Victoria’s high profile weaner sales got away to a doughy start at Yea in the state’s lower northeast Thursday.
Offering 2100 head of this year's '09-drop weaners, the lead drafts of Angus, Hereford and Euro-cross steers struggled in a price bracket of $580-$610 or an estimated 175-185c/kg (live).
The market’s top-priced steer pen was a yard of Australian Beef Composite steers sold by Michael and June Fitzpatrick, of Mansfield, that made $670.
The yarding’s second and third daft pens met a better inquiry.
These were mostly made $520 to $580 a head, or 175-200c/kg, with a small number of younger drop station-bred calves sold from $480-$530.
Buying support on the day was restricted and heavily reliant on the local area’s backgrounder restockers.
No large volume "out-of-region" operators competed, although a single King Island order snared a load of the low-dollar steers to underpin the market.
Inquiry for heifer weaners was similarly erratic.
The odd pen of well-breed heifers were selected and taken for breeding purposes, but apart from this the market mostly met a subdued trading range of $420 to $480 for most heifers irrespective of the weight.
The top-priced heifers were a yard of Hereford Shorthorn-cross beautifully bred Strawberry Roan cattle, that made $640 for John & Tim McCormack of Molesworth.
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