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BY MIRANDA KENNY
WHILE prices for heavy cattle
dropped by $10 to $20 a head,
heifers were up at Strathalbyn
market on February 5.
Landmark auctioneer Richard Snoswell
said heifers were a "touch dearer" and
lighter cattle, in the 200-300kg weight
range, were "very firm" in price.
"It was a good, solid sale, perhaps with
heavy steers slightly cheaper than a
fortnight earlier, but lighter steers and
heifers remained firm," he said.
The yarding of 1100 cattle came from
Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills,
Fleurieu Peninsula, the Upper South East
and the Mid North.
Elders auctioneer Darrell Sims said
steer weaners remained firm in price,
with well-bred blacks making from $540
to $600 or an estimated $1.70-$1.75/kg.
Heavy steer weaners at 400kg, 11 to 12
months, were $1.50/kg.
"Heavier older steers were easier but
the cattle were unattractive," Mr Sims
These made $1.35-$1.40/kg.
The top price steers were sold by
Leith and Lynton Dabinett, Sunnybrae,
Pinnaroo, who offered seven Roseleigh-
blood, 12-14-months, paddock-fed, Angus
steers for $675.
Silvaglen, Mount Compass, sold 14
Angus steer weaners at $600.
AD,CJ&B Tucker, Strathalbyn, sold 13
Angus steer yearlings at $600.
R&J Jones, Kangaroo Island, sold 13
Angus steer yearlings at $595.
MS&J Overell, Woodside, sold 22 Angus
steer weaners for $500-$510.
SJ Childs, KI, sold 21 Charolais cross-
steer weaners at $575 and 30 heifers for
HP Cope, KI, sold 12 Murray Grey steer
weaners at $500.
Redgum Plains, Mount Pleasant, sold 17
Poll Hereford steers at $510.
QCS&CC Willson sold 11 Murray Grey
and Angus steers for $520-$525.
Carol and David Warwick, Holowiliena
South, Craddock, sold 19 Poll Hereford-
Murray Grey steers, eight to 10-months,
Daniel Turner, Gumcreek Marron Farm,
Cygnet River, Kangaroo Island, sold 42
Angus-Hereford steers to $530 and
heifers to $405.
Heifer weaners averaged $10 more
than last time.
"There are buyers in the market
looking for heifers that will join up in
May to June, who are prepared to pay
$500 or a bit more," Mr Sims said.
Lightweight heifers made $450-$470.
MA Gebhardt, Burra, sold 11 Murray
Grey heifers at $520 and eight Angus
heifers at $515.
Richard Young, Parndana, Kangaroo
Island, sold 12 Murray Grey heifers at
$435 and another 25 for $410.
Tantallon,Woodside, sold seven Angus
heifers at $435.
Heifers up $10/hd at
ISLAND SALE: Daniel Turner, Gumcreek Marron Farm, Cygnet River, Kangaroo Island, sold 42
Angus-Hereford steers and heifers at the Strathalbyn market. Steers sold to $530 and heifers to
FIRST TIMER: Despite having traded cattle for most of his 85 years, Ron Beswick, Beswick &
Sons, Loxton (pictured with Landmark Loxton's Dean Connelly) bought cattle from Strathalbyn
market for the first time on Friday.. Ron bought 25 Murray Grey steers to $490 at the sale.
SALE TOPPERS: Leith and Lynton Dabinett, Sunnybrae, Pinnaroo, sold the top price pen of
seven Roseleigh-blood, 12-14-months, paddock fed, Angus steers at $675 at Strathalbyn
market. The father and son decided to sell at the Adelaide Hills sale after Landmark Pinnaroo
agent Michael Foster advised them to sell there. Usually they sell at Naracoorte, but were very
pleased they took his advice.
Compass sale steers up to $2.75/kg
BY MIRANDA KENNY
CATTLE prices rose, with heavy feeder
steers topping at $2.75/kg at Mount
Compass market on March 3.
Prostock's Kym Endersby said an overall
shortage of cattle meant the market
strengthened "quite a bit".
The yarding of 410 was a similar number to
last week, with good trade calves up 20c/kg
to $2.20/kg, and most more than $2/kg.
Cows were up 10c/kg, to $1.35/kg.
Heavy steers were up 10c/kg to $2.75/kg
and grassfed heifers were up 10c/kg to
Chesso & Stephenson, Wellington, sold a
heifer av 345kg at $2.20/kg or $759/hd.
CW&BM Cawthorne, Port Elliott, sold a
Hereford-cross cow av 497kg at $1.30/kg or
PC&GH Jervis, Middleton, sold a Friesian-
Hereford steer av 590kg at $1.61/kg or
T&S Krichauff, Delamere, sold a Murray
Grey heifer av 235kg at $2.02/kg or $474/hd.
DSM Wulf, Port Pirie, sold two black steers
av 407kg at $1.99/kg or $810/hd; a milk
heifer av 390kg at $2.02/kg and a red steer
av 410kg at $1.82/kg or $746/hd.
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