Costello Rural’s annual Upper Murray cattle sale, held at Corryong last week, proved small selling centres can still attract sizzling competition with locally bred stock selling, on average, $100 dearer than last year.

Principal Justin Costello was thrilled with the result which saw steers sell to a high of $2.75/kg and an average of $2.40/kg for weaners.

Heifers also sold well for an average of $2.15/kg with strong demand for beef heifers driven by a Tasmanian buyer.

The total yarding was 740, 150 head up on last year.

“Weaner cattle have proven to be a huge success in this feature sale with many local and regional buyers wanting to secure proven lines of steers and females,” Mr Costello said. “Overall it was very high quality yarding and there was strong competition for all lines of cattle.”

To follow up their success, Costello Rural will hold a new Upper Murray feature sale in April, next year.

“We feel local producers want to support local sales. Selling here, cattle have shorter distances to travel, are off feed for less time and endure less stress. Our facilities are well maintained by Towong Shire Council so it makes sense to use them,” Mr Costello said.

Sale results include:


NC & MR Clydsdale, of Tintaldra, sold 97 Murray Grey steers aged 14-15 months for an average of $780 and to a top of $838; HC Auchinleck, of Towong, sold Angus weaners for an average of $852; AJ & MJ Jarvis, of Cudgewa, sold 35 Simmental Angus-cross weaners, aged 10 months for an average of $820; Max Grigg, of Corryong, sold Angus steers from $720 to $790/head; G & C Galbraith, of Khancoban, sold Angus Simmental-cross weaners for an average of $808; James H Nankervis, of Colac Colac, sold Hereford weaners from $750 to $810; P & R Mouat, of Khancoban, sold Hereford steers for $816; and BE & GE Costello, of Wabba, sold 67 Angus steers for an average of $785.

Joined females

B & S Daly, of Cudgewa, sold F1 Angus-cross cows PTIC for Feb calving from $1380 to $1400; IJ & KE McKimmie sold F1 Angus-cross cows PTIC from$1290 to $1320.

Unjoined females

RJ & SM Whitsed, of Biggara, sold F1 Angus-cross heifers from $860 to $910; B & D McKimmie, of Biggara, sold F1 Angus-cross heifers for $940.

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