Ballarat lockdown falls short of rampant livestock prices in stores


Courage: 1950

EYCI: 1026c / kg

Feeder Rating (EYCI): +38 points

Steers: 500-650kg: $ 3020-3340, averaging 543c / kg: 360-500kg 1940- $ 2900 averaging 592c / kg; 280-360kg $ 1850- $ 2370, average 664c / kg; 200-300kg $ 1600-2060, average 732c / kg

Heifers: 360-500kg: $ 2050-2400, average 571c / kg; 280-360kg $ 1700-2030, average 586c / kg; 200-280kg: $ 1400-1740, or 649 c / kg also

COVID’s sudden lockdown of BALLARAT failed to live up to the rampant in-store livestock prices at the city’s monthly market on Friday.

Offering a reduced yardage of 2,000 – down 700 head from its market the previous month, a larger backlog of feed and replenishment lot orders pushed prices up from $ 80 to $ 150 per head, with only a handful of steers weighing 300 kilograms and heavier making less than $ 2000 per head.

Unlike recent past sales, only two meters of heavy oxen weighing over 500 kg showed up. The first, a yard of eight Angus, 659 kg, brought in $ 3,040 per head for Dr. Gellert while Glenlogie Family Trust sold nine Angus, 523 kg, topping the market at $ 3,340.

A second pen of eight Glenlogie Angus, 486 kg, was also well received with demand for the batch feeders making $ 2,690.

With heavy steers in small numbers, several larger lines saw it rise like cream on cold milk.

The first was a lot of 31 Angus, 478kg, offered by the seller, Laravale. These made $ 2900 (606c / kg) while a second 36 Angus pen, 468kg, from the same vendor made 2780c (598c / kg).

Ballarat’s regular seller, GA Crick & Sons, sold 12 Angus steers, 468 kg also at $ 2900 or 625c / kg while Winslow, near Warrnambool seller, Ashgrove sold 55 Angus, 434 kg, at $ 2,570 or 594c / kg.

Check out this video of the opening sales shot by Agent Ballarat, Sadye Wines, Elders:

Alumni auctioneer Graeme Nicholson described the overall result as “incredibly stronger”.

“It was easily $ 80 to $ 150 more expensive,” Mr. Nicholson said.

“The feeders wanted anything that was weighty and with the grass starting to grow, more and more local replenishers joined for fear of running out.”

Mr Nicholson said the reduced supply, which was 1,500 head from September last year, was starting to tell its own story.

“Most of the cattle from our local ranchers were sold over the winter and left and yet I don’t think this market is going to recover until we experience the first warm northerly winds,” Mr. Nicholson.

TB White auctioneer Leo White agreed to the drop in supply saying he couldn’t see any significant build-up, especially in the supply of steers grown until the February sales of the next year.

“There weren’t a large number of mature steers in attendance this month, nor were there a large number of feeder buyers, but those who attended all intended to ‘buy,’ he said.

Mr White said that a beautiful line of 56 Angus steers, aged 11 to 12 months, from Wylie & Co, Daelroem Angus to Mt Mercer drew special attention.

Presented in two drafted pens weighing 430 kg and 387 kg respectively, an offer was accepted of $ 2,530 for the two pens, which represented a sales equivalent of 618 c / kg.

For comparison, the same cattle from the same seller last month (August sale), 421 kg, made $ 2,480 or 589 c / kg while in the previous month’s sale (July) a similar trait, 408 kg, made $ 2,260 or 553 c / kg.

Watch the summary of Leo White’s sale in an interview with Beef Central’s Murray Arnel:

In other results, Dr. Bergamin was another to hit $ 6 / kg for 400 kg steers.

The 16 Angus, 399kg, Bergamin yard made $ 2,400 while Denis and Linda Beedoe sold an 11 Angus, 381kg yard for $ 2,380 to achieve 624c / kg.

The estate of DR Kambovski shipped 38 Angus steers, Banquet-blood, to the September sale with its main yard of 26,325 kg sold for $ 2,000 (677 c) while a second pen of 12,291 kg brought in 1990 $ or 683 c / kg.

Other lots of pens with similar weights saw Andreto P / L, Mt Mercer selling 20 Angus, 320 kg, at $ 2,170 (678c / kg) while S&L Owen sold 18 Angus, 321 kg, at $ 2,170 ( 681c / kg).

Also with similar weights, DD & BA Wrigley sold 15 Angus, 271 kg at $ 2000 (738c) while Eddy Comelli sold 13 Angus, 270kg at $ 2060 or 762c / kg.

The demand for heifers has also been raised to a higher level, with feeders in pursuit but also giving way to restocking in search of quality lots for future breeding.

The latter comprising a quality project of 40 Weatherby Downs Angus heifers bred by Wallace, of Barwidgee blood which grossed $ 2,400. These were offered with a weight of 368kg (660c / kg) while Williams Bros., sold 448kg Angus at 2420c (540c) to dominate the heifer market.

Most other sales of heifers weighing over 320 kg have been secured at rates of 550 to 570 c / kg, but as the weight drops the prices have been adjusted up to $ 6 to $ 6.50 / kg, with heifers weighing 200 to 230 kg making sales approaching $ 7 / kg and more in places.

Other major heifer sales: Suckling Farming – 14 Angus, 312kg, $ 1880 (602c / kg), S&L Owen – 10 Angus, 308kg, $ 1850 (600c / kg) and Crossroads Angus, 18 Angus, 289kg $ 1940 (671c / kg) .

Coliban Heights also recorded a significant result on a 21 Angus, 221kg pen, sold for $ 1660 (751c / kg) with C Story, Morning Calm, with the sale of 13 Angus, 209kg, priced at 1550c (741c / kg ).

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