Prices surprise on the up-side at Myrtleford

John Matheson, Whorouly South, topped the steer market at Myrtleford last week, with his pen of 16 steers, weighing 498 kilograms, selling to $940 or 188 cents/kg. PRICES were dearer than expected at the Myrtleford spring store cattle sale on Friday last week where about 800 cattle were yarded.

The Paull and Scollard sale attracted a solid turnout of buyers with many from the local area as well as further north and down to Gippsland.

Selling agent Dan Ivone said the sale was dearer than he anticipated.

“Cattle made more cents a kilogram than I had expected,” he said.

“We had two dispersals which contributed to our strong yarding. Both sold well.

“One vendor’s leased land was being sold and the other vendor was changing from a spring calving to an autumn calving. This seems to be a common trend in the area.”

The steer market was topped by John Matheson, Whorouly South.

Mr Matheson sold 19 steers, weighing 498 kilograms, to $940 or 188 cents a kilogram.

This was followed by a pen of 16 steers, 437kg, which sold to $895 or 204c/kg.

As a regular vendor at the saleyards, Mr Matheson was pleased with the price and said the steers made about 10c/kg more than he expected.

Mr Matheson runs Poll Herefords on his 285-hectare property and said it had been a good year.

The Hardy family, Miliwa, sold 80 steers, 437-498kg, from $835-$865.

Paul and Wendy Hardy and their daughter Rebecca were at the sale to see their steers make “spot on” what they were expecting.

The Hardy’s run about 300 cows on 400ha and are another local breeder who has a plenty of feed.

Other steer sales include G&P Ivone, who sold a pen of 18 steers, 458kg, to $925 or 201c/kg; S Robertson, Eurobin, sold 18 steers to $845; K&J Goonan, Mudgegona, sold eight steers to $850; and Glenn Coffee, Mohyu, sold 18 steers to $790.

In the heifer section, prices topped at $780 for T&K Harrington, Whorouly, who went on to sell another pen of 14 heifers at $700.

S Robertson, Eurobin, sold 12 heifers to $760; P Morrison and Sons, Barwidgee Creek, sold heifers to $690; and A Robertson, Rosewhite, sold 11 heifers to $678.

There was a good yarding of females and calves on the day with prices making from $950-$1680.

IBP, Myrtleford, topped the cow and calf market, selling 24 cows/calves from $1640-$1680.

Pine View, Whorouly, sold 14 cows and calves from $1460-$1640.

PTIC heifers sold to a top of $980, which was achieved by Woolshed Valley Meats from Beechworth.

G Cundy, Myrtleford, sold 26 PTIC heifers from $860-$960.

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