Ryan Sargeant, Elders, said cows and calves were good value for buyers, with a few pens of better known producers’ cattle commanding strong prices.
Sue Morgan has been farming at Tilden for 22 years but sold some of the last of her cattle as she has sold the property. She was pleased with the prices her cows fetched. Her 12 Angus heifers, 2.5 year-old, each had their first calf at-foot and had been depastured to Candlebark bulls. The first 12 cow and calf units made $1900 each and were knocked down to Landmark Yea. Her second lot of 15x15 units made $1735.
Howard Pastoral’s pen of 10 big Charbray cows with their fourth calves, August/September drop by Charolais bulls were purchased by a Gundagai agent for $1690. The cows had been redepastured to a Santa Gertrudis bull.
The offering of AJ Fullford, Yea, started with a pen of 15 black heifers, Paringa Stabilizer blood, redepastured to Paringa Stablizer bulls, with 15 calves at-foot. The units made $1410. The vendor’s 14 Angus cows each with their second calves, same breeding, made $1420.
Most other cow and calves made $1200-$1600, which Mr Sargeant said was good value considering recent weaner prices and those for cull cows, even if they had come down. He said local producers were wary of buying spring-drop calves because of concerns about feed and water.
Mr Sargeant said repeat buyers competed to secure PTIC heifers offered by regular vendors of the feature sale.
Strathglen Station, Strath Creek, sold a draft of 113 Angus heifers, 2.5 year-old, Pert Angus blood that were PTIC to Pert Angus bulls to calve down from March 1 for six weeks. Its first pen of 13 made $2000, with the draft averaging $1846.25.
Dueran Pastoral, Mansfield, sold 33 2.5 year-old Angus heifers, Mundroola blood, PTIC to Anvil Angus bulls to calve down from mid-February for seven week. They sold to $1780, av $1630. It sold 33 younger heifers, two years-old, same breeding, for $1330
Glenfiddich sold 54 Angus heifers, 2.5 year-old, Pert Angus blood, depastured to a Te Mania blood bull, that sold to $1710, av $1552.50.
Joined Hereford heifers sold to a top of $1500, for a pen of Greenhills Herefords’ pen of 12 rising 2.5 year-olds, Mawarra, Glendan Park and Bowmont blood, PTIC to a Mawarra bulls that was secured by local buyer Alan Christie, who said he had wanted to buy Greenhills cattle for a long-time and since he had sold weaners for good rates recently, he took this opportunity to replace some old cows.
AJ Fullford also consigned 26 second calving cows, depastured to Paringa Stablizer bulls that sold to $1620, av $1610. Dueran Pastoral’s second and third calving cows, PTIC to Anvil Angus bulls made $1720, the sale high for PTIC cows.
A small offering of unjoined heifers topped at $1290, for a pen offered by Switzerland Pastoral, Yungella, Murrindindi. Its draft of 49 heifers of pure Paringa Charolais and Angus bloodlines, 14-15 months, reached the top for a pen of 10 Charolais, and av $1136.67.