Strathalbyn heifers attract genuine interest

Strathalbyn heifers attract genuine interest

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Heifers on offer at the Strathalbyn feature cattle sale on Friday were met with much interest from an excellent turnout of genuine buyers.

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Yarding: 1000

Steers to $3.37/kg

Heifers to $2.87/kg

PTIC cows to $1750

Cows with CAF to $1050

THE Strathalbyn feature cattle sale on Friday was "stronger than expectation", according to Elders Strathalbyn's Danny Reynolds, with heifers attracting particularly good interest.

"The steer portion was approximately 15 cents a kilogram easier than the December sale, but the heifer job was fully firm," he said.

The top price in the steer offering of $1210 a head was made by a pen of three Angus steers weighing 433kg, from A Manning, Woodside, equating to $2.79/kg.

C&J Smerdon, Strathalbyn, sold eight 403kg Angus steers for $1165, or $2.89/kg.

Kangaroo Island vendor GT Roberts, American River, sold 24 Red Angus steers weighing 205kg at $690, or $3.37/kg, and also sold 17 heifers weighing 195kg at $560, or $2.87/kg.

Blackwood Park, Strathalbyn, made $1020 or $3.31/kg for 15 May/June-drop Angus steers weighing 308kg, while a second pen of 14 weighing 336kg made $1080, or $3.21/kg.

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DR Furnell, Ashbourne, offered a line of nine Angus steers weighing 336kg, which were knocked down at $1080, or $3.21/kg.

Landmark Strathalbyn's Bradley Walker said while steers had sold well at the previous few markets, it was pleasing to see the heifers also in demand.

"The heavy and lighter steers always sell well, there was a good group looking at those, but there was some genuine interest on the heifers too, and that probably lacked in the market (at Strathalbyn) before Christmas," he said.

C Manning, Meadows, sold five 386kg Angus heifers for the top heifer price per head of $970, or $2.51/kg.

Fleurieu Angus, Parawa, sold 15 Angus heifers weighing 342kg at $945, or $2.76/kg, as well as 19 weighing 306kg at $835, or $2.73/kg.

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A pen of five 228kg Hereford-Shorthorn-cross heifers from DI&JM Florance, KI, made $650, or $2.85/kg.

Kinnaird Grazing, Birdwood, made $1750 off a a quality line of 10 Angus cows pregnancy-tested in-calf to a black Simmental bull, while five Shorthorn cows with October/November 2019-drop calves-at-foot from Blackwood Park made $1050.

Buying support was mainly local, with a few feedlotters north of Adelaide as well as some Fleurieu graziers and Upper South East producers also showing interest.

The next Strathalbyn market will be held on January 24.

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