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LIVESTOCK | 29 February 2008

Landmark Ballarat's Premier Weaner Sale - 22/02/08


Last week, over 3600 mixed-sex cattle were yarded and sold for a total of more than $2 million, to enormous northern commission buying power. It was pleasing to see solid local support which kept the competition up to the northern buyers.

 

Again 121 registered PIC numbers and again many went home empty-handed, such was the strength of the commission buyers.

 

Duncan Brown, Dennis Henderson & Damien Whyte made use of a host of orders that showed how hungry the north is for cattle.

 

These three bought 2100 steers and heifers between them, or 60 per cent of the yarding.

 

Tasman, Herd, Hardwick, Collinson and several others were powerful on cattle to feedlot and kill, buying 500 between them.

 

Landmark branches from Leongatha, Casterton, Benalla, Camperdown, Ararat, Deniliquin, Albury, Kyneton, Warren and Wagga Wagga either bought or bid on cattle.

 

Agents from Hamilton, Camperdown, Euroa, Geelong, Wangaratta and Alexandra were also busy.

 

The “Best Presented Pen” in the young section of the sale went to a draft of 29 Angus steer weaners from Geoff Fisken’s Lal Lal Estate.  They weighed 374 kg and sold for $720 or $1.92/kg, to Dennis Henderson.

 

Close equal seconds were J Kirkpatrick’s 14 Angus steer weaners weighing 401 kg that made $730 or $1.82/kg, and the same owner’s pen of black baldies weighing 412 kg that sold for $745, or $1.81/kg.

 

The best grown steers weighed 481-537 kg and made $835 to $920, or $1.72 to $1.75/kg.

 

Best weaner steers, 345-410 kg, made $635 to $745 or $1.81 to $1.92/kg. Plenty of younger, lighter steers made $2 to $2.40/kg.

 

Grown heifers made $700 to $725 or $1.55 to $1.67/kg, with the best heifer weaners, 317-353 kg, selling for $555 to $590 or $1.69 to $1.86/kg.


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