BREEDERS paid to $639 for Angus heifer weaners at Hamilton, but the lightest calves lacked buyers and many sold under $350.
Elders and Landmark yarded 2033 heifers in the sale after 400 were withdrawn, with most over 300kg liveweight selling from $400 to $500.
Kerr and Co Livestock agent David Powling paid 182c/kg or $622 to $639 for 40 of Nangana's Angus calves for Condah client and repeat buyer Craig Wallis to top the sale. Other Angus heifers over 300kg made from 130c/kg to 170c/kg or $400 to $540.
Buyers included Landmark Global Exports, T&R Pastoral, Landmark Leongatha and district restockers.
Charolais calves made to $535 for Dunorer's 22 362kg heifers that were bought by T&R Pastoral for 148c/kg. Other Charolais heifers over 300kg made from $350 to $500 or 129c/kg to 161c/kg.
The top price per kilogram went to Glenlean's 27 247kg Limousin heifers at 218c/kg or $538.
These sold to a Gippsland feedlotter along with Innisfail's 246kg Limousin heifer at 210c/kg or $517. The main Euro buyers were Landmark Leongatha's Terry Ginnane, Hardwicks, Rodwell's Yea and T&R Pastoral.
Hereford heifers made to $523 or 167c/kg for Inverell's 45 313kg calves, with others over 300kg making from $420 to $480 or 120c/kg to 160c/kg.
Buyers on the heavier Hereford heifers included south-west restockers, Rodwells Yea, Elders Mt Gambier and Injemira Beef Genetics at Wagga Wagga.
Elders Hamilton livestock manager Aaron Malseed said the better bred heifers in the yarding "made their money".
"But all the off-types and under 300 heifers were hard to sell."
Landmark Hamilton livestock manager Darron Dawson said there was still a premium for top quality breeder heifers.
"If it rains next week those cattle will be as cheap as you will see them in a long time."