The Dowel family celebrated the start of the year with a good sale at Leongatha VLE on Thursday. There to watch the sale of their 84 steers were, from back left, Robert, Zak and Maddison. Front, Jaya, Vera, Natasha, Leesa, Harper and Bee. Bee was out visiting the family from Manchester, UK, and was delighted to spend part of her holiday at the saleyards on a good day for the family. D110216.

The Dowel family celebrated the start of the year with a good sale at Leongatha VLE on Thursday. There to watch the sale of their 84 steers were, from back left, Robert, Zak and Maddison. Front, Jaya, Vera, Natasha, Leesa, Harper and Bee. Bee was out visiting the family from Manchester, UK, and was delighted to spend part of her holiday at the saleyards on a good day for the family. D110216.

During the school holidays there are always lots of kids at the saleyards there to see the finished product of the family’s business. Klayton McGrath, Liam Meyer with uncle Brendan McGrath, were at the saleyards to watch ‘Pa’ buy some steers. D120216.

During the school holidays there are always lots of kids at the saleyards there to see the finished product of the family’s business. Klayton McGrath, Liam Meyer with uncle Brendan McGrath, were at the saleyards to watch ‘Pa’ buy some steers. D120216.

ROBERT Dowel from Leongatha South kept a close eye on the weaner steer price averages at Hamilton on Tuesday and decided to send in a selection of his stock to the Leongatha VLE based on those good average prices.
In all, he put in 84 Hereford steers into the Koonwarra sale on Thursday.
The first pen (21) averaged 367kg and sold for $1180, the second pen (24) for $1105, the third (18) for $1000 and last (21) for $980 – most were bought by Alex Scott and Staff agent Rob Ould.
“We had to sell a bit earlier than what we would’ve liked because there’s just not enough feed at the moment,” Robert Dowel said.
“We’ve sold half but we’ll keep the others a little longer.
“We saw the sales at Hamilton were good so we decided to put them in for today’s sale.
“Being the first of the year, numbers were down, and I don’t think there were a lot of buyers present today but we’re very happy with the prices.
“We were hoping for an average of around $1000, so it looks pretty good.”
With the halving of his herd, Robert said it was unlikely he would have to bring in feed this season, but like many, he’s hoping there’s some rain soon to help out.
The next sale will be January 13; the sale draw is: Phelan and Henderson, Rodwells, Landmark, Alex Scott and Staff, SEJ, Elders.
The next sheep sale is on Wednesday at 1pm.

Prime Sale – Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Bullocks
14 Rumridge Pty Ltd Mt Eliza 615.00 297.6 1,830
13 Sakareassen & Casey Inverloch 675.40 294.0 1,985
13 Nuntin Pines Stratford 638.50 292.0 1,864
14 Hurstdale Pty Ltd 4 Tarwin 580.00 290.0 1,682
14 Alger RJ Jumbunna East 600.40 290.0 1,741
16 Bennett DG & MJ Mt Eliza 644.60 288.0 1,745

Steers
1 Cantwell BS LSTK Toora 395.00 305.0 1,204
1 Body P & C Jeeralang 380.00 300.0 1,140
2 Turton S Korumburra Sth 367.50 295.6 1,086
1 Craigendale Pty Ltd Dudley South 360.00 295.0 1,062
1 Hickman GJ Glengarry 360.00 292.6 1,053
4 Harrison DJ & RE Meeniyan 456.30 292.0 1,332

Cows
14 Hurstdale Pty Ltd 4 Tarwin 571.80 240.2 1,373
1 Lelliott TS Mirboo North 640.00 233.6 1,495
1 Grassy Spur Farms Stony Creek 725.00 230.0 1,667
1 Mabu Pty Ltd Mirboo 670.00 222.6 1,491
10 Quilford J & R Dalyston 645.50 222.0 1,433
3 Craigendale Pty Ltd Dudley South 608.30 215.6 1,311

Heifers
1 Cantwell BS LSTK Toora 320.00 284.6 910
2 Jarvie G & R Hazelwood 400.00 284.0 1,136
4 Calder P Korumburra Sth 352.50 282.6 996
3 Hickman GJ Glengarry 341.70 282.6 965
2 Craigendale Pty Ltd Dudley South 290.00 282.2 818
3 Turton S Korumburra Sth 291.70 282.2 823

Bulls
1 Scott DM & AJ Inverloch 610.00 239.6 1,461
1 Bacon AR & MA Toora 905.00 237.6 2,150
1 Perry Farming Trust 655.00 236.6 1,549
1 Roberts GJ Binginwarri 725.00 234.2 1,697
1 Schottersveld Pty Ltd Leongatha 715.00 232.6 1,663
1 Occhipinti LA & AJ Leongatha Sth 890.00 232.2 2,066

Store Sale
Steers
6 Bullock W Nerrena $1,750
1 Wilkin D Turtons Creek $1,640
11 Little G & H $1,530
6 Jones K Mirboo $1,385
16 Couper D N I & A Mardan $1,300
15 Webster M Moe $1,300
2 Herald B & A Ruby $1,240

Heifers
2 Littlejohn C Mirboo $1,180
12 Andrews N & L Mirboo Nth $975
1 Best R Welshpool $975
16 Golden Gully Farms Morwell $920
3 Gallant Downs Meeniyan $890
1 Grassy Sput Farms Stony Creek $875
8 Thompson G & G Doomburrim $870

Cows & Calves
6 Greenwoods Past. Trafalgar Sth $1,540
3 Selzer D Yarram $1,450
2 Weatherill R & A Toora $1,330
4 Hardy R & S Hallston $1,220