Sarina's prime and store sale drew strong interest from prospective buyers last Friday, with many local producers turning up to take advantage of the 460 head on offer.
The yarding was more than 100 head up on the previous sale and comprised of 200 steers, 196 heifers, 60 cows, one cow and calf combination and three bulls.
Lightweight weaner steers made between $740 and $1040 a head, with number one weaner steers making between $1090 and $1340 and feeder steers selling from $1490 to $1640.
Lightweight weaner heifers made from $600 to $920, while number one heifers sold for $910 to $1080 a head and feeder heifers made between $1080 and $1460.
Meatworks cows made from $1220 to $1800, with store cows making between $970 and $1200. The cow and calf combination sold for $1600.
GDL/SBB agent Tony Dwyer said the yarding had been fairly mixed with both light and heavy cattle selling well.
"We had a good run of weaners at the start that made exceptional money and even the lighter weaners still made good money topping at $1040," he said.
"The sale was pretty consistent and prices remained very similar to the previous sale."
"All our regular buyers were there and we received very strong support from the local graziers."
Mackay cattle producer Robert Denman sold a mix of 21 weaner steers and heifers, with the lightweight steers selling for $1040 and the heifers making $990.
"I was very happy with the prices I received for their weights," he said.
Mr Denman never used to sell calves straight off their mother, but made the change in recent years due to the market demand.
"It's cheaper to sell them off mum, then you haven't got to feed them," he said.
"I normally sell my steers a lot heavier than they were, but these weaners were born later and were much lighter. You've got to look after their mothers as well.
"I just took everything off, and kept about 30 heifers for myself in the yard as replacements."
Mr Dwyer said it was a very strong market on all descriptions of cattle, with regular buyers in attendance and strong support from locals.
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