Record price for weaner steers in sale at Matawhero

A NEW top price for weaner steers at a Gisborne sale was set at a buoyant weaner steer and bull fair yesterday at Matawhero Saleyards, with the average price up on the 2016 sale.

The sale attracted a yarding of 2100 head and a large crowd of vendors and buyers endured the steady rain.

The top price paid for weaner steers was the highest for a Matawhero sale.

The sale average was up $180 on 2016 values although some of the live weights were down about 20kg on 2016.

The buying power was spread between local and outside farmers.

Nearly all cattle were presented in splendid condition, reflecting the supply of grass in recent weeks.

The nearly 2100 weaners sold for an average price of $997 and the line-up was made of 1565 steers and 518 bulls.

The top price of $1390 ($4.79/kg) for the sale went to the Nettleton Partnership at Te Karaka for 16 Hereford weaner bulls, which weighed 290kg.

In the steer pens, the 200 to 270kg liveweight prices ranged from $3.55 to $4.75 a kg.

The lighter steers were often more expensive on a per kg basis.

The top price here was for 17 Charolais steers from Pukekaka Station on the East Coast that weighed 270kg and sold to a Wairoa buyer for $1185 ($4.39/kg).

Medium steers sold down to $750 and the very small $500.

Around 1000 weaner heifers went under the auctioneer’s hammer in day two of the sale today.

  • Full sale results from both days will be in Saturday’s Focus on the Land pages.

A NEW top price for weaner steers at a Gisborne sale was set at a buoyant weaner steer and bull fair yesterday at Matawhero Saleyards, with the average price up on the 2016 sale.

The sale attracted a yarding of 2100 head and a large crowd of vendors and buyers endured the steady rain.

The top price paid for weaner steers was the highest for a Matawhero sale.

The sale average was up $180 on 2016 values although some of the live weights were down about 20kg on 2016.

The buying power was spread between local and outside farmers.

Nearly all cattle were presented in splendid condition, reflecting the supply of grass in recent weeks.

The nearly 2100 weaners sold for an average price of $997 and the line-up was made of 1565 steers and 518 bulls.

The top price of $1390 ($4.79/kg) for the sale went to the Nettleton Partnership at Te Karaka for 16 Hereford weaner bulls, which weighed 290kg.

In the steer pens, the 200 to 270kg liveweight prices ranged from $3.55 to $4.75 a kg.

The lighter steers were often more expensive on a per kg basis.

The top price here was for 17 Charolais steers from Pukekaka Station on the East Coast that weighed 270kg and sold to a Wairoa buyer for $1185 ($4.39/kg).

Medium steers sold down to $750 and the very small $500.

Around 1000 weaner heifers went under the auctioneer’s hammer in day two of the sale today.

  • Full sale results from both days will be in Saturday’s Focus on the Land pages.
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