LOCAL buyers chased autumn calving cows and heifers with confirmed pregnancies at Camperdown on Thursday, but there was limited interest in spring calvers.
All buyers where complimentary of the quality of the offering from John and Mary Meade of the Irrawah Partnership at Cudgee, who dispersed their artificially bred commercial herd, which had a cell count of 66 during the past year.
The 260 lots averaged $1535. The in-milk portion — the bulk of the offering — averaged just over $1700 and the 52 lots of springers, slightly above $1200.
Selling off: Mt Clay vendor Jayson Hutchinson at Warrnambool yesterday, where his Friesians sold to $1325 and crossbreds to $1000. Picture: Andy Rogers
Some springers were due soon, to sexed semen, and these sold up to $1300, but anything calving towards the end of this month was discounted.
Elders reported 16 lots passed in. All except two were springers.
Buyers the Lee family, from Terang, picked up more than 20 lots, with Marg Lee and sons Jason and Paddy focusing on young in-milk lots pregnancy-tested-in-calf for early next autumn. The Lees picked up about 25 lots, paying the $2800 top price for a three year-old sired by Pen-Col Belunga-ET due to Moonglow on May 4 next year. The family also picked up a couple of lots from $2600.
“We’ve always been really good friends with John Meade and we were always going to buy a few. They are such good quality cattle, but then we thought, ‘these are a reasonable price’,” Jason said.
“We are going to clear out a few of the later calvers and get a few earlier ones in.”
Scott Clifford, from Terang, was “topping up” with autumn PTIC cows and averaged $1542, which he expected to pay.
Southern Grampians Livestock agent Glenn Judd bought a total of 43 PTIC autumn calved cows for two clients, averaging about $2000 for one and about $1700 for the other.
John Meade will head to the US International Trot race in New York, later this month, with his horse called Sparkling Success. While he is pursuing harness racing, John said conditions in the dairy industry had become tough, with “not enough money in it”.
Meanwhile, the lack of interest in spring calving cattle flowed through to prices at a multi-vendor sale on Monday at Warrnambool.
The sale, mostly heifers half Friesians and half crossbreds, averaged $922 for 141, a clearance of about 70 per cent.
J & J Kelly agent Mick Ryan said most buyers were local with 11 lots going to Naracoorte in South Australia and 15 to Lockington. He said the sale was “tough” and that “no one wants spring-calving cattle”.
Jayson Hutchison, from Mt Clay, near Heywood, sold nine cows on Monday and took three home. His Friesians sold to $1325 and crossbreds to $1000. All were on the point of calving.
“It is not real crash-hot at the moment, but it is better than meat money,” he said.
Jayson was selling as he was overstocked and said he would sell again later in the year,
Sale agents were Dairy Livestock Services and J&J Kelly.