Coolabunia special store sale attracts cattle lines and delivers on price

Helen Walker
By Helen Walker
Updated December 2 2021 - 5:38am, first published 3:30am
A line of 11 Droughtmaster steers weighing 278 kilograms sold for 702c/kg to return $1956/head at Coolabunia store and fat sale.

Aussie Land and Livestock auctioneer Midge Thompson best described last Thursday's Coolabunia fat and store sale as red hot in all market descriptions with light cattle making up to 850c/kg.

He said 520 head were yarded at Coolabunia saleyards and the cattle were penned and ready before the rain arrived, thanks to the swift work of their vendors and carriers.

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The yarding was drawn from Nanango, Kingaroy, Blackbutt, Yarraman, Murgon, Tansey, Kilcoy, Cooyar, Bell, Proston, Widgee and Gympie districts.

Mr Thompson said it was not only supply and demand driving an upward market it was low interest rates, good prices, and finally a good season.

"Cattle are now getting difficult to find, as more and more heifers are heading to slaughter due to the good prices," he said.

He said that light steers and heifers were constantly selling from 750c/kg upwards, and they made up to 850c/kg last Thursday.

"We offered a great line of Angus feeder steers consigned from Blackbutt weighing 425 kilograms which made 614.2c/kg, to return $2613, while medium feeders in the 326kg category made 642c/kg, to return $2096," he said.

Other lines included 261 kilogram Limousins from BR and N De Caluwe, Corndale, that made 738c/kg to return $1933/hd.

Highly sort after steers from EN, VJ and MP Steger, Cooyar, made 834c/kg at 158kg to return $1320 as did 155k Limousin steers from N and K Van Dyk to return $1293.

Droughtmaster steers from Shaun Walters, Nanango, made 806c at 203kg to return $1639.

Light heifers from B and T Thomspon, Barkers Creek, made 840c at 137kg to return $1155 while 163kg Limousins made 756c/kg to return $1235.

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Brangus females weighing 152kg from Nanango made 774c/kg to return $1177.

Mr Thompson quoted heavy bulls from the Cooyar district weighing 835kg sold for 360c/kg, to return $3007/head.

He said the best weighing 920kg returned $3220.

A line of heavy cows in the 600 kg weight range made 371c/kg, to return $2227, while store cows weighing 525kg made $1890.

Cows and calves made up to $4250 for ex-Nanango Charbray units on behalf of Joe Marriott.

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In the pregnancy-tested-in-calf category Speckle Park females made $2550 while Belmont cows from Sexton reached $2050 and Santas out of Murgon made $1850.

Other feature lines from the sale included manufacturing bullocks from Proston making 396c/kg at 484kg to return $1919.

Heavy Speckle Park steers from Kingaroy made 391c/kg at 665kg to return $2601 for Mark Tessman.

Heavy feeder steers from Murgon made 497c/kg at 555kg for $2760.

Light feeders ex-Dangore made 676c/kg at 298kg to $2017 for Lord and Drynan.

Charbray heifers out of Tansey made 572c/ kg at 673kg for $2155.

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Angus heifers ex-Cooyar made 606c/kg at 326kg for $1980.

Droughtmaster heifers ex-Linville made 726c/kg at 190kg for $1386.

Charbray heifers out of Nanango made 698c/kg or 212kg at $1481 for K and K and A Randall.

The next sale will be held next Tuesday at both the Murgon and Coolabunia saleyards.

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Helen Walker

Helen Walker

Toowoomba-based Journalist

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