LIGHTWEIGHT weaners lifted in prices another $80 a head during the monthly Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange, Carcoar, store cattle sale last Friday.
All up 1800 head were offered and about 1200 of those were weaners. Weaner steers weighing less than 200 kilograms sold from $570 to $1090 a head, with some top quality pens selling for as much as 577 cents a kilogram according to Meat and Livestock Australia figures.
The 200kg to 280kg weaner steers sold from $850 to $1275. MLA said many weaners in this weight range averaged 440c/kg to 480c/kg.
A limited number of weaner steers tipping the scales at more than 280kg sold from $1200 to $1420. In cents a kilogram most heavier weaner steers ranged from 403c/kg to 450c/kg.
Weaner heifers were also in demand and MLA estimated they were about $60 a head dearer.
The weaner heifers less than 200kg ranged from $500 to $800, while those weighing 200kg to 280kg sold from $640 to $1120. In cents a kilogram the top of the weaner heifers sold for 474c/kg.
Two pens of weaner heifers more than 280kg sold for $1190 to $1210.
Yearling steers ranged from about $500 for dairy breeds to $1405 for 330kg to 400kg Herefords.
Light yearling heifers sold from $755 to $1140, while those more than 400kg topped at $1530.
Pregnancy-tested-in-calf heifers ranged from $1070 to $1750 (although only 24 were offered), and 12 PTIC cows sold for $1600.
A pen of cows with calved less than two months sold for $1500 a unit, while cows with two- to four-month-old calves made $1500 to $2850.
PTIC cows with big calves at foot sold for $2300 a unit.
Central Tablelands Livestock Agents Association conducted the sale.