Opportunities for an upgrade at Hamilton feature female sale

Opportunities for an upgrade at Hamilton feature female sale


Western District competition with strong support from SA was the feature of Hamilton cattle sale Thursday.


In-calf heifers sold to a top of $1510 and heifer weaners to 269 cents a kilogram at the Hamilton feature female and weaner sale on Thursday.

The sale featured cattle from just three vendors - Condah Hills, Lowana Holdings and Dunkeld Pastoral.

Condah Hills topped the sale with the opening pen of 45 August/September 2017-drop pregnancy-tested-in-calf heifers, joined to Te Mania sires; these went to Lanyons, Hamilton, account A and B Peters.

Next best of the heifers was a line of 45, same description, that sold to a major purchaser on the day, TB White & Sons, Ballarat, account Romahon, Camperdown.

Romahon manager Des Grant put together 198 heifers and cows.

Mr Grant said the cattle were well bred and an opportunity to replace older cows with young cattle.

The same buyer paid top price for the Lowana heifers at $1100 for a pen of 20.

JM Ellis and Co bought a pen of Condah Hills heifers for $1125.

An order from LMB Livestock put together 260 head across the sale including 53 Angus heifers at $1100, sold account Dunkeld Pastoral.

The first of the cows was a line of 51 first-calf females sold account Condah Hills that made $1300, going to a Thomas Degaris and Clarkson, Mount Gambier, SA, account.

LMB Livestock account also paid $1300 for 17 with the same description.

An excellent draft of cows forwarded by Lowana sold to $1325 to Miller, Whan and John, Mount Gambier.

Top price in the weaner steers were 62 sold account Lowana that weighed 310kg and sold for 307c/kg or $953; buyer was Southern Grampians Livestock account Baulch Feedlot.

The first line of the Condah Hills weaner steers comprised a draft of 53 weighing 277kg that sold for 292c/kg or $808 going the same way.

A big draft of lighter Condah Hills steers, weighing between 233-250kg sold for 306c/kg, or $745-$766.

LMB Livestock agent Hugh Douglas said the Davis family had sold the property and dispersed their female herd as well as weaner calves - 600 cows and heifers and 250 weaners.

Condah breeder Tracy McErvale, Lowana Holdings, was downsizing his herd.

The third vendor for the sale was the Dunkeld Pastoral Company, under general manager Glenn White, selling heifers.

Mr Douglas said the season in the areas had been "tough enough" with no proper break.

Despite that the yarding of about 1300 cattle presented really well.

"Like any herd there was a little bit of a tail but credit where it's due they presented really well," he said.

"They were in forward store conditions and in their working clothes."

Competition was good with local buyers strong, which was "handy".

"The locals knew the quality of the cattle and being a dispersal there was no other opportunity," he said.

A strong order came from Camperdown as well as from three agents operating from south-east of South Australia.

Mr Douglas said one line went to Hay, NSW.

He said they had fielded a lot of phone calls from the north, but with the rain in that region only coming in the past few days, the competition didn't eventuate.

The PTIC heifers sold from about $1000-$1510 which was"pretty good money".

The first and second-calvers attracted more competition throughout and sold from $1100-$1350, while the older cows sold from $950-$1250.

Green Triangle Livestock, SA, put together 54 heifers, paying $900 for 38 and $910 for 16.

Of the heifer weaners, Condah Hills sold 93 that made 269c/kg on weights of 222-237kg, or $598 to $639.


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