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FULL REPORT: Steers break 420c/kg across south-west Qld

QUALITY cattle with the right weight and age has attracted a premium price at this week's Toowoomba cattle sale.   

Cattle prices have remained high, with Roz Martel's pen of angus murray grey cross steers attracting a top price of 424.2c/kg.   

The pen of five 10-month-old 245kg steers made $1039.29 each. They were bought by a restocker.  

Elders agent Darren Hartwig said the price was the highest they had seen since a led steer made over $7/kg earlier in the year.   

"The angus cattle are selling for a premium at the moment. So anything that is angus or angus cross is selling quite well," he said.   

"There has been isolated sales where we have reached better prices, but for a penned lot of cattle it's probably as good as we have achieved for quite some time."  

Mr Hartwig said the combination of the breed, age, weight and the slightly lower numbers of cattle at the sale combined to result in the higher price.   

Ms Martel, a grazier from Pittsworth, said the prices were now at a level where producers could start to make a living.   

"It's very pleasing when the prices are good, definitely, it's pretty heartbreaking when they are not," she said.   

Ms Martel has been on the land her whole life apart from attending university and working in a corporate job for a short time before wanting to come back to the land.   

After growing up on a property near Armidale, she has now been on her Pittsworth cattle property since 1989.   

"It's just the love of the land, and the bush. I just like the open spaces and the animals," she said.   

"I used to have a murray grey stud but that sort of folded when the prices weren't that good, it wasn't worth keeping.    "Now we just put angus bulls, at the moment, across."  

Mr Hartwig said they tried to give their clients the best advice about when to sell but the biggest thing was to be honest about the market.   

"We thought today (Monday) would be quite a good sale due to the numbers being short but there is no guarantees with anything," he said.   

"But quality cattle always attract premium prices."  

There were 809 head of cattle yarded at this week's sale. Restockers were very active on the good quality light weight yearling steers which lifted the average prices by 14c/kg.   

The light weight yearling steers bought by restocker made over 400c/kg on a number of occasions but most sales were about 378c/kg.  

Yearling steers break Warwick record

LIGHT weight yearling steers were the centre of attention at the Warwick Cattle Sale this week.   

In what's being dubbed as an all-time-high for the yards, they reached 424.2c/kg.  

Mick Nowlan, of Nowlan Stock and Station Killarney, said with numbers getting tighter and plenty of rain about, prices were only going to continue to get better.  

T and J McCall, of Wallangarra, sold the angus steers for 424.2c/kg, 191kg to make $810.22 and they also sold angus steers for 419.2c/kg, 228.2kg to make $956.54.  

"I'm pretty sure it's a broken record for Warwick," Mr Nowlan said.

"It was a pen of 16 angus steers just weaned.  

"It's really good news for cattle producers on the Southern Downs."  

From the rails onlookers could hear the excitement from the agents, one auctioneer being quoted as saying: "Righto, what have we got here, steers or heifers? It doesn't really matter does it?"  

Most other classes of young cattle also lifted in price, with medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaging 12c to 13c/kg better.   

Yearling heifers to the trade and feed also gained a further 3c to 10c/kg.

The handful of bullocks penned sold to a stronger trend.   

Cows also experienced a lift in price of 7c to 10c/kg pushed on by some supermarket competition.  

Steer calves to restockers made to 392c, most close to 370c/kg.  

Toowoomba cattle

NUMBERS increased by 44 to total 809 head at the sale.

Numbers remained very close to the previous week's level and similar to the previous sale, mixed quality young cattle were in the largest numbers along with a handful of bullocks and a reasonable selection of cows. A fair panel of buyers were present and operating. Restockers were very active on good quality light weight yearling steers and lifted average prices by a further 14c/kg. Medium and heavy weight yearling steers continued to experience very strong support from feeder operators. The handful of bullocks penned sold to a cheaper trend, however cows were in demand to experience some improvements in places. Light weight yearling steers to restockers made over 400c/kg on a number of occasions with sales to 424.2c, to return $1039/head with most sales around 378c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed made to 385c to average 354c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers mostly sold in the 320c range with some to 330.2c/kg. A few bullocks made to 309.2c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 233c and made to 234.2c/kg. Heavy 3 scores averaged 257c, while good heavy cows made to 271.2c to average 269c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 293.2c/kg.

Warwick cattle

NUMBERS decreased by 169 to total 829 head at the sale. Numbers declined by 17% and restockers pushed prices to a record level for light weight yearling steers. Most other classes of young cattle also lifted in price with medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaging 12c to 13c/kg better. Yearling heifers to the trade and feed also gained a further 3c to 10c/kg. The handful of bullocks penned sold to a stronger trend. Cows also experienced a lift in price of 7c to 10c/kg pushed on by some supermarket competition. Steer calves to restockers made to 392c, most close to 370c/kg. Light weight yearling steers were the centre of attention and sold to restockers at a new high level of 424.2c, with a fair sample averaging 401c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed made to 388.2c, with most in the 370c/kg range. Heavy weights averaged 366c, and sold to 375.2c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to feed and restockers consistently sold in the 340c range, with some to 360c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 340c and made to 362.2c, while a few to the trade made to 344.2c to average close to 334c/kg. The small selection of bullocks made to 327.2c and full mouth bullocks were not far behind at 323.2c/kg. Medium weight 3 score cows averaged 250c and made to 255.2c/kg. Good heavy cows averaged 280c and made to 284.2c/kg. Heavy bulls to slaughter made to 287.2c/kg.

Roma Store

NUMBERS decreased by 1290 to total 6000 head at the sale.

Good numbers were penned again this week, with most cattle drawn from south-west Queensland. Extra New South Wales restocker buyer competition boosted light weight yearling steers to a record 432c/kg. Feedlot buyers were determined to secure suitable store cattle, while strong restocker competition to put cattle onto oats crops combined to lift medium and heavy weight yearling steers prices by 14c to 20c/kg. Despite the mixed quality of the yarding, all classes of yearling heifers attracted solid feedlot and restocker buyer demand. Charolais cows and calves hit a record $2450/unit. Light early weaned steers sold to 424c and averaged 412c, while heifer calves sold to 384c and averaged 362c/kg. Light weight yearling steers hit 432c and mostly ranged between 392c and 416c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed topped at 372c and averaged 361c, while those going onto oats crops earned to 388c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers sold to 380c and averaged 368c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers made to 384c and ranged mainly between 286c and 371c/kg depending on quality. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed reached 384c and averaged 356c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers hit 358c and averaged 327c/kg. Charolais cows, station PTIC, made to 279c, while 3 score cows mostly sold between 249c and 264c/kg. Cows and calves averaged $1388/unit.

Biggenden store

AGENTS yarded 2224 head and saw a large number of buyers in the gallery.

The meatworks section saw bullocks and cows sell to a firm market. Store cattle sold to dearer rates due to the larger lines and quality on offer. Bullocks sold for top 322c/kg; cows over 500kg topped at 278c/kg. Cows 400kg to 500kg sold topping at 260c/kg. Trade heifers over 400kg topped at 318c/kg. Feeder steers 400kg to 500kg topped at 368c/kg. Steers 300kg to 400kg sold to 374c/kg. Steers 200kg to 300kg sold to 406c/kg. Heifers 300kg to 400kg sold to 348c. Heifers 200kg to 300kg topped at 354c/kg.

Abbotsleigh Citrus, Wallaville, sold milk tooth charbray steers for 368c/$1540. PA and ET Hansen, Eidsvold, sold a line of two tooth droughtmaster hereford cross steers for 358c/$1370. RJ and KJ Preston, Eidsvold, sold simbrah steers with two and four teeth for 363c/$1782. HC Professional Investments, Bargara, sold a line of milk tooth santa angus droughtmaster cross steers for 374c/$1260. The Johnson Family, Biggenden, sold charolais cross milk tooth steers for 370c/$1374. K and A Ward, Mount Perry, sold milk tooth simmental cross steers for 380c/$1081. The MacDonald F/T, Biggenden, sold charolais cross milk tooth steers for 381c/$1027.

JW and MJ Cowen, Mundubbera, sold gelbvieh cross weaner steers for 366c/$1160. Arn Horwood, Gin Gin, sold charolais cross weaner steers for 395c/$1157. AK May, Mount Perry, sold a line of droughtmaster cross weaner steers for 408c/$922. HK Dwyer, Biggenden, sold charbray weaner steers for 398c/$907. Myola Grazing, Miriam Vale sold F1 Charbray and Brangus weaner steers for 394c/$798. Boyd and Linda Family Trust, Gayndah sold Santa Gertrudis weaner steers for 406c/$921. Tim Brady, Biggenden sold Brangus weaner steers for 406c/$855. AW Beddows, Booubyjan sold Simbrah weaner steers for 404c/$718.

DD&DM Duncan, Gayndah sold Charolais cross milk tooth heifers for 339c/$1309. The Johnson family, Biggenden sold Charolais cross milk tooth heifers for 320c/$992. P&MA Dalton, Dallarnil sold Brangus milk tooth heifers for 322c/$1143. RA Young, Biggenden sold Droughtmaster cross milk tooth heifers for 344c/$1176. AW Beddows Booubyjan sold milk tooth Simbrah heifers for 336c/$963. Fletcher and Sons, Biggenden sold Droughtmaster cross milk tooth heifers for 348c/$1085.

Moreton Grain Assist

AGENTS yarded 514 head of cattle at Moreton on Tuesday. Values for all descriptions made a considerable rise to heights never seen before. The rise was a result mainly due to the increased competition by restockers and lotfeeders.

Rob Morrison, Laidley, sold charolais yearling heifers for 361.2c weighing 222kg to return $803. Charolais yearling heifers account Chalk Farming, Carneys Creek, sold for 361.2c weighing 340kg to return $1230. Yearling steers account Mark Werner, Lowood, sold for 361.2c weighing 490kg to return $1769. Bruce and Noela Donaldson, Brookfield, sold droughtmaster pasture heifers for 352.2c weighing 370kg to return $1303. Top quality pasture steers account B and C Smith, Coominya, sold for 372c weighing 476kg to return $1771. Brangus pasture ox account Jeff and Jill Vanstone, Boonah, sold for 330.2c weighing 597kg to return $1972. Limousin grain accredited steers account Gerry Muckert, Ipswich, sold for 370c weighing 457kg to return $1692. Brangus feeder steers account Russell Ladbrook sold for 369.2c weighing 546kg to return $2018. Feeder heifers account Megan Gloag sold for 354.2c weighing 355kg to return $1257. R Pankhurst sold charolais feeder steers for 370.2c weighing 425kg to return $1573. G and G Ashton, Amberley, sold a charbray medium grade cow for 287.2c weighing 620kg to return $1780. M and L Freeman sold charolais cow for 300c weighing 745kg to return $2235. A charolais bull account of Wells Family Trust, Coulson, sold for 287.2c weighing 825kg to return $2369.

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