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Charters Towers Cattle Sale - Wednesday 20th June 2018

Yarding: 1,297 head.

A slightly smaller yarding of 1,297 cattle were drawn by Charters Towers Combined Selling Agents this week. The yarding attracted several small lines of prime cows and northern mixed lines, supported by some very good lines of vealer steers and heifers. One processor continued their absence, with all others operating, supported by two live exporters, regular feeder buyers and some opportunity restockers. Cattle were drawn from Mt Isa, Croydon, Belyando, Ingham, local and coastal areas.

Vealer steers sold to mixed demand from a subdued buying panel. Light steer calves sold to 282c and light vealers topped at 272c, to average 258c, while heavier types returned to grass sold to 246c/kg. Small lines of yearling steers were very mixed, with those above 280kg selling to 228c, an increase of 12c, and medium weight feeder steers above 330kg lifted 15c, to average 230c/kg. Similar weight steers meeting live export specifications sold to 246c/kg. A mixed quality offering of vealer heifers sold stronger for the better grown heavier types, lifting 15c to top at 210c, with light vealer heifers 14c easier, to average 200c/kg. A very good line of yearling heifers above 330kg to feed sold to 229c, averaging 214c, with similar types to restockers making to 224c/kg.

Bullocks were variable in quality and weight, with the best heavy 3 score bullocks to processors selling to 240c, with lighter conditioned bullocks to feed selling to 225c/kg. A larger offering of grown steers generally sold stronger, with heavy 3 score steers to slaughter selling to 248c, while lighter grown steers to live export sold to 240c, with most sales between 230c and 238c/kg. Increased numbers of heavy 3 score cows sold firm on last sale, with extra heavy cows topping at 196c, to average 190c and heavy 3 score cows selling to 193c, to average 185c/kg. Heavy D3 score cows sold to 185c, to average 171c, while a larger number of medium weight D2 cows eased 2c, to average 133c/kg. Light cows to restockers sold to 136c/kg. Grown heifer
prices improved, with C3 heifers selling to 221c and heavier D3 heifers to 206c, lifting 10c, to average 186c/kg. Grown heifers returning to paddock sold to 199c, to average 168c/kg. The continued live export demand for heavy bulls lifted prices by more than 10c, topping at 277c, with most sales between 255c and 272c, and a small number of slaughter bulls sold to 240c/kg. Light males attracted limited demand selling to 240c/kg. Mixed quality cows and calves sold to $960/unit.

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