charters towers cattle Sale - wed 15th november 2017
Yarding: 1883 Head.
Numbers fell by 869 head to 1,883 cattle for Charters Towers Combined Selling Agents this week, which featured some very good quality lines of prime bullocks and cows, supported by some very good quality store steers and heifers. All processors were in attendance and operating, with prices at seasonal highs, in conjunction with two feeder buyers and several restockers. Cattle were drawn from Mt Isa, Julia Creek, Prairie, Pentland, Greenvale, Ingham, Bowen, local and coastal areas.
A smaller offering of vealer steers were in strong demand, with lighter types selling to 368c, while steers 200-280kg sold to 366c, averaging up 11c to 344c/kg. Yearling steers generally sold to lower prices than previous week, with a greater proportion of light northern steers, prices eased by up to 40c/kg. Light yearling steers sold to 294c for those returning to grass, while steers to feed, destined for live export sold to 270c/kg. Heavy feeder yearlings to feeders sold to 286c for good quality crossbred types and 284c for steers returning to grass, averaging 271c/kg. Vealer heifer numbers increased and strong restocker bidding lifted prices to a top of 308c for light heifers, with 200-280kg heifers to feed selling to 304c, and one very good line of heavy vealers to feed selling to 290c/kg. Yearling heifers were of very good quality and displayed very good weight, with most to feeders selling to a top of 274c for 330-400kg heifers, averaging 269c, while lighter yearling heifers sold to 278c/kg. A small number of light yearling heifers returning to grass sold to 288c/kg. Bullock numbers lifted and sold strongly throughout, with numbers and quality much improved. Heavy 3 and 4 score bullocks to slaughter sold to 285c to average 281c, while medium weight bullocks to feed destined for live export sold to 265c, to average 256c/kg. Restockers were active on plainer types, securing lines to 259c, to average 248c/kg.
The cow offering was the best of the year for quality and weight, with prices firm on last sale, and heavy 3 score cows selling to 252c, to averaged 233c/kg. An unusually high number of 4 score cows sold to 242c, to average 239c/kg. Heavy 2 score cows sold to 210c and averaged 203c, while medium weight 2 score cows to slaughter sold to 210c, averaging 181c/kg. Plainer cows returning to grass sold to 222c, with most sales between 174c and 212c/kg. Some very good heavy bulls to slaughter sold to 271c, up 11c to average 253c, while bulls destined for live export sold to 273c, averaging 265c/kg. A single sale of one 870kg bull to be used for breeding sold for 301c/kg. Medium weight bulls to live export sold to 265c, while light males to restockers sold to 298c/kg. Some very good quality freshly weaned males sold to 340c/kg. Cows and calves sold to $1,390/unit.