Yarding: 4,472

It was an unusually warm day for the September store sale that saw plenty of people attend the yarding of just under 4500 head of cattle. 

Cows & calves made up to $4500 which was stronger than last sale, especially with the arrival of spring and plenty of grass coming on. Auctions Plus provided very strong competition, bidding on nearly every pen, with quite a few of these going back to Gippsland. 

The grown steers made up to 594c/kg, mostly making 520-594c/kg which were 10-15c/kg stronger than last sale. The majority of the grown steers went back to 3 or 4 feedlotters that are regulars at Mortlake’s store sales. 

The very light weaner steers were a bit cheaper this time, however the medium weight weaners were 10-15c/kg stronger than last month with the top pen of weaner steers making 848c/kg. Most of the weaner steers went all across the state to Gippsland, Colac, Camperdown, Warrnambool, locally and a few to South Australia. 

Weaner heifers made up to 810c/kg which were also 10-15c/kg stronger with people putting them out to join while the grown heifers were 10c/kg dearer across the board than last sale. A lot of the weaner heifers were bought to join, with a couple of strong bidders from Gippsland, the Geelong area and another one from the north.

All in all a strong sale across the board and our congratulations to all the vendors on presenting their cattle in excellent condition. Our thanks also to all the buyers, agents and crowd for attending. Store sales return to twice a month from October on, with the first sale on Thursday 6th October. 

Market Report: Will Richardson from HF Richardson. Click HERE for full market report.