Heifers near steer prices in Gippsland

Heifers near steer prices in Gippsland

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HEIFERS were in demand by restockers at Sale’s store cattle sale last Friday, in a largely quality yarding of 827 head.

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Sale 

Yarding: 827

Steers to $1825

Heifers to $1430

Cows & calves to $2180

Thomas Cook, Sale and John McMahon, Dargo, were shopping for cattle.

Thomas Cook, Sale and John McMahon, Dargo, were shopping for cattle.

HEIFERS were in demand by restockers at Sale’s store cattle sale last Friday, in a largely quality yarding of 827 head.

Central Gippsland breeders and agents are establishing a reputation for putting together lines of quality black cattle, sought by western district and South Australian buyers, as well as local restockers and northern Victorian and NSW feedlots.

Vendors who sent in steers and heifers saw little difference between their prices. 

Munro’s Chris Lee sent in 12-month-old Angus steers and heifers – the steers, estimated 180kg, returned $980; heifers sold at $930.

The Cassella family, Sandy Camp, Dutson, sent in 11-12mo Angus and Black Baldy steers that sold to $1060, heifers $930.

Stradbroke’s DL Bruce sold Angus and Charolais steers to $990; heifers, same vendor, sold to $940.

Among the heavier steers, Tyers’ M Brady sold two pens of 17-18mo Angus steers – the heavier, 480kg, returned $1825. The second pen, 439kg, sold at $1745.

Jackson Pastoral, Cowwarr, sold two pens of 18mo Angus steers, to 494kg at $1800. The second pen, 471kg, was only slightly cheaper at $1760. Purchasers were South Gippsland restockers.

M McKnight, Stratford, sold 14-16mo Angus steers at $1765; the same vendor’s heifers returned $1430, the top price for females.

Villerswood, Nambrok, sold 12mo Angus steers, $1500.

Jane & John Mosley, Briagolong, sent in 14mo Angus steers, Millah Murrah bloodline, 387kg, $1640. 

G&C Moon, Cobains, sold two pens of 14mo Hereford steers – the tops, 390kg, sold at $1660; the second pen, 345kg, sold easier, at $1390.

Angus and Charolais steers, 10-12mo, vendor Clydebank’s P&D Jackson, sold at $1500.

The Gerrand family, Malanda Pastoral Co, Stradbroke, sent in 13mo Hereford steers and heifers, Basford bloodline – the steers, 326kg, sold to $1460; the heifers, 304kg, returned $1180.

A number of pens of Friesian steers were testament to the perspicacity of dairy farmers who are keeping calves to generate cash flow. 

Fleming Holdings, Willung, sent in several pens of 15mo Angus-Friesian steers that sold to $1400, eagerly sought by South Gippsland restockers.

Seaton’s Ton Van Dyke sent in 20-22mo Friesian steers that sold at $960. 

Friesian bull calves, vendor B Caldwell, sold at $430. 

The Heart’s B Frawley sold 12mo Angus heifers, 332kg, $1330.

There were two herd dispersals among the cows and calves. A line of Hereford depastured cows with calves, vendor Mrs M Daley, Maffra, sold to $2150, to local buyers. A pen of Hereford heifers, depastured to a River Perry bull, sold at $1390.

Black Baldy and Angus cows with calves-at-foot, vendor N Reeves, Boisdale, sold to $2100. Some of these pens went to South Gippsland.

P&D Jackson, Clydebank, sold Angus heifers with calves at $2180, that went to South Gippsland.

“It was a very buoyant sale, with Bairnsdale and South Gippsland restockers virtually running over feedlot buyers,” said Greenwood Livestock auctioneer, Gordon Connors.

Local meat buyers were also active – including Colin Stockdale, Gordyn Butchers and Ray Smith.

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