YARDING: 1999 weaner steers and heifers
Prices at the Euroa Blue Ribbon weaner sale followed the trend of those seen at other centres, according to Wangaratta Landmark agent Daniel Fischer.
But he said it had been the first time in “a long time” that agents had seen cattle selling for under $1000.
“Based on last week’s sales, the heavy cattle were on a par – generally the heavy calves made from 300 to 315 cents/kilogram, with the medium weights making 330c/kg,” Mr Fischer said.
“It fell away in the lighter end.
“It’s been a long time since we have seen cattle under $1000, there were not a lot, but certainly a lane or two.”
He put that down to weight.
“There were a lot more lighter calves here, than presented in last week’s sales, but its been a long time since we have seen the opportunity to buy cattle at $850-900.”
Burnview, Moglenemby, achieved the top priced pen, with $1280 for 15, nine to 10 month old Kilcoolin blood Angus steers, weighing 414kg, or 309c/kg.
Bob and Jean Duff, “Duffields”, Euroa, made $1235 for 20 eight to nine month old 398kg Riga and Nublax steers, for 310c/kg with a second pen of 341kg steers making $1140.
Black Magic, Gooram, sold a draft of 12, 10 month old steers, by Black Magic bulls, for $1100, or 340c/kg. Pankina, Euroa, had a draft of eight to nine month old, 311kg steers, which sold for $1040, or 334c/kg.
Mr Fischer said Harmony Agriculture and Landmark were very active in the sale, for “anything with a bit of weight in it.
“There is certainly a price premium for blacks at the moment, being from the two main buyers, but the restockers took up the slack on the other cattle,” he said.
The heavier end of the Herefords made between 290-300c/kg, “which puts them very well in line with what Hamilton and Casterton did.”
Tarcombe Herefords, Ruffy, sold a pen of 27, nine to ten month old steers, weighing 324kg, for $1050, or 324c/kg, while C Chittick, Kelvin View, offered 13, 12 month old animals, weighing 329kg, which sold for $990, or 300c/kg.
Robert Love’s Jumbuck Pastoral, Violet Town, topped the heifer section, when he sold a pen of 22, 10-11 months olds, weighing 331kg, for $1090.
The heifers were by Witherswood and Merridale blood bulls.
Tarawen, Gooram, sold 14 heifers, to Connamara bulls, weighing 305kg, for $920, or 301c/kg.
Elders’ Joe Allen the sale was “a bit off the pace, compared with last year.
“The prime market had affected that a bit, as well,” Mr Allen said.
“There’s a lot of weaners on the market, in this area, with some big offers coming from around Yea, so it’s probably around where it was going to be.
“The better quality heifers were not as erratic, selling to 330c/kg to breeders.”
Other heifer sales included a pen of 12 Pranjip Park, Wahring, nine to 10 month old calves, Innisfail blood, weighing 344kg and selling for $1060.
Verge Pastoral, May Park, Euroa, sold 25, nine to 10 month old Dunoon blood heifers, weighing 292kg, for $910, or 311c/kg.
The Springs sold 24 Euro steers, weighing 379kg, for $1140, or 300c/kg.
Karallee, Ruffy, achieved 307c/kg, or $1195 for a pen of 12 Rotherfield Poll Hereford and Wombat Hills Simmental blood eight to nine month old steers.
Ponkeen, Tarcombe, achieved $1150 for a pen of 28 Simmental/Poll Hereford Red Angus steers, nine to 10 months old.