AN unprecedented 9000 young black cattle will be sold at Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange in just two days this week.
The annual weaner sales, which begin at the Barnawartha saleyards on Thursday, are expected to be a boon for beef producers.
"There'll be 9000 angus cattle sold over Thursday and Friday, nowhere else is going to get those numbers,” said Corcoran Parker director Trevor Parker, who will sell about 50 pens for vendors on Friday.
"It's the biggest yarding of black cattle in Victoria and possibly the biggest yarding of black cattle over the eastern seaboard, to sell 9000 black cattle over two days is significant … it's going to be very, very solid.
"We've been very fortunate that northern and eastern NSW, the Hunter region of NSW and southern Queensland have had good rains leading into these sales, we're getting solid inquiries.”
While many vendors sold weaners usually destined for the January sales late last year, Mr Parker does not expect a reduced yarding, as seen elsewhere this week.
“We sold a number of calves in November and December that normally would get held back until the January sales but I think the strength of Wodonga as a cattle market centre means it draws other cattle to us and our numbers will be every bit as big as last year, if not bigger,” he said.
"A lot of people who sold prime cattle during the spring peak turn off period of September, October, November sold their cattle from anywhere between $1700 to $2200 so they're in a position to restock, and they're going to have to spend $1100 to $1200 because that's what the lead of the calves are going to make.
"There'll be very few steer calves sold for under $1000.”
The sales start at 10.30am.