Numbers decline but prices strong at Bothwell
SOME of the best weaner prices this year were achieved at last week’s Bothwell autumn calf sale.
The Roberts sale, a regular favourite for buyers of Angus and Herefords for fattening, offered 748 head with numbers down from previous years.
Roberts southern livestock manager Chris Cusick said that despite the numbers the sale saw one of the best quality yardings this year.
Mr Cusick said at the top end the sale achieved 390c/kg for black steers, which he said was among the best prices this year.
“The lower number of cattle on offer could be put down to tree plantations, processors buying direct off farm and sellers using other saleyards.
“Heifer prices backed bit, but that’s in keeping with other sales.”
Mr Cusick said the annual Bothwell sale would continue.
“It’s not going to die, it will continue for a long time to come.”
RT and JM Lane, from Lawitta near New Norfolk, sold the best female pen of the day with their Angus heifers. Weighing at 348kg the heifers fetched $1010 per head.
The Davie family from Guilford, near Ouse, again won praise for their quality Hereford steer calves.
Their top pen of steer calves reached $1360 each. The family offered 60 cattle and Mr Cusick said their steers were of “fantastic” quality.
On May 1, the Davie family will be offering 42 Guilford Poll Hereford bulls at the stud’s 44th annual production at Ouse.