STRATHALBYN once again yarded a strong run of cattle from local and Kangaroo Island vendors, with steer prices topping at $1265 on Friday.
Minnawarra RL Willing, Parawa, achieved the top steer price for 12 March-drop Angus steers.
A total of 1100 head were yarded and Landmark Strathalbyn auctioneer Bradley Walker said the prices were above what agents had anticipated.
“The prices were better than we may have thought, but on par to the South East prices,” he said.
“People have sold their heavy cattle out and are buying back in.”
Elders Strathalbyn branch manager Danny Reynolds said steers in generally good condition averaged about $3.20 a kilogram to $3.23/kg, with heifers fully firm in the $2.90/kg to $3/kg range.
“The buying gallery was well supported by local Adelaide Hills agents in particular, with considerable interest also from the Upper South East and Thomas Foods International,” he said.
Kangaroo Island vendors were once again in strong attendance with BA&DJ Paxton, Kingscote, selling seven March/April-drop Murray Grey steers for $1190.
Also from Kingscote, Camelback Pastoral yarded 17 March/April-drop Pathfinder-blood Angus steers, which sold for $1190.
Its second pen of steers, also March/April-drop Pathfinder-blds, sold for $1125.
RJ Baker, Woodside, sold 10 February/March-drop Stoney Point-blds for $1130, while GP Securities, Second Valley, had 16 March/April-drop Angus make the same price.
Fleurieu Angus, Parawa, yarded multiple pens, with its top price pen of 21 March/April-drop Angus steers selling for $1135.
Megavue, Mosquito Hill, offered 20 March/April-drop Angus, that made $1080.
In the heifer section, Murray Bridge vendor Bridgeland Park sold 10 April/May-drop Angus weighing 373 kilograms for $1110 to TFI.
Fleurieu Angus sold 14 March/April-drop Angus heifers for $1090, while GP Securities also sold 14 March/April-drop Angus for $1060.
Dalman, Yankalilla, offered 11 March/April-drop 330kg Angus, which sold for $990. AW Ness & KJ Murray, Parndana, sold 13 March/April-drop Simmental-Angus heifers for $930, while their second pen of 17 sold for $860.
In the cows with calves at-foot section, McDouall Peak Station, McDouall, sold 33 mixed-aged cows with 33 CAF for $1410.
The next sale will be on February 5, and is already fully booked.
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