Wodonga steers to $2380, heifers to $2005

Wodonga steers to $2380, heifers to $2005

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There was a yarding of 1776 head at Thursday's store sale.

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There were 1776 head of cattle yarded at Wodonga on Thursday with good quality runs of Angus calves making in excess of 520-530 cents a kilogram.

Corcoran Parker agent Leigh McEvoy said overall the Angus calves were holding their own and there were also good Euro calves on offer making from 450-520c/kg.

"Then we had some very good heifers, Euro-cross and good Angus heifers were making in excess of 470-480c/kg with the odd pen closer to 500c/kg," Mr McEvoy said.

The cows and calves sold from $1950 for Jersey cross to $3300, paid for two Angus from Glenavey, Barnawartha.

Grown steers, weighing 500kg plus, sold between $1840 and $2380, paid for seven Angus steers, 2.5-years-old from AR Swift, Warrenbayne, weighing 534kg.

Most steers in the 400-500kg weight range sold from $1590 to $2250, paid for seven Angus steers, Ardrossan and Table Top Angus-blood, weighing 477kg, from CJ and AE McGee, Silver Valley, Jingellic, NSW.

The same vendors sold 18 Angus steers, weighing an average 414kg, for $1930. They offered 89 steers in total and seven heifers.

A run of 22 Charolais steers, 11 to 12-months-old, 462kg, offered by Les Pearce, Kergunyah, sold for $2060.

The majority of cattle were weaner steers weighing 300-400kg and most made from $1460 to $1840, paid for 22 Angus steers, 378kg, from CADC Investments, Bungowannah, NSW.

This compared to the top price (for this weight range) of $1915 paid at the previous Wodonga store sale for Hereford-cross steers, 383kg.

One of the feature lines of the day were 60 Angus calves, eight to nine-months, The Glen Angus-blood, offered by Amy Taprell, Flaggy Creek, Thologolong.

It was the first time Ms Taprell had sold some of her cattle as weaners, with bullock fattening their usual operation, but she wanted to take advantage of the market.

It paid off, the run was sold in three lots, with the first two pens of 20, weighing 326kg and 325kg, sold for $1775, returning 544c/kg and 546c/kg. The last pen of 20, weighing 323kg, sold for $1730 or 536c/kg.

Steers 200kg to 300kg sold from $650 to $1720, paid for 25 Angus steers, 292kg, from Trevor and Lesley Lashbrook, Granya. The pen returned 589c/kg.

The same vendors, who also offered heifers, had their next pen of nine Angus, 243kg, sell for $1540, returning 633c/kg.

Mr Lashbrook said they were selling two months earlier than usual to try and capitalise on the red-hot market.

Table Top Angus, Table Top, NSW, had one of the best cents a kilogram returns of the sale, with their 24 Angus steers, 191kg, selling for $1430, making 749c/kg.

Most heifers weighing between 350-500kg sold from $1510 to $2005, paid for 15 Angus heifers, 489kg, 16 to 18-months-old, from HC Collins, Stanley.

Angus-cross heifers from JG and V Bond, Tooma, NSW, 448kg, sold for $1975. The same vendor sold five Angus-cross weighing 395kg for $1755.

Heifers weighing under 350kg sold from around $850 to $1715, paid for 17 Charolais weaners weighing 349kg, from Willawong Pastoral, Tallangatta.

Ewenmar Pty Ltd, Tooma, sold 45 Hereford heifers, 271kg, for $1400, returning 517c/kg. A second pen of 24, weighing 241kg, sold for $1370, 568c/kg.

Commission buyer Andrew Lowe competed strongly, alongside local interest from restockers, while Ravensworth were operating on some of the heavier lots.

The sale was conducted by Wodonga and Albury-based agencies BUR, Schubert Boers, Corcoran Parker and Peter Ruaro Livestock.

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