Checking the prices at the store cattle sale at Leongatha on Friday.


WITH prices up across the board at the Leongatha prime sale on Wednesday, November 17, and a break in the weather, there was tremendous interest in a mixed yarding of approximately 3000 store cattle in Leongatha on Friday, November 17.

Stuart Jenkin of Nutrien Leongatha said the store market was “steady again” but with the overall offering of cattle not as good as recent weeks.

“It was pretty mixed with some very good cattle at the top end but also with some weaners, and some dairy cattle down to as young as 4 months old.

“Some people are cashing in on the good prices, but they were all snapped up,” Mr Jenkin said.

Many of the cattle went back to homes locally for fattening with prospects looking good, on the back of low cattle numbers across the eastern seaboard, expected to run through into the start of 2023, hopefully further.

Long-time Foster cattle producers, Pam and Terry Dessent of Foster, were delighted to go out of farming on a high note when a pen of Hereford steers sold to strong competition.

“We’ve been on the property for 65 years, but this is the best we’ve seen it. We sold a pen of steers last week for $3000-a-head.”

The couple have been clients of Alex Scott and Staff, and Foster agent Dick Faulkner for the past 26 years.

“It was just the right time for us. We would have liked to do more caravanning before this but we’ll be able to get away a bit more now,” said Pam Dessent.

Local vet, Will Bullock, was just as delighted with a pen of 12 Angus steers, weighing an average 532kg which sold for $2970 under the urging of Nutrien auctioneer Jack Ginnane.

“That would be a long way the best price we’ve ever received for stores,” said Will and Janine Bullock of Meeniyan.

Paul and Annie Chisholm of Archies Creek were all smiles too after their Angus stores, from Yancowinna bloodlines, made an average of $2590.

Even a pen of 24 Friesian steers, well-bred by Jelbart Dairies of Pound Creek, also sold very well, at $2010, when Jack Ginnane grabbed a couple of late bids. Weighing in at 449kg, the cattle are expected to grow out over the next 12 to 18 months and hopefully get back into the export market for a good return early in 2023.

Driving the market on Friday was the lack of cattle in general but also the immediate results at Koonwarra last Wednesday when approximately 1000 export and 140 young cattle sold well in a dearer market.

Quality was mixed with prime cattle in short supply and cows representing almost half of the sale. Trade cattle lifted around 5c/kg for a limited selection. Grown steers and bullocks improved 10c to 15c while manufacturing steers gained 10c to 20c/kg. Heavy beef cows improved slightly while dairy lots gained 5c to 10c/kg and more on some sales. Heavy bulls lifted 5c/kg. Vealers sold from 430c to 580c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 520c and 598c with the heifer portion selling between 480c and 534c/kg. Grown steers made from 455c to 485c with bullocks ranging from 448c to 466c/kg.

Photos: Nutrien auctioneer Jack Ginnane calls for bids. SEJ stockmen Bill Egan and Bill Sweeney talk politics, Paul and Annie Chisholm of Archies Creek were all smiles, so were Will and Janine Bullock of Meeniyan. Wayne Osborne takes a keen interest and delighted with the result at Friday’s store sale were Pam and Terry Dessent with Alex Scott and Staff agent Dick Faulkner.