Steers sell to red hot demand

As the temperatureclimbed into the high 20s onTuesday afternoon, the very large contingent of buyers moved on to Benambra for Elders’Hereford sale.
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Steers sell to red hot demand Bernie Carroll, BJ&JB Carroll, Hinnomunjie, has been using Charolais bulls for about four years because the calves are quiet and grow quickly. This top pen of 10 made $1440.

Mac, 7, and Tilly, 11, were with their grandfather Barry Pendergast. He and wife Lorraine’s Hereford steers topped at $1380, which was $370 up on last year.

Jackie and Kelvin Pendergast, Benambra, had 93 calves in the yard. The steers had pride of place in pen 1 and sold for $1550, $250 more than their top-priced pen last year.

Doug and Reg Tomkins, Benambra sold 56 calves, Hereford and Shorthorn cross. The former Elders agent and son are pictured with 10-month-old steers.

In front, Debbie Marshall, Benambra, Rob Lambourn, Traralgon, and Lenny Marshall, Benambra, holding Ivy Lambourn, who at 10 weeks old was at her first cattle sale. They were with Stephen ‘Jock’ Sievers, who was watching the sale of his wife’s cattle, trading BK Sievers.

Shiela and Graeme Pendergast, Benambra, sold 70 steers from $1070-$1350.

Peter Sykes, Herefords Australia, judge Jason Ronalds, and Hannah Bourke, Herefords Australia, awarded best presented pen to Di and Clive Anderson, Benambra.

Russell and Merilyn Pendergast, RE&ME Pendergast, Benambra, sold 26 steers and 13 heifers at Benambra on Tuesday afternoon. This pen sold for $1480/head.

South Gippsland bullock fattener Graham Osborne (centre) has been buying cattle at the Mountain Calf sales for almost 20 years.

There was a big crowd of buyers and onlookers at Benambra.

Peter Rollason, Elders Pakenham, placing a bid on a pen of calves.

Buyers came from north-east Victoria, throughout Gippsland, the Western District and King Island.

The Elders sale team in action at Benambra.

Repeat buyer Robert Newnham (left), Longford, bid to a possible record heifer price at Benambra of $1510 for this pen of 11 Hereford heifers sold by Max (with wife Margaret) and brother Ray Pendergast, Benambra.

There was a beautiful backdrop behind the selling centre at Benambra.

TweetFacebookFirst pen at Benambra calf saleBenambra is generally known as Pendergast country, and this Hereford sale sees many family members selling their annual drafts. AG&SM Pendergast sold 70 steers from $1070-$1350, Ray and Max Pendergast, 38 steers from $1100-$1440, and WA Pendergast & Sons, 121 steers from $980-$1290. Again here, the younger steers sold very well.

Although this is a Hereford sale, BJ&JB Carroll have a paddock directly across from the saleyard, and they breed a few Charolais-Angus and Charolais-Hereford steers. These steers sold from $1320-$1440, and were of very good quality.

The heifer portion of this sale, generally met with limited competition. As one potential buyer said, “who wants Hereford heifers”. This could well be the case with the whole consignment averaging $998.

Eleven heifers offered by Ray and Max Pendergast sold to very strong competition between two producers, for breeders, who paid $1510 –thought to be a record heifer price at Benambra. Robert Newnham, Longford, secured these heifers. The repeat buyer said he would join them to an Angus bull because while he liked Herefords, including for their docility, black cattle were in higher demand in his area.

Most better quality heifers sold between $950 and $1320, and most of the younger heifers made from $750-$950.

BJ&JB Carroll’sCharolais heifers made $1130-$1200.

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