Cows, calves feature at Echuca


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There were four lanes of cows and calves among the 995 head of cattle yarded at Echuca store sale on Monday.

There were four lanes of cows and calves among the 995 head of cattle yarded at Echuca store sale on Monday.

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Tony Hooppell, FP Nevins & Co, said cows and calves were probably about $200 cheaper than last month’s sale.

Charles L King& Co’s Brock Fletcher agreed prices for cows and calves were a little softer, but said they were still very good.

R&M Hartley’s Shorthorn-Angus cows with Shorthorn and Speckle Park calves at-foot (CAF), 2-3 months, topped at $2320 for four units.

The cows were redepastured to a Speckle Park bull and they sold to Elders Echuca.

C James’ third-calver Angus cows with Braham-cross CAF topped at $2060 for eight and $1940 for two.

Other 500kg-plus Angus cows, four years-old, with 3-4 week-old Angus CAF made $2010. Hereford heifers with their young first CAF sold for $1960.

Mr Hooppell said younger cattle were a little cheaper.

A&V Taylor’s Gelbvieh and Gelbvieh-Charolais weaners sold well – four of the steers made $1260 and of their heifers, four made $1150 and 10 made $1120.

 Pat Morris’ four Angus steers sold for $1230.

Mr Fletcher said Speckle Park-Friesian cross calves, eight weeks, sold for $450 to a backgrounder.

Friesian bull calves, about 120-150kg, made $400-$500; and crossbred dairy heifers, unjoined, made $600.

Angus-Friesian cows, 535kg, second calvers, PTIC to calve down from March onwards made $1540 and heifers of the same breeding, 411kg, made $1380.

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