Elders and Landmark completed the third day of the annual Blue Ribbon calf sales at Wodonga, Friday January 5.
Yarding a total of 2547 head, the offering of yearling and steer calves, and heifers, both agents can claim a very good result.
Most of the previous day’s buyers returned, and continued their friendly competition, to create a firm to slightly dearer sale.
Competition was again wide spread with some cattle to head north to Glen Innes, but only small numbers were purchased.
Central NSW buyers were also noted, along with Teys, Charlton, but Sean McKenzie, and Harmony Agriculture, “Mt Fyans”, Mortlake, were also prominent purchasers.
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Over the previous two days, Landmark International purchased 600 steers, and they were noted for their strength of competition this Friday.
Top of the yearling steers was Merrangull, Violet Town, selling 52 Angus steers to $1495. Close behind were D Skau, Chiltern with 32 steers for $1480, and $1315 to the top price. This equaled 297-319c/kg lwt.
A good percentage of the 2017 autumn drop steers had not been weaned, and these presented in the best condition.
GL&DR Macaulay, Huon, sold the top price pen of 18 Angus steer (429kgs), calves for $1410. Their consignment of 70 steers sold upward from $1130.
There were many highlights throughout the sale, some being the heavier steer calves selling from $1200-$1360, but also the lighter weight steers selling to just over 400c/kg liveweight.
DKF Heywood 7 Sons, “Glenlock”, Everton, sold 196 steers, the best making $1235. However, the younger steers, from $910-$1055, equaled 364-373c/kg lwt.
Only a few pens of young steers sold below $1000, due in part to strong competition from the north, and Landmark International.
Jomon Agriculture, Kancoona, sold 167 steers from $1000-$1160, the lightest steers weighing just 247kgs.
Some of the other larger vendors were C Boyd&Sons, Bobinwarrah, selling 90 steers from $1040-$1270, WN McDonald & Son, Rosewhite, with 106 steers, $1105-$1260, and RE&CA Darlow, Holbrook with 83 steers from $980-$1200.
Highlights of the heifer sale was again the small yarding, their quality, and the good competition, which included some breeders.
Top of the heifers was C Rigano & Sons, Mudgegonga, selling 23 Angus heifers (347kgs), for $1230, to a breeder.
Table Top Angus purchased 17 heifers of R&J Mack, Gerogery, for replacement heifers, for $1000.
Yearling heifers sold mostly around their fat values, equaling 257-265c/kg lwt.
Top of the calves were Rylin P/L, Bobinwarrah, selling 34 heifers to $1260. JM&JA Bradford, Deniliquin, sold 29 heifers, 365-411kgs, from $1050-$1160.
Larger consignments were mostly younger heifers. Jomon Agriculture sold 125 heifers from $800-$970, and DKF Heywood & Sons, 69 heifers from $835-$940.
Fisher Agriculture, Browns Plains, sold 63 young heifers from $820-$880.