Just on 1000 calves were yarded for the Pratt Agencies annual weaner sale in Murgon on Friday.
The yarding was up to the usual very high quality of Burnett weaners. The condition of the calves was testament to the better season experienced this year (in places) compared to the previous few years.
Cattle were drawn from Gayndah, Mt Perry, Nanango, Yarraman, Kilkivan, Kingaroy and locally. A full panel of buyers from North and South Burnett as well as Downs buyers were in attendance.
Santa steers from D Stanton, Goomeri, sold to 600c returning $2130. A and R Barsby, Tansey, sold two pens of Charbray steers for $1708 (468c) and $1565 (458c). M Smith, Gayndah, sold prize-winning Charbray steers for 544c for $1714 and 602c and $1558. G and J Zahl, Gayndah, sold Charolais cross steers for $1653 (540c) and $1586 (606c). W and S Dollard, Manyung, sold Charbray steers for 586c and $1638.
T Court, Goomeri, sold Charbray steers for 606c returning $1586. Charbray steers from G and M Sullivan, Moffatdale, sold for $1480 at 560c, with their Droughtmaster steers also making 560 for $1652. I and J Davies, Kilkivan, sold a draft of 50 Euro and British cross steers for an average of 571c, 267kg and $1528. T Stanton, Goomeri, sold Simmental cross steers for 608c and $1520. Angus steers a/c T Sampson, Yarraman, sold for $1653 and 540c.
E and S Pick, Tansey, sold Brangus steers for $1520 at 632c. Brangus steers from R and N Hanson, Crownthorpe, sold for $1300 at 622c. Brangus steers a/c ANSDE, Goomeri, sold to 600c returning $1545. Red Angus steers a/c G and A Sippel, Redgate, sold to $1538 at 550c. Brangus steers from A and J McLean, Kilkivan, sold for 622c and $1151.
Santa steers from Crownthorpe a/c Kelly Brothers sold for $1610 at 558c. Class-winning Santa steers a/c the Lee family, Nanango, sold to 584c and $1596. Braford steers from Gayndah a/c AJ Bambling sold for $1373 and 614c. Local Droughtmaster steers a/c L Reimers sold for 598c and $1353. Prize-winning Charbray heifers from G and M Sullivan, Moffatdale, sold for $1400 at 480c. A and K Barsby, Tansey, sold first place winners for $1565 and 458c, and a second pen for $1374 at 478c.
Charolais heifers from G and J Zahl, Gayndah, sold to 470c for $1450. Brangus heifers from R and N Hanson sold to 506c returning $1140. Charbray heifers from Gayndah sold for $1210 and 488c. Angus heifers from A and J McLean, Kilkivan, sold for 476c and $1030. Charolais cross heifers from Proston sold for $1113 and 472c.
Overall, steers averaged 555c and $1514, while heifers averaged 454c and $1206.