A starter mob of steers purchased from his grandfather last year has been a good investment for Barcaldine's Hugh Chandler.
The 16 Santa Gertrudis-Droughtmaster cross 12-month-old steers were bought for $600 and were sold with 23 of his parent's cattle at the Blackall weaner sale on Thursday for an average $1580 a head.
Hugh's father Will Chandler said he'd told him to frame the sale result.
"I told him, that's the first and last time you'll ever see that," he said.
The steers plus 25 heifers had been weaned off cows at Hillalong, Barcaldine, mid-last year and run at Oma, Isisford until Thursday's sale.
The lead pen of 10 sold for 408.2c/kg, weighing an average of 426.5kg to return $1740.97 a head.
The other six head sold for 390c/kg, at 380kg, to return $1482/head.
Hugh Chandler, who left school last year, said he'd be banking the money to continue buying and selling cattle.
"It's a good starting point for my first sale," he said, adding that he had put black bulls over the heifers he'd bought.
Blackall Combined Agents yarded 5500 cattle at the monthly weaner and store sale, described by MLA as a very good quality yarding with larges lines of cattle drawn from local areas as well as the north west of the state.
There was very strong competition from southern Queensland feedlots as well as restockers from NSW, and most categories saw improvements in prices in line with the rest of the state.
Light weight restocker steers sold to 462.2c to average 415c, restocker steers, 280-330kg, topped at 428.2c with most around 400c and medium weight feeder steers made to 408.2c to average around 375c/kg.
Heavy feeder steers were in large supply and saw prices lift to 408.2c with most sales around 378c/kg.
Light weight restocker heifers saw strong demand, selling to 450c to average 411c, while restockers heifers sold to 385c to average 350c and heifers to feed made to 378.2c to average 350c/kg.
One large line of PTIC grown heifers topped at 310c and cows and calves made from $1440 to $2010 to average $1700/unit.
MacDonald Downs Station Pty Ltd, Alice Springs sold Santa Gertrudis steers for 439.2/kg weighing 260.7kg to return $1145.13/head, and heifers for 386.2kg weighing 209.8kg to return $810/head.
Brooke and Jacqui Jones, Stawellton, Richmond sold Brahman steers for 368.2c/kg weighing 335.6kg to return $1235.77/head.
Geoff Bashford, Barcaldine sold Santa Gertrudis steers for 446.2c/kg to average 207.5kg returning $925.87/head, and heifers for 412.2c/kg weighing 207.5kg to return $855.2/head.
RG and LM Wearing, Etna, Hughenden sold Brahman steers for 382.2kg weighing 230.4kg to return $880.59/head and heifers for 344.2c/kg weighing 225kg to return $775.6/head.
Chandler Pastoral Holdings, Kyneton, Barcaldine sold Santa Gertrudis steers for 388.2c/kg weighing 394.3kg returning $1530.74/head.
Marwill Pty Ltd, Milgery, Julia Creek sold heavy Brahman heifers for 322.2c/kg weighing 575kg to return $1852.65/head.
Lionel and Brett Walsh, Barcaldine sold Droughtmaster heifers for 354.2c/kg weighing 240kg to return $850.08/head.
Jamie Walsh, Barcaldine sold Droughtmaster heifers for 354.2c/kg to weight 252.5kg returning $894.36/head.
Lorne Grazing, Lorne, Blackall sold Droughtmaster cows and calves for $2010/unit.
HC and JA Maxwell, Charters Towers sold Angus cross steers for 460.2c/kg weighing 208kg to return $957. Their heifers sold to 434.2c/kg weighing 197kg to return $857.
Murray Family Trust, Uanda, Prairie sold Brangus cross steers for 370.2c/kg weighing 254kg to return $940.
ED and JL Atkinson, Lisburne, Blackall sold Angus cross heifers for 3.50c/kg weighing 420kg to return $1470.
Kurrboo Livestock Co sold Brahman cross cows and calves for $1680.
ALC Rural, South Delta, Barcaldine sold Droughtmaster cross steers for 387.2c/kg averaging 408.7kg returning $1582.47/head.
LW, MJ and EL Deem, Cambeela, Winton sold Angus cross heifers for 370c/kg averaging 303.3kg returning $1122.33/head.
DKM Pastoral, Athol, Blackall sold Angus cross steers for 380c/kg averaging 425kg returning $1615/head.
EW and EM Moller, Edwinstowe, Jericho sold Angus heifers for 375.2c/kg averaging 363.4kg returning $1363.56/head.
Mt Macquarie Pastoral Trust, Mt Macquarie, Blackall sold Simbrah cross feeder steers for 400.2c/kg weighing 475kg returning $1900/head.
Talaheena Grazing Co, Talaheena, Longreach sold Brahman cross feeder steers for 362.2c/kg weighing 447kg returning $1618/head.
Lambert Pastoral Co, Lambert, Charleville sold Charbray cross feeder steers for 402.2c/kg weighing 418kgs returning $1684/head.
Camelock Rural, Carella, Augathella sold EU Santa steers for 428.2c/kg weighing 322kg returning $1380/head.
RD Hay Pastoral Trust, Kismet, Jericho sold Santa steers for 422.2c/kg weighing 277kgs returning $1170/head.
RJ and TK Ham, Mac Downs, Barcaldine sold Santa steers for 438.2c/kg weighing 242kgs returning $1060/head.
Benalla Stud Grazing, Monavale, Hughenden sold Simbrah steers for 420.2c/kg weighing 228kgs returning $959/head.
Kerry and Patricia Bailey at Isisford sold Santa steers for 392.2c/kg weighing 366kgs returning $1435/head.
La Plata Grazing Co, La Plata, Blackall sold Droughtmaster steers for 432.2c/kg weighing 279kgs returning $1205/head.
J Jackson and K Anderson, Belle Burra, Longreach sold Angus cross steers for 462.2c/kg weighing 207kgs returning $957/head.
PJ and OJ Crombie, Drumlion, Longreach sold Angus cross steers 408.4c/kg weighing 340kgs returning $1389/head.
Romulus Pastoral Trust, Romulus, Blackall sold Charolais cross feeder heifers for 374.2c/kg weighing 432kgs returning $1614/head.
Gaza Grazing Co, Janet Downs, Longreach sold Shorthorn cross heifers for 372.2c/kg weighing 315kgs returning $1173/head.
Kensington Grazing Co, Kensington Downs, Longreach sold Brahman heifers for 344.2c/kgs weighing 306kgs returning $1054/head.
Esalex Pty Ltd, Langdale, Longreach sold Angus cross heifers for 436.2c/kgs weighing 227kgs returning $993/head.
Camelock Rural, Carella, Augathella sold Santa cross heifers 450.2c/kg weighing 274kgs returning $1233/hd.
RD Hay Pastoral Trust, Kismet, Jericho sold Santa heifers for 434.2c/kg weighing 217kgs returning $940/head.
RJ & TK Ham, Mac Downs, Barcaldine sold Charolais heifers 384.2c/kgs weighing 283kgs returning $850/head.
Ryrie Grazing, Mt Pleasant, Tambo sold Charolais cross steers to a top of 394 c/kg weighing 435 kg to return $1714 per head. They also sold Charolais cross heifers to a top of 340 c/kg weighing 415 kg to return $1411 per head.
BJ and JM O'Dell, Toarbee, Jericho sold Charolais cross steers to a top of 402 c/kg weighing 392 kg to return $1577 per head.
James Muller, Arrolla, Cloncurry sold Santa cross steers to a top of 386 c/kg weighing 421 kg to return $1629 per head. He also sold Santa cross heifers to a top of 358 c/kg weighing 399 kg to return $1430 per head.
R and T Jensen, Avondale, Blackall sold Brahman heifers to a top of 344 c/kg weighing 340 kg to return $1171 per head.
Home Creek Pastoral Trust, Home Creek, Barcaldine sold Droughtmaster cross steers to a top of 408 c/kg weighing 440 kg to return $1796 per head.
FJ and JG Manwaring, Ballygar, Aramac sold Santa cross steers to a top of 448 c/kg weighing 238 kg to return $1069 per head.
B and J Hall Family Trust, off agistment at Sumnervale, Blackall sold Angus cross steers to a top of 382 c/kg weighing 397 kg to return $1520 per head.
Edkins Campbell and Co, Bimbah, Longreach sold Santa cross steers for 398 c/kg weighing 310 kg to return $1234 per head.
Dick Cribb, Gydia Park, Isisford sold Santa cross steers to a top of 384 c/kg weighing 354 kg to return $1361 per head.