Local restockers were particularly active at the Wodonga store sale on Thursday when 3004 mixed quality cattle were yarded.
The offering was dominated by black cattle with few Herefords, composites or European breeds penned.
The sale was quoted as being “fully firm with extra interest in the quality female lines,” by Peter Ruaro Rodwells director, Peter Ruaro.
Young steers sold from $950 to top at $1380, with lighter weights selling to $860 for 13 Angus which weighed 170 kilogram.
Older steers sold from $1110 to $1635.
Young heifers sold from $940 to $1400, while pregnancy-tested-in-calf (PTIC) females sold from $1575 to $1860.
Cows with calves sold to $2900.
Among the pens of young steers, Doug Stevenson, Tallangatta, Victoria, sold 20 Angus, weighing 334kg, for $1380 while the Sargent family, Table Top also received $1380 for their pen of 12 Angus, Rossrich-blood, weighing 375kg.
Blackwood Grazing, Srathbogie, Vic, received $1370 for their pen of 14 Angus, Kilcoolan-blood, weighing 343kg, and Ross Jarvis, Cudgewa, Vic, sold 25 Angus steers weighing 311kg for $1260.
Deidrie Lebner, Thougla, Vic, sold 24 Angus steers, Alpine Angus-blood weighing 294kg for $1270 with Rodney Wolter, “Hillview”, Walwa, Vic selling 16 Angus weighing 283kg for $1170.
The Kohlhagen family, Walla Walla, sold 10 black baldy steers weighing 364kg for $1360, and Fairlea Farms, Tallangatta Valley, Vic, sold 17 seven to eight month Angus steers weighing 282kg for $1140.
Ewenmar Pty Ltd, “Woonoona”, Tooma, sold 40 Hereford steers, Guildford-blood weighing 295kg for $1310.
Colin and Stephen Parker, “Glencoe”, Holbrook, offered their annual draft of spring drop Hicks composites, and received $1120 for their top pen of black steers weighing 284kg.
They also sold 30 red composite steers weighing 230kg for $1085.
Sales of older steers included 33 Herefords, 16 to 18 months, weighing 509kg sold on account Phillip Paton, “Kinnoull”, Tallangatta South, Vic, for $1635.
Mr Paton, a second generation Hereford breeder, would normally take his steers through to prime heavy weights, but was selling his draft because the season is turning against him.
Reg and Alan Larkin, Gundowring, Vic, sold nine Angus heifers, Jarobee-blood weighing 389kg for $1400, while Timberlane Past Company, Tallangatta South, Vic, sold 19 Euro-cross heifers for $1200.
Three Creeks, “Dalrado”, Culcairn, sold 18 PTIC Angus heifers, two years to Rennylea bulls weighing 488kg for $1820.
John and Sarah Adams, “Mill Park”, Staghorn Flat, Vic, sold eight Angus cows with calves and NSM for $2900.
Sold by the Evans family, Tatong, Vic, 15 Angus cows with calves were bought by Rodney Wolter, “Hillview”, Walwa, Vic, for $2725.
The Dunoon- and Te Mania-blood females were five to seven years, and tested PTIC.
“It was a good buy,” Rodney Wolter said.
“It is a three-in-one package, with calves well grown and valuable on the current market.”
Mr Wolter is lifting his female numbers because of current and foreseeable demand for quality stock.
Siblings, Kate and Murk Schoen, “Killeneen”, Corowa, sold 11 mixed-age Angus cows Lawson-blood and weighing 559kg for $1600.
The cows had been used as recipient dams in an embryo-transfer program for the Schoen family in building the quality of their young Orlanga Angus stud, and the sale was an opportunity to cash in on the good prices and sell surplus stock.
“It was pretty good money for older mixed-age cows,” Ms Schoen said.
“PTIC to our Orlanga stud bulls, it was a good package for the buyer.”
Cattle went to Deniliquin, Finley, Corryong and Wangaratta, with local restockers also competing with feedlot interests.
Wodonga agents, BUR, Paull and Scollard, Peter Ruaro Rodwells and Trent Boers conducted the sale.