SIMMENTAL WEANER SALES AT A PEAK
WHAT a great start for Simmental cross weaners.The western and northern weaner sales have tracked well for the start of the selling season.
COLAC WEANER SALE - Mavstar and Maverick Simmentals were very happy with the steer prices today. Their pen of purebred Simmental steers averaged 351 kgs at 7 mths old to make $1171 – $ 3.35 per kilo at the Colac Weaner Steer Sale 11/1/16.
BIGGENDEN – QLD – Simbrah steers sell to 362.2c/kg at Biggenden sale on Monday 14th December. Burnett Livestock and Realty’s final sale for 2015 yarded 645 head including AW Beddows, Booubyjan sold Simbrah weaner steers for 362c/$816. WJ & LM Beddows, Windera sold Simbrah weaner steers for 362c/$953.
NARACOORTE – LAWRIE FAMILY’S ON A HIGH - South Australia agents sold 5257 steer weaners to a top of $1435 and $1120 average, or 334c/kg. Combined Naracoorte agents sold 3035 heifers for an average of $883 or 297c/kg. Many of the calves were sold a month earlier than usual due to the drought. Elders Naracoorte branch manager Tom Dennis said the Lawrie family’s Simmental-Hereford topped the heifers in cents-a-kilogram rates, at 330c/kg. “There was a premium for Simmental-cross heifers to breed with and place on feed,” he said.
BLUE RIBBON WEANER SALE -The pen was offered by Peter and Rhonda Serpell, Running Creek, Vic at the Blue Ribbon Weaner Sale at Wodonga 14/01/16. The 16 Simmental cross steers weighed 332kg, were aged 8-10 months and sold for $1130 or 340c/kg. Overall, the sale of 4000 head topped at 372c/kg for steers and 348c/kg for heifers.
THE JAMES FAMILY’S STANDOUT – The top money was paid for steers sold by one of the largest vendors, WV James and Sons, Cooranga, Lucindale.
They sold their entire drop of 760 steers, all Angus and some with black Simmental-blood, EU-accredited, born March-April, for an average of $1193
The top dollars-a-head heifer was $1131 for Johnson Livestock’s nine Simmental-cross heifers, 385kg, to Thomas Foods International.
Some of the highest cents-a-kilogram steer sales included 13 EU-accredited, Simmental-cross calves, sold by Bloomfield, weighing 245kg.These fetched 355c/kg or $870.
JOHNSON FAMILY HAVE THOUSANDS OF REASONS TO SMILE – Brian Johnson and son Graham sold steers at record prices through their company LS Johnson, and the joint venture entity they run with another son, Ian Johnson, Johnson Livestock.
Johnson Livestock, Ross Plains and Conmurra, sold a total of 419 Simmental-Hereford and Angus-Simmental steers, EU accredited, February-March drop, for an average of $1135
These steers sold to a top price of $1320 — 407kg sold at 324c/kg — for 26 Simmental-cross steers to Princess Royal feedlot. Their cattle weighed between 320kg to 351kg with an average of 333kg. LS Johnson & Son, Springbank, sold 191 Simmental-Hereford-Angus steers, EU accredited, February-March drop, averaging $1106.
In heifer sales, Johnson Livestock sold 91 Simmental-Hereford and Angus and Angus-Simmental heifers, EU accredited, February-March drop, for an average of $918 or 308c/kg. These weaners fetched a top of $1131 — nine Simmental-crosses, 385kg, sold for 294c/kg to TFI. In all these heifers weighed 273kg to 385kg, averaging 304kg. LS Johnson & Son sold 123 Simmental-Hereford-Angus heifers, for $885 or 303c/kg on average and 297kg. They topped at $1042, paid for nine Simmental-crosses, 335kg, which made 311c/kg..