DEMAND for good quality stock remained strong at the fortnightly store cattle sale at Tamworth last Friday, with the best cattle selling to a firm market despite the lack of rain in the region.
The 2000-head yarding of good quality cattle, but with many in store condition, included cattle from Tamworth, Manilla, Coolah, Bulahdelah, Barraba, Timor, Narrabri, Gurley and Quirindi.
There were also western cattle from Quambone, with drying conditions forcing producers to offload.
Overall, the market was slightly cheaper for most categories, but restockers looking to take advantage of late oats crop were prepared to bid for top quality cattle.
Among the large lines was 200 Angus steers from Dick and Pam D’Hudson, “McEvers Park”, Goolhi.
The 10-month-old DSK and Kansas blood steers are a small part of the D’Hudsons’ drop, with the family usually selling the bulk of their cattle at the Landmark Classic store sale held earlier in the year.
Their even line of steers topped the weaners, reaching a high of $1090 a head and averaging $1045.50.
“I’m very happy with the prices, especially considering the current seasonal conditions,” Mr D’Hudson said.
A line of yard-weaned, Dalkeith-blood Hereford steers from “Turee Vale”, Coolah, reached $1020.
In the yearling steers, milk and two-tooth Angus-cross steers reached a top of $1100.
Black baldy steers from the Allen family, Barraba, topped at $1090, and Charolais steers from the Allen family made $1070.
Good quality Angus heifers from Timor Station, Timor, with Waverley and Pine Creek Angus bloodlines, topped the heifer portion of the sale, reached $900.
Yearling heifers sold to a top of $940 for Angus heifers from “Penbury”, Barraba.
The market was slightly cheaper for the limited number of cows and calves, which topped at $1990 for Angus cows.
They had six to seven-month-old Limousin-cross calves, and were pregnancy-tested-in-calf (PTIC), and came from the McCulloch family, Quirindi.
PTIC females reached a top of $1125 for Angus and Red Angus cows, in calf to Angus bulls, from Gavin and Sarah Knee, Loomberah.