Keith Fryer, Ironstone Angus, Waitpinga, in front of his Angus cattle, is pictured with his neighbour Ian McCombe, Waitpinga, in front of his cattle.

Returns solid at breeders sale

PRICES for pregnancy-tested in-calf heifers and cows met expectations at the Mount Compass breeders sale on Friday, with returns slightly above what agents predicted.

PRICES for pregnancy-tested in-calf heifers and cows met expectations at the Mount Compass breeders sale on Friday, with returns slightly above what agents predicted.

Pro Stock Livestock’s Scott Endersby said the prices were down on last year’s sale, which was expected due to the exceptional returns last year.

“There was a good quality yarding at the top of the run and then a bit of a tail end,” he said.

Mr Endersby said each year breeders produced cattle specifically for the sale, which drew more local farmers who were looking for quality.

“These breeders and farmers target to sell their heifers at this mated sale and they get the reward for the effort that they put in,” he said.

“Local breeders come because of the quality and they know they’re going to get what they want.”

Mr Endersby said 90 per cent of cattle sold during the sale were PTIC.

With the Fleurieu Peninsula known for producing good-quality milk vealers, Friesian-cross heifers and cows were popular among those yarded.

Topping the PTIC heifers was a pen of nine Hereford-Friesian heifers, mated to a Mandayen-blood Limousin bull, yarded by Scarlet Oaks, Woods Well, which sold for $2200. Also offered by Scarlet Oaks was a pen of seven Angus-Friesian PTIC heifers, averaging 722 kilograms, mated to a Mandayen Limousin bull, which went for $2140.

G&S Hughes, Waitpinga, yarded six Hereford-Friesian PTIC heifers, which ran continuously with an Angus bull from May 1, and sold for $2040.

Angus breeder D Ryan, Waitpinga, sold 15, 473kg Angus heifers, PTIC to Stoney Point Angus Bull, for $2000.

The highest price for PTIC cows was made by Ironstone Angus, Waitpinga, who yarded seven second-calving Angus heifers, mated to an Hazeldean Angus bull, which sold for $2060.

RAC Properties, Willunga Hill, sold a pen of 24, Angus cows, that were third to fifth calvers and mated to a Charolais bull, for $2010, while Sharpe & Co, McLaren Vale, sold a Charolais cross cow, a fourth to sixth calver, mated to an Angus bull, for $1580.

RAC Properties also offered 12 unjoined Angus-Friesian heifers, 380kg, which made $1200.

Last year’s top price for unjoined heifers was $1650.

Cows with calves-at-foot were also popular with bidders, with the top price made by RAC Properties, for a pen of 18 Angus heifers with first CAF, which made $2040.

KR Staker, Broken Hill, also offered 45 Angus-cross pastoral bred, mixed aged cows, with CAF, which were auctioned for $1400.

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