Just on 2900 head young cattle yarded at Cooma for regular weaner sale saw a complete clearance with strong competition from southern restockers keen to acquire quality stock for growing out and finishing.
Quality was mixed in the yarding which featured some excellent pens of Murray Grey cross and Herefords, but the majority of the offering consisted of Angus and Angus cross weaners.
The market was quoted as “strong” for the top pens by one buyer, while Landmark, Cooma, manager Myles Buchanan said it was a very good presentation of quality calves which were a bit lighter in condition than last year due to “earlier testing seasonal conditions.”
“It was a very good quality yarding of Monaro bred calves,” he said.
Shane O’Neill, “Keno” Cooma, topped the sale with his pen of Hereford steers, while Garry Ingram, “Karinya”, Delegate, sold 13 Angus steers, Rennylea and Hazeldean-blood and estimated to weigh 325kg for $1275.
Mr Ingram has been breeding Angus for the past ten years because of the premium paid of $20-$30 above other breeds.
“I am really happy with the sale, it is a reflection on our quality and also the good condition of the cattle because of our season,” he said.
Rob and Kerry Letts, Bombala, offered their annual draft of Angus steers, with 26 sold for $1140, while the Douglas family, Dalgety, sold eight Angus steers for $1120.
Peter and Margie Bright, “Benbullen”, Nimmitabel offered their annual draft of Murray Grey cross steers, with a pen of 17 sold for $1280, while their pen of 21 Hereford steers, estimated to weigh 335kg sold for $1235.
Peter Fischer, Jindabyne, sold 15 Simmental steers for $1145, while Peter and Kathy Jeffreys, Delegate River, sold 23 Angus weaners for $1000.
In the female pens, John and June Weston, Jindabyne sold 15 Herefords, 16 months and unjoined for $1100, while Peter and Margie Bright, “Benbullen”, Nimmitabel, sold 23 Murray Grey/Hereford cross for $1140.
Garry Ingram, “Karinya”, Delegate, sold 15 Angus heifers, Rennylea and Hazeldean-blood, estimated to weigh 310kg for $1075, while the Hopkins family, Jerangle, sold 17 Angus for $980, and the Moreing family, Bombala, received $1000 for their pen of 11 black baldy heifers.
Peter and Kathy Jeffreys, Delegate River, sold 16 Angus heifers, Millah Murrah-blood and six to seven months old for $960.
Restockers from the south coast, Moree, Cranbourne, Gundagai and Wodonga were competing strongly against commission agents keen to fill their orders, with local restockers picking up pens when they could.
The regular sale featuring the annual offering from Bombala was conducted by Landmark, Bombala and Cooma, and Boller and Co, Cooma, in conjunction.