A wide range of younger and lighter cattle was on offer at the monthly SWVLX Warrnambool store cattle sale on Friday.
Heavier offerings were rare at the sale, but a good set of feedlot buyers kept the sale buzzing along through the day with the sale continuing through periods of medium to heavy rain.
JJ Kelly Stock Agency auctioneer Jack Kelly said an unusual season throughout Warrnambool meant smaller cattle in the yard
"For us here we saw some a very dry season lately which probably bought in a fair few smaller cattle, which we normally don't yard a lot of here," Mr Kelly said.
"But all up I think everyone all around was quite happy.
"If anything we saw a bit of feedlot competition for anything that was in the 360 to 540 kilogram range so that did well."
Mr Kelly said it was getting harder to find cattle due to the recent dry season, but recent rains and anticipation for an autumn break in the region will keep interested in sales.
There was a good run of heifers, which regularly went past 600c/kg
"Those heifers bought today will mainly be rejoined for next year, so agents were really happy with the way everything ticked over that way," he said.
"The local competition also probably got into those younger lighter steers and because there we are seeing a bit of shorter feed.
"They didn't probably have that the push of last month's sale just due to the fact people hasn't got the food and the selling."
Pens with cows with calves at foot sold up to $4200, with solid bidding over a number of Angus offerings.
There were good offerings of heifers with weight, Friesians and crossbreed too, which Mr Kelly said was due to people wanting to offload for the season.
"We're quite happy those cattle found a home and the cows and calves looked really lovely which look to be still selling very well," he said.
There also was some outside help at the sale from South Australian buyers, and versatile buying from Wodonga-based commission buyer Duncan Brown.
"It was really good to see Duncan here today, as he not only buys the better end of cattle but is also into those crossbreeds and heifers too," Mr Kelly said.
"While things were on the lighter end today, the break we hope will be not too far off and with our big local race carnival from Tuesday to Wednesday next week, many locals will be happy in the next week."
West Hill sold 24 Angus steers, 399kg, for $2433 or 610c/kg.
S Negre sold 8 Black Baldy steers, 294kg for $1911 or 650c/kg.
B & M Farley sold 22 Angus steers, 331kg, for $2118 or 640c/kg.
D & E Gavin sold seven Angus steers, 353kg, for $2252 or 638c/kg.
M & S Merryful sold five Angus steers, 344kg for $2209 or 642c/kg.
Among the heifer sellers, Karingal sold 25 Angus heifers, 336kg for $2136 or 650c/kg.
Rossander Angus sold 20 Angus heifers, 380kg for $2394 or 630c/kg.
Gunns Road sold nine Angus heifers, 368kg for $2266 or 606c/kg.
Wattle Gum Farms sold one pen of 22 Angus heifers, 397kg fo $2374 or 598c/kg while another set of 10 Angus heifers, 448 Kg sold for $2517.00 or 562c/kg.
Kilmory Partnership sold 20 Angus heifers, 360kg for $2188 or 608c/kg.
Kringal sold 13 Angus heifers with calves at foot for $4200.00.
T Bryant sold 11 Angus cows with calves at foot for $3500.00.
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