IT WAS an interesting day at Sale on Friday, with 70 per cent of the yarding comprising of Friesian steers of varying weights, some Friesian heifers and a number of dairy-cross steers and heifers.
However, the first two lanes of steers did include a number of small drafts of Angus and Hereford steers, which although cheaper, sold reasonably well.
BG&GM Missen, Woodside, sold 32 Angus steers from $800 and $908, averaging $872.
Demand was quite good for the steer portion of Angus and Hereford breeds.
East Gippsland Livestock purchased the lion's share of these from $670-$720.
A few lighter weight steers sold from $480-$590.
Because of the number of Friesian steers yarded, buyers could pick and choose.
There were higher expectations of price than that was offered and some were not sold.
F&D Boulton, Sale, sold 49 steers from $492-$555, which were 16 months to two years of age.
Plenty of the steers were lighter weights or immature and young steers, which sold from $285-$450.
Some of the lighter weight steers sold better, pound for pound than the older ones.
Dairy cross steers also varied greatly in weight and age, the older steers selling from $580-$800.
Competition for better bred heifers was not too bad, on faltering market. Prices were mostly $470-$665.
Lightweight Angus heifers sold from $390-$450, and some crossbred heifers made to $562.
From there it was into the dairy and crossbred heifers, which sold better than similar steers, making $255-$465.
There was a small selection of cows and calves penned, which sold from $740-$1210, most were crossbred cows in plainer condition and sold well for their condition and type.