Well bred cattle continued to sell well at Bairnsdale’s store sale last Friday, led by the annual draft of Angus weaners from Mack and Robyn Stagg, Tambo Crossing.
Of 200 Angus steers and 100 heifers, 8-10mo, Hazeldean and Innesdale bloodlines, the top pen weighed av 331kg and returned $1130, ranging down to $895. The top pen of females returned $790; bottom pen $705. These cattle were sought by South Gippsland bullock growers and feedlots.
“We’re very pleased, we’ve never seen prices that good,” Ms Stagg said. Her words were echoed by others’ who sold cattle on Friday.
In the 2142-strong yarding, the region’s bountiful season continued to show in the cattle’s quality. Topping the list was a draft of 17-18mo Angus and black baldy steers, 545kg, $1570 from L&M Lee, Munro. Colin Scott & Co, Hinnomunjie Station, Omeo, sold two pens of 16mo Hereford and black baldy steers, for $1430 and $1530 each respectively. Paynesville’s JW Armstrong sold two pens of Charolais steers, 503kg, to $1495, av $1388. Mrs T McCarthy, Orbost, sold 20 Angus and black baldy steers, 12mo, 404kg, at $1340.
Heifers, 20mo, estate A Norman, Mt Taylor, Creighton Grange bld, sold to the category top of $1260. A draft of 100 yearling Hereford heifers, av 349kg, vendor Kelvin and Wendy Ingram, Bonang, sold to $1200, av $931.
Most yearling heifers in the yarding sold above $1000, weaners sold above $700.
There were few cows and calves offered and most of the maternal halves were in plain condition. Meerlieu’s Mark Sketchley sold two Angus cows with Limousin calves at foot at $2020 a pair.