COWS with calves sold to a top of $2900 a units during the 31st Annual Angus and Angus-cross Female Cattle Sale at Maitland on Saturday.
Bowe and Lidbury agent Michael Easey said the market was the best he had seen for a special female sale in the Hunter.
"There was a great line-up of females offered (1100 head) and all categories were much dearer than recent sales," Mr Easey said.
"There was great competition from not only the local buyers, but buyers from the Upper Hunter, New England and the Central West."
Weaner heifers from three to 12 months sold from $600 to $1275 and averaged $1025 a head.
Mr Easey estimated this category was about $100 dearer than recent sales.
The 13- to 17-month-old unjoined heifers ranged from $1100 to $2050. The average at $1655 was about $180 dearer.
Pregnancy-tested-in-calf heifers sold for an average of $1800, ranged from $1500 to $2700 and were $200 dearer.
The bidding action really heated up on the cows with calves as prices started at $1850 a unit and topped at $2900/unit.
Mr Easey said these well presented females averaged $2250 a unit and jumped about $200 when compared with recent sales.
Unjoined cows sold from $680 to $1550 and averaged $1280.
B and M Duncan, Boambee Angus, Seaham, sold 16-month-old unjoined Angus heifers for $2050 to CR Crump, Tarin Grove, Pokolbin.
A sale highlight was when Barties Creek Pastoral, Nelsons Plains, sold Angus cows with their first to third calves for $2900 a unit to Hirondelle Properties, Lovedale.
G and K Fripp, Peats Ridge, sold pregnancy-tested-in-calf Angus heifers for $2700 to B McDonald, Gresford, while Dorney and Schultz sold a run of 42 Angus weaner heifers for $1125 a head to G Fripp of the Central Coast.
The sale was conduced by agents from Bowe and Lidbury, Maitland.