SOARING demand for finished cattle fuelled strong competition at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange prime and store sale on Wednesday, where a 240-head Nebo cow line reached 385.2c.
The Droughtmaster and Brahman cross offering, drawn from Wotonga Grazing, averaged 527kg and returned $1878/head.
Morgan Harris, TopX Gracemere, said the bidding gallery was joined by one extra processor, which increased overall buying competition.
"The processor market was absolutely on fire," Mr Harris said.
"With the extra processor coming into play, cows were consistently making 360c/kg. It was a solid market for bullocks too; all processor cattle were in strong demand."
In total, the yarding increased by 1191 head to 4658 as there was no commercial sale at CQLX last week due to the National Droughtmaster Bull Sale being held on Wednesday.
"This would have been the biggest yarding we have had in about six months at our weekly sale," Mr Harris said.
"The quality was mixed overall, but there were some very nice lines of local cattle offered."
The steer price peaked at 682c for a Hinz Grazing Company pen of Simbrah cross weaner calves, which weighed 143kg and returned $979/head when secured by a Central Queensland restocker.
Mr Harris said a clear sale highlight was in the restocking lines, where a Brookston Pastoral, Moranbah, PTIC Brangus pen reached $2800/head.
"This line had exceptional demand," he said.
"They were very good quality cows and will calve before Christmas, so were a perfect breeding line."
Slaughter steers sold to 366c, average 366c, steers 400-500kg sold to 486c, average 438c, steers 300-400kg reached 588c, average 492c, steers 200-300kg made 644c, average 584c and steers under 200kg sold to 682c, average 568c.
Slaughter cows sold to 398c, average 352c, cows 400-499kg reached 388c, average 324c, and cows 300-400kg made 350c, average 271c.
Slaughter heifers sold to 386c, average 386c, heifers 400-500kg reached 518c, average 402c, heifers 300-400kg made 508c, average 466c, heifers 200-300kg reached 548c, average 466c, and heifers under 200kg made 560c, average 457c.
Cows and calves sold to $2900/unit, average $2575/unit.
Bulls over 800kg made 332c, average 317c, bulls 650-800kg reached 324c, average 300c, bulls 500-650kg made 326c, average 288c, and bulls 400-500kg sold to 294c, average 276c.
Nobbs Cattle Co, Duaringa, sold Brahman cross steers for 644c weighing 226kg to return $1461/hd. GW and TD Young, Goovigen, sold Brangus cross steers for 368c weighing 616kg to return $2268/hd. Greg Perry, Nine Mile, sold Droughtmaster weaner steers for 622c weighing 272kg to return $1696/hd. JCBL P/L, Miriam Vale, sold Droughtmaster cross weaner steers for 616c weighing 237kg to return $1463/hd.
J and Y Galea, Sarina sold Simmental cross weaner steers for 630ckg weighing 220kg to return $1388/hd. Bella Grazing, Banana, sold Charbray cross weaner steers for 604c weighing 271kg to return $1638/hd. DHAA Treloar Grazing Co, Belmont, sold EU Brahman steers for 512c weighing 357kg to return $1831/hd. Woorabinda Pastoral, Bauhinia, sold a run of 209 Droughtmaster and Brahman cross steers topping at 542c averaging 523c weighing 336kg to return $1760/hd.
J Murphy, Garnant, sold Brahman cows to average 360c weighing 580kg to return $2092/hd. Wotonga Grazing, Nebo, sold a run of 225 Droughtmaster cross cows topping at 368c averaging 356c weighing 527kg to return $1878/hd.
KG and MJ Stewart, Ridgelands, sold Brangus heifers for 398c weighing 558kg to return $2221/hd. Ryan Honor, Ridgelands, sold Droughtmaster heifers for 420c weighing 494kg to return $2075/hd. Bottle Tree Park, Wowan, sold Brangus heifers for 514c weighing 279kg to return $1436/hd. Bella Grazing, Banana, sold Brangus heifers for 502c weighing 366kg to return $1839/hd.
W and K Hale, Sarina, sold Brangus weaner heifers to 556c weighing 190kg to return $1056/hd. Kenwill Holdings, Stanage, sold a run of 147 EU Brangus and Brangus cross heifers topping at 508c averaging 486c weighing 306kg to return $1491/hd.
DE Everingham, Barmoya, sold Brangus cows and calves for $2900/unit.