Angus heifers clear winners at Coolabunia weaner sale
ALMOST 1600 cattle crowded the yards as Aussie Land and Livestock staged the first weaner sale of the year at the Coolabunia Saleyards on Thursday morning.
Aussie Land Livestock director James Bredhauer said he was pleased with the turnout for what was traditionally the largest sale of on the calendar.
"This is our first weaner sale of the year, so it's usually our biggest," Mr Bredhauer said.
"Today has an even bigger turnout because we had nearly $6000 worth of prizes up for grabs.
"We've got some great breeding area around here so the sales should be strongly supported. Which they have been.
"We also had a competition for our steers and heifers and everything was won by locals which is great to see."
Mr Bredhauer said he was impressed by quality of cattle at the sale.
"We've got some really well-bred cattle here," he said.
"We also run quite a lot of bull sales in this area, so we've got a lot of good genetics that have come through.
"In the past 15 years that I've been working in the area we've seen a dramatic improvement in the cattle's genetics. Breeding is everything.
"There was a real nice looking pen of some angus heifers and steers from Brian Sutcliffe that were just outstanding cattle, I'd say they're the pick of the lot."
Mr Sutcliffe's pen of angus cattle was awarded Overall Champion Pen as well as first place in the heifers category, and Champion Heifers Pen.
"The judges here look for cattle that suit the market," Mr Bredhauer said.
"You need to consider the retail meat yield, growth rates, and performance in the paddock.
"Then in the females you look to make sure they'll be good breeders, that will breed on for people for years to come. They've got to be highly fertile and functional cows."
Mr Bredhauer said the market was tough at the moment, but he was impressed with the "pretty good prices" on offer.
The sale was still taking place when he spoke to the Times, and steers were making 276 cents and higher which Mr Bredhauer said was what he had expected.
But he also expected the next sale would be a tough one.
"There's a little bit of green feed around, but nobody's got much heading into the winter, so it's going to be hard," he said.
"It's going to be a bit of a hard sell come the next sale in June.
Winners from the judged competition:
Overall Champion Pen: Pen 14, Black Heifers, B Sutcliffe.
Biggest Vendor Overall: Wayne and Francine Hancock.
Best Limousin Weaners: W. Hancock.
First: Pen 97, Arastar.
Second: Pen 88, M and M Hunter.
Third: Pen 92, M Glenny.
Best Charolais: Pen 88 M and M Hunter.
Champion Steers: Pen 99, Arastar.
Biggest Vendor Steers: Perret Traders
First place: Kurrajong
Second place: W. Caffrey
First: Pen 14, B Sutclife.
Second: Pen 55, M Glenny.
Third: Pen 66, Diamond L.
First: Diamond L.
Second: Bruce Retschlag.
Best Charolais: M Glenny.
Biggest Vendor Heifers: Gary Blinco.
Champion Heifers: B Sutcliffe.
Best Tropical Weaners: Diamond L.