PRICES befitting the quality of the offering established a very firm market among the record yarding of 2682 head at today's Dunedoo store cattle sale.
Weaner steers toped the market at $1850 for Angus off their mothers from Paul McGirr's Wongaboori Station, Mendooran, while Shorthorn cows with calves at foot from the Bowman family, Merotherie, Dunedoo, sold to a top of $3800 a unit.
The success is another tick-in-the-box for the combined resources of two agents, Milling Stuart of Dunedoo and PT Lord Dakin and Associates, Dubbo.
Milling Stuart's Angus Stuart said the very strong market was due to the outstanding line up of cattle.
"I thought the sale was fully firm on last month's fixture," Mr Stuart said.
"There were some big lines of locally-bred cattle from weaners to cows with calves and all went to buyers among one of the biggest crowds we have sold to."
Buyers came from Hunter Valley, Tamworth, Goulburn, Coonamble, Forbes, Dubbo with locals keeping up the competition.
PT Lord Dakin's Mark Garland agreed.
"I think steers could have been a fraction dearer today as their quality was a lot better that what we've seen in the past," Mr Garland said.
"And I think you'll find that flowed on to the prices as well. It was solid."
Cows with calves and PTIC cows met solid competition but heifers may have met a bit softer trend."
Mr Garland said he believed the continued success of the Dunedoo sale partnership was due to the excellent association of the two agencies, but more importantly, vendors had been getting good results.
"There has been a greater selection of quality lines of cattle in good size runs which restockers want," he said.
Prices ranged from $1300 to $1850 for weaner steers with the better end making from $1500 to $1850 while lighter end was $1300 to $1600.
Yearling steers sold from $1800 to $1900.
The better end of the weaner heifers sold from $1400 to $1800 while the lighter weights made from $1150 to $1370.
PTIC heifers sold from $2000 to $2600 while cows with calves made $2000 to $3800.
PTIC cows Poll Hereford from Bullaroy Creek, Dunedoo, in calf to Charolais, sold at $2550 a head.
- Full report in The Land April 8 edition.