RECORD BREAKING: Prices soar at Pratt's cattle sale in Murgon.
RECORD BREAKING: Prices soar at Pratt's cattle sale in Murgon. Kate Darvall

Weaner steers break records at cattle sale in Murgon

RECORDS were broken as prices soared to their highest in years at Pratt Agencies' cattle sale in Murgon.

Pratt Agencies' Paul Pratt said the highlight of the sale was auctioning weaner steers for $3.60kg.

"We've never sold weaners for that dear in my life," Mr Pratt said.

He said a pen of 17 wieners were about 230kg in weight and sold for a price of about $830 each.

He said the woman who scored the high prices was "over the moon".

"She came from a family out at Brigooda, the other side of Proston," he said.

Mr Pratt said the weaners were "very, very good quality calves", but a string of factors culminated to create the high prices.

"Everybody's had a bit of rain," he said.

"Even though its storm rain, everywhere's got something."

Mr Pratt said numbers also shortened out, sending prices soaring.

"At this stage of the game, there's not a lot of those younger weaners coming through the market," he said.

"So those good, better quality calves are short in numbers."

Although the sale peaked with the weaners, Mr Pratt said everything sold well.

Although the industry will lock down a bit during Christmas, Mr Pratt said the strength of the industry after the break depended on rain.

"If there's more rain floating about over Christmas and the season continues as it is, then we're looking good," he said.

"We just want more follow-up rain now, and we'll have a good season ahead."

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