THE store cattle market held up well at Wangaratta today.Weaner steer and heifer prices were firm to dearer on other weaner sales in the North East this week.
Similar to the trend at the same sale last year, the big processors were noticeably absent with local breeders and backgrounders paying up to $665 for steers and $544 for heifers.
Wangaratta Associated Agents yarded about 1100 cattle, back on the 1500 originally advertised as vendors chose to pull out cattle due to the lack of confidence in prices.
The top pen of steers was sold by brothers, Pat and Kieran Fogarty for $665 or 165c/kg.
The 33 Angus steers, aged 10-12 months, Te Mania blood and weighing 402kg were named the champion pen of the sale for the third year in a row.
Heavy steers generally sold from $550 to $610, and down to $520 at times. Lighter steers from 280-320kg sold from $490 to $530 and extra light steers sold down to $420.
The top pen of heifers were 14 Angus-Charolais, weighing 339kg sold by Athlone for $544.