Good quality cattle despite dry conditions around CQ
DESPITE dry conditions, cattle were in mostly good condition at the Gracemere sales last Friday.
A reduced yarding of 2570 head were penned on February 17, which was a total of 1140 steers, 1007 heifers, 403 cows, 26 cows and calves and 51 bulls.
Cattle were drawn from local areas, with some lines from Theodore, Bauhinia Downs and Collinsville.
A good field of buyers were present and competition was solid for most descriptions and values reflected the quality of cattle on offer.
Steers to slaughter topped 320c/kg to average 275.5c/kg, with the steers having a drop in the market.
Steers 400-500kg topped 328.2c/kg to average 304.2c/kg while having a drop in the market also.
Steers 300-400kg topped 366.2c/kg to average 318.4c/kg while steers 200-300kg topped 418.2c/kg to average 361.1c/kg.
Steers under the 200kg mark topped a nice 434c/kg to average 385c/kg, which was a beautiful +34 lift in the market.
Cows to slaughter topped 263c/kg to average 233c/kg while cows 400-450kg topped 259c/kg to average 225c/kg.
Cows 320-400kg topped 241c/kg to average 200c/kg while cows under 320kg topped 188c/kg to average 158c/kg.
Heavy heifers topped a steady 312c/kg to average 293c/kg, bringing a nice +4 lift to the market, with heifers in the 300-400kg weight range topping 316c/kg, averaging 289c/kg. Heifers 200-300kg topped 338c/kg to average 299c/kg while heifers under 200kg topped 378c/kg to average 337c/kg.
Cows and calves went for a top of $1150 per unit to average $1625 per unit. Bulls over 600kg topped 243c/kg to average 225c/kg.
While bulls 450-600kg topped 227c/kg to average 214c/kg. Smaller bulls under 450kg topped 390c/kg to average 250c/kg.
Aroa Downs Grazing, Clermont, sold top quality droughtmaster cross steers to a top of 328.2c/kg for a weight of 464kg to return $1498 p/h
Goomally Past Co, Duaringa, sold charbray cross heifers for 378.2c/kg