January 17, 2013
Both Casterton and Hamilton heifer sales today (Wednesday) have gone better than expected, according to agents. The all breeds sale at Casterton had heifer prices recorded 10c/kg better than expected, with the lead draft of Angus heifers selling from 150-161c/kg liveweight. Top honours went to a pen of local Angus cattle, 339kg, which sold at $542 or 160c/kg, while the best of the Herefords sold from 145-163c/kg. In the afternoon session at Hamilton (2750 yarding), excellent demand underpinned the Angus section, with a large number of heifers sold from 148-160c/kg, and an isolated case up to 167c/kg. Hereford heifers have commanded good restocker breeder inquiry to sell festively from 146-159c/kg, with odd sale to 166c/kg for Hereford-Shorthorns. And in the Euro run, the majority of Charolais-cross calves have sold from 150-160c/kg, with a pen of pure Charolais making 169c/kg. Landmark Leongatha was strong in the Euro section, while Landmark Global Exports was strong on the second runs of the Angus heifers. Local breeders also formed the base of the inquiry of the Herefords. Most of the cattle have stayed locally in the greater southern area from Victoria, SA and Tas.