Interstaters regroup and reload at Wangaratta

Murray Arnel, 06/01/2022


Yarded: 3643 Angus mixed sexes

$8.353m, av $2300/head

Steers av $2455, $7.04/kg: 360-450kg $2390-$2690 av 667c/kg; 280-360kg $2270-$2540, av 746c/kg: 200-280kg $2000-$2210, 894c/kg

Heifers avg $2158, $6.86/kg: 360-500kg: $2390-$2490, av 636c/kg; 280-360kg $1970-$2370, av 685c/kg; $1710- $1980, av 750c/kg

Dennis Heywood, Everton and partner Jan Griffiths was especially pleased saying as a breeder it was a pleasure to get the rewards for his heifer as he did at the sale

WITH storm rain, lightning and thunder peppering the morning’s activities, the buying troupe regrouped and reloaded at Wangaratta saleyard for an afternoon of sales once again almost entirely of Angus-bloodlines.

And with the two cornerstone breeder lines that were pragmatically prepared accounting for almost 40 percent of this 3644-head yarding, the largest of the volume buyers lent harder on demand raising sale results by $50- $80 head.

Corcoran auctioneer and director, Justin Keane said it was rare for buyers to gain access to one-mark breeder lines in these numbers.

“And, it was a huge leap of faith by these two vendors to each launch up to 650 head each into the one market and then gain the success they have” Mr Keane said.

Watch Justin Keane’s full post-sale interview with Beef Central:

Docker vendor AG & JE Simpson held pride of place with the first weaner yad offered- a pen of 27, 413kg that made $2590 or 627c/kg.

Steven Clarke’s Deepdale consignment of 128 Angus from Tallarook made to $2690 (650c/kg) for a pen of 56, 414kg then $2520 (684c/kg) for a yard of 72, 386kg.

Steven Clarke, Tallarook sold his Angus awarded champion heifers, 364kg, to $2490 a head while his 2nd draft steers, 368kg, made $2520 (tops made $2690).

Mercieca Pastoral, Mansfield, sold 37 Angus, 390kg at $2590 (664c/kg while a yard of 67 Angus, 366kg, by MB, K & P McPherson, Bowmans Forest made $2520 at 688c/kg.

A 650-head consignment offered account of the Manning family, Davilak Pastoral Co, Mansfield offered a string of management and veterinary benefits including EU accreditation and ground-breaking independently-audited Carbon footprint assessment.

With an average age of 10 months and comprising Glendalock-bloodlines, the Davilak Angus steers made to $2615 for its first pen of 20, 400kg, 653c/kg – while a second lot of 90, 388kg, made $2570 or 662c/kg.

GROUND BREAKING: Hopkin River feedlot operator, David Maconachie purchased 180 Davilahlk steers with carbon footprint assessment in order to continue the program through the feedlot then to final retail with the backing of Coles Supermarket

Davilak’s main draft of 198 head, 359kg, was taken in its entirety by Killara Feedlot, Quirindi, NSW with bid of $2540 (707c/kg) to complete a sale average of $2532/head well up on its $1765 sale-average last year.

Roderick Manning with his family’s Davilak line of 650 steers with came with an audited Carbon front print assessment

The second of this sale’s cornerstone consignments to confront the surging demand was a 500-strong steer draft by DKF Heywood & Sons, Glenlock, Everton.

These cattle were 9-10 months of age and contained The Glen, Quarterway, Fernhill and Ben Nevis bloodlines.

Described by some as a true cattleman’s draft of cattle, these were sold to $2615 (645c/kg) for its lead 41 head, 405kg, while two further drafts of 80 head, 358kg and 325kg made $2490 (691c/kg) and $2460 (756c/kg) respectively.

The DKF Heywood consignment also contained 300 Angus heifers which saw an interest from Bathurst, NSW secured the major portion.

Sales included a pen of 39, 344kg sold at $2350 (683c/kg), a pen of 81, 320kg that made $2220 (693c/kg) and 35 (295kg) sold at $2210 (749c/kg).

Leading prices obtained in the Wangaratta heifer market saw the Angus Australia award winner, Deepdale sell a yard of 27, 364kg, Witherswood and Riga-blood, at $2490 or 684c/kg,

Vendor Brown Owl, Bridge Creek sold 18 Angus, Barragunda-blood, 394kg, at $2430 (616c/kg) with a second yard of 24, 343kg sold at $2270 (661c/kg).

Other significant heifer sales where local buying had some success on the better grown lots included 60 Angus, Welcome Swallow and Alpine -blood by Pulitano Pastoral, Merrijig, weighed at 336kg and 301kg, that made $2300 (684c/kg) and $2160 (717c/kg).

Nonetheless, buyers from Tamworth, Gunnedah, Quirindi and other New England again acquired the lion’s share for this heifer market that produced averages of 315kg, $2155 a head and 686c/kg.

The Wangaratta feature weaners sale was conducted by Elders and Corcoran Parker.




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