Angus steers to $1470 at Sale
IT was a cracking sale last week at Sale, where 10mo Angus steers, 377kg, made to $1470, average $1406 across the draft.
Vendor was Bruce and Maureen Hawkins, who run a solid breeding herd at Seaspray.
Breeders and buyers, while a little anxious about the closing margins, appear comfortable with the way prices have settled in the store job these days.
At Sale’s store cattle sale, restockers from across Gippsland were looking for cattle and pushed feedlot buyers to compete. There were three herd dispersals among the draft. Brian Frawley, The Heart, sold 18mo Angus steers, 483kg, $1710.
Wistella Park, Pearcedale, sold 17mo Hereford steers, 478kg, bought at the High Country calf sales in March as weaners – on Friday they returned $1700.
Jane and John Mosley, Briagolong, regular sellers at Sale, sent in a pen of 12mo Angus steers, Millah Murrah bloodline, 453kg, that returned $1670.
A draft of 60 Angus steers, 14mo, vendor David Bates, Munro, saw the tops, average weight 425kg, sell at $1660; average $1345 across the line. Joy Jones, Heyfield, sold two 14mo Angus steers, $1660. Shorthorn-Angus steers, 14mo, 418kg, sold at $1640; their brothers, 14mo Shorhorns, 382kg, sold at $1400; vendor Hopfields, Dutson.
Dairy-cross steers also saw a lot of competition – DJ&DM Aurisch, Cobains, sold Angus-Friesian steers, $1260 and Friesian steers , $1060.
Heifers also sold well on the day. Pinora Farms, Heyfield, sold 16mo Angus heifers to $1480. Buxton Ag, Stratford, sold Red Polled-Devon cross heifers, $1280.
VM&E White, Fulham, sent in three pens of Angus heifers, yearlings to 15mo, that sold to $1230, average $1160. GD&HJ Stephens, sold Hereford heifers, 390kg, $1200.
SL&II Missen, Flynn, sold 12mo Angus heifers, $1150.
David & Gail Cummins, Nambrok, sold a line of Charolais and Angus cows with Limousin calves, depastured again to Limousin bulls, to a top of $2820.
Mr Cummins said this was the first stage of dispersal, with the next in a month; the property has sold and the couple are retiring out of breeding and their Limousin stud.
The entire consignment was bought by Lang Lang’s Kevin Glover.
David Harris, Tarwin Lower, bought three pens of cows and calves, as part of his foundation herd, paying to $2560 for a pen of five pairs, vendor T,J&M Coleman, Maffra.