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Strong holding for meatworks cattle at CQLX

Busy selling at the Gracemere cattle saleyards.
Busy selling at the Gracemere cattle saleyards. Kelly Butterworth

COMBINED agents yarded 3107 head at Gracemere consisting of 1409 steers, 506 cows, 34 cows and calves and 73 bulls on April 28. Most consignments were from local areas, as well as Callide, Dawson and north to Nebo and Mackay.

Meatworks cattle were strong, holding firmer to dearer prices, while feedlot/ feeder cattle held firm.

Weaners eased slightly but still saw prices up to 420c/kg. The bull section eased, but the market held firm in all other descriptions on last week's rates.

Steers to slaughter topped 319c/kg to average 283.2c/kg while steers 400-500kg topped 370.2c/kg to average 309.7c/kg, with the market remaining firm.

Steers in the 300-400kg category topped 370.2 c/kg to average 307.7c/kg while the 200-300kg steers topped a tidy 420.2c/kg to average 354.1c/kg. Those steers under 200kg topped an impressive 420.2c/kg to average 357.0c/kg.

Cows to slaughter topped 265.2c/kg to average 232.9c/kg, with the market remaining firm.

Cows 400-450kg topped 211.2c/kg to average 255.9c/kg while cows 320-400kg topped 268.2c/kg to average 208.9c/kg.

Smaller cows under 320kg made to 206.2c/kg to average 127.3c/kg.

Heavy heifers topped 292.2c/kg to average 279.3c/kg, with heifers 300-400kg topping 336.3c/kg to average 282.6c/kg.

Heifers in the 200-300kg weight range topped 356.2c/kg to average 298.4c/kg with the market remaining firm.

Heifers under 200kg topped at 338.2c/kg to average 317.2c/kg.

Cows and calves sold for a top of $1540 per unit to average $1357 per unit.

Bulls over 600kg topped 256.2c/kg to average 232.7c/kg while bulls 450kg to 600kg topped 261.2c/kg to average 237.2c/kg.

Smaller bulls topped 264.2c/kg to average 262.3c/kg.

HIGHLIGHTS

A & W Gould, Dingo - Sold heavy brahman feeder steers for 308c/kg, weighing 516kg, to return $1592.

Newman Family, Gracemere - Sold heavy brahman cows to top at 243c/kg, weighing 741kg, to return $1802p/hd.

Dunphy Bros, Gogango - Sold heavy prime cows to top at 244c/kg, weighing 586kg, to return $1433p/h.

Price Family, Moura - Sold weaner steers to top at 420c/kg, weighing 208kg, to return $875p/hd.

Topics:  cattle sale gracemere


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