Sale Report: Emerald agents penned just over 1600 head at today sale. Again a mixed quality line-up, highlighted by one quality draft of Droughtmaster steers from the Alpha district. The recent trend of softening values continued into this week, with a more pronounced note, all descriptions showing a further decline, with exception to the 350-400kg steers as previously mentioned. In the prime section bullocks over 550kgs sold to 490c/kg to average 400c/kg, heavy heifers over 400kgs coming under feeder & prime competition reached 490c/kg to average 411c/kg, heavy cows over 520kgs topped at 331c/kg to average 329c/kg, cows 450-520kgs made as much as 320c/kg to average 312c/kg, while bulls over 600kgs sold to 349c/kg. In the store section, heavy feeder steers 400-500kgs reached 528c/kg to average 466c/kg, trade feeder steers 350-400kgs sold to 650c/kg to average 554c/kg, 280-350kgs steers topped at 688c/kg to average 576c/kg, while weaner steers 200-280kgs made as much as 750c/kg to average 626c/kg. Trade feeder heifers 350-400kgs sold to 490c/kg to average 411c/kg, 280-350kg heifers topped at 528c/kg to average 487c/kg, weaner heifers 200-280kgs made as much as 608c/kg to average 505c/kg, while too few light heifers under 200kgs to reliably quote. A pen of Brahman cross cows in forward condition with calves 1-2months old sold for $2,550 per unit.
Sale Highlights: The Bettridge Family “Mt Wilga” Alpha offered Droughtmaster steers to make 650c/kg for 351kgs and $2284, while the Prince Family “Janibee” Capella had their 384kg Droughtmaster steers to 554c/kg and $2130. The Hollier Family “Cluen Station” Dysart sold 460kg Droughtmaster cross steers to 492c/kg and $2260. The Curran Family “Bluegrass Plains” Capella had their 262kg Euro cross steers to 628c/kg and $1645, while the Pownall Family “Chasford” Moranbah sold 311lkg Droughtmaster cross steers to 688c/kg and $2142. Rob & Julie Crozier “Rydan” Rubyvale had their 353kg Droughtmaster cross steers to 552c/kg and $1951, while Maurie & Connie Iddles “Nogoa Downs” Emerald sold 230kg Droughtmaster cross weaner steers for 668c/kg and $1542.