In a fitting finale to a once booming livestock selling centre, a top-quality young yarding was presented at the final weaner cattle sale at Goulburn saleyards on Thursday.
Conducted by Landmark Goulburn, just over 1800 cold country weaner cattle, mainly Angus breed, sold to a top of $1375 with a majority of the cattle sold going to restockers.
Steers averaged a respectable $1119 for just under 1500 head.
The top-price was paid for a pen of 48 premium quality six to seven-month-old Angus cross Fleckvieh weaner steers with an average weight of 320 kilograms.
The were sold by Peter Clay of Taralga Springs Beef, Taralga.
Mr Clay sold another three pens of same age brothers ranging from 257 to 292kg for $1120 per pen. In total Mr Clay averaged $1238 for 104 head of cattle.
Father and son duo, John and Toby Croker, Ventura Pty Ltd, Taralga, sold a pen of 24 Angus cross steers, seven to nine-months-old, averaging 325kg for $1350.
Long-time supporters of Landmark and selling through Goulburn saleyards, Angus and Georgie Campbell, Taralga, sold a pen of 37 pure Hazeldean blood Angus steers, six to seven-months-old averaging 336kg for $1340.
Among the bigger lines of weaners sold were calves from N.E Christie, Wondonga Pastoral Co., Bannister, who sold 300 seven to nine-month-old Angus steers ranging from 245kg to 286kg for a top of $1230 for the top two lines and another two lines for $1120 and $1100 respectively.
Roger and Glenda McIntosh, Laggan, who have been selling through Goulburn saleyards for over 40 years sold 27 Angus steers, seven to nine-months-old averaging 298kg for $1230.
Another long-time vendor through the saleyards, John McIntosh, also of Laggan sold 21 Angus steers averaging 292kg for $1210.
Just under 300 heifers averaged $870, selling to a top of $1150 for a pen of Angus heifers from Willowvale Pastoral Co. Moss Vale.
Eleven Angus and black baldy calves, six to seven months-old, offered by Ben Hazler, Gunderoo made $1010 and another pen of 15 mixed Angus and black baldy calves sold for $1005 in the account of Michael Dekeluver, Breadalbane.
Greg Fagan, Landmark Goulburn, said the numbers were slightly down than originally promoted, mainly due to the heavy rain that fell over the two days prior which impacted on transporting cattle.
“The overall top quality was a reflection of the good season,” Mr Fagan said.
A full report will appear in next week’s edition of The Land.