Casterton heifers benefit from increased demand

Heifers to 299c/kg at Casterton weaner heifer sale


Weaner Sales
Family: Marg and Bob Smith, Jindalee, with their grandson Darcy Brown, at Casterton where Jindalee consigned Angus heifers.

Family: Marg and Bob Smith, Jindalee, with their grandson Darcy Brown, at Casterton where Jindalee consigned Angus heifers.

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Strength in buying orders across a range of weights saw prices strengthen at Casterton compared with previous sales this week.

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Strong buying support on a range of weight categories was evident at Casterton’s  all breed weaner heifer sale today.

The sale was a combined agents sale with Elders and Landmark conducting.

Elders Korumburra set the scene buying the first run of heifers at rates from 267c/kg up to 287c/kg.

The market was quoted as dearer compared with other heifer sale during the week but slightly softer than the 2018 sale.

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Landmark Casterton auctioneer Rick Smith said the sale was excellent considering recent sales.

He said there were a number of orders for finishers as well as for joinng and sending back to the paddock.

The sale had the support of a Tasmanian order, an export order and strong local inquiry.

The south-east of SA were always strong and that was aided by bull studs buying to support their clients, he said.

The result was much better than agents were expecting and was pleasing for vendors.

Mr Smith said the tough end of the sale were some lines of light Hereford heifers weighing 220-240kg that lacked competition and sold from 210 to 220c/kg.

Top of the market was 299c/kg or $1175 a head for a pen of 10 Boonaroo blood Angus heifers, EU accredited.

Injemira added to its buying of clients cattle with further purchases at Casterton while Bendulla Poll Hereford stud of Andrew Bennett, Mundulla, South Australia, bought 76 heifers that were by his stud's bulls for joining and sale before his annual bull sale.

Wiston West sold a line of 14 Angus heifers, Glatz blood, 392kg, that sold for 265c/kg or $1039 a head.

Southdene Estates forwarded 17 Angus heifers with the top pen comprising 11 head, Glatz blood, weighing 376kg. The pen made 274c/kg or $1031 on a per head basis.

The Gums followed up their steer sale with a draft of Angus cross heifers, with the top eights being a pen of 23 that weighed 318kg and sold for 260c/kg or $828.

The annual draft of Herefords from Blink Bonnie sold in two pens with 35 heifers, 290kg making 282c/kg or $818 a head and the lighter pen of 35 weighing 267kg selling for 272c/kg or $725.

Major vendor at the sale as in the steer sale, was Kevin Upton, Glencairn, who consigned 97 Angus heifers, Boonaroo blood, and 85 Herefords, Bowmont and Yarram Park blood.

The black heifers sold to a top of 284c/kg for a pen of 36 weighing 286kg coming out at $814 a head. Another eight, weighing 296kg sold for 258c/kg or $764 a head.

Of the Hereford portion the top price on a per head basis was a pen of 19 that made $740 or 255c/kg.

Regular vendors, Taronga Herefords, sold 80 heifers with the tops making 279c/kg, or $830 for a pen of 37 that weighed 297kg.

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