Livestock

Weights and prices good despite early sale

By Country News

Strong results and a large crowd were registered last Wednesday at Euroa Saleyards’ Early Angus and All Breeds Feature Cattle Sale, despite being held weeks earlier than normal.

About 2800 cattle were yarded at the event, with agents taking the opportunity to sell stock early ahead of a deteriorating season.

The top pen of weaners, offered by Balmattum’s M. King, tipped the scales at 363kg, with many others registering between 300kg and 340kg despite being sold five weeks earlier than usual.

Agents reported a strong sale, fuelled by NSW and local restockers, with several feedlot buyers chasing heavy older steers weighing in between 400kg and 500kg, helping to push the value of steers up $100 to $150 on previous sales.

Quality autumn-drop weaners were quoted as $150 to $200 dearer on previous sales while a small number of yarded cows and calves had price rises of up to $200.

Top-selling pens included Goodhope Pastoral Co, of Bonnie Doon, which sold a pen of 36 20-month-old Hereford steers for $1470/head, achieving 278¢/kg.

A. & J. Waite from Seymour achieved 309¢/kg for a selection of 10 Angus steers which sold for $1230/head, and also achieved $1040/head for their 13- and 14-month-old grown heifers.

Creightons Creek’s B. & G. Shallard sold 13 Black Baldy steers for $1170 a head, achieving 283¢/kg.

Weaner steers were well received with Wellwood’s M. King, from Balmattum, receiving 303¢/kg for his 17 eight- and nine-month-old Angus steers which fetched $1100/head.

Locksley stud Burnt Creek achieved the highest payment per kilogram; its 40 seven- and eight-month-old Angus steers sold for 346¢/kg at $935 a head.

Longwood stud Allanvale Estate topped the weaner heifers sale, receiving $860/head for its 36 seven- and eight-month-old Angus heifers at 299¢/kg.