CQ cattle agent reports most consistent sales in 15 years
AN OUTSTANDING run of quality heifers drove a bidding frenzy at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange (CQLX) Prime Cattle Sale on Wednesday, Regional Livestock Exchange has reported.
Droughtmaster weaners from DH & MJ Kraatz, Rossmoya, averaged 250kg, and sold for 404c/kg to return $1,012/head.
Gary Wendt, Ray White Livestock, Rockhampton, has been a stock agent for almost a decade in Central Queensland and said the market was as good as he had ever seen it.
“We are setting up for an absolute beauty of a spring,” Mr Wendt said.
“In my 15 years in the industry, I have never seen a sale so consistently strong. There shouldn’t be a producer in Australia unhappy with these cattle prices.
“The regular restocker buyers were active, but we also had the feedlot fellows chasing cattle to get ready for processing.
“But the biggest increase, I believe, over the past few months has been in the vealer calf market, with the heifers nearly selling as well as the steers.”
Charbray heifers, weighing 259kg, from L McKinlay, Gogango, sold for 398c/kg to return $1,031/head.
Noel Booth, Bajool, supplied quality grey Brahman heifers weighing 363kg, to earn 382c/kg, and $1,388/head, while Cedar Creek Grazing, Gogango, sold a pen of crossbred weaner heifers for 394c/kg, weighing 209kg, to return $826/head.
In total, 2,167 head were yarded at Gracemere, and were drawn from Middlemount, Mackay, Biloela, Calliope and local areas.
The steers topped at 446c/kg this week, with weaner Droughtmaster crosses from Brian Bills, Mt Larcom, fetching $746/head after weighing in at 167kg.
The Spann Family Pty Ltd, Goovigen, sold Droughtmaster weaner steers for 420c/kg, weighing 297kg, to return $1,248/head.
Kim Borg’s quality Brahman weaner steers made 442c/kg to achieve $1,087/head, while Santa Gertrudis cross weaner steers from Brian McPherson, Yalboroo, sold for 430c/kg to make $1,258/head.
Carnarvon Cattle Co’s crossbred weaner steers made 440c/kg to return $1,109/head and the Charlevue Cattle Company, Dingo, sold red and black Brangus steers at 442c/kg, to total $1,000/head.
Brahman cows and calves from R Toole, Keppel Sands, reached $1,650/unit and bulls under 450kg sold to a top of 398.2c/kg.