Heavy steers at Wodonga sell to $1920

Tim Robinson, Paull and Scollard Nutrien, Wodonga, quoted the Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange store cattle sale at Wodonga last Thursday as "fully firm on last sale". Photo: Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange

Tim Robinson, Paull and Scollard Nutrien, Wodonga, quoted the Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange store cattle sale at Wodonga last Thursday as "fully firm on last sale". Photo: Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange

Values continued to be firm on current prices for the 1582 head, the majority of which were black weaner steers, at the Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange, Wodonga, store sale last Thursday.

Although there were some excellent pens on offer, Tim Robinson, Paull and Scollard Nutrien, Wodonga, reported a very strong market, "fully firm on last sale."

"The cattle were not quite as good as last month although there were less lighter weights this sale," he said.

"There were a lot of smaller lines but they were in good condition." Mr Robinson said buyers paid at least 400 cents a kilgram or better to buy the lightweight types.

"There was very good local competition, with commission buyers operating with orders from afar," he said.

Brett Shea, Elders Wodonga, said there was a lot of restocker activity particularly for the better Angus heifers which could be joined and ready for sale next year.

"We saw heifers make as much, if not more per kilo, than their brothers," he said.

Values for steers less than 300kg ranged from $855 to $1375, while those under 400kg varied from $1320 to $1600 and more than 400kg sold from $1590 to $1920.

Indicative sales included 10 Angus-cross steers weighing 342.5kg sold by R.D and H.A Green, Dederang, Victoria, for $1460: Schoen Pastoral, Corowa, sold 33 Angus-cross steers weighing 255.3kg for $1220 and Dalander Pty Ltd, Myrtleford, Vic, sold two Hereford-cross steers, 336kg, for $1210.

Tararu Pastoral Co, Barnwartha, Vic, sold 29 Angus weighing 313kg for $1455 while Kywanna Pastoral Co, Thurgoona, sold 17 Angus weighing 310kg for $1375.

In the heavier pens, WF and JW Beer, Mayrung, received $1775 for their 22 yearling Herefords weighing 465.2kg; their second pen of six Hereford cross steers weighing 416.7kg sold for $1520 and J.P and E.R Pethybridge, Whorouly South, Vic, got $1620 for their Angus cross yearling steer weighing 515kg.

In the heifer pens those weighing under 300kg sold from $960 to $1300; while those weighing under 400kg sold from $1250 to $1435 and pens of heifers over 400kg varied from $1500 to $1615.

Some indicative sales included 30 Angus heifers weighing 285kg sold account E.A Prowse, Euroa, Vic for $1300: 11 Blonde d'Aquitaine heifers weighing 322kg, EU-accredited sold by N and I Grant, Deniliquin, and 16 Angus heifers weighing 308kg sold by R.E and E.D Smith, Rennie, for $1385.

Limited cows with calves were offered and sold from $2410 to $1830. Six Angus-cross first calf cows sold by Calool Company, Wodonga, made $1830.

Wodonga selling agents were Elders and Paull and Scollard Nutrien.