THERE are high expectations for both quality and quantity in the line-up of cattle for Thursday’s second round of weaner sales at Barnawartha.
Corcoran Parker agent, David Meehan, said he expected numbers to be similar to last week’s first annual sale when almost 7000 head of cattle went under the hammer at the NVLX.
“If everyone gets their numbers it will be close to 7000 again,” Meehan said.
“Usually there is more blacks than coloureds but we look like we are going to have very similar numbers.
“We actually have got more cattle than previous years at our sale but with the merger of Paull & Scollard and Landmark it has helped swell the numbers.
“So really it’s probably similar to previous years where as a lot of people where expecting the numbers to be down.”
Due to a late, but good spring, cattle presented in a very good condition, with most of the steers weighing over 300kg liveweight. Most of the heifers were upward of 270kg.
“The numbers and the quality of the cattle last week were very good,” Meehan said.
“The weight of the calves has been as good as previous years where a lot of people thought they might of been a bit lighter.
“With the late, but good spring, it allowed people to finish their cattle off that little bit better.
“Prices were probably a shade down before Christmas but most of our vendors were very happy with the results last Thursday.
“I think most blokes think if they can get 300c/kg liveweight for a calf, they are going all right.”
The feature of the sale last week was the long line up of 2018 drop Angus steers, with weight ranging from 320 to 380kg liveweight.
A single pen of 15 Angus steers, offer by J&A Wallace, Porepunkah, weighed 473kg and sold for $1275, while many other steers sold from $1000 to $1190 per head.
The prices were buoyed by a good representation of buyers from as far north as Tamworth and Dubbo and Tasmania in the south.
The demand from Tasmania was strong for lighter weight steers, with some sales just over 360c/kg.
“With the buyers there was a lot of northern competition,” Meehan said.
“Probably the bigger cattle went north and the lighter cattle went south.
“There was 1000 cattle that went to Tasmania.
“We are very lucky because we are on the border where the north joins the south and that was proven once again on Thursday.”
While last week’s sale was for Angus cattle, Thursday will see Hereford, Euro and other breeds all go under the hammer.
It will also once again be conducted by agents from Elders, Corcoran Parker and Paull & Scollard Landmark.
Sale commences at 9am.
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