Competition on the better lots at Northern Victorian Livestock Exchange, Wodonga, today was frenzied, while it was subdued on the many pens of lighter weight cattle when 1000 head were yarded.
The quality of the offering was mixed with only a few pens of better bred and finished cattle were on hand; however values still remained strong.
There were some very good lines of European breed cattle throughout the sale.
Indicative prices for steers weighing 300kg to 400kg ranged from $2080 (308kg) to $2340 (388kg); while steers over 400kg sold from $2330 (405kg) to $2610 ( for six Angus weighing 486kg), and lightweight steers under 300kg topped at $2040.
Sales of heifers in the 300kg to 400kg weight range varied from $1770 (300kg) to $2270 (385kg) while those over 400kg sold to $2280 (418kg) and lightweights sold from $1350 (216kg) to $1760 (295kg).
Unjoined heifers sold to $2120 for two Angus weighing 441kg, while cows with calves sold from $2860 to $4350.
Representative sales of steers included 22 Mawarra- and Tarcombe-blood Herefords, weighing 393kg offered by J and T Wright, Sandy Creek, Victoria, sold for $2370: five Scott's Angus-blood steers weighing 359kg sold for $2250 on account MR Cheesley, Indigo Valley, Vic., and 16 Kenmere-blood Charolais, seven to nine months and weighing 368kg sold by KL and PM Proctor, Leneva, Vic., for $2320.
Older steer sales included 21 black baldies, weighing 444kg sold by MacLeod Pastoral Pty Ltd, Jingellic, for $2550 and nine yearling Herefords weighing 461kg sold by J and T Wright, Sandy Creek, Vic., for $2540.
Sales of heifers included 30 Jarobee and The Glen-blood Angus, weighing 385kg sold by MacLeod Pastoral Pty Ltd, Jingellic, for $2270: 13 Jarobee-blood Angus, weighing 331kg sold by Greg Harkin, Tallangatta Valley, Vic, for $2020 and 10 Angus cross weighing 346kg sold for $2000 on account MR Cheesley, Indigo Valley Vic.
Cows with calves sold for $4350 when JE and SM Chandler, Balldale, yarded four Angus/Santa Gertrudis cross depastured to Limousin bull and J Culican, Mansfield, Vic., received $3590 for the pen of six Angus second and third calvers with two-three month calves.
Buyers from Berrigan and Finley competed with local Victorian interests along with restockers from Tatura and Shepparton.
Wodonga-based agencies Corcoran Parker, Peter Ruaro Livestock, Schubert Boers and BUR conducted the sale.
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