IT was another dream day for cattle sellers at the PPHS Weaner and Feeder sale held at the Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange on Thursday last week.
Close to 5000 weaner and yearling steers, and heifers, were yarded by PPHS, with the sole agency sale grossing $10.8 million.
Weaner steers weighing in excess of 400 kilograms sold from $5.47/kg to $6.38/kg, with 350kg-400kg steers making $6.02/kg-$6.84/kg.
Those in the 300kg-350kg bracket reached $7.48/kg with the majority making $6.80-$7.20/kg, 250kg-300kg steers made $6.89-$7.78/kg and those under 250kg were knocked down for$7.35-$7.86/kg.
PPHS auctioneer Josh Manser said rates were in line with that of last week's multi-agency weaner sale, with their clients "stoked" with the outcome.
"We're pleased for the vendors that entrusted our company to sell their livestock and were impressed by their efforts over 12 months to present their calves in such good condition and weight-for-age," he said.
"We're pleased they've been rewarded for it with strong prices."
Mr Manser said while there was strong local buying demand, they were swamped by insatiable interstate demand.
"We had two major feedlotters buying the heavier cattle to go straight onto feed," he said.
"Then there was a big run of black and coloured calves that were going out to grass in regions right up to NSW - NSW was a big operator all day."
Mr Manser said there was a slight premium for EU-eligible cattle.
The sale's top price of $2720 was paid for yearling steers from Eldra Pastoral, Naracoorte, and Wimberina Partnership, Penola.
The 22 Bendulla and Eldra-blood, May/June 2020-drop Poll Herefords from Eldra averaged 525kg and the price equated to $5.18/kg, while Wimberina's 14 September/October 2020-drop Angus' weighed 490kg and equated to $5.55/kg.
Weaner steers sold to $2620 or $6.04/kg for 27 EU-eligible Angus-crosses, av 434kg, from Old Fairview, Lucindale, who also received $2550 or $6.38/kg for 33 Angus steers, av 400kg.
Knocked down for $2540 or $6.65/kg to Thomas Foods International were 28 Glatz-bld Angus steers, av 382kg, from GS&TD Parker, Kingston.
A feature of the sale were large runs of quality Angus steers and heifers from Maaoupe Downs Cattle Company, Maaoupe, and P&K Bryson, Keppoch.
Maaoupe Downs' heaviest pen of 22, 402.5kg Nampara and Lawsons-bld steers realised $2540 or $6.30/kg, while their lightest pen of 23, 322kg Rennylea-bld steers reached $2360 or $7.33/kg.
In total, the vendor sold 207 steers and averaged $2450, while their 50 heifers averaged $2242.
The Brysons sold 310 steers for a $2402 average, with the lightest pen of 269kg Stoney Point and Bull Oak Well-bld steers among the highest rates paid on a dollars a kilogram basis at $7.51/kg or $2020.
SK&CJ Tierney, Naracoorte, received $2100 or $7.78/kg for their 17 JB Angus-bld steers, av 270kg, with Napier Pastoral making $2160 or $7.66/kg for 32 Stoney Point and Mandayen-bld Angus steers, av 282kg.
Curve defiers included 26 Boonaroo-bld Angus steers, av 319kg, from CP&LM Iredell, Pigeon Ponds, Vic, which made $2350 or $7.37/kg, and 34 Hazeldean-bld EU-eligible Angus steers, av 321kg, from Trevange, Naracoorte, which made $2350 or $7.32/kg.
Heifers topped at $2350 or $6.20/kg for 23 Nampara and Lawsons-bld Angus, av 379kg, from Maaoupe Downs Cattle Company.
The majority of 350kg plus heifers sold in the $5.70-$6.30/kg range, while those weighing 300-350kg made $5.90-$6.60 with an exceptional pen reaching $6.84/kg.
Most heifers in the 250-300kg range realised rates of $6.60-$7.10/kg, while the limited selection of heifers under 250kg sold from $7/kg all the way to $8.40/kg.
Eleven August/September 2020-drop Murray Greys, av 424kg, from PJ&PA Langeluddecke, Naracoorte, reached $2260 or $5.33/kg, while 16 Poll Herefords, av 440kg, from Wytwarron Pty Ltd, Apsley, Vic, made $2250 or $5.11/kg.
Twenty-six Ben Le-bld Angus heifers, av 251kg, from Hunter Bros, Avenue Range, made $1790 or $7.13/kg, while five Nampara-bld Angus, av 218kg, made $1550 or $7.11/kg for Jak Pastoral, Apsley, Vic.
A pen of 21 Pathfinder-bld EU Angus heifers, av 292kg, from Heathdale Pty Ltd, Stewart Range, fetched $1980 or $6.87/kg.
PPHS is holding an Angus feature female sale on December 16, while they will also be yarding steers and heifers in the weaner sales on January 6 and January 7.
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