DEMAND for quality breeding stock was in full force at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange Store and Prime Sale on Wednesday, where a line of Brangus and Charbray cows and calves hit $4300/unit.
The sale marked a consecutive auction for vendor Bayfield Cattle Co, Biloela, to top the category with its breeders.
Justin Rohde, Nutrien Ag Solutions Rockhampton, said the premium quality of the line, matched with favourable seasonal conditions, drove the exceptional result.
“At the moment producers have plenty of grass in their paddocks and there are predictions of more rain on the way, so, when top-quality breeder lines come through there is high demand from producers building their herd numbers,” Mr Rohde said.
In total, the CQLX yarding increased from the previous auction by 522 head to reach 3908 head, largely because last week’s sale did not occur due to the Australia Day public holiday.
Cattle were drawn from Collinsville, Alpha and Mt Larcom as well as the local region.
Restocker demand fuelled the market for steers, and cattle les than 200kg averaged 801c/kg and topped at 878c/kg.
Highlights in the 200-280kg category, which averaged 766c/kg, included a Nullegai Grazing, Marlborough, Charbray cross steer pen which reached 834c/kg and weighed 247kg to return $2065/head.
Dingo vendor, S Hoare, made 850c/kg for a Brangus pen which averaged 241kg to equal $2052/head.
EJ Woodard, Duaringa, received a return of $2378/head for their 290kg Brangus offering which peaked at 820c/kg.
A highlight in the heifer category was a LE and CD Stewart, Comet, run of EU accredited Speckle Park heifers which reached 738c/kg, and weighed 240kg to return $1776/head.
Baralaba vendor, J Goudie, made a return of $2166/head for their 374kg Brangus heifers which topped at 578c/kg.
R and J Jacobsen, Marlborough, reached 568c/kg for a 349kg line of Brangus females, which returned $1983/head.
The prime market also had solid results, with the overall yarding including good lines of bullocks and cows.
Cow prices peaked at 395c/kg.
W Baker, Goovigen, sold a Droughtmaster line for 394c/kg, which weighed 618kg to equal $2437/head.
Nebo vendor, Beeblee Pastoral, also had a good result for its Brangus cows, reaching 392c/kg for a 578kg pen to make a return of $2269/head.
Looking ahead, Mr Rohde was confident the promising market trends would continue at next week’s sale.
“If we get the rain predicted in the next few days it will certainly further boost the confidence of the restocker buyers, who are driving the market at the moment,” he said.
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