PHOTO: Colin Cumming of Binalong Farms, Port Fairy sold 40 Angus grown steers today through Brian O’Hallaron & Co for 285-320c/kg, returning from $1491ph to $1615ph.

Yarding: 2,521

Agents yarded 2,521 head at the fortnightly Mortlake store cattle sale. The offering was made up of well bred cattle from the local Western Districts that varied from very good to average. Within the penning there were some well presented cattle in good condition for this late Winter time of year. Angus and Angus cross younger cattle took up the majority of the offering with two thirds of the yarding steers. A good sized crowd followed the sale made up of processors, feeders and restockers along with many spectators. Interested restockers came from close to the South Australian Border plus most parts of Victoria. The processors and feeders were also active at times for their suitable cattle. Overall the sale was of a slightly weaker trend with most sales averaging from 10c to 20c softer although some of the cattle in places did sell close to 30c/kg easier compared to a month ago.   

The light Angus steer weaners made from 120c to 262c, medium weights sold from 202c to 346c and the heavier well bred Angus steer weaners made from 270c to 354c/kg. The Hereford and British cross weaner steers mainly sold from 240c to 342c/kg. A few pens of European cross weaner steers made 145c to 240c/kg.The lighter weight Angus weaner heifers sold from 142c to 282c and the medium to heavy Angus heifer weaners made from 228c to 300c/kg. European cross weaner heifers during the market from 200 to 330kg lwt sold from 190c to 260c/kg. Angus cross and British bred cross heifer weaners made from 228c to 255c/kg.   

Angus yearling steers above 400kg lwt sold from 245c to 328c, British crosses made 266c to 316c and Hereford steers sold to 240c/kg. Medium weight European cross yearling steers were from 240c to 290c, Black Baldy steers made 295c to 308c and the Angus portion sold from 260c to 350c/kg. Good quality Angus and Black Baldy yearling heifers realized 240c to 298c/kg. The leaner and medium weight European cross yearling heifers made 190c to 288c and the Angus heifers sold mostly from 230c to 302c/kg. 

Market Report: Reproduced courtesy of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited (market reporter Tim Delaney).