Weaner steers kept restockers busy at Dubbo store cattle sale last Friday paying up to $1370 a head for a pen of Charolais-cross among the yarding of 1800 head, up at least 1000 cattle on the previous sale, according to Meat and Livestock Australia's report.
The weaner steers sold from $690 upwards with cent a kilogram ranging from 373c/kg for Bos Indicus crosses to 710c/kg for Hereford/Angus weighing up to 200kg which sold from $835 to $1030 a head.
In total, there was 410 steers and 580 heifers in the weaner section with the dearest heifers making from $540 for very light crossbred calves to $1080 for British-cross in good condition.
Yearling steers sold from $1030 to $1390 for the limited number on offer, while 280 yearling heifers were yarded and sold from $640 to $1650 a head for a line of heavy Angus weighing more than 400kg.
There were only four pens of top quality pregnancy-tested-in-calf heifers which sold from $1310 for Shorthorns to $1975 for top Angus heifers carrying red tags.
The cow/calf section attracted strong demand with $2900 top money paid for a line of very heavy five- to seven-year-old Angus cows with large calves.
In all there were 130 units offered with Angus cows with first calves making $2150/unit. Most ranged from $1500 for a light Angus unit to $2880/head for Limousin cows with calves.