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Top quality at Burnett Livestock All Breeds Weaner Sale

6 May 2019, 1:03 p.m

Winners of the Champion Pen of Weaners, Ewan and Les Rockemer, Gigoomgan Pastoral, Brooweena, with their prize of a Morrissey & Co calf cradle and Sean Morrissey from Morrissey & Co. Pictures: Stephanie Whitaker.

A quality yarding of weaners was offered at the Burnett Livestock and Realty All Breeds Weaner Sale at Biggenden on Thursday.

Drawn from the local supply area, Biloela, Miriam Vale, Tansey and everywhere in between, the 3348-head yarding sold to a top of 311c/kg.

Burnett Livestock agent Lance Whitaker said the sale offered the best quality yarding they had ever had.

“The market kicked due to the fact of having that better quality lineup, and drew some more volume buyers from away,” he said.

“A few pens of females were bought by restockers, but the majority will go to be backgrounded for feedlots.

“There was a bit of demand from the clean country, the tick-free areas.”

Mr Whitaker said recent rain had the Burnett region looking pretty good.

“It’s green and we’ve had a bit of rain and the season looks alright, but it’s a bit of a late season like everywhere else,” he said.

“If it would have come a couple months earlier, it would have helped.”

The top-quality yarding made for a tough job picking the best pen, with Ewan and Les Rockemer, Gigoomgan Pastoral, Brooweena, awarded Champion Pen of Weaners for their Angus-infused heifers.

The 287kg heifers sold for 248 cents to make $713/head, while their 307kg Angus steers sold for 292c/kg to make $898/head.

BN Krause, Childers, sold Charolais-cross steers for top money of 311c/kg to equal $959/head, with Myola Grazing, Miriam Vale also selling Charolais-cross steers for 311c/kg to make $796.

Winner of the Charolais-infused class Barry Whitaker, Maryborough with Pat ONeil, Zoetis. The heifers sold for 294.2c/kg or $1009/head.

 Winner of the Charolais-infused class Barry Whitaker, Maryborough with Pat ONeil, Zoetis. The heifers sold for 294.2c/kg or $1009/head.

BS&C Whitaker, Calgoa, topped the heifer market at 294c/kg with their pen of Charbrays that won the Charolais or Charolais-infused weaner category, making $1009/head.

The best pen of Santa Gertrudis or Santa Gertrudis-infused weaners was won by Lance Baker, Gayndah, with the steers selling for 286c/kg to make $862.

The Droughtmaster or Droughtmaster-infused class went to S & E Barrett, Woolooga, who sold steers for 305c/kg to equal $840/head.

The Brahman or Brahman-infused class went to DJ & SA Jensen, Monto, with the Red Brahman steers making 288c/kg and $786/head.

The best pen of Simmental or Simmental-infused weaners was won by Ben Weller, Eidsvold, with the Simmental-cross steers selling for 310c/kg to equal $1005/head.

N Krause, Childers sold Charolais cross heifers for 274c/kg to make $825/head, and G&D Arneil, Biloela sold Charbray heifers for 258c/kg to equal $947.