And as has been the case with other sales this autumn the bulk of the buying support was offered from the Northwest coast and Northern Midlands area, and again mainland inquiry was missing.
NLRS reporter, Richard Bailey quoted the market as “fully firm”. The best of the heavier steer weaners he said made $1210 to $1420 per head, medium weights $1080-$1310 and light weights, $810- $1150.
Greg Harris, Elders said most clients were more than happy with the sustained result given the selling season was approaching an end. He said there is only one further special sale of weaners to be conducted – a combined agents sales, with Roberts Limited on Thursday May-11 – then monthly store sales would return and include breeding female lots: joined and calved cows and heifers.
Mr Harris said the bulk of this sale’s 1550-head yarding was mostly sourced from the Southern, Midlands and Northeast regions. A small sample of extra light calves were included and these generally made $740 to $820 a head.
Official reporting quoted heifer sales as remaining strong and unchanged. Heavy heifers made $1070 to $1240, medium weights $920 to $1070 and light heifers making $800- $940.
Mr Harris said demand for the smaller heifers was quite exceptional. There were more smaller heifers than normal offered he said and surprisingly good demand persisted sold these mostly between $800 to $850 a head which was good selling for the lateness of the season he said.
The 1552-head supply was sourced from 76 local Tasmanian vendors. The bidding rose to a sale-high of $1510 and overall averaged $996.
Major steer vendors included: Rushy Pastoral Co, Gladstone- 166 Hereford, Angus sold to $1010 (270kgs), M W & M J Freeland, Clifton Park- Hereford to $1510 (395kgs), A L Fehlberg Pty Ltd, Shene- Angus to $1230 (282kgs), S Jenkins, Lynwood, Murray Greys to $1370 (370kgs), R A Hall Pty Ltd, Fairbanks- Hereford to $1350 (375kgs) and C Olson, Lalla- Angus-cross to $1350 (410kgs).
Main heifer suppliers: Crookhorn Partnership, Longford- Shorthorn/Hereford sold to $1340 (400kgs), C F McCarthy, Riverdale- Angus/Hereford to $1240 (374kgs), G Smith, Suva- Angus to $1230 (370kgs), A L Fehlberg Pty Ltd, Shene - Angus to $940 (247kgs).
Principal buyers were: Dart Cattle Co Pty Ltd, Wynyard 155 head, Esk Lyn Pty Ltd, Longford 112 head, P G Young & Son, Lileah 60 head.