CHARTERS TOWERS PRIME & STORE CATTLE SALE MARKET REPORT – WEDNESDAY 3RD APRIL 2024

  • Yarding Numbers: 1,024
  • Location: Charters Towers
  • Date: April 3, 2024

Charters Towers Combined Agents yarded a total of 1024 cattle, consisting of 286 prime cattle & 738 store cattle. The Prime cattle consisted of 57 Bullocks, 43 Heifers, 93 Cows and 93 Bulls. The Store section consisted of 563 Steers, 18 Mickeys, 149 Heifers and 8×8 Cows & Calves.

Cattle comprised of a mixed yarding, with isolated pens of heavy export slaughter cattle. All the usual buyers were in attendance, as well as one exporter operating and reduced restocker activity. The yarding was drawn from Weipa, Ingham, and Richmond, as well as local and coastal areas.

Prime Quotes: Bullocks were quoted 5c dearer, Heifers were unchanged, Cows were 5-10c dearer, and Bulls were unchanged on last Sale’s rates.

Description Category Wt. Range kg Head Price in cents/kg
Lowest Average Highest
Steers & Bullocks Medium Up to 500kg 47 140 268 276
Heavy Over 500kg 10 230 261 266
Heifers Medium Up to 540kg 43 100 218 250
Heavy Over 540kg NQ
Cows Medium Up to 400kg 13 50 149 230
Heavy Over 400kg 80 176 220 230
Bulls Medium Up to 450kg 69 60 241 276
Heavy Over 450kg 24 200 243 270
  • Bullocks topped at 276¢/kg sold on a/c WF Prichard, “9 Mile Creek”, Charters Towers that weighed 484kg to return $1,336 per head.
  • A pen of trade Heifers were presented on a/c Smith Pastoral, Torrens Creek that sold for 238¢/kg and weighed 413kg to return $938 per head.
  • The top pen of Cows were sold on a/c TN & MA Carr, Charters Towers for 230¢/kg, weighing 620kg to return $1,427 per head.
  • Bulls sold on a/c Pedracini Grazing Trust, “Scartwater”, Charters Towers topped at 270¢/kg and weighed 476kg, to return $1285 per head.

Store Quotes: Store cattle consisted of a mixed yarding with better quality isolated pens drawing the attention of buyers.

Description Wt. Range kg Head Price in cents/kg
Lowest Average Highest
 

Steers

Up to 200kg 59 128 130 180
200 – 320kg 384 90 212 325
320 – 400kg 120 174 232 282
Over 400kg NQ NQ NQ NQ
Mickeys Up to 400kg 18 60 187 250
 

Heifers

Up to 200kg 1 116 116 116
200 – 320kg 135 50 204 246
320 – 370kg 13 146 159 220
  • A pen of 7 steers a/c Kate Hodgetts, Charters Towers made 325¢/kg and weighed 263kg, returning an average of $854.81 per head.
  • A good pen of 12 Heifers on a/c D & A Forster, Pentland made 246¢/kg, weighed 214kg, returning $526 per
  • 8×8 Cows & Calves ranged from $500 – $800 per