Numbers almost halved at the Yass store sale, with just 405 good quality cattle yarded on Friday.
What was there sold to solid demand, with prices rising significantly for some pens of light cattle, with weaner heifers reaching a height of 690 cents per kilogram.
Elders Cootamundra agent, Charlie Butt said the recent rain had consolidated confidence and producers were holding on to the cattle they had because buying back in would be a very expensive operation.
"There's a lot of pressure on the market from both the north and south of the state, just because there's an abundance of feed, it held the sale in very good stead on Friday," Mr Butt said.
Cows and calf units were much dearer, with the MLA National Livestock Reporting Service noting this was linked to improved quality.
They topped at $3200 for a pen of nine Angus and Angus cross cows and calves offered by JR and LE Sutherland and PJ and JJ Evans.
The 'Best Presented' cows and calves were six Angus cows and calves offered by C Ellison, Willow Bend, Tumut for $2500 per head.
The yarding was predominantly made up of weaners and yearlings, with too few feeder steers to quote.
Mr Butt said producers were spending a little more time on the lighter cattle, just to secure them for early next year.
"They'll hold them through the summer and sell through the autumn or winter," Mr Butt said.
"AuctionsPlus was very strong on the 350-360kg cattle, and there was also some local interest, especially black steers, 300-360kg saw prices from 450c/kg to close to 500c/kg."
Yearling steers, weighing more than 330kg made from $1120 to $1630 - paid for four Angus steers, 420kg, offered by Tullyvale Farm Partnership, Bowning.
Heavier weaner steers, 280kg and above, sold from $1300 to $1610, lighter pens made from $1060 to $1350 per head.
Angus weaners weighing under 200kg averaged 640c/kg and topped at 656c/kg for a pen of 11 Angus, 180kg, offered by RJ Cranley and RJ Foster, which sold for $1180.
Dave Tozer, Onslow, Wallendbeen sold 13 Angus steers, 320kg, for $1500.
Mr Tozer also bought the 'Best Presented' pen of heifers, 22 Angus, 271kg, offered by MA Coles, Goulburn, which sold to Mr Tozer for $1280.
Mr Butt said heifers were in demand from restockers looking to secure future breeders. The yearlings sold from $1170 to $1660, while the heavier end of the weaner heifers made from $1265 to $1520.
Lighter heifers sold from $340 to $1280, selling for an incredible top of 690c/kg.
Buyers were mostly from across the Southern Tablelands and South West Slopes.
The sale was conducted by SELX Associated Agents.
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