Full field of selective buyers

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There were approximately 950 export and 650 young cattle penned representing an increase of 770 head week-on-week at Pakenham’s Victorian Livestock Exchange.
There was a full field of buyers present and operating in a firm export sale and a cheaper trade offering with buyers being a lot more selective.
Quality was good with a larger and better selection of prime cattle in all classes.
Vealers suited to butchers slipped 15 cents to 20 cents.
Yearling trade cattle eased around 10 cents for most. More young cattle were secured by feedlots and re-stockers.
Grown steers and bullocks sold firm. Heavy weight grown heifers improved by nine cents, heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers eased four cents while the crossbred portion held firm.
Vealers suited to butchers sold from 273 cents to 318 cents, yearling trade steers made between 265 cents and 303 cents.
Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 246 cents and 278 cents, and feeder steers made from 263 cents to 310 cents.
Grown steers sold from 265 cents to 286 cents, bullocks made between 262 cents and 284 cents, heavy weight grown heifers sold between 256 cents and 265 cents, and heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made from 222 cents to 240 cents with the crossbred portion from 224 cents to 268 cents.

The VLE draw for the week commencing Monday 18 December is: 1, Everitt, Seeley and Bennetts; 2, SEJ; 3, Rodwells; 4, Nathan Gibbon Livestock; 5, Landmark; 6, Elders; 7, Alex Scott and Staff.
The next store sale is on Thursday 14 December at 10am.
Last sales for 2017 are: 14 December – Store sale; 18 December – Combined prime and export.
The first sales of 2018 are: 9 January – Export and calf sale; 11 January – Store sale; 6 February – Sheep and goats (first Tuesday of each month – no January sale).
Merry Christmas from the VLE.

Vealers
Six, I Gillingham, Clyde, 363 kilograms, 309.6 cents per kilogram, $1,124.92; 10, E Ruffollo, Bass, 390, 305.2, $1,190.00; 10, B & G Sibly, Woolamai, 351, 303.2, $1,064.21; 7, J Cooper, Limestone, 367, 302.0, $1,108.00; 16, B Richardson, Ryanston, 305, 302.0, $921.10; 1, L & J Fraser, Catani, 475, 300.0, $1,425.00.

Steers
7, S Newnham, Dalmore, 426, 304.3, $1,297.68; 16, J & L Branca Inv., Moorooduc, 446, 286.1, $1,275.72; 11, H & M Anderson, St Clair, 557, 284.6, $1,587.29; 12, C & A Munckhof, Coldstream, 476, 284.0, $1,353.73; 35, Jorgenson Holdings, Tonimbuk, 590, 281.2, $1,655.56; 8, D Stone, Drouin West, 555, 276.0, $1,531.80; 10, Brompton Lodge, Skye, 477, 274.6, $1,309.84.

Heifers
Nine, C and A Munckhof, Coldstream, 415, 261.6, $1,085.64.

Bullocks
14, Est. Paynter, Nilma North, 633, 284.2, $1,800.61; 12, J Gribble, Flinders, 622, 282.6, $1,758.00; 10, Bruwin Pastoral, Rokeby, 747, 276.2, $2,063.21; 14, A Kestle, Warragul, 681, 275.6, $1,879.00; 18, D & B Hardy, Dalmore, 678, 274.0, $1,859.00; 12, CM Lewis, Neerim East, 656, 274.0, $1,798.13; 24, E & N Meggetto, Drouin South, 708, 273.6, $1,936.78; 11, N & D Renshaw, Warragul, 642, 273.0, $1,764.60; 10, T & W Renshaw, Lillico, 685, 272.6, $1,868.67; 7, TR Icorp Nominees, Drouin West, 673, 268.2, $1,806.52; 20, BJ Wallace, Yarragon, 710, 267.5, $1,900.00; 10, B Reid, Heyfield, 608, 266.6, $1,622.26.

Friesian bullocks
22, TJ Mitchell, Jindivick, 830, 240.0, $1,992.55; 14, TA & AF Scanlon, Tynong, 604, 229.6, $1,388.26.

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