Premium paid for EU weaners at Casterton

Premium: Steer weaners with EU accreditation sold well at Casterton.
Premium: Steer weaners with EU accreditation sold well at Casterton.

GIPPSLAND buyers led the charge as the first 14 pens of Angus cattle at the Landmark Casterton Steer Weaner sale sold at rates from 310-319c/kilogram on Tuesday.

Cattle with European Union (EU) accreditation gained a premium from buyers of as much as 15-20c/kg, adding a boost to vendor accounts.

Landmark Casterton’s Rick Smith quoted steers at the heavy end - 360kg plus – as selling consistently at around 310 to 315c/kg but jumping to 325 to 330c/kg for EU accredited lines.

In the 280-360kg range, there was a solid floor at around 325-330c/kg while there was plenty of competition for lighter cattle at anything from 340-360c/kg.

Fifty Angus weighing 363kg offered by “The Gums” sold for 329c/kg to Landmark Casterton.