Steady demand on Day Two of Hamilton weaner sales

Hopeful: Ron Beaton and son Travis, of Wando Dale north west of Coleraine, were hopeful of more but satisfied with the prices paid for their EU Hereford steers. The steers sold to $1174 a head.
Hopeful: Ron Beaton and son Travis, of Wando Dale north west of Coleraine, were hopeful of more but satisfied with the prices paid for their EU Hereford steers. The steers sold to $1174 a head.

Prices were firm to a shade easier on Day Two of Hamilton annual weaner sale on Tuesday.

Competing for an all-breeds steer yarding of 3256, buying was again consistent across the breeds but without the highs and lows of Monday’s Black-only steer sale.

An EU premium of 10 to 15c/kg was again being offered by buyers, with those persisting with the accreditation scheme reaping an extra $40-$60 a head on their heavier drafts.

Selling: Julie and Kevin Wyatt, of Mount Richmond, were assisted by Alan Lakey, Elders Heywood, in the sale of their Wright Swamp Angus steers on Day Two of the Hamilton weaner sales.

Selling: Julie and Kevin Wyatt, of Mount Richmond, were assisted by Alan Lakey, Elders Heywood, in the sale of their Wright Swamp Angus steers on Day Two of the Hamilton weaner sales.

Tim Jewell, Landmark saw the result as very solid.

“This was especially the case in lieu of opening prime markets where rates are still declining,” Mr Jewell said.

Aaron Malseed, Elders said the difficult decision to combine the corporate company’s two days of selling into one all-breeds market had proven its worth.

Mr Malseed said the Hamilton yards were full to overflowing, which provided buyers with ample opportunities to seek quality lines of cattle across the various breeds.

Selling in agent runs, Landmark started the sale with the Rentish family’s Stonehaven Angus steers, 402kg, that sold on a single bid of 312c/kg to Harmony Agriculture.

These were following by the Robertson family’s Nangana Angus steers, 408kg, sold at 313c/kg as a pen of 52 to Thomas Food while the second draft of the Nangana steers, 359kg, made 331c/kg and were off to Glen Innes in northern NSW.

Three feedlot operations and two live export orders were again prominent buyers, along with restockers from west and south Gippsland, northeast Victoria and the Riverina while northern interstate buying was best represented by Glen Innes and Dubbo.

The best presented pen award went to Jean Maling’s lead-draft of EU Angus steers, Bassano-blood from Portland, 339kg, that made 337c/kg.

In the Elders run, a pen of 441kg Koala Park Angus steers fetched 311c/kg to top the sale at $1371/head, while Torbank got the next best price of $1347 (324c/kg) with a yard of EU Angus, 416kg.