337 steers to $1575.50
438 heifers to $1210
LIGHTWEIGHT steers made up to an incredible $4.97 a kilogram at the monthly Naracoorte store sale on Thursday last week.
After good general rains and with plenty of grass in the paddock, prices went skywards on all classes of cattle, local graziers and feedlotters competing on a reduced yarding of 775 cattle, the majority yarded being within the 250-300kg weight range.
Southern Australian Livestock agent Will Nolan believes this was possibly the dearest store market ever seen at Naracoorte.
He said graziers, having had returns of $2000-$2500 for bullocks, weren’t thinking twice about paying $3.50/kg-plus for store cattle, adding there were some exciting times ahead for the cattle industry with anyone already on board with trading, reaping the rewards for their efforts.
A limited number of heavy steers 300kg-plus were available. Top price honours went to Faraway, who sold eight PCAS-accredited weaned Angus and Hereford-cross steers, March/April 2015-drops av 443.8kg, at $1,575.50 or $3.55/kg and 15 Shorthorn-cross steers, av 383.7kg, at $1385 or $3.61/kg. Both pens sold to Teys Charlton.
Faraway also sold 12 Angus-cross steers av 411.3kg at $1489 or $3.62/kg to Thomas Foods International.
Hanson Park sold 12 Angus and Angus cross steers at $925 to Pinkerton Palm Hamlyn & Steen, a second draft of 16 Angus steers av 177kg selling at $880 to Southern Australian Livestock, which equated to a record $4.97/kg.
Brimberry Park sold 10 Yambro-blood Hereford and Hereford-cross steers, September 2015-drops av 219kg, at $1000 or $4.57/kg to Spence Dix & Co.
Fisher Clover Ridge Pastoral sold eight PCAS and EU-accredited weaned Angus steers av 402.5kg at $1437 or $3.57/kg to Thomas DeGaris & Clarkson, Penola.
NW&JT Thomas averaged $1038 for 23 Congeith-blood composite steers, August/September 2015-drops weighing 229-335kg. TFI bought the top draft, av 335kg, at $1192 or $3.56/kg, while Pinkerton Palm Hamlyn & Steen snapped up the lighter draft at $975 or $3.84/kg.
PL&WD Lowe sold five PCAS-accredited August/September 2015-drop Angus-cross steers av 345kg at $1245 or $3.61/kg to TFI.
Local restocker Allan Kain, Kaicowrie, Wattle Range, bought more than 50 Angus steers at the sale, including 15 weaned Stoney Point-blood Angus steers, July/August 2015-drops av 279kg, from Hamanoon at $1110 or $3.98/kg; 11 weaned Pathfinder-blood Angus steers, September/October 2015-drops av 291kg, at $1100 or $3.78/kg from Byefield Proprietors; and 11 PCAS-accredited Pathfinder-blood Angus steers, August/September 2015-drops av 308kg, at $1170 or $3.80/kg from P Cheetham.
SJ&TR Ross, Allambie, sold 11 PCAS-accredited Willalooka and Eldra-blood Angus and Angus-cross steers, April/May 2015-drops av 297kg, at $1120 or $3.77/g to Brian Smith, Mount Gambier.
The Ross family also sold 18 Hereford-cross steers, with the top draft av 287kg making $1070 or $3.73/kg, selling to Thomas DeGaris & Clarkson, Penola, while a second draft of Herefords av 238kg made $1045 or $4.39/kg sold to Spence Dix & Co, Meningie.
Yalkuri Pty Ltd sold eight PCAS-accredited weaned Yalkuri-blood Angus and Angus-cross steers, July/August 2015-drops av 343kg, at $1250 or $3.64/kg to Ray White Keatley Livestock, Mount Gambier.
MR&C Agnew sold five EU-accredited weaned Morganvale, Spots Hill and Glentanner -blood Hereford steers, February/March 2015-drops av 334kg, at $1270 or $3.80/kg to Thomas DeGaris & Clarkson.
Tallara sold 14 weaned Roeston Park-blood Hereford steers, May 2015-drops av 263kg, at $1060 or $4.03/kg, while DW&HA Ludwig sold 20 PCAS-accredited weaned Angus steers av 278kg at $1135 or $4.08/kg to Pinkerton Palm Hamlyn & Steen.
Balnagowan (property sold) offered 35 weaned Angus heifers with weights ranging from 195-282kg, selling them for an average of $937. The top draft av 292kg made $1090 or $3.86/kg to Thomas DeGaris & Clarkson, while a second draft av 224kg sold to Spence Dix & Co at $930 or $4.15/kg.
Heifers also sold strongly, with most exceeding $3.30/kg.
Yarlalla sold EU and PCAS-accredited Angus/Simmental heifers, April/May 2015-drops at an average of $1153. The top draft av 327kg sold at $1157 or $3.53/kg to Thomas DeGaris & Clarkson, while a second draft av 325kg sold at $1147 or $3.53/kg.
DC&CR Branson sold eight weaned Glaetz Black Angus-blood Angus and Angus-cross heifers av 285kg at $1000 or $3.51/kg to TFI, who also bought five weaned Pathfinder-blood Angus heifers, September/October 2015-drops av 292kg, at $1040 or $3.56/kg from Byefield Props.
Yoho sold 14 weaned PCAS-accredited October 2015-drop Hereford heifers av 314.6kg at $751 or $3.50/kg to Landmark Naracoorte and a second draft av 205kg at $740 or $3.61/kg to Pinkerton Palm Hamlyn & Steen.
MK&C Agnew sold 11 EU-accredited weaned Morganvale/Spots Hill/Glentanner-blood Hereford heifers, February/March 2015-drops av 343kg at $1210 or $3.53/kg to Princess Royal, while their second draft av 302kg sold at $1070 or $3.54/kg to Thomas DeGaris & Clarkson, Penola.
SJ&TR Ross, Allambie, sold eight Willalooka-blood Angus-cross heifers av 276kg at $1000 or $3.62/kg to Ray White Keatley Livestock, Mount Gambier.
Their top draft of 21 Willalooka-blood Hereford heifers, av 279kg, sold at $1005 or $3.60/kg to Southern Australian Livestock, who bought another draft of the Allambie Herefords av 236kg at $850 or $3.60/kg.
Southern Australian Livestock bought eight PCAS-accredited weaned Kelson Pines-blood Hereford heifers, April/May 2015-drops av 301kg, at $980 or $3.25/kg, and seven Hereford heifers, April/May-drops av 241kg at $760 or $3.15/kg sold by SR&BL Bury.
Pitchford Farms sold 31 PCAS-accredited weaned Angus heifers, September/October 2015-drop av 235kg at $885 or $3.77/kg to Miller Whan & John.
P Cheetham sold eight PCAS-accredited Pathfinder-blood Angus heifers, August/September 2015-drops av 325kg, at $1115 or $3.43/kg to Landmark Kingston, while a second draft av 300kg sold at $1060 or $3.53/kg to TFI.
Hamanoon sold 13 weaned Stoney Point-blood, Angus heifers, July/August 2015-drops av 281kg, at $960 or $3.14/kg to Ray White Keatley Livestock, and Brimbury sold seven Yambro-blood Hereford-cross heifers, September-drops av 215kg, at $785 or $3.65/kg to the Ogilvie Group.
- Steers 400kg-plus $3.55 to $3.62/kg; 350-400kg $3.34 to $3.80/kg; 300-350kg $3.56 to $3.80/kg; under 300kg $3.35 to $4.97/kg
- Heifers 300-350kg $3.25 to $3.54/kg; under 300kg $3.15 to $3.92/kg