Ruakituri steers sell for top price

Monthly cattle sale at the Matawhero saleyards

Monthly cattle sale at the Matawhero saleyards

WELL BRED SELL WELL: Close to 1100 head were presented for sale in the monthly cattle sale at the Matawhero saleyards on Tuesday. The top priced animals, two-and-a-half-year steers from the Ruakituri, sold for $1535. "It was a strong sale for well bred beef cattle, but cross bred cattle were harder to sell," said Peter McGrannachan from PGG Wrightson.

Picture by Liam Clayton
PASSED IN: These four bullocks put up for auction failed to sell. They were passed in at $1500. They each weighed 795 kilograms! Picture by Trevor Brown

THE monthly cattle sale at the Matawhero saleyards on Tuesday drew a larger yarding of 1097, no doubt as a result of drying conditions creating the need to prioritise food for capital stock.

The top dollar of $1535 was paid for some rising 2.5 year old steers from the Eripiti Partnership at Ruakituri.

There were 123 older steers sold, prices being back by about 30 cents/kg on the December fair, weights ranging from 390 to 530 kgs.

In the 18 month steer section there was a large yarding with some quality cattle offered.

Prices ranged from $2.40 to $3.12 per kg and the lighter steers were down about 40 cents/kg on December.

A Rangitikei buyer purchased many of the better steers, along with agents with orders for other districts and local farmers were buying also.

The star lines were Merv and Connie Utting’s pen of 40 Charolais and Linburn P/S’s 22 Angus cross 18 month steers.

The heifer prices were down on average about 20 cents per kg on the previous sale, but there was a lot of variation in quality and dollars per kg, ranging from $1.85 to $3.56 per kg.

Bull prices ranged from $2.30 per kg to $3.41 per kg in the larger pens, but there were many pens with only 1 to 3 animals on offer.

Best prices as follows

Rising 2.5 year steers: Eripiti P/S (Ruakituri), 13, $1535, (530 kgs), 26, $1275 (445 kgs); Willis Family Trust (Tahunga), 32, $1475 (490 kgs), 12, $1265 (440 kgs).

18 months steers: MD & CA Utting (Waimata), 40 charolais, $1350 (440 kgs), 22, $1300 (425 kgs); Linburn P/S (Waimata), 22 Angus cross, $1345 (450 kgs), 36, $1095 (350 kgs); Arakihi Station (Tolaga Bay), 26, $1300 (415 kgs).

Rising 2.5 year heifers: Myles Mullooly Ltd (Whatatutu), 15, $1080 (400 kgs), 13, $1045 (380 kgs), 4, $1025 (375 kgs).

18 month heifers: Myles Mullooly Ltd, 24, $920 (320 kgs), 14, $925 (320 kgs); Foster Farming P/S, 10, $900 (330 kgs).

18 month bulls: Bushy Knoll Forest Ltd, 25, $1070 (385 kgs), 40, $1040 (330 kgs).

THE monthly cattle sale at the Matawhero saleyards on Tuesday drew a larger yarding of 1097, no doubt as a result of drying conditions creating the need to prioritise food for capital stock.

The top dollar of $1535 was paid for some rising 2.5 year old steers from the Eripiti Partnership at Ruakituri.

There were 123 older steers sold, prices being back by about 30 cents/kg on the December fair, weights ranging from 390 to 530 kgs.

In the 18 month steer section there was a large yarding with some quality cattle offered.

Prices ranged from $2.40 to $3.12 per kg and the lighter steers were down about 40 cents/kg on December.

A Rangitikei buyer purchased many of the better steers, along with agents with orders for other districts and local farmers were buying also.

The star lines were Merv and Connie Utting’s pen of 40 Charolais and Linburn P/S’s 22 Angus cross 18 month steers.

The heifer prices were down on average about 20 cents per kg on the previous sale, but there was a lot of variation in quality and dollars per kg, ranging from $1.85 to $3.56 per kg.

Bull prices ranged from $2.30 per kg to $3.41 per kg in the larger pens, but there were many pens with only 1 to 3 animals on offer.

Best prices as follows

Rising 2.5 year steers: Eripiti P/S (Ruakituri), 13, $1535, (530 kgs), 26, $1275 (445 kgs); Willis Family Trust (Tahunga), 32, $1475 (490 kgs), 12, $1265 (440 kgs).

18 months steers: MD & CA Utting (Waimata), 40 charolais, $1350 (440 kgs), 22, $1300 (425 kgs); Linburn P/S (Waimata), 22 Angus cross, $1345 (450 kgs), 36, $1095 (350 kgs); Arakihi Station (Tolaga Bay), 26, $1300 (415 kgs).

Rising 2.5 year heifers: Myles Mullooly Ltd (Whatatutu), 15, $1080 (400 kgs), 13, $1045 (380 kgs), 4, $1025 (375 kgs).

18 month heifers: Myles Mullooly Ltd, 24, $920 (320 kgs), 14, $925 (320 kgs); Foster Farming P/S, 10, $900 (330 kgs).

18 month bulls: Bushy Knoll Forest Ltd, 25, $1070 (385 kgs), 40, $1040 (330 kgs).

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