Fewer cattle in extreme weather

Less than half the cattle at Barnawartha, Friday January 4


Agents were able to spread the cattle out at Barnawartha, which allowed them to breath easier.


Wodonga’s independent agents, Rodwell-Peter Rurao Livestock, BUR Livestock and Schubert Boers, penned just over 3000 steers and heifers for the second day of the annual calf sales.

Mark Quilter, "Belalie", Narrandera, was with his children, Dale, Shaun and Renae, at Barnawartha, Friday, where he sold 102 Angus steers to $940.

Mark Quilter, "Belalie", Narrandera, was with his children, Dale, Shaun and Renae, at Barnawartha, Friday, where he sold 102 Angus steers to $940.

The NVLX complex held up very well after a big day, Thursday, but for the cattle, the smaller yarding could be spread out, giving them more breathing space. 

Competition varied from the first day, but the vendors did not miss out with cattle purchased by feedlots, local producers, backgrounders from South Australia, News South Wales, and Victoria, and Tasmania was mentioned in the buyers list too.

Friday’s offering was different with a few pens of heavy yearling steers offered, and while the penning of calves included some very good quality, a larger percentage of the yarding were of lighter weight.

Top of the sale was G&F Libreri, Table Top, selling 32 Angus steers, 555 kilograms liveweight, for $1490.

Several pens of much lighter weight yearling steers sold between $1090 and $1240.

Similar to the previous day’s sale, a good number of the calves were not weaned, and at times, this made a difference to the competition.

The McCormack family, The Cascades Pastoral Company, Tallangaratta had weaned their steers, which presented in excellent condition. Their 56 Angus steers sold from $1005 to $1165.

J&J Adams, Mill Park, Staghorn Flat, was awarded the “Best Presented” pen of steers for their first draft of 74 Angus steers, 376kgs lwt. These sold for $1135, or 302c/kg lwt with their 58 other steers making $970 to $1000.

J&J Patterson, sold 121 steers from $940 to $1100, and many of these, and other well finished steers sold from $890 to $1135.

For buyers wanting to buy larger drafts of steers, there were few on offer. Most of the steers were in smaller lots of 15 to 40 head, and the weight of the cattle fell away quickly.

K&J Klemm, Eumana, Londrigan, sold 45 steers, 298-332kgs, from $950 to $1045.

A smaller percentage of the steers weighed between 320 and 390kgs. Many of the steers weighed from 220 to 300kgs with a number of younger calves being penned.

Quilter Nominees, Belalie, Narrandera, sold 102 Angus steers, 220 to 288kgs, from $655 to $940. Normally, the Quilter are heavier, but the drought had reduced their weight, but the quality of breeding was still apparent.

Some of the strength of competition came from bidding for steers to export live to Russia. This order was for steers weighing between 300 and 360kgs lwt.

Buyers looking to pay less money latched onto a large run of Angus steers of Dales Angus, Berringama, which had done it tough. These 215 steers sold between $660 and $850.

Having sold their property, G&J Ryan sent in 97 young Angus steers, which sold well making from $655 to $950.

Competition for the better quality heifers, weighing over 330kgs was strong, and prices were very good.


R&C Bell, Table Top, sold yearling Angus heifers, 420kgs, for the top price of $1140, and most these good heifers sold between $880 and $1100.

R&T Mouat, Khancoban, sold 34 heifers from $905 to $1100.

Once the heifers dropped in weight, demand varied. J&J Paterson sold 74 heifers, 263 to 317kgs, from $650 to $860.

The large draft of Dales Angus, 147 heifers, sold between $500 and $650, and the 83 younger heifer calves of G&J Ryan, Mullengandra, made between, $535 and $760.


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