Total yarding 1499
Steers to $1600
Heifers to $1140
Springing heifers to $2450
Cows & calves to $2000
A FEATURE line of 12-month-old weaned Angus steers and heifers, by Connemara and Leawood bulls and sent in by Buneep Park Pastoral, Bunee, was a highlight of the Pakenham store cattle sale last Thursday.
The steers, average liveweight 328kg, sold to $1160, average $1101; the pen of heifers sold at $700.
It was difficult to gauge a floor price in the steers, as, unusually for Pakenham VLE, there were few pens of cattle with size and weight.
In summary, well bred cattle sold reasonably well and plain steers sold dear. Cattle were pulled from across Gippsland, into southeast NSW, Melbourne’s north and a few from the western district. Buyers for the feedlots out of Hopkins River, JB Swifts and Cohuna vied with South Gippsland grass finishers to buy cattle.
PA Fanning, Bulla, sold two pens of Angus steers at $1600.
JR&JE Coates, Mossiface, sold red Angus steers, 510kg, $1450; a pen of Hereford and Black Baldy steers, same vendor, 564kg, sold at $1370.
L&L Morrisroe, Skye, sent in Angus steers, 540kg, that sold at $1435.
J&V Garretto, Yellingbo, sold pasture-fed Angus steers, 470kg, $1400. A second pen, 403kg, sold at $1260. L&M Germano, Mirboo North, sold Angus steers – the top pen, 475kg, returned $1345.
J Fluke, Mansfield, Angus steers, 462kg, sold at $1325.
Angus steers, 424kg, vendor Bezique P/L, Pakenham Upper, returned $1310.
Rice Research, ‘Old Coree’, Jerilderie, sent in 10-11mo Charolais steers, 424kg, $1270; and Angus steers, 448kg, $1260. Archies Creek producer, C&T Ellis, sold Hereford and Black Baldy steers, 415kg, $1240.
S&G Ongarato Nominees, Clarkefield, sold two pens of 10-11mo Angus steers, Adameluca bloodline – the top pen, 336kg, sold at $1150.
Ripplebrook’s R Cook sold Angus steers, 430kg, $1180.
G Smith, ‘Kalimna’, Yarra Junction, received up to $1120 for two pens of Charolais steers. Among the females, L&R Jeffrey, Healesville, sent in 16mo Angus heifers, 446kg, by Pinora bulls, that sold at $1140.
R Mathews, Traralgon, sold Charolais heifers, $1020.
Springing Charolais heifers, joined to an Angus bull, sold at $2450; vendor was Lindsay and Joan Fechner, Koo Wee Rup.
J Hillyer, Bombala, sent in a draft of Angus cows with calves at foot (CAF), Hazeldean and Kunuma bloodlines, that sold to $2000.
Cooma’s Loplexa P/L sold Hazeldean-bloodline Angus cows and calves, $1930.
T&C Collins, Mirboo North, sent in Hereford and Black Baldy cows with CAF, that sold to $1685.
Woodstock’s Charlewood Nominees sent in Hereford cows and CAF, $1500.
BW&AM Pratt, Warragul South, sold Hereford heifers with calves, $1450.
D Spence, Traralgon, sold Hereford pairs, $1435.
Friesian-Limousin cows with calves, depastured to a Simmental bull, sold at $1400; vendor Turrical P/L, Bangholme.
Longwarry’s Bonameade P/L, sent in Hereford-Friesian cows with Angus calves, $1390. M Schellekens, Bass, sent in Angus cows with CAF, $1375.
Angus cows with Limousin-Angus CAF, vendor B Paino, Tooradin, sold at $1350.
Local buyers were the strength in the market, according to Jarrod Bennetts, livestock agent with Seeley Everett Bennetts.
“There was no enthusiasm to buy heavy cattle today; but well bred and prepared cattle sold well,” he said.
“South and west Gippsland buyers were the strength today, buying young cattle – steers and heifers – to background.”