PRICES were firm to a shade easier on day two of Hamilton annual weaner sale on Tuesday.
Competing for an all-breeds steer yarding of 3256, buying was again consistent across the breeds but without the highs and lows of the proceeding day’s Black-only steer sale.
An EU premium of 10 to 15c/kg was again a talking point among the gallery, with those persisting with the accreditation scheme reaping an extra $40- $60 a head on their heavier drafts.
Tim Jewell, Landmark, saw the result as very solid and most pleasing. “This was especially the case in lieu of opening prime markets where rates are still declining,” he said.
Aaron Malseed, Elders, said the agonizing decision to combine the corporate company’s two days of selling into one all-breeds market have proven its worth.
The Hamilton yards he said were full to overflowing which provided buyers were ample opportunities to seek quality lines of cattle across the various breeds.
Selling in agent runs, Landmark commenced the sale with the Rentsch family’s Stonehaven Angus steers, 402kg, sold on a single bid of 312c/kg placed by Harmony Agriculture.
These were following by the Robertson family’s Nangana Angus steers, 408kg sold at 313kg as a pen of 52 to Thomas Food while the second draft of the Nangana steers, 359kg, made 331kg and faced a long road trip for Glen Innes in northern NSW.
Three feedlot operations and two live export orders were again prominent buyers, along with restockers from west and south Gippsland, northeast Victoria and the Riverina while northern interstate buying was best represented by Glen Innes and Dubbo, NSW.
The market best presented pen which a complimentary Dectomax pack from Zoetus, Jean Maling’s lead-draft of EU Angus steers, Bassano-blood from Portland, 339kg, made 337c/kg and was claimed by prominent by Thomas Food, SA.
In the Elders run, a pen of 441kg Koala Park Angus steers, 441kg was bid 311c/kg to top the sale at $1371/head. while Torbank collected the market next best prices of $1347 with a yard of EU Angus, 416kg, bid to 324c/kg.
In the Hereford section EU accredited breeders were well supported by the returned bidding of Wellington, NSW-based bullock finished, Paul Mason.
Seeking lines predominantly of Yarram Park-bloodlines, Mr Mason gathered pens from Inverall- 399kg and 371kg at 321c and 322c and Beerik- 359kg at 325kg.
The best priced Hereford steers at $1250, was a pen of 26, 408kg, offered by Mibus Bros, Sandy Camp while the best priced Charolais steers, 413kg made $1259 for JR Bullock, both again being EU-accredited.
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