THERE was a similar number of cattle yarded at Leongatha VLE for the trade and export market last Wednesday and both buyers and agents were delighted with the quality of the cattle, this early in the spring.
Veteran stockman David Phelan said prices for bullocks were firm on the day, but given the better quality, might actually have been a “whisker” easier on recent weeks, but prices still represented excellent returns for producers.
“The bullocks might have been whisker softer but still very good and the trade job was good as well. In fact there was a nice run of bullocks here today.
“There was a good pen of bullocks from Longford that made $3.65. The same bullocks made $3.70 a month ago but it’s still very good.”
In fact, MLA summarised the sale as follows: “Trade cattle sold from 5c to 15c/kg dearer for most, grown steers sold firm, while the bullocks gained 5c to 6c/kg.”
Cattle buyer for O’Connor’s at Pakenham, Mark Dwyer agreed returns for producers were still very good.
“There was a good run of cattle here today for this time of year. It’s raining but conditions are still mild. You can see the cattle still grazing well out in the paddocks as you drive in here today. They’re not huddled together trying to get out of the weather because it’s not cold.
“They’ve got a fair bit of grass in front of them too so conditions, through the winter and into early spring have been good.
“And returns to producers are excellent.”
The sale of bullocks and good trade cattle was still going on as O’Connor’s had their first truck out and off to their processing plant.
An interesting aspect of the market last Wednesday was the sale of 46 bulls in single pens, off to the side of the main selling complex at Leongatha.
Like the bulls themselves, snorting and pacing around in their pens, the buyers too jostled for position, firing off a few choice remarks as they got set to compete. And they meant business too, offering between 230c/kg and 307c/kg for a range of beef and dairy bulls, or between $1080 and $3056 per head. Not bad money for stock that have done their job in the paddock.
Excellent cattle for this time of year