There were 2,118 cattle yarded for the autumn weaner sale at Braidwood; and in an offering dominated by black cattle, bidding was consistent on the better lines penned.
Buyers were selective but continued to make their purchases as vendors are caught in a one-way trap.
Schute Bell Badgery Lumby, Braidwood manager Anthony Atkinson thought the market was “firm on the current trend”.
“Considering the season the quality on offer was magnificent,” he said.
“The weights are lighter than last year, but vendors are selling four to six weeks earlier.”
Mr Atkinson noted it was reassuring that restockers have confidence in the cattle market despite the doubtful seasonal outlook.
A feature of the sale was the sale of 412 Angus mixed-sex weaners, seven-eight months sold on account Koolewong Angus, Braidwood due to the sale of their property.
Sales of their steers included – 17 weighing 332kg sold for $2.856/kg: 17 weighing 318kg sold for $2.92/kg: 17 weighing 325kg sold for $2.956/kg and seven weighing 304kg sold for $2.896.
Other sales included:
- 17 Angus steers, weighing 304kg sold account P.E and S Thackway for $2.936/kg
- 40 Angus steers, weighing 286kg sold account A and B Hamson for $2.95/kg
- 28 Angus steers Rosskin and Hazeldean-blood, weighing 241kg sold account Jayne Rowley, “Booberoi”, Burra for $2.87/kg
Sales of heifers included:
- 16 Blonde d'Aquitaine heifers, weighing 277kg sold account J and O Royds, “Durham Hall”, Braidwood for $2.65/kg
- 15 Angus heifers, weighing 285kg sold account O’Connell and Co, Braidwood for $2.43/kg
- 78 Angus heifers, weighing 298kg sold account Koolewong Angus, Braidwood for $2.71
- 29 Angus heifers Sparta-blood, weighing 245kg sold account Hannaford Cattle Co, Braidwood for $2.38/kg
Competition was led by buyers from Wodonga while commission buyers competed with south coaat restockers, and buyers from Boorowa and Goulburn.
The sale was conducted by Braidwood-based agents, Schute Bell Badgery Lumby, WJ Gibbs and Co, Elders Cleary McDowell and Landmark.