Lack of rain sees farmers sell early

Lack of rain sees farmers sell early

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A distinct lack of rain and grass led to several producers selling their cattle early, at Sale, Friday.

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Autumn and winter have been very unkind to central Gippsland, and this saw several drafts of cattle sold early, at the Sale store market last Friday.

Despite having a market the previous day, numerous buyers from South Gippsland came to Sale, and appreciated the quality yarding of 964 head.

Larger lines of impeccably bred steers and joined females sold very well, aided by strong feedlot competition. Thomas Foods, Hopkins River ad Garrison feedlots all made purchases.

Feature lines tell the story here with JR  Adams, Stradbroke, selling 117 yearling Angus steers, mostly Anvil blood, from $1380-$1685.

Cherterfield Pty Ltd sold 71 yearling Angus steers, Pinora bld, from $1260-$1520.

D Bates, Munro, normally sell in the August special sale, but feed has cut out. His 60 Angus steers, AI by Milwillah Elsom, sold from $1070-$1400. This equaled mostly from 367-380c/kg lwt.

Among these feature lines were several single pens, or small drafts of steers that sold equally as well for their weight and condition.

B&A Howard, Kilmany, sold 14 Angus steers for $1480, D Moore, 9 steers for $1545, and Holleywoods P/L, 16 Angus steers, 12 months, for $1490.

Sandy Camp, Seaspray, sold 37 Angus steers from $980-$1020, and most steer calves sold mostly between $800&$990.

Heifers were in short supply with many sold in previous markets. D&L Cameron sold 41 Angus heifer calves from $710-$950, and “Hillside”, 19 Angus heifers for $820.

A feature line of Angus 1st & 2nd calving heifers of J&G Wals, Heyfield, sold very well with the main buyer coming from Ballarat.

Being joined to Pinora Angus bulls to calve from August 1 on, now retiring, John Wals was happy to see them go, making from $1500-$1960.

A very small selection of dairy, and dairy cross steers sold to mixed demand. Rojo Farms, Boisdale, sold 6 Friesian bullocks for $1380, and W Hughes, 12 Angus-Friesian steer calves for $750.

Four cows and calves sold from $2050-$2580, which were very good sales.

John Adams, Stradbroke, normally sells these Angus steers as fat steers, but the season has cut out. Selling from $1380-$1685 was a very good result for the 117 steers.

John Adams, Stradbroke, normally sells these Angus steers as fat steers, but the season has cut out. Selling from $1380-$1685 was a very good result for the 117 steers.

David Bates, Munro, is running out of feed, and sold his 60 Angus steers two months early. Selling from $1070-$1400 was a good result, in a solid Sale market, Friday.

David Bates, Munro, is running out of feed, and sold his 60 Angus steers two months early. Selling from $1070-$1400 was a good result, in a solid Sale market, Friday.

Retiring from farming saw John Wals, Heyfield, sell 82 joined 1st & 2nd calving Angus cows at Sale, Friday. Strong competition saw them sell from $1500-$1960.

Retiring from farming saw John Wals, Heyfield, sell 82 joined 1st & 2nd calving Angus cows at Sale, Friday. Strong competition saw them sell from $1500-$1960.

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