Vic Weaner sales: Wodonga day 2

Murray Arnel, 09/01/2023

David Sleigh”Buyanga” Ruffy, Vic, was awarded the Herefords Australia ribbon for the breed’s best presented yard.

NVLX Barnawartha

Date: Jan 05, 2023

Agents: Elders, Nutrien

Yarded: 5129 All-breeds steers and heifers

Grown steers: 360-500kg $1800-$2470, avg 445c/kg

Weaner steers: +360kg $1650-$2020, avg 463c/kg; 280-360kg $1420-$1760, avg 512c/kg

Heifers: 280-360kg $1400-$$1780, avg 496c/kg


Steers easier as heifers improve

HARD old-lessons were re-taught at NVLX Barnawartha on Thursday when a softer trend was dealt out to vendors offering weaner-aged young cattle that had not been weaned.

Suffering discounts at times as much as $80 a head or 20 cents a kilogram, lots that had not been well-prepared for the next stage of their production journey were severely marked down compared to those where the work had been done.

Most of the heavy discounting was dispensed on the top-end lead drafts within the opening lane of the weaner run which caused a flow-on effect of sorts to comparable better prepared lines.

Nonetheless, the 5130-strong grown and young cattle yarding, which was conducted by corporate agents, Nutrien Paull & Scollard and Elders Rural Service, provided a broad selection of all breeds, included Angus and Hereford lines and to a less degree Charolais and other Euro-breeds.

Elders auctioneer, Oliver Mason, confirmed the demand was easier on heavier drafts, and especially for those un-weaned.

With so many cattle being offered this week across the state Mr Mason said buyers didn’t need to push as hard and discounts for the un-weaned did emerge.

“That said, there were more orders in the market today and the heifer demand was better than it was yesterday” he told Beef Central

To watch his full interview with Beef Central, click below

To commence the market about 40 pens of grown steers and heifers were offered, aged between 14 months to two years.

Included were yards of 20–24-month-old Hereford steers from McKoy & Sons, from Holbrook, NSW properties “Ohio” and “Burnley”.

Their sales included 27 Hereford, 560kg, sold at $2260; 22 Hereford, 579kg, sold at $2290, 24 Hereford, 521kg, sold at $2280 and 23 Hereford, 494kg sold at $2190.

These was mostly secured by the JB Swift feedlot operation (J&F) for its Yambinya feed yard while lighter, 16-18-month-old drafts of 29 Hereford, 421kg sold at $1800 and 32 Hereford, 388kg, sold at $1800 were secured by commission order held by Andrew Lowe.

Other sales of grown steers were secured by Melbourne processor AMG, Upper Murray bullock finishers and via the Stock live internet platform.

KA Caldwell, Kerugma South sold 24 Poll Hereford steers, 532kg at $2300; AH Odewahn, Walla Walla sold 31 Poll Hereford steers, 412kg at $1850; while KA Caldwell sold at 554kg a yard of 24 Angus, $2330.

A large line of 79 Black steers, by Hicks Composite bulls, were all gathered by the J&F Yambinya order. Offered by Ravenshead P/L of Woomargama and sold over three drafted yards, these made $2272 (22 weighed 472kg) $2120 (22 head, 450kg) and $2000 (35, 414kg).


Topping all weaner and yearling-off sales, Swanpool, Vic breeder, David Whitechurch rang the bell with a price of $2020/head for a pen of 12 Angus, 426kg, age 9-10 months.

Next in line, priced at $2000, RJ Hain, Cooma, NSW sold Hereford steers, 453kg, at age 12-13 months.

Nellshire, Urana, NSW sold 18 Angus, 419kg, 12-14 months, priced at $1970 while JA & GA Knobel, Gerogery, NSW also sold 18 Angus, 416kg, at $1970.

N&J Paola, Bright, Vic, also collected at the same money for 18 Angus, 391kg, age 10 months.

From the larger consignments Three Rivers Angus, Kancoona, Vic, offered 175 Angus, 7-10 months, by Witherswood and Jade Park-blood bulls.

Its lead pen of 61, 337kg, made $1680, a second line of 33, 310kg, made $1630 and a third draft of 43, 278kg made $1600.

C Boyd & Son, Bobinawarrah, Vic, brought forward 120 Angus steers, 10-12 months, by Numeralla & Witherswood Angus bulls.

To watch vision of the Angus weaner sale, click below

The tops of the Boyd lot a pen of 24, 408kg made $1800, a second pen of 48, 347kg, made $1725 while a third yard of 38, 311kg, made $1695.

J. Ley of Jarvis Creek presented 120 Angus steers, by Ardrossan bulls. These were offered as two drafts the top 48, 360kg made $1760 while a second yard of 76, 314kg, made $1610.


Renowned Hereford breeders Sleigh Pastoral Ruffy, Vic and Jerilderie, NSW were acknowledged with a Hereford Australia ribbon for its breeds best presented yard.

David Sleigh, from his “Bayunga” Ruffy property offered three drafts of weaned calves, by Allandale, Mawarra and Wirruna bulls.

He scored sales of $1925 for 26 head, r, $1750 for 31 steers, 354kg and $1710 for 24 steers, 282kg.

His brother, Andrew Sleigh, “Kooringal” Jerilderie, with Bayunga bred bulls, scored $1820 for 25 non-weaned steers, 372kg and $1770 for a further 29 weighed at 332kg.

Andrew Sleigh, Kooringal, Jerilderie sold Hereford steers.

A regular seller at NVLX, JM Hiscock, Kilmore, Vic consigned 75 Hereford steers, by Glendan Park and Tarcombe bulls.

The tops of the Hiscock draft – 34, 354kg made $1790 while a second pen of 36, 319kg, made $1640.


Leading the sales of coloured stock Glencoe Pastoral, Holbrook, NSW sold 22 Hicks Composite steers, 410kg at $1870.

Shannon Falls, Lakes Creek, NSW sold 25 Limousin/Shorthorn steers, 387kg at $1790 while at $1780 PJ & RJ Caldwell, Dederang, Vic sold 17 Charolais, 384kg.


As called by Oliver Mason, the demand for heifers was improved fueled in part by further orders mainly from the north for future breeders to join.

Heifers were mostly sold in a price range of $1400 to $1750 with selected lots sold to a top of $1870/head.

This represented a price per kilogram range from 420 to 586-cents for a 2000-strong heifer display that averaged of 480c/kg and $1530/head.

The highest priced weaners were a yard of 26 Nellshire, Urana, NSW Angus, 365kg, Dunoon blood.

Other significant sales included 43 Macsway P/L Angus, from Rosewhite, Vic, 304kg sold at $1780 and 42 Three Rivers Angus, from Kancoona, Vic, 281kg sold at $1590.




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