.
Mandy Curran, Talleyrand, Longreach sold Santa Gertrudis mickeys for 593.2c/kg averaging 260kg returning $1542.32/head.
Sam and Jess Curran, Talleyrand, Longreach sold Brahman cross heifers for 540c/kg averaging 157.5kg returning $850.50/head.
Fortuna Pastoral Co, Cherhill, Aramac sold a run of very good quality red Brahman steers to top at 610.2c/kg averaging 205.9kg returning $1256.05/head with the run averaging 608.3c/kg.
BA & SA Edwards, Oma, Isisford sold Santa Gertrudis-cross steers for 580c/kg averaging 298.5kg returning $1731.08/head.
Nina Sorensen, Teviot, Winton sold Santa Gertrudis steers to top at 650.2c/kg averaging 215kg returning $1399.09/head, with the heavier steers selling to 612.2 averaging 258kg returning $1582.54/head.
RA Russell Pastoral Co, Sumnervale, Blackall sold a run of very good quality Angus and Charolais-cross steers with the heavier end feeders topping at 502.2c/kg averaging 420kg returning $2109.24/head. The lighter steers sold to 550.2c/kg averaging 386.2kg returning $2125.15/head.
TM & KJ Joseland, Eltham, Isisford sold a run of Angus/Brangus steers to top at 548.2c/kg averaging 364kg returning $1998.44/head. The lighter steers in the draft sold to 546.2c/kg averaging 305kg returning $1669.81/head.
Sunbury Pastoral Co, Lumley, Isisford sold a great run of Charolais/Shorthorn weaners with the steers selling to 504.2c/kg averaging 460kg returning $2,319.32/head. The lighter steers sold to 630.2c/kg averaging 232kg returning $1465.22/head, while the heifers sold to 490.2c/kg averaging 368kg returning $1806.74/head.
Mellish Park Grazing, Mellish Park, Cloncurry sold Brahman steers for 446.2c/kg averaging 390.5kg returning $1742.30/head
Ben Avery, Allandale, Blackall sold Charolais steers for 544.2c/kg averaging 371.9kg returning $2024/head, and heifers for 518c/kg averaging 269.8kg returning $1398.3/head.
RS & AM Windsor, Innerdale, Blackall sold EU Brahman-cross steers for 492.2c/kg averaging 363.7kg returning $1789.97/head.
Wayne Hooper, West End, Isisford sold Santa Gertrudis steers for 546.2c/kg averaging 331.4kg returning $1810/head, and heifers for 506.2c/kg averaging 292.5kg returning $1480/head.
Mildura Grazing Trust, Mildura, Barcaldine sold Brahman-cross steers for 500c/kg averaging 312.5kg returning $1562.50/head.
Jordan Trading Co, Evanston, Ilfracombe sold Santa Gertrudis steers for 590.2c/kg averaging 305kg returning $1800/head.
Glenaras Pastoral Co, Glenaras, Ilfracombe sold Charolais-cross steers for 646.2c/kg averaging 230kg returning $1486.26/head, and heifers for 496.2c/kg averaging 232.5kg returning $1153.67/head.
GJ & JM Lawrence, Lena Park, Barcaldine sold Droughtmaster steers for 638.2c/kg averaging 227kg returning $1450/head.
KJ & JL McKinlay, Richmond Hills, Barcaldine sold Angus-cross steers for 640c/kg averaging 220.7kg returning $1412.27/head, and heifers for 564.2c/kg averaging 248.8kg returning $1403.45/head.
Pemberley Grazing Co, Pemberley, Isisford sold Shorthorn-cross steers for 668.2c/kg averaging 161kg returning $1075/head.
Devenish Grazing, Devenish, Blackall sold EU Droughtmaster heifers for 512.2c/kg averaging 329.3kg returning $1686.6/head.
GJ & MJ Owens, Arranmore, Longreach sold Santa Gertrudis cows for 336.2c/kg averaging 622.5 kg returning $2092.84/head.
Strathmore Trust, Strathmore, Longreach sold Santa Gertrudis cows for 346.2c/kg averaging 602.3kg returning $2085/head.
CA Hauff & Son, Colart, Blackall sold very good quality Hereford feeder steers for 502.2c/kg averaging 437kg returning $2197/head.
Romulus Pastoral Trust, Romulus, Blackall sold very good quality Santa Gertrudis feeder steers for 498.2c/kg averaging 477kg returning $2377/head, also selling Santa Gertrudis-cross heifers for 520.2c/kg averaging 333kg returning $1732/head.
Clarenden Cattle Co, Clarenden, Blackall sold very good quality Charbray-cross steers for 552.2c/kg averaging 337kg returning $1863/head.
DW & CE Paterson, Kaloola, Longreach sold Angus-cross steers for 590.2c/kg averaging 277kg returning $1636/head.
La Plata Grazing, La Plata, Blackall sold very good quality Droughtmaster-cross steers for 586.2c/kg averaging 291kg returning $1704/head.
BJ & JJ Eggerling, Wynn Downs, Longreach sold Droughtmaster feeder steers for 492.2c/kg averaging 452kg returning $2,227/head. They also sold cows for 350c/kg averaging 567kg returning $1985/head.
Badalia Pastoral Co, Badalia, Boulia sold Charolais steers for 594.2c/kg averaging 291kg returning $1730/head.
Swan Hill Cattle Co, Swan Hill, Blackall sold very good quality Santa-cross heifers for 528.2c/kg averaging 342kg returning $1807/head.
MI McClymont, Maneroo, Longreach sold Angus-cross heifers for 638.2c/kg averaging 206.6kg returning $1318/head.
Ryan Bros, Carlow, Blackall sold Santa Gertrudis steers for 644.2c/kg averaging 271kg bringing an average of 617.5c/kg at 287kg returning $1774/head.
Tewinga Pastoral Holdings Pty Ltd, Slashers Creek, Boulia sold PTIC Angus-cross cows for 386.2c/kg weighing 486kg returning $1,877/head. They also sold Angus-cross cows and calves for $2200/unit, and Droughtmaster-cross steers for 638.2c/kg averaging 227kg returning $1449/head.
B Schulter, Upside Downs, Blackall sold Angus-cross steers for 546.2c/kg averaging 354kg returning $1934/head.
AC & K Day, Jaccondoll, Barcaldine sold Droughtmaster-cross steers for 550.2c/kg averaging 329kg returning $1810/head.
DV & RJ Bailey, Isisford sold Charolais-cross steers for 660.2c/kg averaging 200kg returning $1320/head.
Blackall's next store sale will be on Thursday, August 5.
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