Bairnsdale prices fully firm in smaller yarding

Bairnsdale cattle sell fully firm in fortnightly store sale

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FULLY FIRM: Agents said the lockdown restrictions had no impact on the prices. (File photo)

FULLY FIRM: Agents said the lockdown restrictions had no impact on the prices. (File photo)

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The lockdown restrictions had no impact on prices.

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Local agents said the fortnightly store sale at Bairnsdale saw a smaller yarding but prices were fully firm, with quality cattle slightly dearer than a fortnight ago.

Agents yarded about 540 head at the East Gippsland Livestock Exchange.

Nutrien East Gippsland livestock manager Brad Obst said the well-bred, smaller cattle sold even better than the last sale.

He said the good prices were again off the back of strong fat markets.

"It's just a typical winter yarding in Bairnsdale - a smaller yarding of cattle - but still there was some very good lighter-weight, well bred cattle on offer," he said.

The coronavirus lockdown did not affect the sale, he said.

Meat & Livestock Australia's market report noted the top of the weaner steers, eight Herefords weighing 406kg, made $2010 a head or 495 cents a kilogram, while the top yearling steers were five European crosses, 582kg, for $2450 or 421c/kg.

Elders Bairnsdale auctioneer Morgan Davies said lightweight cattle sold well above 600c/kg.

"Everything was fully firm and probably showed a dearer trend," he said.

"There was definitely less people but the prices weren't an issue."

Kent Park sold a pen of 21 Hereford steers, 315kg, for $1800 or 571c/kg, and a pen of 18, 278kg, for $1760 or 633c/kg.

M Coleman sold a pen of nine Angus, 315kg, for $1790 or 568c/kg and seven weighing 277kg for $1690 or 610c/kg.

JC & LM White sold six Charolais cross steers, 382kg, for $1810 or 473c/kg, a pen of 16, 362kg, for $1830 or 505c/kg, and 16, 326kg, for $1740 or 533c/kg.

RJ & PA Carey sold nine Limousin steers, 299kg, for $1560 or 521c/kg.

PJ & P Neven sold a pen of 13 steers, 409kg, for $2010 or 491c/kg.

BJ & JB Carrol sold five Hereford steers, 322kg, for $1710 or 531c/kg, while BK Sievers sold a pen of nine Black Baldy steers, 264kg, for $1690 or 640c/kg.

Sharp Fullgrabe & Co auctioneer Brent Coster agreed the sale was very strong.

A pen of Angus steers weighing 211kg reached $1540 or 730c/kg while heifers of a similar weight made up to 650c/kg, he said.

"It was very, very good for those smaller cattle," he said.

"We had some steers that were 580kg making 420c/kg.

"We had very little heifers here but what was here made very good money."

P Kite sold a pen of six heifers, 286kg, for $1580 or 552c/kg, while D & A Cleave sold seven, 268kg, for $1540 or 574c/kg.

M Coleman sold six heifers, 261kg, for $1440 or 551c/kg, while BJ & JB Carrol sold five Hereford heifers, 316kg, for $1550 or 490c/kg.

BK Sievers sold nine Limousin heifers, 259kg, for $1450 or 560c/kg and another nine, 233kg, for $1390 or 596c/kg.

RJ & PA Carey sold 11 Limousin heifers, 271kg, for $1430 or 527c/kg.

Penderscourt sold 10 cows and calves made $3860.

Mr Coster said there was local and South Gippsland competition, while Garrison feedlot was also strong for the heavier cattle.

He said the season so far would pretty well guarantee a reasonable spring and producers were looking for stock.

"There's not that many numbers about," he said.

"There's a lot of confidence at the moment with the kill prices - you're getting up over eight bucks for your kill cattle."

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