GREENWOOD LIVESTOCK held its annual autumn calf sale at Sale on Friday, offering a very good quality yarding of just over 1300 head.
The quality of the yarding attracted one of the biggest crowds to this saleyard for a long time. Space in the laneway was at a premium and many onlookers stood on the walkway to watch the sale.
Similar to many other sales of late, some yearlings steers were offered with producers trying to capture a better price than the recent physical sales.
This was one part of the sale that did sell to weaker trends. A single bullock sold for $1600, with others from $1250-$1570. Mantara Springs sold 59 Angus steers, Leawood blood, $1280-$1400. MD Lee sold 12 Angus steers for $1480.
The very large crowd included processors, buyers of feeder steers and heifers, and many locals looking for cattle to fatten. There was some demand for breeding heifers.
D Bates sold 31 Angus steers from $1250-$1370, and ATM Agriculture, 19 Angus steers for $1330. These steers and many others had their weights displayed and equaled 359-375c/kg lwt.
The National Bank’s agribusiness manager for Sale and Traralgon, Angus Zilm, presented a voucher for $150 to O’Neil’s restaurant, Sale, to Trevor Brooker. Trevor accepted the prize for Best Presented Pen, on behlaf of his son Sam, who sold 16 Angus steers for $1570.
Most of the lighter weight steers weighed between 262&325kgs. selling from $880-$$1150. GJ&LA Dunsmuir, sold 60 Angus steers from $1075-$1330.
P&H Linke sold 17 Hereford-Shorthorn steers for $1370, and “Hopfileds”, 16 Shorthorn steers for $1210. “Tablelands”, sold 39 Hereford steers from $1185-$1300, and “Kilburnie”, 48 Murray Grey steers from $1150-$1290.
Strong competition for Hereford-Shorthorn heifers for breeding, saw R&E Newnham sell 11 heifers for $1310, or 416c/kg lwt.
For a good comparison of the heifer sale, looking at the liveweight equivalent prices is best. Most heifers equalled 328-360c/kg, which was a good result. Price were mostly from $1030-$1200.
A feature line of 79 PTIC heifers, for spring calving, offered by Naringla Trust, sold from $1010-$1715 with most being lighter weight heifers in good condition.
L&D Marshall sold 19 Hereford heifers with their 2nd calf at foot, 4 weeks old. These sold from $2010-$2140, in a sale of strong competition. Top of the cows and calves was N&M Robinson selling 6 Angus cows with calves for $2650.
Crossbred steers were varied i age, weight and breeding, and sold mostly from $970-$1140, which was cheaper, reflecting the cheaper fat cattle prices.
Paying attention to purchasing quality bulls, to use over our herd of Pinora blood cows, has certainly paid off today" Richard Telling said. He and Kathleen saw a repeat buyer purchase the first two pens of steers for $1500&$1490, and then he congratulated us after the sale. "This gives us great heart, and will aid us in continuing our endeavours."