All of the buyers returned for this sale, and with many needing cattle, and looking to fill trucks, competition was very strong. Only one buyer from Queensland was noted missing from this line up, but there was no difference in pricing.
All agents were very happy with the outcome, and some even suggested that the heifers sold may have been a little dearer than the previous day.
Yearling steers topped the sale at $1770 with Old Cobran Pastoral, Mullengandra, sold 87 yearling steers from $1390-$1680, selling to extra feedlot competition. Cumming & Dahlenburg, Barken, Jingellic, offered a large consignment of 138 yearling steers that weighed from 278-417kgs lwt. These sold from $1110-$1460.
The sale progressed onto the 2016, autumn drop steer calves with JJ&JA Paterson P/L, Tallangatta South, offering 109 EU accredited steers. Competition was very strong from northern and local buyers, and prices were from $1380-$1430. The later price was the top of the weaned steers.
The yarding totalled 4551 head, and many of the steers sold from $1280-$1430. GI&D Webb, Tallangatta Valley, sold 84 steers from $1315-$1420, and The Cascade Past Co, Tallangatta, 36 EU accredited steers from $1300-$1400. Liveweight price ranges were from 378-444c/kg.
Widgiewa Station, Morundah, was the largest vendor selling 329 steers, all in a very tight weight range 338-390kgs. Selling to strong competition, one agent purchased the lot, paying from $1290-$1400.
It was fair to say that the smaller offering generally produced smaller pen lots, which in itself created more competition, as buyers looked to fill orders.
Lighter weighted steers generally sold from $1050-$1250. M&B and K&P McPherson, Whorouly, sold 152 steers from $1135-$1320. Very few pens of young calves made under $1000.
Very good quality was seen in the yearling heifers sold with R Horne, Wodonga, selling 18 heifers for $1560.
Due to the strong demand for feeder heifers, and for lighter weight heifers to background for future feeders, prices were very solid. In liveweight price terms, most sold from 365-385c with young calves making over 400c/kg lwt.
Tooma Station sold 125 heifers from $1110-$1295. The EU accredited heifers of JJ&JA Paterson sold for $1190, and Allonby Angus, Guys Forrest, sold young heifers from $770-$910, equally a very good result.