After scratching together not quite 800 cattle for the market even hardened agents were starting to get a bit rattled before sale-o as they watched more than one big buyer walk in, do a quick whip around and walk straight out.
Landmark Euroa’s Russell Mawson said they could see the whole thing going pear-shaped – until the first pen was offered.
Despite all fears the heavier steers would end up going between $3.30kg and $3.60kg – as good as, or better, Russell suggested, than going direct to a feedlot.
Lighter weight steers did even better, with several pens going close to $4.
Landmark auctioneer Hayden Rogers didn’t waste any time once he realised disaster had been averted, whacking through pens as fast as he could and building a genuine sense of demand in the surprisingly good gallery.
Neville Broughton from Strathbogie brought 16 Angus steers at 424kg to the sale and watched them knocked down for $1450 or $3.42 in the first run of pens.
Heifers averaging 436kg peaked at $1470 ($3.37).
“They are going straight out to be joined and will be back here PTIC for the black sale in December,” Russell said.
“Cows and calves made $2200 which I was a bit disappointed with, I thought they might have gone to $2400 on the day,” he said.
“Prices went down as the quality and weight dropped off, and anything off brand or less popular breeds struggled a bit – but the cents per kilo stayed pretty strong throughout.”
And to show anything can sell on an unexpectedly good day, a pen of 10 Droughtmasters, rarely seen in these climes, managed to make $980 against limited interest.