Grafton steers to $1961

Grafton steers sold to $1961

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Weaner steers make up to 560c/kg at Grafton.

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McGrath Cattle Company, Ulmarra sold Angus weaners, 290kg, for 442c/kg, returning $1250. This pen was part of the 81 weaner Angus and Angus cross weaners offered by the McGrath Cattle Company. Photo supplied.

McGrath Cattle Company, Ulmarra sold Angus weaners, 290kg, for 442c/kg, returning $1250. This pen was part of the 81 weaner Angus and Angus cross weaners offered by the McGrath Cattle Company. Photo supplied.

There was 1669 head of grown cattle and 139 calves yarded at Grafton's end of financial year store sale on Thursday, with higher prices recorded across the board.

Mitch Donovan of Ray Donovan Stock and Station agents said he thought it was the dearest market they had seen.

"I didn't think our March and May sale could get any better but Thursday proved me wrong, it was very strong and there was a bigger buyer gallery again," Mr Donovan said.

Mr Donovan said the highlight was the continued strength of the weaner market, with lighter steer calves topping at 560c/kg, for a pen of Angus weighing an average of 159kg, offered by Orama Nominees P/L, returning $888.32 per head.

Most weaner steers weighing 150kg to 200kg made from 480c/kg to 520c/kg.

Heavier weaner steers, weighing 200kg to 280kg topped at 528c/kg, most attracting 480c/kg to 510c/kg.

Account Johida Pty Ltd sold Angus steers, 217.5kg, for 528c/kg or $1149.

Heifer Station, Copmanhurst sold Charolais steers, 259kg, for 498c/kg, $1291. Video: Farrell McCrohon.

Volume vendors included Heifer Station, Copmanhurst who offered 123 Charolais and Angus cross weaners. The tops of the steers, weighing ave 215kg, made 502c/kg or $1075.

McGrath Cattle Company, Ulmarra offered 81 Angus and Angus cross weaner steers, the tops, 212kg making 504c/kg or $1068.

Feeder steers, 350kg plus, reached 396c/kg for a pen of Angus, ave 480kg, offered by Ryven Grant, returning $1901.

The Wright family sold Angus steers, 500kg, for the top dollars per head price of $1961, 392c/kg.

The heifer market was also dearer, lighter heifers, 150kg to 200kg, selling to 488c/kg, most between 400c/kg to 440c/kg.

While, heifers weighing from 200kg to 250kg made up to 454c/kg, most between 400c/kg to 430c/kg.

Account Jonny Cowan sold Charbray Heifers, 250kg, for 454c/kg, $1135.50.

Heifer Station, Copmanhurst had their weaner heifers top at 450c/kg, $937 for Angus weighing 208kg.

Mr Donovan said the 132 cows with calves on offer sold firm on last sale, one quality pen of Angus from the Anderson family, Tullymorgan topped the section, making $2640 per unit. The Anderson family offered 56 head in total in a partial herd dispersal.

TW and DL McWhirter sold a Gelbvieh Cross Cow and Calf for $2520.

Account Payne and MacLauchlan sold Santa Cross cows with calves for $2420.

Pregnancy-tested-in-calf cows also met strong demand reaching 310c/kg for a pen of Brahman cross cows, 599kg, from Springwood, which made $1857.

The Anderson family's PTIC Charolais females sold for a top of $2080.

Buyers came from a wide range of areas, from Northern Queensland to Western and Southern NSW.

The sale was conducted by Farrell McCrohon and Ray Donovan agents.

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