Feeder support for heavy steers held a steady line on the second day of the Hamilton weaner series on Tuesday.
In an all breeds steer sale of 2775 head by Elders and Landmark, the Angus portion of the heavy steer penning averaged 305 cents a kilogram compared to Monday’s 306c/kg average while trading in a similar price range of 298c-312c/kg.
But the demand for light black steers was not as robust as on Monday with prices averaging 8-10c/kg easier. The major buyer of the lighter black steers was the live export trade that bought another 650 head.
Among the leading sales of black steers was a pen of EU-accredited Sandy Creek Angus, 448kg that made 312c/kg to realize $1397 a head.
Jean Maling’s Fiveways Angus steers, 406kg, was awarded the best presented on the day. These made 307c/kg or $1246 a head while the best per kilogram black steers made 330c/kg, going to CD & MJ Wrights’ Danbre Banks steers, 291kg.
A highlight of the Tuesday sale was the Hereford lines, many of which carried EU-accreditation. With repeat buying from interstate, sales were made to a top of 317c/kg with the majority selling from 280-306c/kg.
The honors for the highest per head Hereford pen went to the Inverall draft of Yarram Park-blood steers by John and Elizabeth Craig. The Inverall pen, 391kg, realised $1212 a head while the Beaton family’s Giant Rock Partnership and Inverall shared a 317c/kg top of the white-faced steers.
Monday’s Angus steer weaner sale was acclaimed as one of the best quality weaner pennings seen at Hamilton. An abundance of heavy weight lots filled the opening lanes with top end drafts weighing from 380kg to a top of 430kg.
These pens were contested by feedlot orders placing bids mainly in the 300-315c/kg price bracket for both weaned and EU-accredited lots.
Unweaned lots were at times sold at discount as most of the heavyweight sales realised per head values between $1100 to a top of $1320
However as weights dropped towards 360kg, a live export order by Landmark International was ignited, lifting prices by 8-12c/kg and claiming 1050 head.