GOOD district, interstate and Gippsland feedlot and restocker competition helped clear most cattle at Warrnambool's store sale.The sale started with a few pens of older weighed beef steers failing to find buyers over 150c/kg, but most 400kg-plus lines, 14-18 months-old made from 160c/kg to 181c/kg, up to 181c/kg or $740 for Draffen Props 26 14-16 month-old Angus steers.
Draffen Props also sold another 26 420kg calves for 180c/kg or $756 a head.
The 12-14 month-old beef steers, generally 300kg to 400kg liveweight, sold from 150c/kg to 189c/kg and up to 193c/kg for Draffen Props 22 305kg Angus.
Weighed beef weaner steers over 300kg liveweight generally sold from 160c/kg to 187c/kg and up to 191c/kg or $604 a head for Penshurst producer Jordan Page's nine 10-month-old Charolais cross steers.
Fairview sold 18 380kg Angus steer weaners, 10 months-old, for 184c/kg or $699 and Mooyang's 19 February-March drop Charolais steers made 190c/kg or $671.
Mackin Hill sold 19 Angus steers for $625 or about 191c/kg.
Most open auction weaner steers over 10 months made from $400 to $580.
Moyne Falls' 72 Autumn drop Angus steers sold for $560 a head or an estimated 200c/kg to SEJ Leongatha, with 109 of the second run making $360 and the 45 thirds sold for $320 or about 160c/kg. Crossbred steers from 320kg to 400kg made from 100c/kg to 130c/kg.
Aird's 12 Angus heifers, 12 months, topped the young heifers at 161c/kg or $631, with most 12-14-month-old lines making from 139c/kg and up to 163c/kg or $554 for M and J Willmore's 14 Charolais.
Mackin Hill's 21 286kg Angus heifers, March-April 2012-drop, sold for 175c/kg or $501 to a district buyer.
Landmark Global Exports paid 163c/kg or $465 a head for Killara's 24 10-12 month-old Angus heifers.
The few pens of 14-16 month-old heifers ready for joining or springing made from $570 to $720.
Cows and calves made to $1040 for Jindabrook's eight Angus cows with August 2012-drop calves and PTIC to the Angus.
Pineview sold seven rejoined Hereford cows with seven March-April drop Angus cross calves for $1020, but most other cows or heifers with calves sold from $710 to $960.
Saffin Kerr Bowen Wilson auctioneer Simon Henderson said considering the state of the season and the prime market, the yarding sold to expectations.
"With the way the vendors presented their cattle, they got as good as they can get at the moment," he said.
As well as restockers from Hamilton, Camperdown, Colac and south-east South Australia, buyers at the sale included the Ogilvie feedlot in South Australia and Jalna at Anakie on 300kg-plus steers, competing with restocking buyers from Warragul, Pakenham and Leongatha, on the better quality and bigger lines of weaner steers and heifers. The agents yarded 2600 head after some withdrawals.