UPDATE: HEREFORD and Euro weaners sold to $770 at Wodonga today in hot conditions.While the sale's top dollar a head figure fell short of yesterday's result, c/kg rates were deemed as good if not better than for the Angus offering.
The yarding of 2100 weaners, sold in conditions nearing 40C, was a mix of pure Herefords, black baldies and Euro calves, and contained some nice lines of well bred cattle as well as some lesser quality crossbred runs.
Most steers again sold for 180-190c/kg for the heavy end, and up to 200c/kg for some better bred lines. Lighter steers made slightly more money on a c/kg basis in parts of the sale, but it was possible to buy good steers for less than $600
The sale's top price of $770 was paid for a pen of Simmental-Hereford-Angus steer weaners, 11 months and five weeks weaned, sold by the Terrill family of Rutherglen. The steers weighed 432kg, so made the equivalent of 178c/kg.
The best rate for Herefords was $720, with the Ralston family's calves from Hollywood, Euroa, coming back at 185c/kg. The second pen from the same draft, 355kg, made $675 or 190c/kg.
Neil Ralston said there was little choice but to accept the prices, which were at least $100 down on last year.
And buyer of the Hollywood calves, John McCabe from Wonga Park, said he was happy with the price he paid.
"I can make money out of these, and will take them up to 650kg liveweight to sell as bullocks," he said.
Again, heifer prices were down today at Wodonga, hovering around the 140-150c/kg with occasional pens of well bred cattle making more.
Some vendors had decided to not sell their heifers through the weaner markets this year due to the low rates.
There was little restocker interest in the females, with the weaners going to a mix of the trade, a northern NSW fattener and others looking to turn heifers out to market later to the prime markets.
Nevis Hodgkin from Mitta Mitta, NSW, was one of those to opt to sell steers (his weaners made to $660 for Herefords) and retain his heifers at home.
"With what we are being offered, we will keep them and join them and sell next year," he said.
Volume buyers included Scone, NSW, agent Peter Maccallum from Maccallum Inglis, who bought about 160 heifers today and yesterday, while new company Riverina Livestock secured many drafts for an undisclosed destination.
It was one thing which was noticeable, with commission buyers operating at the sales over the two days but not saying where their cattle were going.
Locals did support the sales, but other cattle went to Scone, Tumut and Pakenham, while Westside Meats also bought several pens today, adding to purchases from yesterday.
T&R buyer Campbell Ross was at yesterday's sale, but was not present today.