Yarding: 500 breeders
PTIC dairy-cross heifers to $1980, most $1600-$1800
PTIC beef-crosses $1000-$1800
PTIC cows $1200-$1750
Cows and calves to $2230
Unmated heifers to $1200
IN-CALF heifers sold to $1980 at the Mount Compass annual breeders sale on Friday, well up on 2015 prices.
The top pen of 10 large-frame PTIC Angus-Friesian heifers, due to calve February 10, was sold by RAC Props, Mount Compass, at $1980, while another 15 of the same made $1860, six made $1780 and another 10 made $1820.
It was standing room only at the sale, with Prostock agent Clint Endersby saying there were many vendors, buyers and onlookers keen to see how the near 500-head yarding fared because of high prices in the cattle job.
“The money was comparable to what we thought the job would do,” he said. “Up another 50 per cent on last year’s sale (which topped at $1440).
“Even some of the smaller heifers that we thought may have struggled, still made good money, which shows the demand for breeding cattle at the moment.”
Mr Endersby said PTIC dairy-cross heifers made $1400-$1980 at the sale, with most $1600-$1800, while PTIC beef-cross heifers made from $1000-$1800.
Combined Agents auctioneer Jeff Emms also sold heifers, with two Angus-Herefords, PTIC to Pathfinder bulls, making $1920 for JP&CJ Rye, Victor Harbor, who also sold one at $1600.
Mr Emms also sold 13 Angus heifers, PTIC to Pathfinder Angus bulls to calve February-April, at $1800 for St Vincents, Hindmarsh Tiers, who also sold nine PTIC Angus-Hereford heifers at $1520.
BE&PA Walker, Victor Harbor, sold four Angus-cross heifers PTIC to Red Angus to calve February-March at $1820, while a second pen of five Angus-Hereford cows PTIC to Angus to calve March-April made $1770.
TM,GN&SM Bennett, Delamere, sold 11 Murray Grey-cross 2.5-year-old heifers PTIC to Murray Grey at $1600.
Mr Endersby said PTIC cows sold from $1200-$1770; cows and calves sold to $2230; while unmated heifers topped at $1200.
Tulloch Lands Trust, Victor Harbor, sold five Angus second-calvers, PTIC to Murray Greys, at $1760 and three Angus-Hereford cows, PTIC to Murray Grey, at $1520 – both pens going to Elders Mount Pleasant – plus three Murray Grey cows, PTIC to a Murray Grey bull, at $1620.
The top cow and calf units at $2230 were sold by Hester Holdings, Kapunda, for four PTIC Limousin cows with calves-at-foot, while the top unjoined heifers at $1200 were sold by JT&PC Whellams, Waitpinga, for their 17 Angus 14-month-olds, which weighed about 480 kilograms.
AG&DJ Dalitz, Yankalilla, also sold unjoined heifers, with five Angus-crosses, 438kg, making $1110 or $2.53/kg; four Hereford-crosses, 349kg, sold at $1020 or $2.92/kg; three Hereford-crosses, 353.3kg, made $980 or $2.77/kg; and two Hereford-crosses, 362.5kg, made $780 or $2.15/kg.