Steers to $1970
Heifers to $1420
Cows to $1490
Cows & calves to $1400
THE first day of Spring at Leongatha and there was a lot of competition for the yarding of 2028 store cattle.
A top of $1970 was achieved for 15-18-month-old Angus-cross steers, 685kg, vendor JR Crombe, Perry Bridge. The balance, 557kg, sold at $1590.
Quality weaner steers continued to sell well, with a floor price of $900 and driving upwards. Young cattle were expensive. The price of heifers eased; cows and calves softened, but the quality was largely absent among these pairs.
Elders’ livestock auctioneer Jamie Quinlan said the better end of cattle were bought by Teys Australia for their Charlton feedlot. Feedlot buyers competed with local restockers and butchers, including Westside Meats, Collinson’s and Gathercole’s.
“It was mostly bullock fatteners driving prices, knocking off feedlots in places,” Mr Quinlan said.
Elders brought in a line of 2-2.5yo Hereford steers, Coonong Pastoral Co, brought out of Urana, NSW. The top weight pen, 600kg, sold at $1870; as did the second-top weight pen, 468kg. Prices ranged down to $1420, but averaged $1740.
Bridgewater Park, Wattle Bank, sold Angus steers, 482kg, $1810. A second pen, 465kg, sold at $1750.
Rising two-year-old Angus steers, 550kg, vendor J Anderton, Anderson, sold at $1710. Mark Reynolds, Mardan, also achieved $1710, for 2yo Angus steers, 555kg.
P Francis, Narracan, sold a line of Euro-cross grown cattle: 18-20mo steers, 482kg, sold to $1520; 15-16mo steers, 389kg, sold at $1500. Same vendor, Hereford steers, 410kg, sold at $1400; Angus steers, 336kg, sold to $1200.
Homebush Livestock sold two Angus steers, 512kg, $1700.
Zac and Duncan Christensen, Glengarry, sold 18mo Friesian-Murray Grey steers, 485kg, at $1570. A second pen, 407kg, sold at $1280.
Katelea Pastoral, Bass, sold 12mo Angus steers, 393kg, to $1440, from a base of $1190, 330kg.
Traralgon’s JP&T McRae sold Hereford-Friesian steers, 465kg, $1420; and Angus-Friesian steers, 482kg, at $1400. A pen of Tigers, 444kg, sold at $1180.
T&C Hulls, Leongatha, sold a line of 10-11mo Angus steers, to $1290 for the top pen average liveweight 300kg.
DF&TM Foat, Woodside, sold a pen of 10mo Hereford steers, 295kg, $1040.
Angus calves, vendor S Giddins, Hedley, sold for $640 each.
There were a lot of Friesian steers in the store cattle sale, that sold to $1390, 16mo, 555kg, vendor Homebush Pastoral, Stony Creek. Yearling Friesian steers sold to $1150; 6mo averaged $400-$600. AJ&LM Hancock sold 14 Friesian calves to $405, average $365.
Angus heifers, 18mo, 408kg, sold to $1420; vendor D&K Kuch, Darriman.
JR Crombe, Perry Bridge, sold Angus heifers, 441kg, $1360.