There was 1488 head of good quality cattle offered at the Grafton monthly store sale on Thursday, with weaner steers attracting up to 530 cents per kilogram.
Ray Donovan director, Mitch Donovan said compared to their last store sale two months ago, cows and calves sold to a dearer trend, especially for the bottom end.
The majority of the cows and calves on offer making from $1840 to $2200.
Pregnancy-tested-in-calf females made up to $1640 for Angus cross heifers offered by Mannifera Pty Ltd, Upper Orara, while the best of the dry cows made 320c/kg, averaging 270c/kg.
Mr Donovan said although the young steer portion of the sale didn't reach the heights of the record feature weaner sale held a fortnight ago, prices were still very strong.
The tops of the weaner steers making 530c/kg and averaging just over 400c/kg.
Account Jackadgery Park Farming, Jackadgery sold Angus steers, 162kg, for 518.2c/kg, $839 per head.
Mr Donovan said there were quite a few grown and feeder steers on offer. Feeder steers topped at 388c/kg, averaging 368c/kg.
DW and LF Green, South Grafton sold Angus cross and Charolais cross steers, weighing ave 480kg for 376c/kg, $1806.
The heifers also sold well, weaners making a top of 450c/kg and average of 370c/kg. Feeder heifers made a top of 368c/kg.
S Blackadder, Eatonsville sold Angus heifers, 479kg, for 336.2 c/kg or $1610.
Mr Donovan said most of the cattle went away again.
"They went west of the range, into the New England and North West Slopes, some went into Queensland as well, there were a couple of Queensland feedlotters operating," Mr Donovan said.
He said he thought the continued large numbers were due to the time of year and the strength of the market.
"We always have a sell off when we get close to winter, we still haven't had a frost here yet but generally this time of the year people seem to lighten the load," Mr Donovan said.
"But also the money is so good as well, as everyone knows producers have been through a very tough time and to have a few cattle to sell now while the job's so good, they're selling them lighter but still getting a good return."