Prices soften at Wangaratta

Prices soften at Wangaratta


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Steers might have averaged $30 to $50 a head cheaper at Wangaratta on Friday compared to a month ago

Steers might have averaged $30 to $50 a head cheaper at Wangaratta on Friday compared to a month ago, according to Peter Dargan, Rodwells.

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Mr Dargan said many of the cattle in the 1016-head yarding (including calves) did not weigh as heavily as they looked.

“They’re starting to winter just that little bit,” he said.

“It was still a very good result.”

Heavier steers of 380 to 390 kilograms made prices equivalent to 360 cents/kg. Indicative prices for lighter steers included a pen with an average weight of 312kg made 400c/kg and a pen at 250kg made 420-430c/kg.

Glen Canny’s pen of 18 Angus steers, 391kg, sold for $1400 (equivalent to 360c/kg), and D&K Patton’s 13 Angus steers, same weight, made $1390.

Tawandi Farms had 18 Angus steers, which Mr Dargan described as “very good” make $1230 or 400c/kg.

Account TA,AR,A&E Walker’s top pen of 30 Angus steers, Te Mania blood, 413kg, made $1040.

At an earlier store cattle sale at Wangaratta.

At an earlier store cattle sale at Wangaratta.

Mr Dargan said heifers sold reasonably well, with highlights including R&S Leavold’s 11 Angus heifers, 376kg, making $1250 or 323c/kg. L&M Thiele’s 16 Angus heifers, 322kg, made $1090 or nearly 340c/kg.

Benalla Lutheran’s five heifers, 411kg, made $1290.

Many of the steers and heifers weighing 270-300kg or more were purchased to go on grain; the others to “opportune blokes” Mr Dargan said.

The 54 cows and calves averaged $1992. This category was topped by P&V Hourigan’s nine Angus-Fresian heifers with Limousin calves at-foot, not rejoined, that made $2700.

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