Processors step up at Euroa

Processors step up at Euroa


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Euroa and surrounding districts are drying out, but it is the middle of February, and producers are looking for an autumn break in a few weeks' time.

Euroa and surrounding districts are drying out, but it is the middle of February, and producers are looking for an autumn break in a few weeks' time.

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The Euroa area is drying off fast, and quality is slipping

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Euroa agents described last Wednesday’s regular store cattle sale, as a “clean-up” market.

The penning of 1200 head did include some yearling steers. Jonlyn Park sold 5 Angus steers, 578 kilograms liveweight, for $1440, Waranga Park, also 5 Angus steers, 546kg, for $1320, and Bungle Boori, 47 Angus steers, which weighed 445kg, sold for $1175.

Competition was reserved mostly for the younger steers, and several feedlots and opportunity feeders competed for these steers.

It is interesting to see the increased level of processor competition for feeder cattle also creep into store sales.

Demand was strong for steers weighing over 300kg, which saw most sell between $960&$1160. Jonlyn Park sold 16 Simmental-Angus steers, 413kg for $1160, G&K Elliott, 7 Angus steers, 381kg, for $1075, and Plover Plains, 19 Angus steers for $1030.

It is difficult to quote this market against Euroa’s pre Christmas sales and agents quoted Wednesday’s sale as equal to recent markets in other districts.

However prices were $150-$200 cheaper than the Euroa December sale.

Lighter weight steers sold to strong competition which at times created prices equal to earlier sales.

“Bargunyah” sold 10 Charolais cross steers, 293kg, for $955, and Blythe Airie, Strathbogie, sold 40 Charolais-Angus steers, around 230kg, for $855, or 371c/kg lwt.

However, a stand out was the large line of 119 Angus steers of L Apted & Sons, Aurthrus Creek. These 5-6 months old steers, Fernhill & Newblax blood, sold to a top of $880, or 405c/kg lwt.

Among the buying force was Landmark International which was operating for a future live shipping order.

A previous live shipping order for heifers, has depleted the number offered here at Euroa. Only a few, small lines were offered, Wednesday.

“Bungle Boori” sold 26 Angus heifers to $1060, to average $950, and G&H Pearce, 20 Angus heifers, 12 months, 348kg, for $1030. Lighter weight heifers sold mostly from $750-$920. Bargunyah sold Charolais heifers at 313kg, for $880.

There were no joined females, nor cows and calves to quote.

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