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BY ALISHA FOGDEN
PLENTIFUL green throughout the
Adelaide Hills lifted prices at the
Strathalbyn store cattle market last
, Kangaroo Island, stock
dominated the market, with a pen of 16
Angus steers (Balquhidder) receiving the
sale top of $620 a head.
The stations' part-owner
was happy with most prices he received
for the 140 head offered, which also
included Balquhidder Shorthorn heifers
making to $450.
Cygnet Park Angus steers
sold to $575, and Angus
heifers made to $490.
The top heifer price of $505 went to a
pen of 13 Murray Greys from
KI, bought by
Compass, while a second pen of 14
made $475, and a third pen sold for
A complete mob dispersal was offered
, Mt Barker, who
were shifting to a sheep operation.
They sold eight Angus steers for $590;
seven Angus first-calvers for $450; while
16 Angus cows (fourth calvers) made
The first pen of the day, five Shorthorn
were bought for $585 by
, Keith, sold 13 Shorthorn
steers for $555, with 12 seconds making
Creek, sold eight Angus steers for $590;
seven Angus heifers for $470; and eight
Murray Grey heifers for $485.
, Mt Barker, sold nine
British-bred yearling steers for $555, and
, Echunga, sold
nine Hereford Simmental-cross, April-May
09-drop steers for $410.
, Macclesfield, sold
seven Murray Grey-cross steers for $570
and eight heifers for $470.
Other notable steer prices received
sold 15 Murray Grey steers for $570 to
Birdwood, who sold eight Angus steers
for $575 to
, Meadows, sold six
Murray Grey steers for $525 to
Top cow and calf units went to
Broken Hill, who sold four Shorthorn
cows with calves for $1020/hd.
Plentiful feed boosts cattle prices
STRATH TOPPER: Peter Murray (pictured
with farm managers Antony Mulder and
Wayne Biddle) attended the Strathalbyn store
sale to see what prices he received for his
stock from Balquhidder Station, Parawa, and
Cygnet Park, Kangaroo Island. Angus steers
from Balquhidder sold to the sale top price of
$620, while Shorthorn heifers made to $450.
Angus steers from Cygnet Park sold to $575,
while Angus heifers made to $490. Wayne is
the farm manager at Balquhidder, and Antony
manages three of Peter's farms on Kangaroo
Yarding: 650 plus
Steers to $620, heifers to $505
Cow, calf units to $1020
BREEDER BUYS: Local buyer Alysia Wagenknecht (pictured with six-month-old son Cooper)
bought eight Murray Grey heifers from Adelaide Turbo Services, Currency Creek, for $485/head
at the Strathalbyn market. It was the first time the Wagenknechts have bought heifers to use as
breeders on-farm, to feed on left-over hay from last year.
Strath steers continue to consolidate
BY MIRANDA KENNY
WEANER heifers rose by $30 to $50 a head
at the Strathalbyn store cattle sale in
The yarding of 650 cattle was sold to a
large gallery of buyers -- with steers also
firm in price.
Landmark's Richard Snoswell said recent
good rains in most of the State had put
plenty of grass in paddocks.
"Purchasers were keen from the outset to
take advantage of this as we are shaping up
to have the best spring for several years," he
"It was pleasing to see the gap between
steer and heifer prices close up as it had
been too large."
Well bred weaner steers made $1.80 to
$1.90 a kilogram .
Heifers made $1.60-$1.70/kg.
Elders auctioneer Darrell Sims said it was a
solid sale throughout, especially on
"These were keenly sought after by
restockers with feed in the paddock," he
"Even with recent downturns in prime sale
prices, feeders have been well rewarded by
purchasing well bred steers to resell to feed-
lotters at 420-500kg."
Cattle came from areas ranging from Keith,
Kangaroo Island and Port Augusta.
RW Nutt & Sons, Pandurra, Pt Augusta, 27
Poll Hereford steer weaners, for $465 to
Hill Top View, Waitpinga, sold 11 18-month-
old Poll Hereford/Friesian cross steers for
Roberts, Kangaroo Island, 12 Red Angus
Steers $530 to $565
Balquiddher Station, Parawa, sold 19 Angus
steer weaners for $535, 30 Shorthorn
weaners for $490, 19 Angus heifer weaners
for $500 and 22 Shorthorn weaner heifers
Willoway sold 10 Angus weaners for $595
and 13 Murray Grey weaner steer for $545.
Bates Holdings sold 17 Poll Hereford steers
BK&M Vowles sold 11 Angus heifers for
American Beach sold nine Angus steers for
Yarding: 650 cattle
Steers to $575
Heifers to $500
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