- Total yarding 1235
- Grown steers to $1430
- Weaner steers to $1255
- Heifers to $1000
- Cows & calves to $1510
THE laneways were packed with buyers, sellers and a few curious observers at the opening autumn store sale on Friday, at Sale, in the new undercover and soft-floor space.
A total 1235 store cattle, mostly weaner stock, were comfortably yarded and sold to some unpredictable bidding – some prices were up while other cattle sold for less than expected.
Steer prices ranged from $1430 for rising-two-year-old Herefords to $1050 for 10-11-month-old black baldies.
Among the many buyers from across Gippsland, two feedlots from northern Victoria were also represented.
It was Greenwood Livestock’s first store sale for 2016 and principal Ben Greenwood was happy with the prices redeemed.
“It was a bit patchy but overall there was some good sales and heifers sold very well,” he said.
“It’s been very dry and everyone’s waiting for rain – and we’ve had some hot weather to contend with. But prices were still well in front of this time last year.”
Among the grown cattle, David Turnbull, Myrtlebank, sold Hereford steers, rising-2yo, to $1430, average $1330.
Jackson Pastoral, Cowwarr, also sold grown steers – 18mo Angus, Pathfinder and Te Mania bloodlines, 469kg, $1430. Their younger brothers, 10-11mo, sold to $1140.
RE Kuch, Perry Bridge, sold 10 Angus steers, 17-18mo, 435kg, Kunuma bloodline, at $1390.
A draft of 80 polled Hereford steers, 16mo, Wanrua bloodline, vendor Tablelands Pastoral, 470kg, sold to $1355, average $1114.
There were many annual weaner drafts in the sale and buyers from South Gippsland bought many, to restock after recently selling bullocks.
Many of the weaner steers sold between $800-$1000 with the average above $900.
G&J Dunsmuir, Briagolong, sent in 88 Angus and black baldy steers, 379kg, Pinora and Leawood bloodlines, sold to $1255, average $1074. Their 23 sisters, 323kg, sold to $930, average $885.
Peter & Heather Linke, Rosedale, sold 10-11mo Hereford and black baldy steers, 410kg, to $1050, average $1013.
R&E Newnham, Longford, sent in 17 Hereford steers, 364kg, that sold at $1045.
Among the female cattle, Heath Fox, Flynn, sent in three Limousin-cross heifers that returned $1000. TJ&AL Keylock, Briagolong, received the same price for three Charolais heifers.
R Newnham, Longford, sold 10 Hereford heifers, 325kg, for $830.
Prices for heifers averaged $700-$800.
There was only one pen of cows and calves in the sale. B Fleming sent in Murray Grey-Friesian cross cows with black baldy calves-at-foot, sold at $1510. Robert Allan, Briagolong, who bought them, said he would grow the calves out to vealers and rejoin the cows.
A pen of 16 Friesian bull calves, 4mo, sold at $260 – vendor was Rebecca Cauldwell, Riversleigh.