Temperature and prices sizzle at Sale

Temperature and prices sizzle at Sale


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Hot temperatures and hot prices for well bred cattle was seen at Sale.

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Hot temperatures at Sale, Friday, only emphasised the drought in Central and East Gippsland.

FEEDING: Robyn Kuch breeds Angus cattle using Kunuma Angus bulls. Keeping her Angus steers for this sale meant feeding them but it paid off with them selling to $1400.

FEEDING: Robyn Kuch breeds Angus cattle using Kunuma Angus bulls. Keeping her Angus steers for this sale meant feeding them but it paid off with them selling to $1400.

It was 40 degrees during the sale with a gusty north-westerly wind.

However, a good crowd attended, with buyers seeking better-bred lines.

Competition came mostly from South Gippsland, but was aided by demand from feedlots.

Heavy yearling steers sold to a top of $1560 a head, which was mostly unchanged.

However, yearling off and weaned steers sold very well with the Angus breed highly sought after.

Robyn Kuch had to supplementary feed her Angus steers to hold them for this December market.

While Ms Kuch said it was a costly exercise, selling from $1070-$1400 was a great outcome.

The 66 Kunuma-blood Angus steers equaled 321-342 cents a kilogram.

A&A Missen sold 28 Angus steers from $1195-$1355.

Plenty of Angus steer weaners sold very well, making the equivalent of 320-346c/kg.

Producers wishing to fatten Hereford steers paid less money

‘Tablelands’, Briagolong, sold 68 Hereford steers, Mawarra-blood, from $790-$1040, or 267-287c/kg.

Not all cattle enjoyed the best competition, and some of the lesser-bred or plainer cattle were cheaper.

However, Neil Page sold 41 very plain and light weight, drought-affected Angus steers, which sold from $970-$1000.

These were estimated to equal 333-388c/kg.

Feedlot competition aided reasonable prices for heavier heifers with Garrison Feedlot paying up to $880 for Angus heifers.

However, most heifers sold to poor competition, which saw most sales between $425-$680.

Many heifers sold between 192-220c/kg.

A small selection of cows and calves sold, which were mostly in plain condition.

However, these sold to strong demand and made mostly between $740-$1160.

L Morgan sold the best cows and calves for $1500.

C&L Beddome sold two pens of Friesian steers totaling 46 head, from $540-$595.

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