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EIFERS and lightweight steers rose by
as much as $50, and top-end steers
made significant gains at the
Strathalbyn feature cattle sale in March.
The Elders and Landmark joint sale yarded
650 cattle supplied from Kangaroo Island, the
Adelaide Hills, Mid North and Upper South
East, with most of the better-class steers and
heifers of a lighter weight.
Demand for Poll Hereford cattle was strong
and they sold at a similar rate to the Angus on
While the buying contingent at the sale was
slightly down, TDC Penola's Darren Maney was
keen from the outset as he snapped-up six of
the first seven pens on offer.
As the sale progressed he remained strong,
but more buyers upped their limits and took
heifers rise at Strath
PTIC cows to $1320
Angus heifer weaners to $800
Angus steer weaners to $850
By MIRANDA KENNY
VEALERS sold for a record price of $1050 at
the Landmark Anderson and Fawcett Mount
Pleasant market on March 16.
The two Poll Hereford-Red Poll milk vealer
steers, 11 months, at an estimated 440 kilo-
grams liveweight, were sold by Chris Bond,
Walker Flat, breaking the previous record of
$980 his mother set last year. Another two of
Chris' steers sold for $910.
Lambs also broke record prices, with M&M
Waechter, Light Pass, selling one crossbred
lamb for $200, breaking the previous record of
$198 set in February.
Close behind were 55 White Suffolk-cross
lambs, Paramount-blood, grain-fed, sold by
KM&MA Arnold, Harrogate, for $195.
Altogether the yarding of 65 cattle and 680
sheep and lambs sold for prices firm to above
the last sale.
The trade buyers bid strongly on all suitable
stock for kill, while store buyers bid keenly to
buy stock to turn onto green feed.
R Malone, Mount Crawford sold 30 cross-
bred lambs at $191 and hoggets to $178.
AP&KS Jaeschke sold February-shorn Merino
ewe lambs for $125.
The trade was well represented with Austral
Meat, T&R Pastoral, ALC, JB Swift, Holco and
local butchers AP Noske, Kangarilla and Two
Restockers came from Lameroo, Keith and
Crossbred lambs made $130 to $200.
Store lambs $105-$125.
Store Merino ewe lambs to $125.
Store Merion wether lambs to $99.
Mixed sex calves $380-$500.
Store calves $490-$630.
Milk vealers $650-$1050.
Trade steers $800-$1020
Trade heifers to $970
Cows to $1000
The next Mt Pleasant Market will be held on
Yarding: 65 cattle and 680 sheep and
Vealer steers to $1050
Trade heifers to $970
Trade steers to $1020
Cows to $1000
Crossbred lambs to $200
Store lambs to $125
Hoggets to $178
Records keep tumbling at Mt
Pleasant sheep, cattle market
Merv Read, Bute, with Landmark Kadina stock agent Mark Wilson at Strathalbyn.
Merv sold 82 Angus and Red Angus bred on-property. His steers topped at $815,
and $750 for his heifers, all of them averaging $712 for the day. Merv was happy
with the prices and said he had been selling his cattle at the Strath markets for the
past two years, because it was a "good market." He said he would now focus on
seeding in the coming months.
Chris Bond sold two Poll Hereford-Red Poll milk vealer steers, 11-months, at an estimated
440kg liveweight for $1050 -- breaking the record his mother set last year at $980. Another
two of Chris' steers sold for $910.
The top pen for the day was sold by Wangara
Properties at Eudunda, five Murray Grey steers
at $850 to T&R Pastoral's Peter Bond.
The Wangara cattle made strong prices,
steers averaging $797 and heifers av $771.
ME Nancarrow, Fitzroy, sold a pen of 11 Poll
Hereford-cross steers at $800, to TDC.
Burra Community School shared top-price
honours, with two steers at $850, to T&R.
Middlegrove Pastoral Co was another strong
vendor, selling 11 Angus steers at $820 to T&R
and seven Angus-cross heifers at $720.
Read Family Trust, Bute, sold 17 Red Angus
steers at $815 and five heifers at $760, to TDC.
Ichiban International, Kangarilla, sold nine
PTIC Murray Grey cows at $900, and D&M
Welsh, Wellington, sold nine PTIC Murray
Grey cows at $1320.
Landmark Strathalbyn auctioneer Bradley
Walker said it was a very strong sale under-
pinned by Darren Maney's influence, and was
also a sign that the end of the market season
"Quality-wise, the cattle were a lot lighter
than previous weeks and that reflected the fact
that we're coming towards the end of the sea-
son and nearing the bottom-end of a lot of
breeders' drafts," he said.
"I think it will get hard to get cattle to back-
ground for spring the way the market is going."
(left) Michael Donnellan, Kangarilla, was looking
for steers at the sale.
(below) Chris Grady, Macclesfield, sold nine
young Murray Grey steers at Strathalbyn to $720
and $615 respectively.
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