THERE were approximately 1200 cattle yarded at the fortnightly store sale at Leongatha last Friday, August 15, with prices high and numbers down, but not impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.
According to Leongatha stock agent, Terry Ginnane of Nutrien, a lot of store cattle had been sold earlier because of the good prices and it’s still a bit wet.
“It’s our quiet time now but we would expect to see more cattle at the next store sale (Friday, August 28).
“There’s certainly plenty of demand and the market was very strong here today,” Mr Ginnane said.
He said while the prices and numbers were unaffected by the pandemic restrictions, the saleyards’ operators had doubled down on their precautions with cattle spread across two pens rather than one to improve spacing between buyers.
Store cattle buyers are able to view the pens before the sale, after registering at the main office. Numbers attending is controlled.
Of the 1100 cattle, about 600 were young steers, 300 heifers and 200 joined cows.
The cattle and buyers came from South Gippsland and East Gippsland where an improvement in seasonal conditions has raised the level of interest in restocking.
There were few feedlot buyers present and none were active due to the lower numbers.
“We had a dispersal sale of 100 Angus cows, on account of Tim and Pat Hancock of Wonthaggi, a good line of cattle that sold well on the day,” said Mr Ginnane.
“They averaged $2370, ranging generally between $2200 and $2580.”
Across the sale, prices were between $3.90/kg and $4.20/kg for steers, while calves were dearer at between $4.50/kg and $5.70/kg.”