A yarding of 223 was available for prospective buyers at Wednesday's Sarina cattle sale.
A yarding of 223 was available for prospective buyers at Wednesday's Sarina cattle sale. Stuart Quinn

Sarina cattle market firms up

STORMS south of Sarina have had a positive influence on the regional cattle market, which has firmed up since the last sale jut over a month ago.

A slightly larger yarding of 223 cattle, consisting of 130 steers, 80 heifers, 11 cows and two bulls, was available for prospective buyers and Landmark Mackay manager Tony Dwyer said he was satisfied with the outcome of the sale.

Older steers sold for between $740 and $850 while weaner steers fetched from $280 to $700. Weaner heifers sold between $360 and $500.

The highlights of the sale included L. Williams & C. Searle, Bowen selling grey brahman weaner steers for $700.

Riley Grazing sold Brahman-cross weaners to the tune of $590 to $580 while Poschelk Rural also sold Brangus heifers for $710.

"The market was firm to slightly dearer, compared to the previous sale, for all types of cattle that were on offer," Mr Dwyer said. "Everything in the current market is holding up nicely.

"There are a few storms in the south that have helped the market carry on, which is good to see, and I think the latest forecast has helped.

"We had some graziers from Rockhampton and Clermont as well as the Mackay region."

The weather outlook is starting to look more promising for graziers towards the end of the week and Mr Dwyer said they would be looking forward to some rain.

"It's giving everyone a bit of hope, from cane farmers to graziers," he said. "I think every primary producer will be looking positively towards the latest forecast with anticipation to see what comes of it."

The next Landmark Mackay cattle sale will be in Nebo on October 16 and the following sale will be in Sarina on October 23.