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BY MIRANDA KENNY
RICES were up significantly for
pregnancy-tested-in-calf females at
the recent Mount Pleasant market.
And it was Murray Grey cattle in
demand - with Darren Koopman, and his
parents Gerald and Jeanette, Bottlesford,
Tungkillo, selling the top priced, six
Willalooka-blood, two-year-old heifers,
PTIC to Willalooka and Monterey Murray
Grey bulls, at $1040.The second pen of
four rising 2yo from Koopmans sold for
The Koopmans sold another five cows,
6-8yo, for $880. All of the stock sold to
the same buyer, Graham Spears, High
Eden East, Eden Valley, who said he
bought the cattle because of the
Koopman family’s reputation for
producing quality stock and because he
only dealt in Murray Greys.
Bids came thick and fast for the
yarding of 575 cattle.
Landmark auctioneer Bill Warton, said
the sale was very good and exceeded
“Breeding cattle were in strong
demand, with some New South Wales
operators in the bidding at this market,”
“The sale was definitely a lot stronger
than the last sale in January.
“It was a very, very good sale.”
LP Ross & Son, Kersbook, sold the top
priced 10 PTIC Murray Grey cows, third
and fifth-calvers, at $990.
Regular sellers Keywyn Farms,
Keyneton, sold six Angus-Friesian heifers
with CAF for $880.
Tara Hills Pastoral,Tungkillo, sold 10
Poll Hereford cows with Murray Grey
CAF for $930 to local vealer producers
DG&DE Noblet, Birdwood.
LD&NR Lintern,Tungkillo sold six
mature age Santa Gertrudis cows, PTIC,
with three CAF at $920.
D Brown Pastoral, Mount Adam, sold 48
PTIC Angus heifers at $890 to Princess
Royal Station, Burra, and another
90 weaner Angus heifers to $475.
Sam White, Mt Pleasant, sold Angus
steers at $805
HG Pym & Son, Rockleigh sold Poll
Hereford steers to $810.
J&S Conte, Birdwood, sold four-month-
old Angus steers at $410 and heifers for
H&H Winter sold nine PTIC Angus
cows at $960.
MA Murray sold Angus heifers at $700.
Trade buyers were represented by T&R
Pastoral, Austral Meat and Two Brothers.
Rates skyrocket at
Mt Pleasant market
HAPPY VENDORS: Cattle sellers John and Sue Holt, Eden Valley, were happy with the price
they made for their nine Angus-Hereford and Poll Hereford cows, which sold to $870.
➤ Yarding: 575
➤ PTIC heifers to $1040
➤ PTIC cows to $990
➤ Cows and CAF to $930
Prices high at Strathalbyn in March
BY MEG MURDOCH
VENDORS at the Strathalbyn feature sale
enjoyed good returns with steers improving
more than $50 a head and heifers picking up
$30 from the February sale, in line with the
recent prime cattle price increase.
Buyers came from all over the State and
Broken Hill, while only a few cattle stayed
“Heifers were keenly sought with restockers
from the north paying to $545 on heifer
yearlings,” Elders livestock manager at
Strathalbyn, Darrell Sims said. “$450
appeared to be the base price on heifers.”
There was a good line up of heavier steer
weaners and yearling prices started at more
than $700 for Black Angus at 12 months of
Heavier weaners sold from $650 and black
and grey steer calves between 270 and 280
kilograms live sold from $550 to $620.
Peter Bond from T&R Pastoral had a large
buying order, snapping up more than 300
head, while Tungali Feedlot, Sedan, secured
feeder steers at the heavier end.
Partacoona Station, Hawker, featured at the
sale selling 340 weaners as part of the
station’s annual sell-off.
“These cattle presented very well with the
Hereford steers fresher and heavier than the
Black Baldies,” Mr Sims said.
The lightest Poll Herefords made $545 to a
top of $625 for May/June drops and the
Baldies sold from $525 to $605 while the late
drops around 200 kg made $490.
Partacoona heifers made to $495 for Baldies
and the balance of Herefords and Baldies
made from $420 to $460, while the lighter
ones sold for $390 to $400.
Hereford cows with calves at foot reached
$1000 while old Poll Hereford cows in light
order made $800.
The next Strathalbyn feature sale is on
Friday, March 19th with 1200 head of cattle
➤ Steers $390 to $780
➤ Heifers $225 to $605
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