Angus gives Hamilton a flying start

Angus gives Hamilton a flying start


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An Angus-only steer yarding averaging 357kg and 385 cents a kilogram gave Hamilton a flying start to its annual weaner selling campaign.

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Yarded: 3137 Angus steers, avg 357kg

Steers 360-450kg: $1360-$1644, avg 370c

Steers 280-360kg: $1180-$1413, avg 402c

AN Angus-only steer yarding averaging 357kg and 385 cents a kilogram gave Hamilton a flying start to its annual weaner selling campaign.

Supporting buying orders from Tasmania, Gippsland, Western Victoria and southeast South Australia dominated the first day of selling that began Monday with a yarding of 3157 head.

The sale - the first of 10 being held at Hamilton and nearby Casterton over the next fortnight- returned an increased $1390 a head average or about $200 a head more than 12 months ago.

The feature of this year’s Independent agents group black steer sale was the exceptional weight of the overall yarding. The penning averaged 15 kilograms heavier than last year and saw the first 35 pens offer live weights upwards of 380kg, to a top of 441kg.

The market dollar per head top was achieved for the EU-accredited yard of 23 Torbank steers weighed at 435kg. These made 378c/kg liveweight or $1644 a head while Camp Creek sold a yard of 437kg EU-accredited steers at 369c/kg or $1612/head. The best cents per kilogram sale was registered by Athlone South. Its sale price of 433c/kg for a yard of 37 Angus, 283kg returned Roland Cameron and family $1225/head while its best pen of 116 head, 363kg, which was nominated as the best presented realised 387c/kg or $1404/hd.

The nation's largest beef processor, JBS Swift, was the major volume buyer. The global meat trader booked all of its 700-head haul to its Longford, Tasmania account while Thomas Foods purchased a large portion of the EU-accredited drafts for feeding in its South Australian feedlot.

EU-sales on the day averaged 387c/kg which was only a slight premium above the market average.

LMB Linke auctioneer Bernie Grant said a broad range of feeder and restocker buyers have placed a lot of faith in prices going forward.

“It was of interest to note a number of northern NSW operators also attended the market but the extra weight saw them outbid by the local contingent” he said.

Kerr & Co auctioneer Craig Pertzel said the strong performance of the JBS order would underpin the thinking of markets moving forward.

“They obviously see a looming shortage in supply for the months ahead and by taking a pro-active stance provides others with a lot of confidence” he said. 

JBS Swift buyers Jody Darcy and Barry Wilson purchased some 700 Angus for the company's Longford, Tasmania operation.

JBS Swift buyers Jody Darcy and Barry Wilson purchased some 700 Angus for the company's Longford, Tasmania operation.

Michael McMeel with Susan, Roland and Andrew Cameron, Athlone South and Colin Torney who dedicated their best presented award to deceased Terry McMeel.

Michael McMeel with Susan, Roland and Andrew Cameron, Athlone South and Colin Torney who dedicated their best presented award to deceased Terry McMeel.

Top 10 Sales

Brett "Nuggett" Linke, wife Angela and son Jackson feed three times the hay through a tough season to keep their cow numbers in tact. The result covered their outlay.

Brett "Nuggett" Linke, wife Angela and son Jackson feed three times the hay through a tough season to keep their cow numbers in tact. The result covered their outlay.

Torbank, 23 EU-Angus, 435kg, 378c $1644

Jacinta and Michael Coffey, Port Fairy sold EU-accredited steers, 396kg to 371c/kg. Mr Coffey said he has never hand-feed as much hay before as this year.

Jacinta and Michael Coffey, Port Fairy sold EU-accredited steers, 396kg to 371c/kg. Mr Coffey said he has never hand-feed as much hay before as this year.

Camp Creek, 23 EU-Angus, 437c/kg, 369c $1612

IS&H Brown, 28 EU-Angus, 413kg 379c, $1565

Keith Diprose Romsey, with Kilmore agent Peter Lenahan sold 77 Angus for better than expected results, with their heaviest pen, 370kg, sold at 377c/kg or $1395.

Keith Diprose Romsey, with Kilmore agent Peter Lenahan sold 77 Angus for better than expected results, with their heaviest pen, 370kg, sold at 377c/kg or $1395.

Cadell, 24 EU-Angus, 412kg, 373c, $1536

Corra, 27 Angus, 441kg, 345c, $1521

Comly Banks, 29 Angus, 422kg, 360c, $1519

Harton Hills, 26 Angus, 431kg, 350c, $1508

Kelvin Park, 20 Blk Bly, 398kg, 377c, $1500

Lal Lal, 24 Angus, 419kg, 357c, $1495

Camp Creek, 45 EU-Angus, 404kg, 370c, $1494

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