TO WALK into the Euroa saleyards, Wednesday, and see 2903 mostly Angus steers lined up in fantastic condition, was a sight to behold.
Producers are spending good dollars buying some of the best genetics, and combined with the very good season, weight and condition was at a premium right through the offering.
Competition came from many quarters, from NSW through to the Western District.
At least four buyers competed for the heavier weight steers, most of which had been well weaned.
The sale commenced on Autumn 2017 drop steers, the best of which weighed 449kgs.
“Inverness” sold 19 head for the top price of $1370, and pen after pen of other steers sold from $1150-$1280.
J&H Walls & Sons, Lynfield, sold 100 Angus steers from $1120-$1280, or 336-371c/kg lwt.
This was pretty much the trend of the whole weaner sale, as grass fatteners, feedlots and backgrounders, vied for supply.
A few quotes are Flowerdale Farms, Euroa, 110 Angus steers, $1070-$1270, Hansen Angus, Molesworth, 132 Angus steers, $1070-$1265, and Levenvale, Glenhope, 146 Angus steers, $1100-$1265.
A feature of this sale was the return of the lighter weight steers making in the very high 300c/kg lwt range, which was due in part to their quality, but equally very strong competition.
Many of the steers were only 7-10 months old, and the yarding included a few Charolais-Angus and Charolais steers.
A lack of competition saw these sell to $1195, but the younger seers sold well making from $1050-$1145.
Agents offered several pens of yearling steers, most being 16-18 months old.
Competition was strong for most, and prices ranged from $1335-$1505 for Angus steers, and the best of the Charolais steers $1300.