Fullerton weaners top special SELX sale at 298c/kg

Rosevale, Fullerton topped the special weaner cattle sale at the South Eastern Livestock Exchange (SELX) at Yass on Friday through MD & JJ Anderson, Crookwell for $1150 per head, realising 298 cents per kilogram liveweight.

They were angus steers from the July 2018 drop, weighing 386kgs.

Top price: Angus steers from Martin and Nerida Crocker's property Rosevale, Fullerton topped the special weaner sale at SELX on Friday at $1150 per head. Photo: Hannah Sparks

Top price: Angus steers from Martin and Nerida Crocker's property Rosevale, Fullerton topped the special weaner sale at SELX on Friday at $1150 per head. Photo: Hannah Sparks

Rosevale owners Martin and Nerida Croker said the cattle had been on feed the whole time and that they'd been lucky to have a good season recently.

They normally sell their cattle before winter but usually to private buyers. This time they decided to send the cattle to SELX and said they got better a better price at the sale yard than through private buyers.

"We're very pleased with the price," Mr Croker said.

All up, light weaner steers to 200kg sold for around $310 to $660. Medium weights made from $500 to $890 and heavy steers sold from $700 to $1150p/h. On a live weight basis, prices averaged from 290c to 325c/kg.

Light heifers reached $515 and the medium weights sold from $465 to $730p/h. Heavy heifers made from $640 to $775p/h or averaged from 220c to 270c/kg depending on the breed.

Total yarding was smaller for the last of the special weaner sales at 2,889, however, the quality was good and prices were higher.

The top price at the special weaner sale at SELX in April was $1045 p/h for angus steers weighing 363.4kg (287c/kg) and offered by Pine Ridge Pastoral, Woodhouslee. The top price at the special weaner sale at SELX in March was $1020 p/h for angus steers weighing 357kg (286c/kg) and offered by Richies, Fullerton.

"The cattle presented in good condition considering we had a short spring and now we're in autumn," agent Phil Butt of Butt Livestock & Property said of Friday's sale.

Large runs of well bred, quality weaners including lines from EJ Merriman & Son and Wheoo attracted good buyers to the sale.

Steve and Matt Merriman from Yass sold 605 head of cattle at Friday's sale through Elders. They got between 20 to 30c/kg more for their steers than they did at the same time last year, agent Ben Seaman of Elders said.

Merriman's top sale was $1005p/h for nine angus steers weighing 371kg.

"It was a very good sale. Most of the buyers were local, but there were a few from Victoria," Mr Seaman said.

Black angus went for a premium price over black baldy and hereford cattle, driven by consumer demand.

Best presented heifers was awarded to 49 eight to nine-month-old angus heifers from EJ Merriman & Son. They weighed 257kg and had been yard weaned.

Best presented steers was awarded to 22 eight to nine-month-old Bannaby/Tallis blood steers from Wheoo. They weighed 312kg.

The sale was conducted by Jim Hindmarsh & Co., Elders Limited, Duncombe & Co. Livestock, Michael Hall Livestock & Property, MD & JJ Anderson, Holman Tolmie, Butt Livestock & Property, Gerrard & Partners, Delta Livestock & Property, Agstock and Landmark.