FIRST-time judge Nick Adamson said although numbers were down at the 19th annual Stanthorpe Charolais Infusion Sale on Thursday, the quality of cattle was excellent, considering the tough conditions at present.
"Purely because of the season we've had, many of the people who would normally support this sale have had to sell early," Mr Adamson said.
"It's a credit to the growers who have put cattle up today."
Mr Adamson, from Leyburn, near the Condamine, said his first time judging was not an easy one.
"It was tough a job as all entries had their merits but I'm very happy with my choice of grand champion," he said.
"These breeding females really are F1s they're big dreamy cows that will produce beautiful calves. I'd love 1000 of them."
Now in its 19th consecutive year, the sale continues to be the longest running of its kind in Queensland.
Sponsor David Bondfield, of Palgrove Charolais Stud, Dalveen, who initiated the sale 18 years ago, said the event's long term success was because of the quality of the cattle and the support of both the buyers and sellers.
"It's a great concept but it has its challenges," he said.
"Obviously the current conditions aren't great but any time you can market cattle under a collective, brings in great interest."
Average weights were also down but Mr Bondfield said that was just a seasonal thing and to be expected at this time of year.
He said Palgrove would continue to sponsor the sale into the future, as despite a below-average year, it was important to "support those who support you".
"We're locals too and most of the cattle at the sale are sired by Palgrove bulls," he said.
Mr Adamson bought the champion pen of steers, offered by Peter Rohan.
"It costs a lot to stay on top but it's a passion. Some years you definitely wouldn't do it for the money," he said.
Most of the cattle were sold to Wagga partnership R&LA.
19th consecutive year of sale
Top grossing pen of sale, entered by Bonadea Cattle Co, Liston, and bought by Ramsey Bulmar, Casino; pen of eight Charbray heifers at $790/head grossing $6320.