Prices resist larger yarding


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About 800 head were yarded at Wangaratta store sale on Friday, which was about 200 more than advertised.

About 800 head were yarded at Wangaratta store sale on Friday, which was about 200 more than advertised. Peter Dargan, Rodwells, said that increase was largely weather-driven, with the hot weather tightening the season.

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Competition from north-east Victorian restockers and a few feedlots drove strong prices – in line with those achieved at other sale centres.

The 470 steers topped at $1305 a head, for a pen of 10 steers, 422kg, from Ian Fithall. Close behind was two Mount Cleves P/C steers, 438kg, that made $1300; Nyora Park’s eight Angus steers, 410kg, made $1275 and Sampson & Eagle’s nine Hereford steers, 12mo, Willowood blood, 416kg, made $1270.

Steers averaged $937. Mr Dargan said light steers, 220-230kg, sold for prices equivalent to 380c/kg; steers 350-400kg made 310-320c/kg and steers over 400kg made 305-310c/kg.

The 282 heifers sold to $1200, for a single heifer, 370kg, consigned by the Blackshaw family. A handful of heifer pens made over $1000; including Nyora Park’s nine Angus heifers, 362kg, at $1090.

K&B Simmonds sold 10 Angus heifers, 10-12mo, Welcome Swallow blood, 362kg, for $1080.

N Pooley had 11 steers, 350kg, that made $1170 and 13 heifers, 360kg, that made $1085.

The 38 cow and calf units av $1539. The category topped at $1840 for Del Rae Investments’ 10 Angus Heifers, 2yo, each with a Angus calf, 2mo. 

Mr Dargan said heifers made 290-305c/kg depending on weight and quality.

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