WEANER heifer rates held firm on recent rates to reach $555 for well-bred Angus lines at Colac today.With limited support on a reduced yarding of 300kg-plus beef heifer weaners - many not weaned - most sold from 144c/kg to 169c/kg or $400 to $530, and up to $555 or 152c/kg for K&P Fairley's eight 366kg Red Angus heifers, bought an Elders Mt Gambier client.
South Dreeite producers M&L Jacob sold 34 324kg March-April drop Angus heifer weaners for 152c/kg to 170c/kg or $550 to the Jalna feedlot. Only a few pens of the heavier heifers fell to around 130c/kg.
Angus-Charolais cross heifers sold to $505 or 142c/kg or $505 for D Russell's 7 355kg calves and the best Hereford heifer price was $435 for L&J Sjolund's nine 342kg calves.
Buyers for the first runs of heifers also included Landmark Global Exports, Elders Ballarat and district restockers, but there was no Gippsland or other feedlot support.
The weaner heifers under 300kg liveweight sold from $320 to $460 or from 125c/kg to 170c/kg and were picked up by south west Victorian and Tasmanian restockers, the Ovens Junction feedlot and two processors buying calves with enough finish to kill.
South Dreeite producers Mark and Leah Jacob's top price this year of $550 compared to $759 last year for similar weight heifers.
"But we don't have to feed them and I have seen it worse," Mr Jacob said.
"The buyers have got a very good chance of making money out of the heifers."
Colac district producer Ken Shone said his best price last year was $689 while his top Angus heifers made $470 today.
As well as 211 joined heifers, 121 cows with calves and 189 joined females, agents yarded 932 heifer weaners, after about 600 were withdrawn before the sale.
The joined heifers sold to $1000 for EM&JN Bailey's pen of 12 Angus in-calf to the Angus bull for a February-March calving.
Other joined Angus heifers sold from $700 to $920, the Charolais-Angus to calve to the Angus bull made to $900 and Murray Greys made to $800.
Joined Angus cows made to $1070 for the Gilmour Pastoral Company's 16 third and fourth calvers to calve March-April to the Angus. Other made from $535 to $1020.
Colac and District Agents Association president Jamie McConachy said the heifer weaners and the joined heifers sold as expected.