Cow, calf to $1800 at Grafton, heifers to $1164
First store sale at Grafton of the new year sees prices firm and buyers pleased
Grafton’s first store sale for the new year delivered 650 head and prices on par with those received before Christmas, topping at $1800 for a pen of Brangus cows with calves.
Steers to 400 kilograms, 255 head, averaged $325 cents per kilogram or $853 ($854 in December) topping at $1123.
Heifers to 540kg, 236 head, averaged 271c/kg or $732 ($775 in December) to top at $1164.
Cows, 400 to 520kg, 33 head, averaged 208c/kg or $876 ($948 in December) topping at $1107.
Adam and Belinda Chapman, Fineflower, sold a pen of terminal Charolais over Hereford/Brahman steers, 315kg to make 334c/kg or $1052.
Tracey Conroy, “Newbold Grange”, sold just weaned Santa Gertrudis-cross, seven months, 248kg for 340c/kg or $846 to the Department of Primary Industries’ research station at Trenayre and watched a pen of her terminal Charolais over Brahman cross, 253kg make 360c/kg or $913, with Rex Child from Alumy Creek taking them home for backgrounding.
Jeff and Marline Anderson, Woodford Island sold 25 Charolais steers to a top of $993 for 288kg at 344c/kg with the DPI picking up the bill.
Tammy Lindsay, Bonville, bought two pens of milk tooth Angus and black baldy, paying to a top of $1123 for the all-black, 338kg at 332c/kg.
David and Carolyn Duff, Toorooka on the Macleay took a punt and delivered Brahman cross cattle to Grafton. Their Elders agent Colin Paix said he expected a warmer welcome on the Clarence, where the indicus infusion rates higher than further south.
He wasn’t disappointed with the DPI bidding to 318c/kg or $862 for Brahman cross milk toothed steers, 271kg. Lower Clarence cane and beef producer Col Farlow bought a pen of Angus cross, 275kg at 338kg paying $930.
Mr Paix bought back a pen of the Duffs’ steers and heifers for backgrounding, along with others, for backgrounding at Hernani ahead of a journey to Killara feedlot, Quirindi.
David Gibson, Dorrigo, paid up to 398.2c/kg or $617 for light Angus, 155kg, some of which were bred by Derek Woods, Ulmarra.
Heifers averaged $734 at 268c/kg with Desley Spencer, Brushgrove taking the top with $1164 for Charolais cross, 485kg at 240c/kg.
Adam and Belinda Chapman sold terminal Charolais heifers, 305kg for 289c/kg making $882 with the sale going to Elders Dorrigo, who also bought a pen of the Duff family’s Santa cross, 283kg at 292c/kg or $827.
David Gibson, Dorrigo, bought the top light heifer, paying 320c/kg for 166kg or $531.
Two heifers on the open auction topped at $1070 for a red tagged Brangus, 440kg, going to Ramsey and Bulmer, Casino, and the other a blue-tagged Angus, 360kg, sold for $820 to Lance Timms, Brushgrove.
Cows with calves averaged $1321, topping at $1800 for a pen of Brangus from Wayne and Jane Cooper, Valla, and purchased by Micah Middelbosch, Couttes Crossing, who also bought a second pen of Brangus/ Brahman for $1660, to populate a new property near the Orara.
Don Corf, Brooklana, sold this pen of red-tagged Brahman cows for his daughter Holly, in calf to a Brooklana Angus bull, for 211c/kg at 520kg to make $1100. Angus cows in calf to the same bull made $1000, same as Angus weaners by the same sire.
Woodford Island cows, from the Anderson family, made $1480 and will head to Guyra while a pen with more Brahman content made $1300 and went to Bronc Reilly, “Springwood Grazing”, via Ulmarra.
Desley Spencer, Brushgrove, sold Charolais cross cows with calves by a Yulgilbar Santa bull to Jeff Archer, “Coombadjha Pastoral” for $1340.
Mark Austen, Lawrence, with the help of Neil Thompson, purchased several pens of heifers including Angus at 180kg for 320c/kg or $567.