Buyers jump in at Hamilton to beat the rain

Buyers jump in at Hamilton to beat the rain


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Southwest restockers pushed the foot to the metal Thursday creating an exceptional demand for store cattle at Hamilton

With a big rain tipped for Victoria cattle southwest restockers pushed the foot to the metal Thursday creating an exceptional demand for store cattle at Hamilton.

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In what was described as an "unreal" sale, feature lines of breeders’ spring-drop steer weaners commanded prices between 400-465c/kg while heifers pulled rates mainly between 360-460c/kg.

A limited and scrappy display of yearling-off and grown steers were “wintery” in appearance and failed to draw the interest of major feeders who watched on intently.

Prices achieved at the 1458-head sale included

Steers: 360-450kg $1265-$1480, average 356c/kg; 280-360kg $1180-$1365, av 407c; 200-280kg $960-$1173, av 446c/kg

Heifers: 360-450kg $1130-$1435, av 346c/kg; 280-360kg $1058-$1328, av 376c; 200-280kg $960-$1067, av 461c.

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