Angus heifers sold to $1090 at the final day of the Hamilton weaner sales.
LOCAL buyers and feedlotters held up the opening day of the two-day Naracoorte weaner sales yesterday, with steers attracting up to $3.87 a kilogram despite a smaller than usual buying crowd.
Heifers destined for the paddock and backgrounders most of the heifers yarded at Hamilton's all breeds heifer sale.
A good spread of buyers combined with quality cattle and demand for EU stock was the foundation for a solid Hereford and Euro sale at Hamilton.
With a yarding of Hereford calves that were generally lighter than previous years, the application of the EU premium provided a boost to prices.
Buyers had a range of steer weaners to meet their needs as competition pushed prices to 345c/kg at the Hamilton all breeds sale.
A dearer price trend has been evident at the early sales of the feature drafts of weaner calves at the annual sale circuit.
China was Australia's biggest beef customer by volume in 2019 with a total shipped weight of 300,132t.