Queensland cattle numbers increased by 1280 head last week to total 7615 head. There was an increase in PTIC cow listings, with 1464 head offered.
NSM cows and calves averaged $3509/hd, up $144. Out of Dingo, 42 Brahman cows and 42 CAF sold to $3640/hd. The cows averaged 493.6kg liveweight and ranged from four to 11 years of age, and the calves ranged from 48-198kg liveweight, averaging 109kg.
PTIC heifers averaged $2990/hd, back $209 with clearance rates reaching 49pc. Two lines totalling 104 head of 27 to 31-month-old Droughtmaster heifers from Rolleston weighing 425kg lwt returned $3200/hd and will travel to Dirranbandi.
Heifers weighing between 330-400kg averaged 594c, back 12c. Angus/Santa Gertrudis heifers aged 10 to 12 months from Toowoomba weighing 378kg lwt returned $2360/hd or 624c.
Steers weighing 280-330kg reached an 84pc clearance rate for the 1465 head offered which helped to sustain prices, averaging only $1 lower on the previous week, at $2035/hd. From Roma, 50 weaned Shorthorn steers sold to very strong bidding, with the six to eight-month-old line averaging 294.3kg selling to $2170/hd, or 737c lwt.
Steers weighing 330-400kg averaged 610c, back 16c. A large run of 113 Droughtmaster/Simmental feeder steers from Bonshaw weighing 349kg lwt returned $2315/hd or 663c.
A total of 19,222 sheep and lambs were offered from Queensland last week, an increase of 8600 head.
Crossbred lambs averaged $145/hd, back $11 with clearance rates rising to 70 per cent. Merino/Poll Dorset mixed sex lambs from Thallon weighing 39kg lwt returned $158/hd.
Merino wether lambs eased $5 to averaged $127/hd with clearance rates reaching 68pc. Three lines of Mar/May '21 drop wether lambs from Barcaldine totalling 2780 head and weighing 424kg returned $146/hd.
Shedding breed lambs averaged $373/hd, the only lamb category to register a week-on-week rise. White Dorper trade wether lambs from Emerald weighing 55kg lwt returned $182/hd.
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