Cows and calves to $2020 at Wodonga

Wodonga yards 3500 cattle at store sale

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There were 3500 cattle yarded at Wodonga last week, 1500 more then the 2000 originally advertised. Photo by NVLX.

There were 3500 cattle yarded at Wodonga last week, 1500 more then the 2000 originally advertised. Photo by NVLX.

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Huge yarding of mixed quality cattle.

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There was a huge yarding of 3501 mixed quality cattle at the Wodonga saleyards on Thursday.

Elders Wodonga's Matt Tinkler said there was originally 2000 advertised with more than 1000 coming through in the last week as with no significant rain forecast, producers looked to sell.

He said there were some very good lines of cattle, as well as some clean up lines from producers who weren't prepared to take their lesser types through summer.

He said cows and calves were scarce but there was a very good line of 10 Angus cows and calves offered by Justin Blair, Holbrook which sold for $2020/unit.

Heavy steers were cheaper this week. Mr Tinkler said 460kg steers were making $1300 to $1350, back into the 275 to 280 cents per kilogram range.

"There wasn't any great numbers and there probably wasn't the feedlotters there that we've had at the last couple of sales," Mr Tinkler said.

"Most of them would have secured their feedlot numbers leading into Christmas so there was a discount there."

He said as the cattle came back in weight to the 400kg mark, southern restockers and bullock fatteners started operating, pushing prices to 300-305c/kg.

"There was a very good lineup of Hereford yearlings led by the Red Hill chaps, weighing 441kg and going to a local Mitta Mitta Valley bullock fattener for $1320 or 299c/kg," Mr Tinkler said.

"Quality Rangan blood Charolais weaners ,10-11 months old weighing 447kg also went to a local bullock fattener, making $1300/hd."

He said weaner steers sold well depending on quality, with both Autumn-drop and late Spring-drop calves on offer, those in good condition selling from 290 to 315c/kg.

Heifers sold well through the heavier end, making around 260c/kg, with an operator buying for Tasmania.

However, Mr Tinkler said prices for lighter heifers, in smaller lines were definitely back.

He said ninety per cent of cattle were local, with most buyers from the south, including several from Gippsland.

The sale was conducted by Elders Wodonga and Paull Scollard Landmark, Albury.

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