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AN increased supply
of sheep, an additional
export buyer, higher
prices and a mixed but
mostly good quality
penning were seen on
forward and together
with the ewes, especially
the heavy weights, they
sold $10/head dearer on
average in the first split
sale of sheep for this
There were limited poor
or very light weight 1
score sheep offered this
week. The light weight 2
score sheep made from
$37 to $52, while medium
weight 2 and 3 scores were
from $42 to $68/head. Full
wool Merino ewes made to
$75/head. Heavy and extra
heavy 3 and 4 score sheep
sold from $60 to $83,
with a pen of extra heavy
5 scores at $93/head. A
run of 2 to 4 score sheep
mostly ranged between
215c and 260c/kg cwt.
Heavy weight rams were
from $15 to $48/head.
Some district prices:
XB ewes: S.P.W. Murndal,
Tahara, $78; Cashmore
Park, Cashmore, $68, $53;
R.S . Mifsud, Drumborg,
A TOTAL of 197 cattle were
presented to the regular field buyers
Again well finished trade cattle
made up the majority of the yarding,
prices for these remained fully firm
over all weights and grades. Steers
to 450 kg sold to processor demand
to make 170c/kg, to average 150c/kg.
Steers over the 450kg bracket sold
to a top of 179c, averaging 162c/kg.
A smaller field of heifers were
presented this week, which sold to
softer demand. The best heifers
topped at 168c to average 141c/kg.
A few pens of bullocks were penned,
these made to a top of 169c averaging
A smaller than usual run of cows
came forth, light cows made to 136c
to average 124 cents. Heavy cows
made to 140c to average 135c/kg.
The bull section noticed a small
rise in price this week mainly due to
the increase in quality. The majority
of the bulls sold between 138 and
145c/kg. Prices over all weights and
classes of stock remained firm on the
previous week’s easier rates, mainly
due to an increase in local restocker
The trade run of cattle, mainly
consisted of heifers that are showing
the result of a good finishing season,
these heifers sold to 155c to average
150c/kg. Lighter heifers made to a
top of 160c. The steer portion of the
trading made to a top of 160c. The
steer portion of the trading made to a
top of 175c to average 158c/kg.
A smaller yarding of cows was
presented. Cows to 600kg sold to
122c, cows over 600kg topped at
138c to average 132c/kg.
A similar number of bulls were
penned, these made to 143c to
Some district prices:
Steers: L. and C. Tonissen, Condah,
$748 or 170c/kg, $607 or 151c/kg.
Heifers: L. and C. Tonissen, Condah,
Angus $871.70 or 147c/kg; J.A . and
E.A. Craig, Casterton, Hereford
$717.45 or 145c/kg; I.H . Frost,
Condah, Angus $448.80 or 136c/kg.
Ox: I.H . Frost, Condah, Friesian
$858.40 or 116c/kg.
Cows: J.A . and E.A . Craig,
Casterton, Angus X $895.50 or 135c/
kg; Henty Anderson P/s., Henty,
Hereford $853.40 or 136c/kg.
Friday’s Hamilton agents’ draw
1. L .M .B . Linke Livestock P/L;
2. Southern Grampians;
3. Keith P. Lanyon P/L;
4. Kerr and Co Livestock P/L;
5. Landmark; and
6. Elders Rural Services; and
7. J.M . Ellis and Co P/L.
NUMBERS remained similar last Wednesday and the
quality improved, especially in the vealer run with a
larger number of fresh milk veal offered.
Yearling steers were back in numbers with a larger
amount suitable for feed and restocking orders. Heifers
remained mixed in quality. Grown steers were in short
supply with weight a feature in the heavy bullocks. Dairy
cows were limited with the majority of the cow run beef
bred. All the usual buyers attended the market.
Vealers sold to a dearer trend mainly due to quality.
Steers ranged from 180c to 195c and the heifers 150c
to 180c/kg. Trade steers lifted 2c selling between 165c
and 185c/kg. Heifers averaged 2c cheaper with the better
bred lines making 155c to 163c while plainer lines ranged
from 132c to 158c/kg.
Grown steers were firm 168c to 178c/kg. Heavy bullocks
gained 2c ranging from 162c to 2 tooths at 179c/kg. Cross
bred steers lifted 9c to 10c on stronger competition and
sold between 147c and 168c/kg. Grown heifers lifted in
value selling from 134c to 157c/kg. The limited number
of dairy cows sold to a stronger trend with the medium
weight 1 scores 105c to 118c and the heavy 2 and 3 scores
up 12c to 135c/kg. Beef cows were 1c to 2c cheaper with
the heavy weights from 123c to 140c/kg.
Bullocks and heavy steers: P.K . and S.L. Kerr, Heywood,
Hereford X $1041.60 or 168c/kg, Angus $812 or 140c/
kg; D.L. Dyson, Tyrendarra, Angus X $983 or 174c/kg;
Condah Hills, Condah, Angus $750.75 or 165c/kg; R. and
T. Errey, Portland, Angus $666.76 or 190c/kg.
Vealers: D. Dyson, Tyrendarra, Angus X heifers $613 or
132c/kg; Condah Hills, Condah, Angus heifers $566.25
Bulls: F. Hollis, Heywood, Charolais $1387 or 146c/kg;
W.G . Frost, Homerton, Angus $1316.25 or 135c/kg.
Cows: W.N. Jennings, Portland, Hereford Shorthorn X
$972 or 136c/kg; F. Hollis, Heywood, Angus $945.30
or 138c/kg; R.T. Errey, Heywood, Angus X $904.50 or
135c/kg; P.K. and S.L . Kerr, Heywood, Angus X $874.80
or 135c/kg; A.J . Moore, Milltown, South Devon $764.75
WARRNAMBOOL CATTLE MARKET
Quality improves in vealer run
Warrnambool agents’ draw for Wednesday:
Cattle Sheep Calves Dairies
J. and J. Kelly
Trade cattle prices remain firm
HAMILTON SHEEP SALE
Higher prices for quality penning
VICTORIAN Labor’s plan to sell the
Port of Melbourne is ‘Melbourne-
centric’ and puts agriculture at risk
according to the Victorian Farmers
VFF president, Peter Tuohey, raised serious
concerns with the potential sale of such a
vital asset for regional exporters.
“Cereal grains, dairy products, fruit and
vegetables, stockfeed and meat are among
the top 10 exports out of the port. It doesn’t
take a rocket scientist to see that agriculture
and regional Victoria is behind its economic
“Will the sale of the government-owned
port to the private sector lead to higher port
“I cannot see how a sale of the port will
lead to lower port charges,” Mr Tuohey said.
“We have seen in the fight against the
Archer Daniels Midlands buyout of
GrainCorp that farmers are concerned about
Also, it is clear the $6 billion sale of the
Port of Melbourne fails to deliver a fair
share to regional Victorians.
“Given the port has been built on the back
of farmers’ food and fibre exports, it’s
an insult to only hand back $1 billion to
“It’s farmers who’ve made a massive
contribution to the port through food and
“But it seems Labor is more concerned
with metropolitan trains than investing in
the growth of the state.
“Labor wants to spend most of the money
on rail crossing upgrades. How does this
boost the state’s productivity and job
Plan fails rural Victorians
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