Weather determines Bairnsdale sale result

There were three markets on Friday limiting competition

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Competition was spread over numerous sales, Friday, and this affected prices.

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Bairnsdale agents all made the same comment about Friday's store market - the weather continues to determine supply and quality.

Bairnsdale: Barry Sharp is typical of many producers at the moment, and could not hang on any longer, and sold his bullocks at the Barinsdale store sale, Friday.

Bairnsdale: Barry Sharp is typical of many producers at the moment, and could not hang on any longer, and sold his bullocks at the Barinsdale store sale, Friday.

There were 1300 head penned, including numerous consignments of spring-drop calves, that would be sold six months further on.

Yearling steers and heifers, along with younger cattle, and dairy breeds, were mostly in plain condition.

Having two other large markets competing for competition on the same day, demand was certainly weaker.

The National Livestock Reporting Service quoted prices falling from $30-$50 a head for the better bred steers, and up to $200 for some other cattle.

Landmark-EGL principal Brad Obst said it was a "tough day at the office".

Barry Sharp sold two pens of bullocks, weighing over 600 kilograms liveweight, to $1660, equaling 265-273 cents a kilogram.

This result was better than Thursday's fat cattle prices.

However, despite having many of the regular buyers present, not all were keen to purchase, and this affected prices of the better bred steers.

PC Nixon, Cann River, sold a run of Angus steer weaners, and these sold well.

Weighing between 275-359kg, they sold from $680-$860, which equated to a top of 254c/kg lwt.

Steer calves sold mostly between $440-$860.

At the top end of the steer calves was A&J Cameron, selling Leawood and Pathfinder Angus blood calves for $630, equaling 270c/kg lwt.

Yearling steers were mostly sold from $940 to $1320.

By comparison, some of the heifers sold fairly well.

Plain condition determined most of the price outcomes with 420 heifer calves selling from $200-$600, to average $412; two European breed heifers sold for $850.

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