Considering that many of the steers and heifers sold were the second drafts, and therefore a little younger, and moulded by the hotter weather, this was a very good sale.
Some agents said this sale was a little cheaper than the December market, but some of the outcome here was the number of unweaned calves.
Burnview Angus sold 17 yearling Angus steers, 425 kilograms, for $1510 to set the sales top price.
Feedlot competition met with local fatteners, and some NSW buyers to sell from $1415 to the top price. Buyers were noted from Dubbo, Forbes, Gunnedah, and several commision buyers also attended.
However, much of the competition for steers came from local producers. M&E Thomas sold Anus steers, 9-10 months, to a top of $1430.
A pen of Charolais steers equalled this price and many pens of steers sold over $1300, selling for the equivalent liveweight price range of 360-450c/kg.
Gibson Park, “The Springs”, and Lindsay Park all sold Charolais steers in a range of $1340-$1400.
The Crockett family, trading as “Black Magic”, sold 59 Angus steers, 9-10mths, from $1305-$1370. Lindsay Park sold 38 Charolais steers from $1340-$1400.
Hereford steers featured well in this market with “Karalee” selling 26 steers from $1290-$1400 with two pens heading to Dubbo.
J Brownless sold 21 EU-accredited Hereford steers from $1350-$1400.
Younger, lighter weight steers, sold very well to numerous buyers looking to pay less dollars for their purchases.
Gooram Springs sold 53 Angus & Angus-Hereford steers from $1000-$1190. The show of strength toward the end of the steer section of the sale saw not one pen sell under $1000. Demand for heifers was again very strong, despite many not having been weaned. There was more competition from feedlot buyers for the heifers, as prices were more conducive to their price range.
The good shape and condition of the heifers inspired some buyers, including feedlot orders. Selling to a top of $1310, most sold from $1100 to this top figure.
Sretlaw Park sold 35 Angus heifers from $1185-$1310, and Palmater Pastoral, 34 Angus heifers from $1220-$1250. Charolais heifers sold to $1230 and these and others were hotly contested.
Rodwells Euroa manager Mick Curtis said this was a fitting end to the annual calf sales, which has seen more than 5000 steers and heifers sold in December and January.