Agents: ELDERS, PAULL & SCOLLARD LANDMARK
Feeder steer: AVG 311c/kg (EYCI RATING +41POINTS)
Summary: 2171 head
Steers: 360-450kg $1060-$1230, av 311c/kg; 280-360kg: $720-$1210, av 306c/kg; 200-280kg: $635-$855, av 307c/kg. Heifers: 280-360KG; $690-$1055, av 266c/kg; 200-280kg: $460-$780, av 252c.
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DEMAND for better drafts of store cattle experienced limited change in the opening sale of the new financial year at Wodonga on Thursday.
Competing across a small winter yarding of 1262, a modest field of mostly local restocker buyers kept prices well contained at similar levels to those of the previous month, with the exception of featured lines of lighter weight calves that generated significantly keener interest.
Paull & Scollard Landmark auctioneer Luke Deimel said that in spite of recent rainfall local buyers generally remained cautious with the two coldest months of winter still to endure.
“The season is patchy in the local area,” Mr Deimel told Beef Central.
“Some districts are wet, some still need further falls but generally most farmers are wanting their properties to recover after the tough summer and autumn before restocking again in the spring” he said.
Elders auctioneer Oliver Mason agreed but said demand was “particularly strong” especially on the featured lines of better-known cattle.
“It was mostly a typical winter yarding, with limited weight for the feeders,”Mr Mason said.
The heifer yarding was nothing special however there was adequate interest from the gallery for “heifers to opportunity feed: cattle that could be finished as feeders or continued on for slaughter” he said.
Both auctioneers agreed that in spite of the recent strong lift in slaughter values, whereby cow values rose 30-40c/kg at the previous day’s Wodonga cow market, featured lines of PTIC females still found their way into one processor’s buying book at rates under the odds.
“Both joined females and cows with calves still remain over-looked and undervalued by the grazer’s, “both agents agreed. “They appear good buying but few have the resources or the endeavor to take these cattle on at this point in the winter” they said.
Among the leading steer prices paid on the day, a yard of 20 Poll Hereford steers, 374kg, offered by DH & MA Trethowan, “Wentworth”, Holbrook, NSW was cleared on a bid at $1230 a head.
Calculated at 329c/kg, these were returned to the paddock by a Paull & Scollard Landmark client while a second yard of eight, from the same Trethowan draft, 333kg, realized $1100.
Priced close behind, at $1210 a head, DG Sinclair, Wangaratta, sold a yard of 20 Hereford steers weighed at 353kg.
Realising 343c/kg, these lead into one of the sale’s main feature lines, a draft of 109 Tarabah Pastoral Hereford steers, Wirruna-blood, consigned from Mt Narra Narra Station at Holbrook.
Ranging mostly in weights from 242 to 279kg these were sold mostly in a price range of $710 to $800 a head with a small heavier pen, 364kg, topping at $1060 a head.
Among the leading sales of black steers, vendor BE & JA Madgwick, Strathmerton sold 11 Angus, 393kg at $1180.
P&A Stevenson, Tallangatta sold 14 Angus, 358kg at $1040 while T Turnbull, Bethanga sold 13 Angus, 342kg, at $1020 a head.
B O’Çallaghan, Mudgegoonga sold 12 Angus, 336kg at $1060 while Hindleton Rural, sold 11 Angus, 326kg at $1020.
Sales of light weight steers included a yard of 22 Angus, 258kg sold at $855 on the account of Allonby Angus, Guys Forest.
A second draft of the Allonby steers, sold unweighed, made $655 on an estimated weight of 200kg.
In heifer sales, P&A Steveson sold 11 Angus, 359kg, at $1055 a head while at the same money Howell family, Myrtleford cleared a pen of nine Angus weighed one kilogram heavier, at 360kg.
B & J Madgwick, Strathmerton sold 11 Angus, 342kg, at $870 as a number of other smaller pens of British and Euro-breeds lots weighed at 260 to 300kg made $700 to $850 a head, and lighter from $460 to $650 a head.
The yarding of cows and calves and joined females reflected the signs of the difficult season.
Vendor, Owen Waller offered three pens of Angus first-calvers, with two to three-month-old calves at foot.
Presented in light store condition, these made $940 to $1130 a head following a top price of $1340 paid for an outfit of 5 by 4 Angus cows (re-depastured) and calves – the latter offered by JT & LC Scholtz of Howlong.
The market for joined females failed to engage the interest of restockers, with local processor Ascot Meats claimed five of the seven pens offered with limited competition.
NG Whitsed, Tintaldra sold a yard of 11 large-framed Red composite cows, 550kg, aged four years and joined to Red Poll bulls, at $1200 while a second yard, same weight, was cleared at $1150.
PL & RG Rossato, Coleambally also had joined cows booked to the account of Ascot.
These were yards of well-fleshed Hereford cows, PTIC to Angus bulls to calving in August that made $1330 (599kg), $1150 (541kg) while a lighter third yard (537kg) was returned to the paddock at $1120.
The sale was conducted by Elders Rural Services and Paull & Scollard-Landmark, both of Albury.