Kempsey steers sell to top of 250c/kg

Rain spurs on Kempsey cattle prices

Richard Sowter of Kempsey who sold Santa Gertrudis cross Devon vealers. Photo by Samantha Townsend.

Richard Sowter of Kempsey who sold Santa Gertrudis cross Devon vealers. Photo by Samantha Townsend.


Rain spurs on Kempsey prices with 30c/kg rise across all cattle.


Despite tough conditions across the state, Kempsey agents were "pleasantly surprised" to see most classes of cattle sell to rates of up to 30 cents a kilogram above those achieved in other centres last week.

There was a total yarding of 1222 at Kempsey Stock and Land's regular Fat Sale and Market Day on March 14, which featured a second feeder steer and heifer sale for the year.

"It was stronger than we though with top end feeders making good money," agent Laurie Argue said.

A good run of grown steers and bullocks over 400kg saw the best sale to a top of 250.2c/kg, 28 cents dearer in comparison to last fortnight's sale.

Feeder steers up to 400kg topped at 240.2c/kg, a rise of 12 cents on last sale.

The best line of Angus steers, 311kg, make 240.2c/kg.

Preg tested empty feeder heifers sold to 204.2c/kg, for Speckle Park Cross heifers belonging to Lex Coombes, weighing 420kg.

Heavy vealer and weaner heifers were keenly sought after, topping at 242.2c/kg for European cross heifers weighing 340kg, while good quality Angus weaner heifers generally sold from 185c/kg to 222c/kg. Lightweight weaner heifers jumped 15 to 25 cents on last sale, topping at 202.2c/kg.

Cows sold in line with state wide trends, with the best of the heavy cows making 166.2c/kg, while medium weight cows topped at 152.2c/kg. The best bull sold for 192.2c/kg.

Steers over 400kg 

  • Paspaley: 446kg Brangus 240.2c/kg, sold to Kilmore & Son
  • Killuke Past: 575kg Angus cross 226.2c/kg, sold to Kilmore & Son
  • Paul Barnett: 430kg F1 steers 250.2c/kg, sold to J. Fowler.

Steers 200kg to 350kg 

  • M & K Eames: 311kg Angus, 240.2c/kg, sold to Haniresh
  • Ken Whalen: 264kg Angus and Angus X 230.2c/kg, sold D. Olsen
  • Rick Paff: 260kg Angus 226c/kg, sold to Landmark Shepparton

Steers under 200kg 

  • Buttsworth Past: 184kg Angus 228.2c/kg, sold to J. Chandler
  • Dungay Park Angus: 194kg Angus 226.2c/kg

​The Kempsey Stock and Land annual weaner sale will be held on April 4.


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