A BIGGER gallery of buyers due to easing COVID-19 restrictions pushed prices up $15 to $20 a head across most categories of stock during the monthly store cattle sale at Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange, Carcoar, on Friday.
Supply slipped to 1366 head and the bulk of the yarding were Angus and Angus-cross.
Many of the vendors offering young cattle at the sale set their program to market stock at this time of year, and with adequate local pastures the steers and heifers presented in good condition across the heavier weight ranges.
A smattering of just 30 weaner steers tipping the scales at less than 200 kilograms sold from $800 to $1135.
The bulk of the weaner steers weighed between 200kg and 280kg and sold from $900 to $1310, while good supplies of 280kg to 330kg pens ranged from $1200 to $1400.
A few pens of weaner steers over 330kg sold from $1440 to $1570.
A mixed quality offering of just a few weaner heifers less than 200kg sold from $600 to $870, while a better supply of 200kg to 280kg pens sold from $835 to $1130 and most averaged $1050.
Weaner heifers heavier than 280kg sold from $1120 to $1315.
Light British-cross yearling steers sold from $1045 to $1265, although only a few pens were offered.
Steers picked up by the feedlots mostly sold from $1295 to $1525.
Yearling heifers, also limited in number, ranged from $990 to $1380.
Pregnancy-tested-in-calf heifers and cows were in demand and attracted winning bids from $1300 to $2270.
Just one pen of cows with calves less than two months was offered and they were Herefords that sold for $2575, while cows with calves from two to four months made $2075 to $2900 a unit.
A highlight towards the end of the sale was a pen of PTIC Angus cows with calves four to six months which topped the market at $3050 a unit.
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