Stuart Jenkin of Landmark drums up some bids, assisted by Jack Ginnane at the Leongatha Store Cattle Sale last Thursday. m110320

Elders stock agent Nikki Renden alerts auctioneer Rohan McRae to a bid at the store sale last Thursday. m090320

BUSHFIRE cattle from Ensay, Swifts Creek and Omeo boosted numbers at the Leongatha Store Cattle Sale last Thursday.
And after the good rains of recent weeks, there was plenty of interest in what was a relatively small yarding of cattle.
Not that there was anything wrong with the young mountain-bred stock, quite the contrary.
A pen of 12 superbly turned out young Hereford steers, sold on account of R and M Pendergast of Omeo by agents Elders, weighing an average of 356kg, sold locally for $1280.
And a pen of 12 forward Angus steers, also sold by Elders, weighing nn average 436kg, sold for a pleasing figure of $1470 per head.
With cattle already set to be scarce because of the drought, the price of meat has leapt ahead at the butchers and we’re seeing that reflected in the saleyards.
“It’s been pretty strong,” said former local agent Russell Motton.
Nearly all of the cattle were snapped up by South Gippsland fatteners, buoyed by the boost to pasture in the past week, also with the thought that there may not be the traditional run of High Country yearling sales this year due to the fire.
But not all the country up around Omeo, Swifts Creek and Ensay has been burnt and if the young cattle escaping the danger zone last Thursday for greener pastures in South Gippsland is any indication, locals can continue to buy High Country cattle with confidence.

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