PHOTO: Mosaic Farms had this great pen of Speckle Park grown heifers that was one of two pens that sold for a top of 582c/kg today. Nutrien Ag sold the pen which weighed an average of 424kg, returning $2465ph.
The first March Store Cattle Sale in Mortlake saw just shy of 2200 cattle yarded in what has been described as highly successful overall. Heavy grown steers weighing 520-560kg sold slightly stronger than last sale and made up to 580c/kg. The 450-500kg steers sold to similar rates of last sale, principally between 570-608c/kg, with the top pen of 35 Angus steers (469kg) on account of TB Merrett & BS Voigt selling for 608c/kg, returning $2852ph.
Heavy weaner and yearling steers mostly sold to similar rates of the February store sale. There was more competition locally for lighter steers which bolstered prices making them slightly dearer. Boortkoi Pastoral Company had the top c/kg pen of Angus weaner steers which sold for 816c/kg, returning $1734ph, while Maneroo Farms sold a pen of 218kg Angus weaner steers in Open Auction for $1850ph, which equates to 848c/kg.
Heavy grown heifers sold very well and they were firm to slightly dearer. DJ, CF & RJ Gordon had a pen of 10 Angus grown heifers weighing 540kg which returned $2711ph.
Weaner heifers 340-380kg were cheaper this sale despite active bidding from AuctionsPlus on this weight of heifers which helped to boost competition. The top pen was a draft of Angus X weaner heifers on account of Silverhill Angus which sold for 760c/kg, returning $1615ph.
Heavy cross-bred cattle sold very well, with a pen of Wagyu X steers making 528c/kg, returning just under $2500ph on account of MG & LE Hunt, while some of the secondary cross-bred cattle sold slightly cheaper than last month.
The best presented pen of steers was awarded to Gillon McLachlan for 16 Angus grown steers that made 595c/kg, returning $2821ph, while Evans Farming Group was awarded the best presented pen of heifers for their 14 Angus weaner heifers that sold for 532c/kg, returning $1862ph.
Congratulations to all vendors, agents and buyers on another successful sale and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the next store sale in a fortnight on Thursday 17th March.