PHOTO: This pen of Angus grown heifers on account of PM & AM Rentsch topped the section at 654c/kg under the Elders Kerr & Co hammer, returning $2799ph at the March Store Sale.

Yarding: 4,803

There were nearly 5000 cattle yarded at Mortlake today, taking the month’s total store cattle to just short of 7000 head. Overall it was another very good quality yarding of cattle presented. 

Grown steers sold extremely well, mostly similar to last fortnight’s sale with some being 10-12c stronger. One highlight was some EU accredited Angus steers on account of JR & JM Murphy that Nutrien Ag sold for 624c/kg. With a weight of 508kg they returned $3168ph.

Most considered grown heifers to be stronger than last sale with heavy heifers making up to 654c/kg. This was for PM & AM Rentsch’s Angus draft weighing 428kg that Elders Kerr & Co sold, returning $2799ph. 

Once again weaner steers and heifers sold very well with the steers topping at 792c/kg and the heifers topping at 754c/kg. W Aitken had the draft of 31 Angus steers weighing 235kg that went under the Nutrien Ag hammer for 792c/kg, making $1860ph. Meanwhile PTR & KE Malseed had the pen of 11 Angus X heifers also weighing 235kg that JM Ellis & Co sold for 754c/kg, returning $1772ph. 

Also of note was a great pen 15 Angus weaner steers on account of Liewah Nominees that HF Richardson sold at open auction for $1860ph. Weighing 191kg, this equates to a very high 972c/kg!

PTIC Heifers topped at $3800ph for a draft of 31 Red Angus (across three pens) on account of Corangamite Park that Charles Stewart & Co sold, weighing between 627 to 704kg.  

There was a good yarding of cross-bred and friesian steers presented which all sold very well, similar to a fortnight ago. Something different offered this sale were some preg tested empty Hereford cows on account of CW Pastoral Co that were sold by HF Richardson for $1930ph, equating to 460c/kg.

Northern restocker and backgrounder buyers continued to provide strong competition, as did local purchasers and AuctionsPlus bidding. Our thanks to all the buyers,  vendors, agents and visitors for attending and we hope to see everyone again at the next sale in 2 weeks time on Thursday 7th April. 

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