Weather a factor in Gracemere sale

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Kym and Rodney Hannant, Ashleigh, East End, sold Droughtmaster steers at CQLX Gracemere on July 19.

Kym and Rodney Hannant, Ashleigh, East End, sold Droughtmaster steers at CQLX Gracemere on July 19.

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CHAROLAIS cross steers sold to a high of 297c/kg at Central Queensland Livestock Exchange, Gracemere, on July 19.

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CHAROLAIS cross steers sold to a high of 297c/kg at Central Queensland Livestock Exchange, Gracemere, on July 19.

Offered by the Davis family, Ubobo, steers weighing in the 200-300kg range averaged 288c/kg under the hammer, topping out at 297c/kg.

Ross Flohr, Wotonga Grazing, Nebo, sold 96 Droughtmaster steers for an average price of 284c/kg.

Just as busy on the selling side were Rodney and Kym Hannant, Ashleigh, East End, who offered several pens of good quality Droughtmaster steers which sold for a top price of 290c/kg, weighing 296kg to return $858/hd.

The Hannants said weather was one of the factors prompting them to sell.

"This time of the year is weaning time and the dry has been tough and they are the main reason why we're selling," Mr Hannant said.

"Like everybody else we have been hit by the dry but we still have grass and dry lick and we'll manage with that until Christmas."

Despite selling 57 steers, the Hannants still have about 300 head at Ashleigh.

"We don't stock too heavily because of times like these," he said. "We only have Droughtmasters because they're cattle we like to breed and fit our country.

"We like their uniform colour, their size, their quality. We've been doing this for 30 years."

The combined selling agents of Gracemere sold a yarding of 3402 head, comprised of 1620 steers, 1133 heifers, 541 cows, 66 bulls, 42 cows and calves.

A spokesman said the market for most export and feeder classes remained firm while feeder heifers and most restocker classes produced "significant increases" over previous weeks with new buyers on the ground.

In other sale highlights, the Hetherington Family, Baralaba, selling Santa Gertrudis cows to a top of 211c, weighing 533kg to return $1125/hd and WH Neil Ballontine, Baralaba, sold 88 Droughtmaster and Simental cross heifers to average 257c weighing 372kg to return $959/hd.

I and S Matson, Dingo, sold Brahman cross cows topping at 239c, weighing 548kg to return $1310/hd while R and C Dickman, Goovigen, received 231c/kg for Charolais cows on a weight of 698kg to return $1614/hd.

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