January 14, 2013
A small crowd that braved 44C-degree conditions at the Strathalbyn Feature Cattle Sale on Friday last week were rewarded with quality cattle at value prices. Landmark Strathalbyn’s Bradley Walker said the sale followed the general market trend. “If you look at the sales in the South East and Victoria, it’s all very similar in pricing, and I expect the sales will be similar for the next four to six weeks,” he said. Strathalbyn yarded only 500 cattle on Friday, reflecting continued uncertainty in the cattle job at the moment and the scorching heat. “T&R Pastoral underpinned the market again, with other buyers coming from Loxton, the Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula,” Mr Walker said. Austral Meats provided buying support. Elders branch manager Strathalbyn/Victor Harbor Paul Clifford said that from the onset, the market trended firm to slightly easier on some Angus steers but kicked up to $60 on the better-bred red steers. “Heifers saw better rates than our last sale prior to Christmas by about $20-$30,” he said. “Quality, well-bred Angus feeder steers were lighter in weight than the last sale and sold at rates between $435 and $550.” Landmark’s opening pen of blacks from Dundee Hills, Strathalbyn, weighed 352 kilograms and made $580, or $1.65/kg. Elders’ first pen from D Haby, Parndana, Kangaroo Island, had eight Angus steers weighing 320kg and made $540 or $1.69/kg. The next Strathalbyn sale will be held on Friday, January 11 and Friday, January 18.