Wodonga cows and calves hit $1800

Denise and Michael Burke (right), Marong, Conargo, NSW, with their daughter Denise Langford and son Dan Burke dispersed their Angus breeding herd at Wodonga store sale last Friday after breeding cattle for 27 years.CONFIDENCE rolled on at the Albury-Wodonga independent agent’s store sale last Friday where cow and calf outfits hit $1800.

Strong competition for the yarding of more than 3600 head came mostly from the North East, Upper Murray and as far as Gippsland.

Locals provided the buying strength while processors and feedlots were active throughout the sale, with a number of heifers going into Tasmania and South Australia.

The sale opened with Michael and Denise Burke’s Marong Angus breeding herd, dispersed after selling their NSW property at Conargo.

Keen interest and strong competition for 248 cows with August/September drop calves at foot (CAF) saw prices hit a top of $1800 for second calvers and average $1624 for the offering of 2-7 year-old cows.

Bruce Elliott, Elders Yea, picked up the first three pens and paid the top price, while the rest were snapped up by Elders Bendigo, Echuca, Albury, Landmark Wangarratta and Bruce Alleyn, Tumbarumba, NSW.

It was a solid sale from start to finish according to Peter Ruaro, Peter Ruaro Livestock, Wodonga, and said “cockies” looking for cattle less than 300 kilograms found it near on impossible.

“Grown steers made every bit as much as they are marking in the fat pens, even more,” he said.

Dale Childs, Brian Unthank Rodwell, Albury, NSW, said lighter steers were $10-20 dearer on the last sale, while heavier steers sold to similar rates.

The grown steer yarding made to $945 for eight Shorthorn steers, Spry blood offered by Thomas B Cottrell, Mountain Creek.

Interest in the heifer yarding was just as strong, with quality breeding lines highly sought after.

West Gippsland producer, Peter Ridgway, Officer, paid $902 or 255c/kg through Rodwells Pakenham for 48 Angus heifers, from a nucleus of Barwidgee cows, offered by Michael Knox, Eastgate Pastoral Co, Table Top, NSW.

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