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MEDIA RELEASE - Weaner sales to attract national interest

20 December 2018

Casterton’s reputation as a premium stock supplier is expected to entice buyers from as far as Tasmania and Gippsland during the busy January weaner selling season.

More than 6500 weaners will go under the hammer across three sales in the second week of January, sourced from some of the district’s oldest genetic lines.

Landmark Casterton livestock manager Greg Bright said the stock numbers were among the “strongest seen in recent years” with prices expected to reach up to $3.10 per kilogram for the best steers and $2.60 for heifers.

However, he noted prices would be determined by rainfall before the selling period, particularly in northern markets.

“The Casterton saleyards are iconic and buyers come from far and wide to source these locally sourced, very well-bred, reliable stock. The numbers are very strong this year which is a result of the good season and we are anticipating buyers will pay a premium to source these genetics on offer,” he said.

“Buyers are expected from as far as Gippsland and Tasmania who are keen to restock after the recent wet period, sourcing these well performing stock from some renowned western district bloodlines.”

The annual weaner sale covers three days, each starting at 9am, including:
• Tuesday 8 January – Angus Steer Weaner Sale 2600 head
• Wednesday 9 January – Hereford and Euro Steer Weaner Sale 1500 head
• Friday 11 January – Heifer Weaner Sale 2400 head

Glenelg Shire councillor Karen Stephens, who is chair of the Casterton saleyards committee, said the saleyards had built a reputation of providing reliable quality stock, available year after year.

“As one of the longest running weaner sales in western Victoria, Casterton is a staple on the selling calendar. Our reliable local rainfalls and prime agriculture land makes the brand unmistakeable,” Cr Stephens said.

“These saleyards provide vendors with an opportunity to sell in a traditional manner. The beautiful heritage selling ring is unique and vendors, and buyers alike, enjoy the chance to see the cattle presented, proudly on display in this great venue.

“Importantly for the town, the sale days bring significant benefits to local traders, with hundreds flooding into town during the week to source some of our well performing, reliable cattle and supporting local businesses, cafes and accommodation providers.”


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