Mortlake steers firm, heifers easier

Mortlake steers firm, heifers easier

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Cattle numbers fell at Mortlake as recent rain saw producers hold back stock.

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Most grown Angus steers sold from 305 to 318 cents a kilogram at the monthly store cattle sale at Mortlake.

The sale comprised nearly 700 cattle, reduced as producers held stock after recent rain.

Nick and Jo Lillie, Camperdown, had both the top price pen on a cents a kilogram basis and the best presented pen of steers.

Their line of 14 Black Baldy steers, 396 kilograms, sold for 318c/kg or $1260 a head.

Their best presented pen comprised 27 Herefords, 406kg, that sold for 310c/kg or $1259.

Top pen on a dollars a head basis was a pen of 11 Angus steers sold by St Elmo Farms for $1531, or 314c/kg, on beasts weighing 487kg.

A second pen from the same vendor comprising 15 steers sold at 310c/kg or $1279 on weights of 412kg.

Jeremy Walsh, Tesbury Partnership, Tesbury, forwarded a consignment of mixed-sex Angus with the tops of the steer portion of 16, 455kg, selling to 316c/kg or $1440.

A second pen of six, 391kg, sold for 302c/kg or $1182, while a pen of Red Angus, 405kg, made 390c/kg, or $1174.

The Tesbury heifer portion took out the best presented pen for a line of 21 Angus, 394kg, that sold for 290c/kg or $1144.

Charolais-cross steers sold by DJ Swayn topped at 310c/kg, or $1272, for a pen of 13 that weighed 410kg.

The heifer portion of this draft comprised a pen of seven, 282kg, that made 282c/kg, or $1103.

The weighed weaners ranged from 296-310c/kg, while the open auction steers got to $960 on two occasions for pens of Angus steers.

T & K Netherway had a consignment penned that included a pen of 11 Angus steers that topped at $960.

A pen of 18 unweighed Netherway heifers sold for $810 and a further pen of 13 made $730.

The grown heifers topped at 290c/kg (for a weight of 394.5kg), and the weighed weaners topped at 280c/kg (301kg).

Cows and calves made up to $1560 for well-bred cows with young calves at foot.

Western Victoria Livestock Exchange Agents Association president Glenn Judd said the sale overall "was very solid and firm".

Mr Judd said weighed heifers were slightly easier than last month, mostly due to the lower numbers this month, however open auction heifers held firm on last month's market.

He said with plenty of grass around, producers were not rushed to get cattle in.

Buyers included feedlotters, Landmark International and strong support from western district grass finishers.

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