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By ALISTAIR LAWSON
CONSTANT rain had little effect on
buyer turnout at the Strathalbyn store
cattle sale late last month in which
heavier weight steers and heifers remained
firm on previous weeks.
The Elders and Landmark joint sale yarded
1100 cattle, with stock coming from Kangaroo
Island, Adelaide Hills, Mid North and Upper
South East breeders.
While the line-up of heavyweight steers and
heifers was good, the lighter weights lacked
the type and breeding of previous offerings,
and prices eased to between $30 and $40.
The top pen of the day was from Konda
Nominees, which had seven Limousin steers
snapped-up by T&R Pastoral’s Peter Bond at
Mr Bond had a very strong day, particularly
in regard to well-bred Angus steers and heifers
with weight for domestic kill, purchasing more
than 40 per cent of the cattle on offer at the
Other buying support came from Darren
Maney, TDC Penola. Attending the Strathalbyn
markets for the first time this selling season, he
bought about 100 head.
Firgrave Pty Ltd was another vendor with
strong pens, selling 13 Angus steers to $805.
Rob Bowman, Orroroo, also had a strong pen,
selling 31 steers to a top of $800, which were
again bought by T&R.
PI&GK Florance sold their nice line of
Murray Grey-cross steers to T&R for $750.
The ease in lightweight prices meant that
some Adelaide Hills restockers were able to
buy, which had not been the case in previous
AE Tarca & Co sold the top pen of Angus
steer weaners for $790 to T&R.
Firgrave Pty Ltd also had the top pen of
Angus-cross heifer yearlings, selling 12 to
B&W Heath at $808.
Elders Strathalbyn auctioneer Darrell Sims
said numbers at the sale were pretty standard
despite the rain.
“Tops of the cattle were very good but it did
dip away more back into the lighter cattle,
which were around the second or third draft,”
Mr Sims said.
Landmark Strathalbyn auctioneer Bradley
Walker said it was a strong sale but lacked “the
same buzz on previous weeks’ sales”.
“We had a little bit of extra buying support
from Pinnaroo, Snowtown and Penola, but the
Adelaide Hills grazier orders weren’t quite as
strong. This normally underpins the feedlot-
ters,” Mr Walker said.
The next Strathalbyn sale will be held on
One of the vendors at the sale, Graham Day,
yarded 14 heifers and 14 steers, both lots pre-
dominantly Angus-Murray Grey cross.
Graham’s steers made $715 while his heifers
Graham said he was pleased with the result,
as the steers went better than what he thought.
Heavier cattle remain
firm at Strath market
At the Strathalbyn markets,
Southcote Shorthorns offered 14
PTIC heifers due from mid-June
that sold for $1200 a head. The
successful purchaser, Simmone
Berecry, will now have the
opportunity to select a
complimentary 'E' drop bull from
Southcote Shorthorns. Pictured is
Southcote manager Anthony Green
with Landmark account manager
livestock Mick Newman. Anthony
said he hoped to make the bull
giveaway an annual thing and saw
it as a good promotion for the
◗ Joint yarding of 1100
◗ T&R snaps-up Limo steers
◗ Strong sale lacks ‘buzz’
By MIRANDA KENNY
PRICES were scorching hot at the Mount
Pleasant annual weaner sale with records
smashed for store steer and heifer calves.
Steers sold to $880, with last year’s top
price vendors Bill and Annette Cameron,
Tinline Park Mount Torrens, again successful
in topping the market with their 16
Pathfinder-blood Angus calves, March-drop
and weaned a month before, selling to Simon
Rowe, Princess Royal Station, Burra.
A further line of their eight steers made
$795 and six heifers sold to $660.
The $880 top price was up $250 on last
year’s highs of $630.
Overall, the yarding averaged $681, up
$178 from 2010.
This year’s yarding was down, with only
500 weaners sold, compared with 1040 last
Heifers topped at $730 for a line of 17 well-
grown Murray Grey heifers sold by Bruce
Munday, Dairy Springs, Tungkillo. April-
drops, they were by Willalooka bulls and out
of cows bought from Greg and Kelly Fisher,
Clover Ridge, Marcollat, and were sold
straight off their mums to Princess Royal.
Mr Munday also sold Murray Grey steers to
Landmark Anderson & Fawcett Mt Pleasant
agent Colin Fawcett said prices at the sale
were in line with recent South East sales.
“The quality was exceptional and average
weights of cattle were also up,” he said.
Volume vendor Tom Mugford, Mugford
Pastoral, Mount Crawford, was ecstatic with
the prices his 72 black Angus-Simmental
steers and heifers made, topping at $860 for
steers and $570 for heifers. His 17 Murray
Grey steers sold to $730 and seven Murray
Grey heifers made $595.
Mr Mugford, who also works for Landmark
Mt Pleasant, believed the Lancaster-blood
weaners averaged 350 kilograms.
At seven to eight months, the weaners had
also had vitamin injections, pink-eye vaccina-
tions and were unweaned.
R Prance, Mt Torrens, sold six Angus steers
at $850 to Princess Royal.
B&V Duldig, Mt Pleasant, sold five Murray
Grey steers to $720 and five heifers to $575.
DC&ST Holt, Eden Valley, sold nine Poll
Hereford steers at $700 and three crossbreds
Rondenella, Mt Torrens, sold four Murray
Grey steers to $695 and four heifers to $560.
Altogether, 65 buyers registered for the sale,
with most of the cattle going to graziers and
feedlotters on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Yorke
Peninsula, Mid North, Adelaide Hills, Murray
Flats and Murraylands.
Princess Royal was the volume buyer of the
day, taking home 160 to 170 weaners from
the Mt Pleasant and the MacLachlan family’s
Pewsey Vale and Koraleigh on-property sale
later that day.
◗ Steers sell to $880
◗ Heifers top at $730
◗ Quality ‘exceptional’
Princess Royal volume buyer at
'scorching hot' Mt Pleasant sale
By MIRANDA KENNY
PRICES were at record levels for weaner cattle at
the MacLachlan family’s Pewsey Vale and
Koraleigh on-property sale.
Steers sold to $855, almost $250 more than
the top price last year.
Held directly after the record-breaking Mount
Pleasant weaner sale, the sale at the
MacLachlan’s Mount Crawford property was
buzzing. Bidders were keen to take home the
314 European Union-accredited March/April,
2010-drop calves on offer.
The top pen of 43 Pewsey Vale Poll Hereford
steers, which were also the first pen sold, made
$2.44 a kilogram, and sold to Simon Rowe,
Princess Royal Station, Burra.
Princess Royal also took home the next 34
Poll Hereford steers for $785.
Steers averaged $763.10, with lightweight
steers averaging up to $2.50/kg.
Alastair MacLachlan said he was happy with
prices, although they were still below the $1570
State record that Pewsey Vale PTIC heifers made
in 2001 at Strathalbyn.
The yarding was down by 226 from last year’s
sale, because of a dispersal of some of the herd.
Pewsey Vale manager Peter Marschall said
there were still 100 March/April-drop calves they
planned to sell in autumn.
All the Ravenswood, Allendale and
Heatherdale-blood calves had been drenched
and were weaned in late December.
Landmark Strathalbyn took 28 Poll Hereford
steers at $745.
Landmark Kadina picked up the first pen of
Koraleigh Poll Hereford steers at $655 and a fur-
ther nine Pewsey Vale Poll Hereford steers at
Heifers topped at $800 and av $748.52 .
The top price heifers were a line of 23 Poll
Herefords sold to Adrian Lamp, Austral Meat.
Black baldy heifers made $585 to $785.
Bidders push steers to $855 at Mt Crawford
Bruce Munday, Dairy Springs, Tungkillo, sold
the top price heifer weaners at $730 for a line
of 17 well-grown Murray Greys. The April-drop
heifers, by Willalooka bulls and out of cows
bought from Greg and Kelly Fisher, Clover
Ridge, Marcollat, were sold straight off their
mums, to Princess Royal. Mr Munday also sold
Murray Grey steers to $835.
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