Big end of town dominates opening northeast weaner sale

Murray Arnel, 06/01/2022


Yarded: 4400 Angus mixed sexes

2976 Steers, av $2460, $6.74/kg: 450-650kg: $2720-$3160, av 598c/kg: 360-450kg $2320-$2880 av 655c/kg; 280-360kg $2270-$2540, av 716c/kg

1444 Heifers av $2085, $6.35/kg: 360-500kg: $2220-$2540, av 609c/kg; 280-360kg $1870-$2355, av 643c/kg; 200-280kg: $1680-$1890, av 689c/kg

The Corcoran Parker selling team found bids thick and fast during first day selling.

CATTLE-hungry interstate buying orders have cut a massive swathe through opening-day sales at Victoria’s northeast beef weaner features at the NVLX (Wodonga) and Wangaratta saleyards.

Claiming an estimated 80 percent of the combined two-sale 8064-head offering on Wednesday, the interstate raiders bagged huge numbers in all categories including a modest grown steer penning providing weights to 550kg, all weights of steer weaners and the vast majority of the heifer selection.

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The most active of the volume buyers were represented mainly by “big-end-of town, corporate interests with large supply chain agreements to fill”, one keen and independent market observer noted.

Some of these, which secured four-figure hauls, consigned cattle to destinations as far away as Roma and Emerald in Central Qld while destinations such as Tamworth, Gunnedah, Quirindi, Coonamble, Glenn Inness, Bathurst, Goulburn, Yass and Narrabri were among others to feature frequently.

Corcoran Parker principal, Kevin Corcoran said: “nearly every town and postcode in northern and central NSW has purchased cattle following the morning first-leg sale on day one at NVLX.”

“It was a massive result for our vendors but for our local buyers we hardly bought a beast,” he said.

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In the opening stanza at the NVLX’s 4400-head all-Angus yarding a modest selection of grown steers, aged 14-20 months, set the tone and strength of the demand that followed.

Among the leading grown steer sales were: The Elim Partnership, Yackandandah, sold a pen of 20 Angus steers, 519kg at $3060 (590c/kg) while David A Cook, Bullioh sold a yard of 23 Angus, 448kg at $2720 (607c/kg).

A second pen of 19 David A Cook Angus steers, 380kg made $2510 or 661c/kg while CACD investments, Jindera sold 28 Angus, 500kg at $3010 or 602c/kg.

A further yard of 40 CACD Investment Angus, 462kg made $2800 (605c/kg) while FB & MH Blackshaw, Wangaratta sold 31 Angus, 519kg at $3020 (582c/kg), with a heavier pen of 16, 551kg sold at $3160 (573c/lg) for the same vendor.

The opening sales of genuine autumn-drop steer weaners were conducted in a price range of 620 to 645c/kg.

The first lane of these offered EU- accreditation but few were nominated to remain in the system on the fall of the hammer.

Last year’s winner of the best presented took pride of place at the front of the weaner run.

JA & ST Adams, Staghorn Flat sold a yard of 40 Angus, 403kg at $2550 while BM & BM Campbell, Koetong, sold a draft of 62, 400kg at $2480.

Selected this year as the best presented JJ& JA Patterson, Tallangatta South, sold a line of 70, 386kg, at $2490 while The Cascades, Tallangatta Valley sold a pen of 28, 378kg at $2570.

Quilter Nominees, Narrandera sold its first yard of five – a pen of 22, 386kg at $2590, with a second pen of 21, 347kg sold at $2470 or 711c/kg.

A second pen of 27 JJ&JA Paterson Angus, 336kg, made $2310 (687c/kg) while a second pen of 60 JA & ST Adams Angus, 348 made $2460 (706c/kg).

By this point demand had found another gear as more weight specific orders joined the fray.

JC & JM Maddock, Staghorn Flat sold a yard of 20 Angus, 407kg at $2610 at 641c/kg; Colds Springs Pastoral, Dederang sold at $2560 (666c/kg) a pen of 31 Angus, 384kg while Lake Birubi, Bungowannah sold a pen of 30, 400kg at $2640 or 660c/kg.

And gaining the markets highest weaner money was Berrigama vendor, PM & CA Klippell with a yard of 13 Angus, 441kg, aged 9-10 months sold at $2880 or 653c/kg.

Among the weaner market other highest priced were yards by the McKenzie-McHarg family, Bullioh, with a pen of 22 Angus, 416kg sold at $2710 (651c/kg) and Jarvis Pastoral, Lucyvale with a pen of 13, 407kg sold at $2680 (658c/kg).

At the lighter end of the penning, where weights below 300kg were not abundant prices ranged $2100 to $2330 to vary from 770 to 805c/kg.

These sales included a yard of Quilter Nominees Angus, 289kg sold at $2310 and a yard of 16 Angus, 272kg sold at $2190 by RJ Vinge.

NVLX heifer sales were almost a carbon copy of the steer sales with the travelling troupe of buyers holding sway.

Heifer sales were lead by a line of grown heifers, aged 14-15months ready for joining.

Offered with a long history of Weeran and Landfall-bloodlines by Tooma Station, Tooma- a yard of 43, 406kg made $2540, while pens of 44, 377kg, and 38, 356kg, made $2360 and $2355 respectively.

BUR Livestock agent, Gerard Ryan with the line of Tooma Station Angus heifers sold to $2540.

Two yards offered by M&L Bullie, Holbrook, aged 18 months, 422kg and 385kg each made $2440 and $2320 a head while Carinya Estate sold 16 Angus, 372kg, aged 9-10 months at $2270.

The McKenzie-McHarg family, Bullioh, which was acknowledged as the best-presented by Angus Australia sold Jarobee-blood heifer weaners, 345kg to $2210 while Lake Birubi sold 30 TeMania-blood heifers, 373kg, at $2290

The McKenzie-McHarg crew of Victoria, Alistair, Simon and Angus from Bullioh, with their awarding Jarobee-blood heifers and Angus Australia’s Liz Pearson.

A large portion of the heifer yarding was sold between $1950 and $2250 a head for a heifer-sale average of $2085 a head and $6.35/kg.

NLVX operations stated that 2400 head were purchased by northern NSW interests, 800 head by central and regional NSW with 200 head consigned to Qld.

NVLX said a tally of 1030 head from its 4421-strong yarding (23pc) was retained to Victoria.

The NVLC All-Black weaner and grown cattle sale was conducted by Albury-Wodonga independent agent group, Corcoran Parker, BUR Livestock, Peter Ruaro-Rodwells and Schubert Boers.





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