Quality, price dip on heavier steers

Leongatha store sale sees dip in quality, price of heavy steers

Stock and Land Beef
SOFTER PRICES: There was a price dip on heavier steers at Leongatha, on the back of a softening of quality.

SOFTER PRICES: There was a price dip on heavier steers at Leongatha, on the back of a softening of quality.


Prices for heavier cattle dip at Leongatha.


Prices for heavier cattle dipped slightly on the back of an easing of quality, at the fortnightly Leongatha store cattle sale last week.

Elders agent Rohan McRae said despite there being a drop in quality, the sale was still "right up there".

"We had a fantastic run of cattle the fortnight before, but they were probably not as good this time," Mr McRae said.

He said 450-530-kilogram Angus steers sold in excess of 500 cents a kilogram, while those over that mark went for below 500c/kg.

"There was only a limited range of cattle selling to 400c/kg," he said.

"They were either a little bit crossy, or carrying heaps of weight.

"The 500-600kg Angus steers were selling from either side of 450c/kg."

Agents yarded about 2000 head of cattle.

Feedlots and abattoirs, including Thomas Foods International, Garrison, Westside and Radfords sought out the heavier stock.

"A lot of producers with these South Gippsland cattle, which would have been destined for a grassfed program, are looking at the price Angus with any weight are making," Mr McRae said.

"If they are making $2500-3000 a head, [producers] are going to take it."

Nutrien South Gippsland Livestock stock agent Jack Ginnane said cattle of the same quality sold to the same level as a fortnight ago.

Mr Ginnane said smaller steers sold up to 700c/kg, with restockers able to come back into a "mixed-quality market".

J Kelly sold 23 Angus steers, 220kg, for $1650 or 750c/kg.

Holley Plains sold 10 Angus steers, 530kg, for $2710 or 511c/kg.

WA Brewis & SA Woodhouse sold 12 Brookfield Park-blood Angus steers, 508kg, for $2540 or 500c/kg.

T&K Bright sold 17 Angus steers, 562kg, for $2660 or 473c/kg.

C W Goddard sold 18 head of Angus/Black Baldy steers, 620kg, for $2780 or 448c/kg.

Mrs M Kee, Yarram, sold 21 Te Mania and Ardrossin-blood steers, 262kg, for $1770 or 672c/kg.

Providence Ridge sold 14 Angus/Black Baldy steers, 263kg, for $1710 or 650c/kg.

A & C Massaro sold 12 Hereford steers, 216kg, for $1510 or 699c/kg.

AG Landy Walkerville sold 120 Te Mania and Millah Murrah-blood steers, with an overall average of 270kg, for $1885 or 698c/kg.

Bowman sold their pen of 14 Hereford heifers, 258kg,and a second pen of 11, averaging 228kg, both for $1440 or 558c/kg and 631c/kg respectively.

Massaro sold 11 Hereford heifers, 226kg, for $1250 or 553c/kg.

Brewis and Woodhouse sold five Angus heifers, 389kg, for $1800 or 462c/kg.

M Triantafyllou sold eight Hereford/Black Baldy heifers, 343kg, for $1510 or 440c/kg.



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