EXTRA processors joined the buying panel at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange pushing the cow price 31c to reach 377c/kg for a Brahman cross line during the prime and store sale on Wednesday.
The top-quality offering, from Amberkolly Grazing Company, weighed 600kg and returned $2262/hd.
Morgan Harris, TopX Gracemere, said the national short supply for finished cattle had led to the market rise for cows.
"With two extra processors operating in the buying panel, cow and export lines sold at significantly dearer prices," Mr Harris said.
"Overall, the market was firm to dearer across the board as we had our usual run of local and NSW buyers securing weaner and feeder runs."
Other highlights in the cow market included an E Graham, Wowan, Brahman cross offering which climbed to 371c and weighed 625kg to return $2320/head.
Ken Schultz, Mt Larcom, also made the top price of 377c for a 587kg Grey Brahman pen which achieved $2214/hd.
Welcome rainfall in the northern CQLX catchment area reduced the complete yarding to 1348 head with stock drawn from Collinsville and Mount Coolon.
Steers 500-600kg reached 428c, average 402c, steers 400-500kg sold to 566c, average 451c, steers 330-400kg reached 578c, average 495c, steers 280-330kg made 748c, average 620c, steers 200-280kg sold to 806c, average 673c, and steers under 200kg sold to 720c, average 649c.
Slaughter cows sold to 377c, average 372c, cows 500-600kg reached 377c, average 371c, cows 400-500kg reached 376c, average 354c, and cows 330-400kg reached 286c, average 275c.
Slaughter heifers sold to 420c, average 415c, heifers 400-500kg reached 518c, average 429c, heifers 330-400kg made 542c, average 449c, heifers 280-330kg made 566c, average 493c, heifers 200-280kg reached 694c, average 537c, and heifers under 200kg made 548c, average 545c.
Cows and calves sold to $2900/unit, average $2728/unit.
Bulls over 600kg made 368c, average 349c.
G and J Grother, Machine Creek, sold Brangus steers for 632c weighing 303kg to return $1915/hd. Mt Flora Cattle Co., Nebo, sold Droughtmaster weaner steers to average 688c weighing 282kg to return $1944/hd. DW McCartney, Kunwarara, sold quality EU Brangus weaner steers to average 744c weighing 271kg to return $2021/hd.
G and A Stenhouse, Stanage, sold Brangus cross steers for 736c weighing 221kg to return $1730/hd. BJ and LJ Moretti, Wowan, sold quality EU Brangus steers for 806c weighing 213kg to return $1723/hd. K and A Baker, Kalapa, sold Brangus cows to top 377c to average 672kg to return $2534/hd.
WR Jones, Morinish, sold crossbred cows for 371c weighing 584kg to return $2169/hd. Pinkhills Grazing, Stanage Bay, sold Brahman cross heifers for 488c weighing 272kg to return $1330/hd. A and C Mossman, Miriam Vale, sold Simmental cross heifers for 576c weighing 267kg to return $1541/hd.
Winstondale Cattle Co, Midgee, sold Brahman cross heifers for 552c weighing 261kg to return $1441/hd. DW McCartney, Kunwarara, sold quality EU weaner heifers to average 666c weighing 250kg to return $1667/hd. BJ and LJ Moretti, Wowan, sold EU Brangus weaner heifers to top at 624c weighing 220kg to return $1373/hd.
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