GRAND CHAMPIONS: Elizabeth and Michael Benstead, 10, with their champion pen of steers, which won the grand champion entry of the 2013 Santa and Santa Infused Show and Sale.
GRAND CHAMPIONS: Elizabeth and Michael Benstead, 10, with their champion pen of steers, which won the grand champion entry of the 2013 Santa and Santa Infused Show and Sale. Toni Somes

Prices up at Santa and Santa Infused Show

A SALE high of $540 was paid for the grand champion pen of steers at the third annual Santa and Santa Infused Show and Sale in Warwick on Tuesday.

The 12-month-old Rosevale steers averaged 300kg and were purchased by Pat McMahon during a bidding campaign, which had Elders auctioneer George McVeigh hard at work.

Meanwhile, the champion pen of females, offered by the McMaster family from Dundee at Inglewood sold for $506.

Elders livestock agent George McVeigh said prices on average (particularly for younger cattle) were markedly up on what buyers had been prepared to pay at Tuesday's regular Warwick cattle sale, just hours earlier.

"Some of these steers definitely wouldn't have made these prices in the other round," Mr McVeigh said.

His colleague on the catwalk, fellow Elders agent Brendan Kelly, agreed.

"Feeder steers at the santa sale were making $420 and similar articles have only been making $380 at other local sales recently," Mr Kelly said.

"So it's an indication of the quality of these young santa cattle and the high regard with which buyers hold these santa producers."

Other figures from the post show auction included the sale of two santa heifers offered by the McMaster family for $800 a head.

The Obst family sold seven PTIC santa heifers at $810, while Rosevale Park Santa Gertrudis Stud sold 44 santa vealer steers at average of about $400 a head.

Class winners:

  • Class 1: Elizabeth Benstead, Rosevale Santas; 2. McMaster family, Dundee Santas, Inglewood; 3. Jenner family, Headington Hill.
  • Class 2: McMaster family; 2. McMaster family; 3. Tony Steer, Bollon.
  • Class 3: Elizabeth Benstead, Rosevale Santas; 2. Jenner family, Headington Hill; 3. Jenner family, Headington Hill.
  • Class 4: 1. McMaster family; 2. Jenner family.
  • Class 5: Greg Obst, Wyreema; 2. McMaster family; 3. Jenner family.


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