Bullocks to $1770
Yearling steers to $1370
Heifers to $1250
Cows & calves to $1860
COMPETITION was strong and prices remained firm across the yarding of 1206 cattle at Bairnsdale store sale on Friday.
The cold winter is beginning to kick in, hence vendors were taking the opportunity to sell well-bred cattle while they still had condition, rather than feed them through the next few months.
Many of the cattle on offer were out of the Monaro and Alpine country, while others came out of Wellington and Latrobe where the drought prevented grass growth for winter.
Two feedlot buyers – Jimmy Matthews for Garrison’s and Anthony Hullick for Westside Meats – competed for feeder cattle, alongside butchers and restockers from across Gippsland.
There were several feature lines of weaner cattle on offer, including Alex Pota’s Angus steers and Christa Treasure’s Hereford heifers; along with Jim Pendergast’s annual sale of Penderscourt heifers with calves at-foot (CAF).
Bullocks sold to $1770, led by Penderscourt’s 28 month-old Herefords, average liveweight 576kg.
Ensay’s B Kennedy sold 16-17mo Angus steers, 401kg, for $1340. Bryan Dyer, Benambra, sold rising two year-old Hereford steers, 430kg, to $1240.
Value rose on carcase weight as age dropped. Forge Creek’s P Keat sold 12-14mo Hereford and black baldy steers, 381kg, to $1330, av $1185.
Yearling steers sold to $1370 for Smith Graziers, Swift’s Creek, for three pens of Herefords, 398kg; the second pen, 341kg, sold at $1270. Glensheil Pastoral, Butcher’s Ridge, sold two pens of yearling Charolais steers to $1200 for the heavier pen, 324kg.
Angus and black baldy weaner steers, vendor RH&JC Kimber, Bombala, sold at $1175. Mark St John, Melwood, sold Charolais steer calves to $1020, av $935.
Feeder steers ranged upwards from $800 and held strong on past prices.
There was a large yarding of heifer and prices remained firm on previous sales.
Corringle Proteas, Corringle on the Snowy River, sold Angus heifers to $1250, av $1063. Christa Treasure, Iguana Creek, sent in a line of 7-8mo Hereford heifers that sold to $755. All 74 head were bought by Nicholson’s Gary McAinch.
The feature line of 40 Hereford heifers with black baldy CAF, from Jim Pendergast, sold to $1860 each. Three pens were bought by Max O’Doherty, on behalf of Mrs C Jeffrey, from the Morwell area, to replace older cows.
John Hancock, Forge Creek, sold Angus heifers pregnancy-tested-in-calf to a Limousin bull, to calve July, $1290.