As far as major clearance outlets as concerned, sales at the Euroa Saleyards are mostly done and dusted for the summer weaner selling period, with only one further January market to be conducted.
Proud and place at Euroa, of course, was its renowned annual Black Friday sales normal held early in December but to the season cutting out an earlier November market was held for those who needed to move quickly while the normal December sale accommodated who were able to hang on.
Euroa agent, Michael Curtis, Rodwells said despite the inconvenience of the split sales both market performed well drawing prices of 300 to 340c/kg for Angus steers and 240 to 280c/kg for Angus heifers.
“Closer to the ranges the season has been that bad but on our flatter country has been in strife for much of year”, he said.
“And considering the price of grain and water for nearby irrigators in the Goulburn Valley the prices have really held up well, given the broader season” he said.
“Our cattle have been sold to a very wide area than normal, to Tasmania, the local valleys, feeders, the Gippsland areas, several areas in Western District and some even to NSW in fact more than was ever expected”.
And from a buyers point of view, value can be seen in all of these purchases, at good change-over values for traders. While in the heifer market there has been renewed evidence that graziers wanting females for future breeders, which is seen as a long term benefit for the industry with some many of the young Black female in recent years being sold for live export, which is also a good for keeping excess supply out of the system”.
As far as Euroa’s January sale is concerned Mr Curtus local agents anticipate a maximum of 2000 calves could be penned in the next yarding. Our major lines will be gone but there small numbers of cattle still to come forward and these will be fresh in condition as they have been kept for that reason.