Wodonga cattle prices dip on the eve of the Mountain Sales

Murray Arnel, 04/03/2022


Yarded 1394

EYCI: 1131.8c/kg


Steers: 360-450kg $2080-$2570 av 568c/kg; 280-360kg $1800-$2290, av 647c/kg

Heifers: 360-450kg: $1900-$2425, av 538c/kg; 280-360kg $1710-$2050, av 578c/kg


A SMALL mixed quality penning that offered minimal feature lines met subdued demand at the Elders-Nutrien Paull & Scollard monthly store cattle market at NVLX Barnawartha on Friday.

Comprising 1398 head and within only a small handful of volume orders participating, the market drifted to average $50 to $80 a head or 20-30 cents a kilogram lower than the companies’ previous month-earlier sale.

Elders Albury livestock manager Brett Shea said buying opportunities were prevalent for those willing to purchase the smaller lots.

“The few feature lines we had sold as was expected, Mr Shea said. However, throughout the rest of the market there were opportunities”.

And, with the East Gippsland Mountain calf sales set to commence early next week (March 8) Mr Shea said he assumed a number of volume orders that would normally have attended the sale may have waited for the larger opportunities being offered there.

Nutrien P&S auctioneer, Will Jennings said the few cattle penned possessing the right weight and with good bloodlines still sold well and buyers that were willing to “poke” through the market found plenty of opportunities within the smaller lots.

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The market’s leading price of $4480, was paid for a pen of six Angus heifers, Reiland blood that had 1–2-month-old Angus calves at foot.

These were offered J&K Reynolds, Big Springs, Wagga Wagga, NSW with a second of Angus-Hereford heifers, with similar calves at foot made $4320 per outfit for the same vendor.

Also, in the cows and calf section a pen of 27 Angus cows, aged 6-7 years, with Angus CAF 2-3 months, made $4120 per outfit for Sunland Ag of Hillston, NSW while a pen of 16 2nd-calf Black Simmental heifers, 600kg, PTIC 5-6 months to Angus bulls, topped the joined female section at $3780.

These were offered by Schoen Pastoral, Corowa, NSW,  while Sunland Ag sold pens of mixed age Angus cows (457kg), PTIC 70-days on an October to December joining, at $2440.

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Lot feeder demand for the few pens of suitable-grown grown steers remained keen at recent strong rates.

Topping the steer market, a pen of 554kg Angus, 18-20 months, by NA & MI Buchan,  Warrenbayne drew good competition to make $2940 or 554c/kg while at $2740 or 461c/kg MJ Smyth and Son Benalla sold 10 Hereford-cross, 594kg, 0-2-teeth.

The Teys Jindalee Feedlot was an active player accumulating a number of small pen lots.

Robbie Cameron, Corcoran Parker purchased this yard of 44 Angus heifers as future breeders for a Wodonga client.

The order penciled 15 Angus, 453kg from JS & S Sargeant, Table Top, NSW at $2480 and lots of five (465kg) and nine (408kg) from vendor Yambla, Table Top each making $2570 and $2440 respectively.

A second pen of N&M Buchan Angus, 383kg made $2350 or 613c/kg while GF & J Cunningham, Walla Walla, NSW sold 10 Angus, 406kg, at $2450 or 603c/kg.

Large well-bred pens of weaners were quickly set upon by the volume orders.

Stewart Scott, Tocumwal, NSW sold yards of 17 Angus, 385kg, at $2430 (631c/kg) and 23 Angus, 339kg sold at $2190 (646c/kg).

Margaret Wade, Bowna trading as Magic Glen Farm sold 32 Angus, 332kg at $2100 and 11 Angus, 311kg at $1970 to both realize 633c/kg.

EA Prowse, “Fredricks Hills” Violet Town, Vic, offered one of the few feature lines for the day.

Bred on Te Mania Angus bloodlines, a yard of 25, 287kg, made $2210 (770c/kg), a second pen of 27, 231kg, made $2015 (872c/kg) while a third yard of 16, 199kg made $1870 (939c/kg).

Elders Hay, TSM, Peter Head oversaw the sale of Nigel Scott’s Hereford line of grown steers from his north of Balranald property at Claire, NSW.

Western NSW, vendor Nigel Scott consigned a truck of vendor-bred Hereford steers from his north of Balranald property at Claire.

Sold over four drafted pens, a top yard of 14, 463kg, made $2440 (526c/kg), 23 weighed at 420kg made $2320, (552c/kg), a pen of 16, 430kg, made $2350 (546c/kg) while a further yard of 16, 388kg, made $2170 (559c/kg).

Other remote-area Hereford breeders’ lines included a truck of steers, Kerlson Pines & Minlacawie Bloodlines consigned to the market by Willgrow P/L, Kyalite, NSW.

Willgrow sales included a yard of 19, 391kg sold at $2320 (593c/kg), 21, 377kg sold at $2190 (580c/kg) and 16, 338kg, sold at $2020 (597c/kg).

The market for heifers to feed was mostly set on a rate of about 500 to 580c/kg, with those selected as future breeders at times pushed higher.

Among the standout sales was a yard of 44 Botherambo Park Angus, Boorhaman, Vic, 430kg, Jarobee blood, sold to $2430 (565c/kg) while a pen of their heavier sisters, 20, 460kg, made $2425 ((527c/kg).

Woomargama Station, Woomargama, NSW sold a pen of 15 Hereford heifers, 423kg, Injemira-blood, at $2190 (517c/kg) while Tom Groggin Station, Corryong, Vic, sold 18 high-country Angus heifers, 348kg, Alpine-blood, at $1750 (503c/kg).

Pens of EA Prowse, Fredricks Hill Angus heifers, Te Mania blood, were highly sought.

A pen of 21, 221kg made $1700 (769c/kg) while a second yard of 16, 186kg, made $1510 to realize 811c/kg.


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