HEAVY quality Angus weaner steers sold to $727 at Casterton today.
The Sinclair family from Casterton sold the heaviest 34 of their Pathfinder blood Noss steers, liveweight 389kg, for 187c/kg or $727 to the Princess Royal feedlot at Burra and later sold 35 353kg Angus steers for 191c/kg or $674 to a local restocker.
Strong Victorian and South Australian feedlot competition on the consistent quality well-drafted lines in the 1850-strong yarding, backed up by south-east SA, Western District and Gippsland grass demand, put 320kg to 400kg steers, Angus and whitefaces, at 174c/kg to 191c/kg.
The best 280kg to 320kg steers sold from 174c/kg to 186c/kg, with other small lines less well-bred making 150c/kg to 165c/kg.
The better bred 250kg to 280kg calves sold from 165c/kg to 172c/kg.
Landmark auctioneer Greg Bright said there was plenty of competition on the big lines of better bred cattle with weight and their lighter mob counterparts also sold well.
"But the smaller lines are where we seem to be taking a bit of hit.
"It's an indication that there is no northern support."