There was a total clearance of the 800 store cattle yarded at Tumut for the annual autumn sale on Wednesday, with local restockers particularly active.
The quality of the mostly black cattle was evident despite not being as finished as vendors might have liked due to the long dry period, but purchasers knew the cattle would perform once the season breaks.
Tyler Pendergast, auctioneer with G. J Hulm & Co, Wagga Wagga quoted the market as ‘strong’ with values on par for current demand.
“Vendors are happy, and the breeding quality showed despite the lack of feed,” he said.
Mr Pendergast thought the better pens of the steer weaners sold from 280 – 300 cents/kg while the demand for heifers created sales in the 250 – 270 cents/kg range.
Steer weaners sold from $860 to $520 with one pen of lightweight cattle sold for $390: and heifer weaners sold from $785 to $520.
A featured line of 40 Angus heifers, Hazeldean-blood and PTIC to Ireland Angus bulls on account Marravale Pastoral Co, sold for $1450 when purchased by the Johnstone family who have recently purchased property at Carabost.
Featured sales of steers included 15 Herefords, sold account P Webb for $860, while H. J and F. M Pendergast sold 14 black baldies for $850 and Col Morris, Brungle Creek sold 17 black baldy steers for $660.
Other sales of note included 12 Angus steers on account Ian Yeomans, Tumbarumba sold for $805, 20 Angus steers sold account Wayne Ford, Tumbarumba for $790 and 22 Charolais cross steers sold by B and J Shore, Tumbarumba for $760.
Sales of heifer weaners included nine Herefords sold by Hillview Pastoral Co for $785, while Col Morris sold nine Angus for $700 and 10 Limousin cross for $680.
Ellerslie Pastoral Co, Adelong sold 13 Murray Grey heifers for $570 and 14 Hereford heifers for $520 while Trevor Mortan, Rosewood sold ten black baldy heifers for $555.
Cows with calves in store condition sold to $1500 for the five Angus offered on account Marravale Pastoral Co, while B and J Shore, Tumbarumba sold five Murray Grey’s with second calves for $1210 and Hillview, Tumbarumba sold 11 Herefords, four years for $1170.
Besides strong interest from local restockers, successful purchasers came from Wagga Wagga, Wodonga and Griffith.
Selling agents were G. J Hulm and Co, Wagga Wagga.