Surprised by good quality, buyers looking at longer term

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Quality remained good at Barnawartha, which led to some solid competition

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Potential Hereford buyers Robert and Carly McVean travelled from Corryong to buy their preferred breed, but went home empty handed, as competition was strong for their selected Mawarra blood steers.

Potential Hereford buyers Robert and Carly McVean travelled from Corryong to buy their preferred breed, but went home empty handed, as competition was strong for their selected Mawarra blood steers.

Wodonga’s independent agents offered 1988 head at Barnawartha, Thursday, which sold to strong demand from feedlots and opportunity feeders.

Healthy as trouts - these Poll Hereford steers of Deloraine Park, from their Beveridge property, sold to strong demand, selling for $1125 at Barnawartha, Thursday.

Healthy as trouts - these Poll Hereford steers of Deloraine Park, from their Beveridge property, sold to strong demand, selling for $1125 at Barnawartha, Thursday.

Their price range for steers was, in liveweight price terms, between 290&315c/kg, and heifers mostly 285-305c/kg lwt.

Competition was quite strong, but buyers were more selective for future gain, than any short term result.

John and Jane Witherow, Edendery, Murmungee, were happy sellers, having sold 67 steers to $1080 and 40 heifers to $835 at Barnawartha.

John and Jane Witherow, Edendery, Murmungee, were happy sellers, having sold 67 steers to $1080 and 40 heifers to $835 at Barnawartha.

Cows with calves sold to $2360, but joined heifers were hard to sell, making mostly from $1190-$1600. One pen was not sold, due to a low price offer.

Yearling steers sold at current rates, the top price was $1450, and most equaled 258-276c/kg lwt.

Landmark International buyer Andrew Wishart (third from right) was a successful buyer for a live export order including these steers for $955 at Barnawartha.

Landmark International buyer Andrew Wishart (third from right) was a successful buyer for a live export order including these steers for $955 at Barnawartha.

The pick of the steer prices of calves 8-12 months was $1050-$1200 with buyers looking for quality bred steers showing good conformation.

Most of the heifers were in forward store to fat condition, which saw some purchased for slaughter. Yearling heifers were cheaper selling to $1035, but younger heifers sold at firm rates.

AnnMaree Somerville and Gayle Quinn had only just met at Thursday's store market at Barnawartha. AnnMaree had just sold 12 cows and calves for $2000.

AnnMaree Somerville and Gayle Quinn had only just met at Thursday's store market at Barnawartha. AnnMaree had just sold 12 cows and calves for $2000.

Prices ranged from $670-$1080, equaling 270-315c/kg lwt.

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