Three-in-one heifer outfits smash $5360 at Wodonga, weaners cheaper

Murray Arnel, 04/02/2022


Yarded: 1724

EYCI: 1116c/kg


Steers: 360-450kg $2160-$2730 av 590c/kg; 280-360kg $1960-$2260, av 667c/kg

Heifers: 360-450kg: $2150-$2700, av 573c/kg; 280-360kg $1870-$2350, av 634c/kg

Elders auctioneer Brett Shea calling bids on these Simmental-cross steers at NVLX.

THE rush to secure quality beef females burst strongly through the $5000 per outfit level at the NVLX (Barnawartha saleyards) on Thursday.

Selling to a top of $5360, and surpassing the $5000 per outfit level on six further occasions, the three-for-one in-calf Angus heifers, with calves at foot, deals fetched well above expected prices to cap off a remarkable month of sales at Victoria’s northern-most market centre.

Purchased by both northeast and interstate interests, the highly credentialled outfits were bought as weaners from selected Angus studs, grown out then joined, calved down and rejoined again from October to January to the same Rennylea Stud Angus bulls.

Property sold and offered by Phillip and Angela Stevenson “Wagra Park”, Tallangatta, their various bloodlines included heifers selected from Rossrich, Adameluca, Ireland, Cascade, Dedric and Rennylea Angus studs.

Their Tallangatta property sold; Phillip and Angela Stevenson we’re extremely happy vendors as their 3-in-1 Angus heifer units topped the $5000 per outfit level.

Overall, the Stevenson family sold 70 head of in-calf 1st-calvers at prices between $4840 and $5360 while several other Stevenson yards of in-calf 2nd and 3rd cows, with younger calves at foot (not scanned) made $3100 to $4400.

Watch vision of the Stevenson cow and calf sales:

Nutrien auctioneer Luke Deimel said the prices received were incredible.

“They were well above expectation and set new highs for females” he said.

“Rarely do you get the opportunity to purchase three-in-one units that have such a high quality of breeding”.

Watch Beef Central’s full post-sale interview with Luke Deimel.

The Nutrien Paull & Scollard and Elders conducted sale of 1750 also dispersed the Angus breeding herd of the Estate of IL Collis, Gerogery, NSW.

Also offering calves at foot and one inside, females from this herd dispersal contained Welcome Swallow, Ben Nevis and Tasmanian bloodlines and were pregnancy-tested in calf to Rossrich and Ardrossan Angus bulls.

The Nutrien Paull & Scollard selling team is action at NVLX.

These fetched prices between $3400 and $4200 and also drew support from the local area and interstate bidders.

With the northeast’s annual weaner sales now a rearview memory, monthly sales of backgrounder steers and unjoined heifers were continued on an overall lesser quality penning.

Elders auctioneer, Brett Shea said several large feature lines nonetheless meet very solid inquiry but off-the-pace of January’s adrenaline-filled highs.

“There was not the huge interstate present seen last month” Mr Shea said.

“Our regular lot feeder orders had more of an influence and this was especially so for an impressive display of coloured, Euro-bred lines” Mr Shea said.

Topping grown steer sales was NSW vendor, Mount Annan, Holbrook.

Its first-draft pen of 14 Charolais steers, 483kg, made $2730 a head (575c/kg) while a second yard of 11 Mount Annan Charolais, 475kg made $2580 with a third pen of 10, 440kg sold at $2520.

A&I Rapsey, Tallangatta sold 15 Angus-Hereford steers, 445kg, at $2620 along with 14 Hereford, 440kg sold at $2465.

R&A McDonald, Tallangatta sold 22 Angus, 367kg, at $2300 (626c/kg) while a second yard of 20 McDonald Angus, 328kg, made $2230 or 680c/kg.

A yard of 26 Angus, 362kg, by B&D Mitchell, Bethanga also sold well at $2385 or 655c/kg, with second pen of 14, 335kg, from the same vendor sold at $2240 (668c/kg).

In European-breeds run, vendor T Dawson, Jindera sold 13 Charolais, 472kg, at $2550 (540c/kg) , while Buchlyrie Pastoral, Boorahman sold 14 Charolais, 443kg at $2500.

VP&MA Daldy, Arcadia offered two yards of Charolais-cross, with EU-accreditation. Their heaviest 28, weighed at 327kg, made $2250 (688c/kg) while a second a second pen of 12, 312kg, made $1980 (634c/kg).

Moama, NSW vendor CM Pastoral consigned a volume lift of 84 Charolais-cross weaners ex large-framed Santa Gertrudis cows.

Sold over three drafted pens these made to $2450 for a yard of 17, 408kg (600c/kg), $2305 (618c/kg) for a pen of 50, weighed at 373kg while a further yard of 17, 323kg, made $2260 (700c/kg).

While the demand for steers was more subdued than the month earlier sales, almost all those present wanted a pen of heifers to grow out as future breeders.

As a consequence, many of the better bred and larger lines meet strong and broad participation with selected pens at times toppling their steer brother prices.

Among the better sale, R&J Mackie, Gregory sold nine Angus heifers, 418kg, Table Top-blood, at $2700 (645c/kg) while Mount Annan, Holbrook sold 18 Angus, 435kg, Dunoon-blood at $2665 (612c/kg).

Mount Annan also cleared 31 Charolais heifers, 427kg at $2410 (564c/kg) while at $2350 (701c/kg) vendor R&A McDonald, Tallangatta sold 23 Angus, 335kg, Connamarra-blood.

Most other sales of unjoined heifers were made from $1950 and $2340.


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