Agents: Corcoran Parker, Elders
Feeder steer avg 480c/KG LWT (EYCI rating +70 points)
SUMMARY: 3000 HEAD
ALL STEERS: 450KG+ to $2250, av 450c/kg; 360-450KG $1750-2060, av 480c/kg; 280-360KG: $1595-$1870, AV 526c/kg.
ALL HEIFERS: 360-450KG $1640-$1730, av 460c/kg, 280-360kg, $1530-$1710 av 508c/kg
AFTER two preceding sales in the Wodonga weaner sales series, competition and prices bubbled over at an inaugural Wangaratta event on Wednesday underpinned by an eager northern contingent scrambling for numbers.
As one traveling buyer remarked “we don’t know whether these cattle are dear or cheap, we just know what they cost and it’s fearful”.
And another said, “… ät these prices we’re going home with only about one-tenth of numbers we want”.
While a large interstate contingent trucked a large portion of this inaugural yarding to destinations as far as Tamworth and North Star in NSW and Texas and Dalby in southern Qld, a number of defiant locals defended their patch as many also other walked away in disbelief.
Selling agents however suggested the result was very pleasing for everyone.
Corcoran Parker principal Kevin Corcoran said that top end prices were about where they thought in cents per kilogram term while the middle draft pushed the high end of expectations.
“Ï think in reflection those who have bought their cattle would be relieved they have got some but plenty have gone home with only a portion or none and are at a loss where they might go to get their needs.”.
CP auctioneer Justin Keane said that it was most unusual to find, in any saleyard setting, that half of a 3000 head penning could be attributed to only four or five major vendors.
“We were able to do this here today and it allowed those wanting big numbers and large drafts to apply their craft and this was the major strength behind this market’s underlying demand.
Elders’ Oliver Mason agreed saying buyers wanting big numbers had the opportunity several times thought the sale to purchase large one-drop, one-mark lines.
“I think it’s been a great boost for the buyers they can have confidence in these cattle”.
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Opening the sale an amazing pen of Stephen Clark’s Deepdale Angus steers, 459kg, from Tallarook rang the bell as the highest priced pen of this northeast sale series topping at $2250. With not a calf a day over 10 months of age, this Witherswood and Rigo-blood yard was snapped up by the McKenzie family feedlot at Bunnaloo along with a second pen 425kh that made $2060.
Further pens of the Deepdale draft made $1860 (364kg) and $1850 (364kg) while AG & JE Simpson also scored a sale over $2000 selling 27 Angus, 423kg, at $2035.
Watch the opening lane of sale at Wangaratta:
As the largest vendor father and son, Rod and Rodda Manning, Mansfield, trading as Davilak Pastoral Company, supplied the market with 548 EU-accredited Angus steers, aged 10-11 months.
Glendaloch blood and with all their health and management boxes ticked, these were sold to a top of $1910 (394kg) for a draft average of 347kg, $1783 or 513c/kg which according to Rod Manning was $150/head above best “hope”.
Vendor Dennis Heywood, “Glenloch” Everton, trading as DFK Heywood & Sons offered 400 Angus steers and 198 Angus heifers, aged 9-10 months.
Infused with The Glen, Quarterway, Anvil & Ben Nevis bloodlines, these sold to a best of $1850 (371kg) for a draft average of 329kg, $1750 or 531c/kg.
Selling 100 Angus steers, 8-9 months, with Alpine & Star Black bloodline, vendors M&B McPherson, Bowmans Forest received best prices to $1810 (20 head, 371kg) while their second pen of 30 (330kg) made $1735 or 525c/kg.
The McDonald family of Rosewhite trading as Macsway Pty Ltd offered the market 100 Angus Steers, 9-11 months, with Witherswood, Jarobee & Rennylea bloodlines.
These made to $1840 for a pen of 28 (391kg) while their 2nd-draft of 37, (344kg) made $1760 or 511c/kg.
In the heifer section weight was not overly abundant with only a handful weighed over 350kg.
These best of these were sold in the 450-465c/kg however those offering lighter weights drove buyers into frenzy with plenty drawing bids equal to 480 to 530c/kg.
This meant that heifers of any weight were difficult to buy for less than $1500 as most made $1550 to $1650 a head for the entire heifer yarding to average 508c/kg.
Among the larger sales of heifers, Heywood & Sons sold drafts of 59, 315kg at $1650 or 523c/kg and 97 head, 285kg, at $1610 or 564c/kg.
Mansfield vendors DJ & PD Vance sold 41 Angus & Angus/Hereford heifers, 10-11 months at $1580 or 492c/kg, while M & B McPherson, Bowmans Forest sold 100 Angus heifers, 8-9 months at $1645 (357kg), $1540 (303kg), $1535 (300kg) and $1525 (267kg).
Interfaced through Auctions Plus, the online platform was well utilized with 284 registered user, 10 active bidders placing 158 bids and making $14 purchases.
The online interest spanned a wide area with heavy coverage into central and northern NSW and broadly across Victoria, an Auctions Plus source indicated.