Buyers paid good money for well-bred lines of lighter cattle at Leongatha today.
BUYERS jostled for position near well-bred pens of cattle at a sodden Leongatha today, as they looked to take advantage of recent rainfall across South Gippsland.
Competition for good quality yearlings pushed some pens up to 235 cents per kilogram, average 200c/kg, while bullocks were 210-225c/kg and heavier Angus steers made 190c/kg.
Six 590kg Angus steers, consigned by G Fox, Traralgon, topped the fortnightly store sale at $1040, while heifers remained firm, with D + H Wyhoon, Wild Dog Valley, claiming the top price of $600 for one Angus heifer.
Cows and calves topped at $990 and were 10c/kg more expensive across the board than the previous sale.
Alex Scott & Staff selling agent Simon Henderson said rain equated to buyer confidence which meant they could be more critical when assessing pens.
“Any cattle that wasn’t presenting well - whether that’s bad shape, horns, or them being a bit up-and-down - people give them a miss at the moment because they can make a bit more of well-bred cattle,” he said.
He said most crossbred and Friesian cattle made 170c/kg.
Agents penned 1694 cattle - 1200 steers, 400 heifers and 84 cows and calves – making it one of the larger sales at Leongatha in recent times.
Full story in the Stock & Land September 26 edition
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