Andrew Sleigh and son Tom, of Sleigh Pastoral Company, Jerilderie, with their Herefords Australia champion pen of Bayunga blood, Kooringal-bred steers, 413kg, and bought by Gippsland steer finisher Graeme Osborne for $1270.

Joinable females wanted at Wodonga

Feeder and restocker competition kept values for quality heifers on par with current sales, with Elders, Wodonga auctioneer Brett Shea reporting a firm market for young breeders.

During the second week of the annual weaner sales at Wodonga, feeder and restocker competition kept values for quality heifers on par with current sales, with Elders, Wodonga auctioneer Brett Shea reporting a firm market for young breeders.

“There was really solid support for good quality joinable heifers as there is a shortage of them,” he said.

Paull and Scollard, Wodonga agent Tim Robinson agreed and was further impressed with the quality of the young females on offer, especially those with EU-accreditation.

“A lot of vendors are putting a lot of effort into accreditation and filling the criteria for buyers so they can get the best return possible,” Mr Robinson said.

Andrew Sleigh, Jerilderie, was pleased with the 413kg weight of his top pen after a difficult year.

Mr Sleigh (pictured above with his son Tom) offered 70 steers and sold 20 to top $1270.

“Last year our tops weighed 369kg so we are 40kg up – we had no great expectations around the prices as we understand the industry,’’ he said.

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