Steers to $1460
Heifers to $1240
Cows and calves to $2040
MAYBE the fever of the Mountain Cattle sales flowed over the hill to Wodonga on Thursday, or it might have been the weather bureau’s prediction of 20-40mm of rain the next day, but competition was very good.
The independent agents off a relatively small penning of 1807 head, which included 96 cows and calves. A couple of property sales saw two dispersals in this market, but cows and calves, and PTIC females only just held their trade value. There was one exception with DS&CG Varker, Chiltern, selling 22 Angus cows with Jarobee blood calves at-foot (CAF), and re-depastured to the same for July-August calving. Three for one seemed a good option, and these cows and calves sold for $2040.
Bunurong Partnership, Burrumbuttock, NSW, dispersed 36 females with two still to calve. This very good quality cows had young CAF, calving to four weeks, and sold from $1520-$1670.
GG&FM Glass, Allens Flat, had sold their property, and offered 36 Angus cows, 4-8 years, PTIC to a Limousin bull for June calving. These sold from $1390-$1490.
Several pens of yearling and older steers were offered, 0-4 teeth. Top of the sale was Hillway, Benalla, selling 34 steers for $1260-$1460. AM&KA Kirley, Dederang, sold 17 Angus steers, 499-503kg, for $1260-$1400.
Competition for younger steers improved, which saw some sales return to the very high levels of a few weeks ago. Shanbrough, Deniliquin, NSW, sold 30 Angus steers from $1060-$1230, or 330-345c/kglwt. A feature line from Glencoe Pastoral Co, Holbrook, NSW, saw 67 young calves by Webb Black Simmental and Hick’s Composite bulls, sell from $815-$1055, equalling up to 367c/kg lwt. MJ&JE Mitchell, Bethanga, sold 39 Angus steers from $1000-$1035.
There was very strong demand for lightwieght calves. B Costello, Euroa, sold 50 Angus calves from $885-$990, up to 377c/kg, and P Wetherall, Cornhill, Merrijig, sold 29 Angus calves from $860-$884, the lightest making the higher 419c/kg lwt.
Hereford steers sold to less enthusiasm than in the mountains. FE&FJ McCormack, Bullioh, sold 24 Hereford steers from $1080-$1160. Deloraine Rural, Beveridge, sold 77 Poll Hereford steers from $850-$935, which was quite a good sale, or 334 and 342c/kg lwt. Millbrook Stud, Alexandra, sold 41 Angus-Hereford and Hereford calves, in dry, store condition, from $510-$634 (equal to 406 and 411c/kg).
Moving onto heifers saw competition continue at good levels seeing only small differences between the steers. Several pens of very good quality heifers sold for $1015-$1240. D&L Schoen, Killeneen, Corowa, NSW, sold 31 Angus heifers for the top price. Barkers, Jingellic, NSW, sold 50 Angus heifers from $1015-$1100, or 298-301c/kg lwt.
Many younger heifers sold between $805 and $990 (equal to 285-335c/kg lwt).