Prices remained firm at the last Roma store sale for 2021 with some producers opting to sell cattle earlier than usual due to the record market.
Trade to feeder weight steers were a highlight of the yarding of 3619 head on Tuesday.
TopX agent Cyril Close said vendors were taking advantage of the current strong market, influenced by the record prices at Roma saleyards in previous weeks.
"We had a good line of cattle there where we took advantage of the current market, specifically your trade weight to heavy weight feeder market," Mr Close said.
"We had clients that sent cattle in today (Tuesday) for that reason, because it was so strong last week, and they were rewarded by doing that."
Mr Close said the heifer market also held up, with a mob of lightweight females from the Northern Territory making out to 700c/kg.
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In the breakdown from MLA; weaner steers under 200kg were slightly down from last week, averaging 810c/kg and topping at 882c/kg, while steers in the 200kg to 280kg bracket went up 95c/kg on average, reaching 890c/kg to average 890c/kg. Weaner steers under 330kg averaged 750c/kg and topped at 856.2c/kg, while steers under 400kg made 750c/kg and averaged 697c/kg. Heavy weight feeder steers sold to a top of 632c/kg and averaged 604c/kg.
Weaner heifers under 200kg reached a top of 764/kg to average 687c/kg, while those in the 220kg to 280kg range went up by 6c/kg on average to reach 780c/kg and average 674c/kg.
Heifers under 330kg made 724c/kg to average 670c/kg, while feeder weight heifers under 400kg averaged 600c/kg and reached a top of 624c/kg
One of the vendors making the most of the current market was the Hay family from Wandoan, who sold 74 Braford steers and 26 Brahman-cross to average 651.1c/kg for 337.1kg, making $2194/head.
They also sold 41 Braford heifers and 19 Brahman-cross heifers to average 726.6c/kg and make $2170/head.
Speaking to Queensland Country Life, Casey Hay said the family were pleased with the sale and mentioned the stark comparison to previous years.
"It's good compared to what we were getting last year and the year before, really, really good," Mr Hay said.
"It's the most money we've ever seen, good season, good prices and not enough cattle to sell."
The family run a Braford and Brahman-cross breeding operation on their property Moonya, between Wandoan and Taroom.
Mr Hay said the family usually sell their cattle around 15 to 18 months of age, but recent rainfall and record prices meant they were selling slightly earlier than usual.
"We've probably gone a bit earlier this year," he said.
"Normally we keep them through to January and hit those first couple of sales in the new year but this year, with the prices at the moment, and the economy and everything is a little bit uncertain we thought we would take the money while it's here.
"It's very, very high, how high it will go and how long it can stay there is anyone's guess at the moment.
"While we're getting record prices we may as well get them.
"Put a bit of money in the piggy bank for a few months."
Store sales will kick off again in 2022 on Tuesday, January 11.
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