FAMILY OUTING: Albury's Liz Willis, and Noah 1, watch the sales, paying close attention to her brother' Tim's sale-topping pens. Pictures: MARK JESSER

Heat on as annual blue ribbon sales open 2018 season

Auctioneers have work cut out as Corcoran Parker launch annual blue ribbon weaner sales

“All right ladies and gentlemen, we’re here to sell ’em; you’re here to buy ’em” declared Justin Keane just after 10.30am.

Within seconds the first pen had fallen. Within minutes the sweat was dripping from the auctioneer’s forehead as Corcoran Parker’s first stand-alone premier special store cattle sale opened the annual blue ribbon weaner sales at Barnawartha.

“It was getting a bit warm up there but we bowled through them,” said Leigh McEvoy, who took over the auctioneering duties midway through the near 3000-head sale.

“It seemed to be pretty strong, there was competition.

“There was people from different parts, the north and south, and a few local buyers which made it pretty interesting.”

The day one sale saw 2763 steers, heifers and grown cattle pass through the yards, with a pen of steers offered by Tim Willis, “Pelican Point”, Table Top topping the sale at $1490 a head. His pen of 16-month-old heifers sold for $1250 a head.

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