CATTLE prices remained strong at the monthly Naracoorte store sale on Thursday last week, with heifer returns particularly buoyant.
Thomas DeGaris and Clarkson director Darren Maney said it was a very solid sale.
“Steers were just back, by about five to ten cents a kilogram, on the extreme rates of the previous month’s sale,” he said.
“The heifers were very dear. It was probably the last chance to buy heifers to join for autumn mating, so a few guys were prepared to go right up there in the rates.”
A pen from Fisher Clover Ridge Pastoral, Marcollat, kicked off the sale. The 14 European Union and Pasture Fed Cattle Assurance System-accredited steers, 451 kilograms, made $3.60/kg or $1623 and sold to Princess Royal.
Making the highest price for steers was M&H Davidson, Lucindale, with 13 Murray Greys, 485kg, that made $1665 or $3.43/kg, selling to Thomas Foods International. The same vendor also sold 14 Murray Greys, 455kg, for $1575 or $3.46/kg, also to TFI.
Selling the highest price a kilogram for steers was Moyhall Pastoral, Naracoorte, with 10 Banquet/Rennylea-blood Angus steers, 227kg, making $4.95/kg or $1125. The same vendor also sold 26 steers, 265kg, for $4.52/kg or $1200, 13 steers, 304kg, for $4.17/kg or $1270, 17 at 230kg for $4.78/kg or $1100 and eight at 271kg for $4.28/kg or $1160.
The highest price a head for heifers were five EU-accredited Murray Greys, 329kg, from Lyntunga Props, Keith, making $1158 or $3.52/kg.
There were a number of lines of lighter heifers making more than $4/kg including 14 Angus, 335kg, from T-Bone Transport, Frances, that made $4.17/kg or $1400 and a further 19 from the same vendor weighing 297kg that made $4.07/kg or $1210.
IM&JA Pfitzner, Mundulla, sold 21 EU-accredited heifers, 321kg, for $4.20/kg or $1350 and Hilton Rural, Robe, sold 25 Pathfinder-blds, 330kg, for $4.09/kg or $1350.
Lakeside Simmental stud, Robe, sold 22 bull calves, 290kg, for $3.51/kg or $1018 to Creek Livestock.
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