Lighter weights see restockers most active at Wodonga

Lighter weights see restockers most active at Wodonga

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SELLING TEAM: The Corcoran Parker team, seen selling earlier in the year at NVLX sale, had a good run of steers at last week's sale.

SELLING TEAM: The Corcoran Parker team, seen selling earlier in the year at NVLX sale, had a good run of steers at last week's sale.

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Restockers took up the challenge at Wodonga as lighter cattle predominated.

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A solid yarding of more than 2200 cattle at Northern Victorian Livestock Exchange, Barnawartha, sold at "reasonable rates" given the quality.

Seasonal conditions in much of the catchment area meant stock presented in store condition and lighter weights.

A limited selection of suitable steers meant feedlotters did not operate.

Restockers from a wide area did operate on lines of well-bred weaners in particular.

Brian Unthank director Michael Unthank said there were few cattle yarded that weighed more than 300 kilograms.

Mr Unthank said there were 200-300 kilogram Angus steers that sold to a top of 320 cents a kilogram while Hereford and Euro steers made 310-315c/kg.

Heifers, 200-300kg, sold from 200-240c/kg, to be equal to the previous sale.

The sale was "more a weaner restocker sale", he said.

Cattle came forward from the Mansfield region, Yea and local areas.


There were just a small number of northern cattle yarded.

Mr Unthank said local buyers were strong in support as the season in the Upper Murray was "pretty good".

"Locals are always looking to take something on if they have a little bit of grass or early crops," he said.

Corcoran Park livestock manager David Meehan said the run of steer weaners was of good quality.

W and J Lucas, Wooragee, forwarded Angus steer weaners, July-drop, with 24 weighing 302kg making $960 or 317c/kg.

John Donovan, Burrumbuttock, NSW, consigned 33 Angus steers, not weaned, weighing 316kg, that sold for $905 or 286c/kg.

Mansfield client, AN and KL Van Winden, offered 17 Angus steers, 256kg, that sold for $805 or 314c/kg.

There were 22 Angus steers from Narrabel Pty Ltd, Gundowring, weighed 232kg, that sold for $750 or 323c/kg.

BA and DA McCormack, Merrijig, sold 28 Angus, 257kg at $840 or 326c/kg.


Agent Stewart Bryant said the calves, which were sold at this time each year, were around 100kg lighter than previous years.


Tony and Sandra Lovick, Merrijig, sold two pens of Angus/Black Simmental-cross steers that averaged 300c/kg.

Of the weaner heifers there was a pen of 18 sold by W and J Lucas weighing 275kg that sold for $685 or 249c/kg.

Of the cows and calves offered, F and M McGrath, Diggers Rest, sold 60 Angus heifers with calves at foot, three to four months, selling from $1250-$1400.

Agent Peter Ruaro said the heifers went to local and Mansfield buyers who had traded in heavy cows.


A pen of Angus/Friesian-cross heifers with calves at foot, sold for $1525.

Camp Larkfield, Yea, offered 22 Angus cows, mixed age, pregnancy-tested-in-calf for spring calving, that made $800.

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