Cattle came from the south, close to Melbourne, from Nimmitabel, and much of the surrounding districts of local and Riverina properties too.
While the condition was quite scattered, the breeding of the cattle was good to very good, and this initiated some very strong competition.
The sale opened with agents selling the 184 cows and calves penned. Competition varied here with some of the leaner lines selling very well, and one big draft of quality cattle missing some competition. J Kohne sold a mixture of 9 crossbred cows with Limousin claves at foot from $1510-$2150, and P Condon, 20 Angus cows with CAF, 2-3 months, selling from $1840-$2080.
Chitin Grange, Romsey, sold 45 Angus cows with their 4th & 5th CAF, 3 months, from $1720-$1800. The balance of the cows and calves were of mixed breeding and quality, and sold from $1360-$1980.
A big line up of joined females sold to steady demand with buyers not looking to put these out to pasture in what will possibly be a very cold winter. WG Ross, Wangoola, Holbrook, sold 113 Angus, Angus-Hereford, and Hereford cows and heifers, PTIC to Angus bulls. These barely reached fat price making from $880-$1230.
Merindoc Pastoral Co, Toobrac, sold 96 Angus, Angus-Hereford, and Hereford heifers, PTIC to Rieland Angus bulls, from $890-$1060. The pick of the bunch was 12 Angus cows, PTIC to Angus bulls, to commence calving July, which sold for $1420.
There was strong competition for all steers penned, which created a dearer sale. Considering the number of steers penned, there was a limited supply of steers weighing over 300 kilograms liveweight.
Kywanna Pastoral Co, Table Top, sold 56 Angus steers, 10 of which were 0-2 teeth, and 428kgs. These sold for the sale’s top price of $1422, or 332c/kg lwt. The lightest of the yearling steers weighed 322kgs and sold for $1090, and liveweight prices for yearlings ranged from 320-332c/kg.
From there, demand only improved with most of the younger steers selling between selling from $900-$1260, or mostly 345-388c/kg lwt.
JA&JM Steinke, Glen Valley, Henty, sold 21 Angus steers for $1260, and Hindleton Rural, 19 Angus steers for $1230. “Kalmoomah”, Yarck, sold a mixture of yearling Hereford and young steers. Their yearlings sold for $1220, and the 112 younger steers made from $755-$1015.
Very light and young steers sold exceptionally well. GD Sheahan, Carrington Park, Moyhu, sold 98 Angus steers from $735-$870, or 360-408c/kg lwt. KJ Jackson, Double Gully, Tallangatta South, sold 38 Hereford steer calves, making from $630-$710.
Heifers were equally of very mixed quality and condition with some being straight off their mothers, some very young and a few pens of yearling heifers. JA&JM Steinke sold 16 Angus heifers for $1145, and C&J Griffiths, 7 Hereford yearling heifers for $1140.
Merindoc Past Co, Toobrac, sold a large line of 100 mixed age Angus & Hereford heifers from $590-$1000. This was a good indication of the range of prices, which mostly equalled 285-335c/kg lwt across a broad range of weights and quality.