SELLERS of cattle from the southwest slopes of New South Wales rather than the seasonal buying inquiry made an unusual contrast Friday at Ballarat’s monthly store cattle sale in south west Victoria.
Forced to offload his stock due to an acute shortage of water, Canowindra’s Les Smith from the Cowra -Young district trucked to and cleared through the Ballarat saleyards a line of mid-aged Te Mania-blood Angus cows with young two to four month-old Angus calves at foot that made $1060 to $1120.
Elsewhere in the market demand for finishing type cattle once again met a better than expected demand.
Grown steers, which saw the heaviest weighing to 514kg, made $590 to $830 a head to average 162c/kg lwt while lines of unjoined heifers both yearling-off and new season’s weaners made to $625 a head to average $507 or 167c/kg lwt.
And providing a further glimpse of demand for January’s huge fixture of weaner sales steer weaners mostly made $520 to $635 a head to overall average 177c/kg lwt and rate 25 points above the daily benchmark EYCI.
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