There were 1451 head of cattle yarded at Wodonga on Thursday and agents reported the market reached another level yet again, widespread rain boosting the enthusiasm of buyers at the rails.
Brian Unthank agent Michael Unthank said the quality of the yarding was very good for this time of year and both heifers and steers made well over 500c/kg throughout the sale.
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There were few cows and calves on offer, the tops made $2920, pregnancy-tested-in-calf heifers sold for up to $2180.
Steers weighing 500kg plus sold from $1800 to $2450. The 400kg to 500kg steers made between $1700 and $2260. While, most weighing 300kg to 400kg made from $1105 to $1970. Lighter steers sold from around $1000 to $1730.
Mr Unthank said heavy steers, weighing around 500kg to 530kg sold for close to 470c/kg to 480c/kg.
"We had a good run of black weaners, the top ends of those, 380kg, were making 500c/kg 520c/kg," Mr Unthank said.
CT and CM Packer, Bethanga sold a good run of Angus steers, the top pen of 13 weighing 421kg made $2010. A second pen from the Packers, 11 weighing 351kg, sold for $1865, returning 531c/kg.
The mostly black yarding was broken up by a good run of Hereford steers, offered by the Teek family, Tallangatta, Vic. They sold 26 Hereford steers 357kg for $1850. A second pen of 10 weighing 309kg made $1695, returning 549c/kg.
Mr Unthank said the heifer market was strong, with buyers chasing females for the short-term feed market.
"All those feeder type heifers were making 500c/kg and up to 520c/kg to 530c/kg," Mr Uthank said.
Heavier heifers, weighing more than 350kg, sold from $1400 to $1970. The top price paid for six Angus from G and E Fisher, Browns Plains, Vic, weighing 422kg.
Lighter heifers, under 350kg, made from around $1000 to $1760. That price was paid for 24 Angus heifers, 338kg, offered by MA and HL Clarke, Pine Mountain, Vic, to return 520c/kg.
Mr Unthank said the sale saw orders from the north, including from Coonamble and Tamworth, while online support was also strong with the sale interfaced by StockLive.
The sale was conducted by Wodonga/Albury based agents Corcoran Parker, Brian Unthank Rural, Schubert Boers and Peter Ruaro Livestock.
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