Tasmanian sales finish on strong note

25-04-2020 by admin

Roberts Livestock and Elders Limited Tasmaniaconducted final weaner cattle sales for 2016 at their respective Powranna market complexes last Thursday offering a combined total of 1950 head.

Warren Johnson, Roberts said selling was completed ona very strong note.

A feature of the Roberts’ yarding he said was the Singline family’s annual draft of Weld River Farm Angus steers that toppedthe dayat $1300 per head. Their 76 June//July-drop steers averagedwhile their heifer portion of 100 head made to $1070 and averaged $1007.

The Walters family, Whistlers Bottom sold Angus and Angus-cross weaners to $1210 as theRoberts penning of 800 head overall averaged$847.

”All in all it wasa great result and an even greater weaner selling season”, Mr Johnson said.

Greg Harris said his company, Elders offered 1200 head.

“Following rainfallof up to 100mm along the island’s northern coast demand was as strong as it hasbeen all season” said Mr Harris.

“Steers were mostly sold in the 350-380c/kg price range for the lighter grown while the heavierweaners made 320-340c/kg”.

“Heifers made 280-300c/kg for the heavier pens and 240-300c/kg for the middle and light drafts”

These were buyable” Mr Harris said.

A feature of the Elders’ yarding was the annual draft of Ken Hahnhen’s FollywoodCharolais Angus steers.These made to $1260 a head and averaged $1100 while Forraburry Harford sold Angus steers, aged 16-17 months,to $1270, average $1120.

The Elders penning according to Mr Harris contained a good number of coloured calves that made to $1100 for about 360-370kg.

NLRS reporter, Richard Bailey saidgiven the very tough season the presentation of both yardings was very good, although there were a largernumber of crossbred and yearling cattle included.

Most of the competition he said was supplied by local buyers, mainly from the Northwest Coast, and onemajor processor to feed.Two interstate buyers also supported the day buying 25 percent for shipment to northeast Victoria and the Riverina.

NLRS reported the few yearling steers penned made $1,110-$1,300, with the best steer weaners sold from $1,030 to $1,300/head.

Medium weight steersmade $865-$1,115, light steers $620 to $1,015, and very light $510 to $600/head.

The best heifer weaners made $820-$1,070, medium weights $620 to $910, light $600 to $700 and very small $430 to$535/head.

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