Mortlake Dispatch
First weaner sale attracts crowd

DESPITE the temperature nearing 40 degrees, hundreds of buyers and spectators braved the scorching heat at the Western Victoria Livestock Exchange’s (WVLX) inaugural weaner sale last Friday.

WVLX Agents Association president Glenn Judd said there was a “very good turn-up of buyers” during the afternoon.

“The inaugural weaner sale at WVLX saw a great line-up of well-bred, local Western District weaner cattle which were presented in excellent condition by the vendors,” he said.

“There was a good spread of buyers that were happy to purchase in large numbers, with the market topping at 326 cents per kilogram for a pen of 104 steers.”

Prices paid for steers ranged from 285 to 326 cents per kilogram.

Vealers topped the market at an average price of $1350 per head.

The highest price paid for a weaner heifer was 282 cents per kilogram or $1071 per head.

A number of pens of open auction heifers attracted prices between $580 per head and $830 per head.

Mr Judd said high rainfall and healthier cattle was one of the major causes of the positive results.

“The market overall was 10 cents dearer than we expected,” he said.

“The weights in the calves this year were heavier than we were anticipating due to the late seasonal rains.”

Bookaar’s John and Margaret Hallyburton also donated the proceeds of the sale of two steers towards mental health cause Dolly’s Dream, raising about $2500.

Tick and Kate Everett started the Dolly’s Dream cause after their 14 year-old daughter took her own life after a period of bullying and cyberbullying.

To donate directly to the Dolly’s Dream cause, visit dollysdream.org.au/donate.