Strong bidding for Waverley Station cows and calves

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Despite this year’s record-breaking dry weather in the Upper Hunter Valley, strong bidding for Waverley Station cows and calves was experienced at the 28th annual Hunter Valley Angus Breeders’ Association female sale conducted at Scone on 31 May 2018.

The 28th annual Hunter Valley Angus Breeders’ Association female sale held at Scone on 31 May attracted strong bidding for better stock on the part of visitors from outside the drought-stricken Scone district as well as local buyers.

Agent Stuart Sheldrake of MacCallum Inglis reported that 926 head were penned for the sale and that 340 cows and calves averaged $1,481, whilst 478 PTIC cows and heifers averaged $856 and 108 unjoined heifers and weaners averaged $618. Total gross sales amounted to more than $979,000.

Comparing the Waverley Station cattle to average prices at the 31 May Sale, Waverley heifers and calves averaged $1,905 (versus $1,481) and Waverley PTIC heifers averaged $1,178 (versus $856).

Buyers of cattle came from as far away as Harden, Forbes, Dorrigo and the Mid North Coast, with a number of cattle also heading into the Lower Hunter Valley.

Waverley Station claimed the top priced pen of cows and calves, second top priced pen of PTIC heifers and an Award for the best pen of PTIC heifers.

The NSW Operations Manager for Waverley Station, Heath Eslick, commented that the cattle offered for sale were of very good quality and presented in very good condition despite the drought continuing in the Scone area – some sources saying that the district had experienced the driest twelve-month period in more than 100 years.

Heath observed “Although the market on the day was nearly half the price in some categories compared to last June’s sale, it was still a very good result. This was due to a good proportion of buyers being present from the more coastal areas which are currently experiencing a very favourable season, such as Dungog, Gloucester and Taree”.