Wodonga cows top at $2600

Joan and Steve McLeish, “Trails End”, Bullioh, Victoria, sold 10 unjoined Angus cows with calves for $2600 a unit at Wodonga store cattle sale last Thursday. THE cool finish to spring in the eastern Riverina is leading tolivestock producers holding onto cattle to finish them on pasture, but1800 cattle yarded for the regular store sale at Wodonga last Thursday met excited competition for all types.
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The yarding consisted of predominately black cattle, with the odd pen of whiteface and European crosses.

It was a plainer yarding with only the odd pen inforward condition, according to Paull and ScollarddirectorMike Scollard,Wodonga, with the market firm to strong for the better pens.

“The steers have got to be 20 cents a kilogramdearer, particularly for the little cattle,” Mr Scollard said.

“It was a very good sale and the market has lifted maybe 30c/kgfor some types on last month’s sale.”

Keen competition across the board saw local restockers competing with commission agents and producers from Gippsland, Bendigo, Cootamundra, Corryong and Finley to secure stock.

“Our season is later, with some holding onto their cattle and restockers are keen to still get stock,” Mr Scollard said.

Yearling steers sold from $1500 to $1200, with lightweight cattleselling to $720 and older steers selling from $1100 to $1445.

Yearling heifers sold from $890 to $1290, with lightweight heifersmaking up to $850, while cows with calves sold from $1550 to $2600.

The top pen at $2600 was paid for 10Angus cows, second and third calvers and not station matedoffered by Steve and Joan McLeish, “Trails End”, Bullioh, Victoria.

Mr McLeish thought it a “very good price.”

“And a long time coming,” he added.

“We are trying to shorten our calving period, and our cows a very quite, so it was a hard decision to make.”

Victorian producers Chris and Christine Packer, Bethanga, sold six black baldy steersweighing 433kgfor $1500 and Arthur Stockwell, Corryong, sold his pen of 21 Angus steers averaging 418kg for $1500.

Other good sales included 18 Angus steersweighing 346kg sold on account Dundooga Pastoral Company, Table Top, for $1440.

The Kent family, “Yambla” Table Top, sold 19 Ireland-blood Angus steersweighing 346kg for $1370 and Doug Stevenson, Tallangatta, received $1380 for his 13 Angus steersweighing 356kg.

Heifers sold to $1290, when Chris and Christine Packer, Bethanga, offered 23 12- to 14-month-old Angus heifers weighing 379kg.

Michael Swasbrick, Eskdale, Victoria,received $1345 for 11 18-month-old Hereford/Holstein heifers weighing 380kg.

Wodonga agentsBrian Unthank Rural, Paull and Scollard, Peter Ruaro Rodwells and Schubert Boers, conducted the sale.

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