HIGH quality lines matched with strong demand from restockers pushed the price for cows and calves to $3150/unit at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange prime and store sale on Wednesday.
The premium price was reached by Wowan vendor Lawson Dunne, LTD Brangus, for a pen of 10 cows and calves, which Justin Rohde, Nutrien Ag Solutions Rockhampton, said had strong demand from the bidding gallery because of their exceptional quality.
"The line was bought by a restocker just south of Rockhampton to fit within their breeding program," Mr Rohde said.
Mr Rohde said the cows and calves market at CQLX had been a consistent high performer during the past few weeks, and this sale represented a firm selling trend.
The yarding increased 413 head to 3467 head of cattle, which were drawn from the local region, as well as north to Collinsville and Mount Coolon and west to Bauhinia and Rolleston.
Slaughter steers sold to 390c, average 372c, steers 500-650kg made 444c, average 403c, steers 400-499kg sold to 480c, average 434c, steers 300-399kg reached 634c, average 464c, steers 200-299kg made 676c, average 583c and steers under 199kg sold to 674c, average 599c.
Slaughter cows sold to 369c, average 358c, cows 500-650kg made 366c, average 348c, cows 400-499kg reached 388c, average 338c, and cows under 399kg made 360c, average 310c.
Heavy heifers sold to 464c, average 416c, heifers 300-399kg made 490c, average 427c, heifers 200-299kg reached 574c, average 485c, and heifers under 199kg made 578c, average 479c.
Cows and calves sold to $3150/unit, average $2287/unit.
Bulls over 800kg made 348c, average 342c, bulls 650-799kg reached 354c, average 341c, and bulls 500-650kg made 360c, average 343c.
J and G Maguire, Dingo, sold a run of 80 No.1 Brangus steers to top at 676c to average 274kg to return $1772/hd. MJ and SM McEvoy, Eungella, sold Brangus weaner steers for 630c weighing 237kg to return $1493/hd. Darnell Grazing Co, Ridgelands, sold Charbray cross steers for 620c weighing 270kg to return $1674/hd. Stuart Hoare, Dingo, sold Brangus cross steers for 646c weighing 237kg to return $1425/hd. Don McCartney, Kunwarara, sold Brangus weaner steers for 674c to average 244kg to return $1623/hd.
Parraweena Cattle Co, Banana, sold a run of Droughtmaster heifers to make 562c weighing 201kg to return $1132/hd. Kenwill Holdings, Stanage, sold Brangus heifers for 578c weighing 200kg to return $1151/hd. Bayfield Cattle Co, Biloela, sold Brangus cross heifers for 554c weighing 267kg to return $1481/hd. Don McCartney, Kunwarara, sold Brangus weaner heifers for 556c to average 249kg to return $1389/hd.
Beeblee Pastoral P/L, Nebo, sold Brangus cross cows for 366c weighing 571kg to return $2091/hd. Manyfold Pty Ltd, Glenlee, sold Brahman cows for 365c weighing 535kg to return $1953/hd. Winstondale Pty Ltd, Midgee, sold Brahman cows for 351c weighing 607kg to return $2131/hd. BJ Thomas, Baralaba, sold prime Brangus cows for 369c weighing 690kg to return $2547/hd.