Wodonga steers to $2700 in light yarding

Wodonga steers to $2700 in light yarding

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Buyers outnumber cattle at Wodonga.

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Brian Proctor and Craig Schubert, Schubert Boers with a pen of six Angus heifers, 358kg, from N and V Barker, Indigo Valley, Vic, which sold for $2050. Photo: NVLX

Brian Proctor and Craig Schubert, Schubert Boers with a pen of six Angus heifers, 358kg, from N and V Barker, Indigo Valley, Vic, which sold for $2050. Photo: NVLX

Agents commented that there may have been more buyers than cattle on offer at last week's Wodonga store sale, but the smallest yarding of the year, at just 600 head, attracted top prices.

Steers sold for a top of $2700 for heavier articles, while those weighing 250kg to 300kg sold for up to 730 cents a kilogram.

Michael Unthank of Brian Unthank Rural said despite the light yarding, there were some handy cattle on offer.

"The good Angus weaners were making in excess of 560c/kg, up to and over 600-620c/kg," Mr Uthank said.

"We expected the numbers to be pretty scarce this time of year, but especially this year with all the feed about."

Cows and calves reached a high of $3900 for 13 Angus re-joined four to five year old cows with three month calves at foot. They were offered by A and K Kirley, Bethanga, Vic.

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There was only a handful of pregnancy-tested-in-calf females and they sold from $1860 to $2180 - paid for 12 Angus PTIC heifers, 528kg, offered by Scott McKimmie.

Most steers tipping the scales over 400kg sold from $1800 to $2700, the top price was for a pen of nine Angus steers, 497kg, with Te Mania blood from JL and BJ Williams.

Feeder steers weighing 350kg to 400kg were attracting $2000 to $2230, a price paid for one of the larger runs of the day, 23 Angus, 11 to 12 months, 382kg, from JW Donovan to return 584c/kg.

Steers weighing just 279kg cracked the $2000 mark, eight Angus steers 279kg from Jimmy Borsi making $2030 to return 728c/kg.

The few coloured cattle on offer also sold well, 20 Hereford steers, 345kg, from EJ and WA Chandler sold for $2110 to return 612c/kg. Another pen of 20, 307kg, sold for $1945, 633c/kg.

Mr Unthank said the heifer job matched the prices seen last sale.

"Heifers have been tending to come back a little bit in the last couple of weeks but they didn't here," Mr Unthank said.

Most heifers sold from $1500 to $2000, the tops making $2090 for three Angus, 399kg, from Grifforan Pastoral.

Jade Park Angus had one of the largest line of heifers, selling 20 Angus, 344kg, out of ex Te Mania and Reiland cows for $1975. Another pen of six, 276kg, sold for $1710 to return 670c/kg.

Mr Unthank said there was strong competition from feedlots, particularly Teys Charlton, along with local agents.

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

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