Casterton heifers to $1540

Casterton heifers to $1540


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Heifers were keenly sought at Casterton selling to $1540 on Thursday

Sales for heifers proved a feature of the Casterton spring store cattle sale in Victoria’s Western District on Thursday.

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In a sale offering 1300 head and preceding the big Kerr & Co spring sale at Hamilton, sales of Angus heifers were pushed to a high of $1540 a head as restockers seeking quality lines for breeding purposes took the fight to lot feeders.

The heifer market toppers were a Banquet-blood line offered by grazing syndicate Matlock which has leased property in the Casterton area.

The group offered a first draft pen of 57 Angus, aged 16-20 months. And weighed at 446kg a selected yard of 19 was sold to Colac-district breeder George Gigas of Beeac while the remaining 38 was re-offered and cleared at $1450 to Thomas Foods International.

The historic rotunda cattle sales ring still stands proud of former glory days at the Casterton saleyards in Victoria's deep southwest

The historic rotunda cattle sales ring still stands proud of former glory days at the Casterton saleyards in Victoria's deep southwest

A second-draft pen of the Matlock Banquet-blood heifers, 402kg made $1380 and $1370 with the same two buyers featured.

Other sales of spring 15-drop heifers were sold from $1080- $1270 a head with the heavier drafts weighed at more than 360kg averaging 337c/kg while the lighter drafts under this weight averaged 350c/kg.

Steer sales saw feeders and bullock finishers from the western-border, Gippsland and northeast Victoria as well as the Riverina all staking a claim to build loads.

Steer sales were mostly made in the 350-380c/kg for the heavier feeder weights and 370-405c/kg for lighter backgrounder steers.

Premiums on occasions were paid for EU-accredited lines with a yard of Banemore Hereford steers, 415kg, sold for $1550 a head to be remained in the EU-system.

Teys Charlton feedlot also paid the equal top for the steer yarding - $1550/head - for two yards of Angus weighed at around 500kg.

These were sold by Lyndon Lea and Bushells Creek while Matlock sold 15 Angus steers 419kg at $1510 and Maryvale- an EU-accredited Angus pen of 18, 390kg at $1490.

Two further pens of Matlock Angus steers, 41 head at 367kg and 43 head at 344kg, made $1410 and $1370 a head respectively, with both lots sold to interests at Millicent, SA.

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