There were some outstanding pens of cattle on offer during the regular store sale at Wodonga: and although many were lighter weights due to the season, the quality of their breeding was still evident.
With 3028 grown cattle and 355 calves penned, the yarding of mostly black cattle attracted keen competition, with values trending firm.
Paull and Scollard, Wodonga auctioneer Luke Deimel said the sale exceeded expectations, especially on the better lines.
“We had an amazing dispersal of Angus cows with calves, which where an absolutely outstanding line of breeders cows, and they sold very well,” he said.
“Balance of the cows sold according to their quality and the price reflected that.”
Mr Deimel said pens of steers and heifers which could go straight onto feed sold really well, but light weights were hard to move.
“We were blessed with strong interest from Tasmania, which helped underpin the sale.”
Indicative values for the better lines of yearling steers ranged from $1175 to $500, while yearling heifers varied from $890 to $450.
PTIC females sold to $1160, while cows with calves topped at $2060.
Top sales of yearling steers where 14 Angus, weighing 389kg and Irelands and Alpine Angus-blood sold by L and J.D Contacom, Whorouly, Victoria for $1175: while M.A and B.J and K.A and P.G McPherson, Whorouly, Vic sold 15 Angus, Pinnacle and Alpine Angus-blood, weighing 369kg for $1115.
Other sales included 14 Angus steers, weighing 378kg sold for $1140 on account Sharp Partnership, Cudgewa, Vict and Jeanette McCormack, “Muskerry”, Bullioh, Vic who sold 25 Hereford steers, Mawarra-blood weighing 335kg for $1090.
Among the heifer sales, 22 Angus heifers, Te Mania-blood weighing 360kg sold by Fogarty family, Buchlyvie Pastoral, Boorhman, Vic for $960, while Suzie Fagan, Brenda Pastoral Co, Coonamble sold 56 Angus heifers, Te Mania-blood weighing 312kg for $800.
Mrs Fagan was very pleased her heifers went to a breeder in Tasmania as they are the result of over 50 years of breeding and were only offered for sale due to drought in the Coonamble district.
Top price for cows and calves at $2060 was achieved for 32 Angus cows, Banquet and Pathfinder-blood, with Newblax Black Simmental calves and depastured Newblax Black Simmental bull sold on account Wal Wood, and estate late Nick McKimmey, trading as Georgewood, Tallangatta, Vic.
Buyers from Tasmania competed with strong local restocker interest with commission buyers operating.
Wodonga agents, Paull and Scollard, BUR, Peter Ruaro Rodwells, Schubert Boers conducted the sale.