The next few pens were heavier yearling steers (471-538kgs), and strong competition for feeder steers saw these sell from $1530-$1850, and equalling 338-350c/kg lwt. This has not been seen before for the weight of the steers, and was up to 20c/kg lwt dearer.
B&L Heywood, Yarragon, sold 47 steers from $1530-$1680, NR&SS Constantine, Buffalo, 11 Angus steers for $1575, and S&T Hotch, Koonwarra, 13 Angus steers for $1605. The highest price pen were Angus steers (532kg) of L Osborne, GLen Alvie, making $1850, and purchased for a Tamworth customer.
After the previous days excellent fat cattle sale, numerous bullock fatteners were competing in this market, and paying up to $1605 for younger steers.
Most steers sold over $1000, which equated to many pens selling from 350-388c/kg lwt. R&L Sutton, Glengarry, sold three pens of Charolais-Angus steers, 274-327kg, from $990-$1200, which was up to 371c/kg, and they were purchased for grain feeding by a processor.
J&S Kelly, Korumburra, offered a pen of 23 young Angus steer calves, of impeccable breeding. These sold for $1000, and weighed only 215kgs lwt.
The yarding of 1220 cattle was of very mixed quality, and included many pens of Friesian and Friesian steers, and some heifers.
Stronger demand with the grass now growing, and the looming end of the financial year, saw these sell very well too, to be up to $80 per head dearer. Jindinook Nominees, Dumbalk, sold a quality pen of Friesian steers (390kgs) for $910, which was 25c/kg dearer than two weeks ago.
Many dairy cross steers sold from $540-$910. S&N McRae, Nambrok, sold 42 young Friesian steers from $540-$620.
The heifer run was fairly short, and again they were of very mixed quality. All heifers sold very well for their individual quality and age. Kennington PArk sold 8 yearling Angus heifers for $1080, while R&L Sutton sold 38 young Charolais-Angus heifers from $950-$1040.
Many heifers sold between $750 & $990 with A&C O’Mara, Glengarry, selling 10 Angus heifers (352kgs) for $1150. Numerous sales of very young heifers were noted between $420 & $660. Most heifers sold for a liveweight equivalent price range of 300-345c/kg.
A few pens of lean, Friesian cross cows with Angus CAF sold from $1110-$1600 with 3 Hereford cows and calves making $1700 to top this section of the sale.