Cows and calves best of Echuca yarding

Cows and calves best of Echuca yarding

Stock and Land Beef

Cold and rain had an adverse impact on the Echuca store cattle sale.


Light rain and cold conditions across the region saw a reduced yarding of store cattle come forward at Echuca.

A yarding of 1084 cattle was down from the advertised 1200.

Charles L King & Co auctioneer Brock Fletcher, Echuca, said recent rain and cold conditions had hurt the dry paddock feed.

"We only had 10 millimetres of rain but it just wiped out the quality of what had been good quality dry feed," he said.

Local buyers were active but selective in their purchases while support also came from Gippsland and the north-east of the state.

Cows and calves and pregnancy-tested-in-calf cows were offered account Harmer, Mildura. The best of the cows and calves was a pen of five Angus cows, 7-8 years-old, with calves aged four to five months, that made $2060. These were bought by a local producer.

The same vendor had 10 Angus cows, 7-8 years-old that were PTIC and sold for $1900.

Twelve grown Shorthorn heifers, PTIC, were bought by locals for $1600.

A pen of heavy Charolais-cross steers, 16-months, account Ash & Thompson, sold for $1195.

A pen of Angus/Friesian and Hereford/Friesian-cross steers, 15-months, sold for $900.

Mr Fletcher said the run of better steers sold from $650 to $900.

"That's roughly either side of $3 a kilo," he said.

Questa, Deniliquin, NSW, forwarded a pen of 21 Hereford steers, 10 months, that made $830.

A Henderson, Kerang, sold 20 heifers for $830, while a pen of 11 Santa/Angus-cross heifers, 10-12-months, sold for $610.

Mr Fletcher said a run of calves, four to 15 weeks, sold in a range of $225 to $530.

Wondaphil, Tragowel, sold a consignment of calves that included 20 Angus steers, 2-3 months, that made $500. Twenty heifer calves from the same vendor made $400.


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