The mud was no deterrent to strong competition at Boyd O'Brien Bartholomew's annual Moreton Prime Beef Show and Sale on Thursday, with grainfed steers selling to $3549.
Judges Duane Woodham from Stanbroke and Glenn Poole of Teys Australia were on hand to find the finest of the 510-head yarding.
The champion grainfed export beast was awarded to Argent and Sons, Wattle Creek, Blackbutt, with a 755kg Brahmousin steer making 470c/kg ($3549). It was purchased by JBS.
Talgai Santas, Nindooinbah, had the champion pen of feeder steers with a pen of Santa Gertrudis cross that averaged 488kg and sold for 503c/kg to return $2460/head. They were bought by Teys.
The champion grainfed pen came from Kingsford Farms, Warwick, with a pen of six Charolais cross steers, bred by the Eggleston family of Toogoolawah. The pen of steers averaged 671kg, selling for 494c/kg to return $3318/head. Kilcoy Pastoral Co was the buyer.
The Knopke family at Brightview, Lowood, had the champion grainfed trade beast, with a Limousin cross heifer selling for 524c/kg ($2569). Bought by Highchester.
Thompson Brothers, Kingaroy, had the champion grassfed exhibit, with a Charbray steer which weighed in at 780kg and sold for 449c/kg ($3504). The animal was bought by Teys.
The champion pen of feeder heifers was taken out by Broomfield Grazing, Beaudesert, who sold a pen of Angus cross heifers for 517c/kg to return $1802/head. Bought by Australian Country Choice.
- Angus cross weaner steers sell to 666c for $1632 at Murgon
- Angus heifers 364kg sell for 552c at Blackall
Talgai Santas general manager Malcolm Gadsby, speaking on behalf of owners Max and Roz Baldwin, said the win helped promote their stud cattle.
"The reason why we aim to enter a few competitions is to promote our Santa bulls. We use our own bulls in our commercial herd," Mr Gadsby said.
"The pen of nine that we had here today were picked out of 42 head of steers and were fed on grass country and supplemented with oats," he said.
Both judges agreed it was a great lineup of cattle, with some standout classes.
"A tremendous lineup of cattle again, which is a credit to everybody. There were some really strong classes and hard decisions to make," Duane Woodham said.
Jilabri Family Trust sold a Droughtmaster x steer for 577.2c/kg to return $2106.78.
Barry Neuendorff of Tallegalla sold a Limousin x heifer for 515.2c/kg weighing 415kg to return $2138/head.
Corinda State High School sold a Santa x steer for 519.2c/kg to return $1817.20.
G&J Cahill from Christmas Creek sold a euro x steer for 517.2c/kg to return $2223.96/head.
GRP&CA Clarke sold Brangus heavy feeder steers for 517.2c/kg, weighing 460kg to return $2379.12/head.
Talgai Santas sold a line of 28 heavy feeder steers to average 505.2c/kg, weighing 456kg to return $2306.24/head.
Hills Family Trust sold heavy Droughtmaster x steers for 499.2c/kg to return $2346/head.
Hillcroft Feedlot of Ipswich sold grain accredited Limousin x heifers to a top of 487.2c/kg weighing 530kg to return 42582.16/head.
GN Bell of Pine Mountain sold a pen of three grainfed Limousin x heifers for 513.2c/kg weighing 500kg to return $2566/head.
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