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‘I couldn’t hold my poker face’: Victorian High Nation abuzz as prices soar at mountain calf sales

‘I couldn’t hold my poker face’: Victorian High Nation abuzz as prices soar at mountain calf sales

There was a buzz but now not many bargains at Victoria’s 81st annual mountain calf sales as cattle prices soared to out of the ordinary heights.

Key aspects:

  • Cattle hold fetched great prices at the mountain calf sales in the Victorian High Nation
  • Investors from across Victoria and interstate flocked to the 81st mountain calf sales at Hinnomunjie, Omeo, Benambra and Ensay
  • Farmers are spending up out of the ordinary on young cattle as they restock after drought

5 sales had been held across two days in honest mountain nation at Hinnomunjie, Omeo, Benambra and Ensay.

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Jane and Craig Lloyd sold their 11-month-old-fashioned weaners at Ensay on Wednesday for an ogle-watering high impress of $2,010 per head.

“It was terrific.”

The identical purchaser purchased calves from the couple 14 months ago, two days sooner than bushfires tore through their farm.

“It’s factual that he can get rid of them down to King Island and turn them into extra cash for him,” Mr Lloyd stated.

“The essential thing is that we catch a factual impress and he can originate a quid out the assorted aspect.

A man and a woman stand smiling in front of cattle at saleyards.

Craig and Jane Lloyd misplaced helpful farmland in bushfires, but their laborious work with their cattle is paying off.(

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‘Vulgar rates’

Elders national farm animals supervisor Peter Homan, who travelled from Queensland for the sales, stated all people was “a tad cautious” purchasing and selling at such prices.

“Nonetheless all people desires to be a bit cautious about what they’re purchasing … at these vulgar rates.”

Mr Homan stated distributors in East Gippsland deserved your whole factual fortune they’re going to also catch.

“They’ve had extra droughts than most of us and then throw in the habitual fire and the habitual flood — they deserve every thing they catch,” he stated.

Benambra sheep and cattle producers Jackie and Kelvin Pendergast sold steers to a high of $1,980 at Hinnomunjie on Tuesday.

Mrs Pendergast stated it had been one among the finest years she can even undergo in mind for cattle.

“You might well presumably maybe hold your increase and bust times but at the moment cattle are doing extremely neatly,” she stated.

“In total, wool would be factual, and cattle now not so factual — that you would possibly presumably also hold got on the total got one carrying the assorted however the last few years every commodity has been up.”

A woman stands in front of a pen of Hereford cattle.

Jackie Pendergast says strong prices across all commodities enable late farm improvements after the long drought.(

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Lighter cattle selling neatly

Bairnsdale Elders agent Morgan Davies stated the annual sales got off to a rather demanding inaugurate, when on Tuesday afternoon calves got out on to the boulevard at Omeo.

“We had been chasing them all over the geographical region, they had been in of us’s backyards in Omeo and it was the worst!

“Nonetheless anyway we got through that, it was very demanding, but we are on the assorted aspect of that and … every thing has sold and or now not it is all factual.”

Mr Davies stated lighter cattle sold in particular neatly.

“You respect, 180-kilo cattle making $1,500 … or now not it is intelligent to take a look at,” he stated.

“The thing about these cattle is that they keep now not seem to be wherever, there are factual seasons across the eastern seaboard and now not many folk are selling these gentle weaners.

“Folks are bidding so strong on those cattle because they’re precisely what they wish and they’re very laborious to procure.”

A woman and man stand in front of penned cattle.

Albert Weisman stated prices had been so strong for lighter, youthful calves that it was now not worth holding onto them.(

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‘Toughest cattle in Australia’

Albert Weisman is fresh to farming, having moved from Melbourne to Benambra 5 years ago.

“I’m reasonably wet at the relief of the ears but it has been a fantastic season … or now not it is been raining at the lawful time, grass is rising, the cattle are taking a take a look at great,” he stated.

He sold 23 small steers at Hinnomunjie on Tuesday to a high impress of $1,650 and is now not going to assume the prices.

“I got neatly over my expectations. If you had regarded at the market two years ago, I potentially would hold got a quarter of what I got this day.”

He stated the annual mountain calf sales had been renown as one among the finest in the nation.

Agents in pink shirts, selling Angus cattle in a high country saleyard.

A high impress of $1,950 was recorded at Tuesday’s Angus sale at Omeo.(

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“The quality of the cattle up here, they arrive from the high nation and as soon as you build them in the lowlands in the hotter climate they dazzling lift out undoubtedly neatly … they keep on relatively about a weight,” Mr Weisman stated.

“These cattle are renown to be the hardest in Australia so that’s why of us come here to purchase cattle.”

The cease impress paid at the Hinnomunjie sale on Tuesday was $2,390.

Mr Weisman stated he would keep the extra earnings in direction of 100 hectares of latest chilly weather crops.

A woman leans on a walking stick, with saleyards behind her.

Eileen Douglas of Benambra has finest neglected one Hinnomunjie calf sale in her 86 years.(

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‘I’ve finest neglected one!’

Eileen Douglas, 86, stood out at Hinnomunjie on Tuesday, strolling the runs with the attend of a cane.

She stated she had finest neglected one calf sale at Hinnomunjie in 80-habitual years and stated the annual sale was a undoubtedly predominant social tournament in your whole district.

“[I enjoy] talking to of us, because I are living on my have, and it is extraordinarily lonely at times.”

Mrs Douglas stated while it was dazzling to take a look at the market doing so neatly, producers might presumably maybe hold to quiet prepare themselves for a correction.

“It would plug down and then this can even fit up … but dazzling withhold going,” she stated.

‘I couldn’t hold my poker face’: Victorian High Nation abuzz as prices soar at mountain calf sales