PHOTO: Gerard (left) and Peter Ryan of ‘Ryan Pastoral’ with the best presented pen of steers which were their Angus weaner steers that Southern Grampians Livestock sold for 678c/kg, returning $2571ph. They sold 264 cattle all up with their steers topping at 772c/kg and their heifers topping at 732c/kg.
Agents yarded just over 5300 cattle for the November store sale in Mortlake, which kicked off in blustery conditions. The cows & calves started off the sale selling extremely well, with the better lines making $3500-$4350ph which was very solid.
Most lines of PTIC females received $2800-$3500ph with one outstanding sale of $4540ph for some Charolais X cows that were preg tested in calf.
The heavy grown steers weighing 520-560kg were 10-20c better than expected making 500-550c/kg. The steers weighing 450-510kg were fully firm on last month’s very strong sale making 540-584c/kg.
One charity heifer donated by the O’Keefe family to raise money for Movember and the Humans of Ag team sold for $5200 and was purchased by Will Richardson of Geelong. The rest of the heavy grown heifers were fully firm on last month’s strong sale at 460-540c/kg.
Weaner steers and heifers were dearer but in a better quality yarding. A couple of stand out sales were one pen of steers on account of Birriwindi that made 886c/kg at a weight of 240kg, and a line of heifers on account of Draffen Properties weighing 252kg that made 748c/kg.
Speaking to several backgrounders and feedlotters after the sale, they felt weaner cattle were significantly dearer than expected, steers by 30-60c/kg more than they were prepared to pay and heifers at 10-40c/kg more than they were prepared to pay so they were unsuccessful purchasers.
Cross bred cattle sold extremely well, with the heavy weights making 440-465c/kg while light-end Friesian steers sold for around 600c/kg.
The best presented pen of steers went to Ryan Pastoral for a great line of Angus weaner steers that sold for 678c/kg, returning $2571ph. The best presented pen of heifers was awarded to Kilkenny Pastoral for their line of Angus grown heifers that made 576c/kg, returning $2314ph.
Congratulations are also in order to the WVLX staff, WVLX agents and of course the vendors in conducting a very large sale and receiving outstanding results. Hope to see you all at the next sale on 2nd December.