WEANER steers sold to a top of $1995 a head and heifers to a hefty $1925 during the Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange Carcoar Classic Autumn Weaner and Store Sale last Friday.
Overall, the market was $50 to $80 a head easier than the Blue Ribbon Weaner Sale at Carcoar a fortnight ago, according to Ray White Emms Mooney agent Ben Emms, Blayney.
"But, for the better, bigger lines of weaners the market was just as good and I'd quote it firm on the sale a fortnight ago," Mr Emms said.
"I thought the market was quite solid and after the really strong sale a fortnight ago we didn't know where the market might end up, but it was a really good sale."
A portion of the yarding were destined for last fortnight's sale, but due to wet weather were held over to last Friday's sale.
One of those big lines included the best presented pen of steers which were also the top priced pen of weaners at $1995 a head.
They were sold by Karoo Angus, Meadow Flat, and were a pen of 60 August/September-drop, Karoo-blood Angus steers that tipped the scales at 365 kilograms and were European Union accreditated.
All up Karoo sold 266 steers and heifers at the sale and Karoo Angus co-principal Annie Scott estimated more than 1000 head at the sale were Karoo-blood, reflecting the strength of the bloodline in the Central Tablelands.
Karoo's top pen of heifers, also August/September-drop and weighing 266kg, sold for $1840 a head.
Another big line of Angus weaner steers and heifers were sold by James Carr of Funny Hill, Binda, who offered 704 head to a top of $1895. Those weaners were also delayed from sale due to the wet weather a fortnight ago and presented in excellent condition having all been yard weaned.
Mr Carr's top pen were July/August drop, weighed about 330kg and were by Cluden Newry-, Coffin Creek-, Landfall- and Funny Hill-blood bulls.
He also sold heifers with an average weight of 304kg for $1790.
Breaking down the sale results, most of the weaner steers weighing less than 280kg sold from $900 to $1715, while those from 280kg to 330kg ranged from a very healthy $1600 to $1875.
The weaner steers heavier than 330kg attracted bids from $1620 to $1995.
The weaner heifer market was also solid and those weighing up to 280kg sold from $1000 to $1735.
The 280kg to 330kg weaner heifers ranged from $1500 to $1830 and a few pens heavier than 330kg made $1585 to $1925.
Best presented pen of heifers were sold by PR and EL Noon, Carinya, Wallerawang. The pen of 28 July/August-drop 331kg Angus weaner heifers sold for $1925.
A small yarding of yearling steers sold from $1500 to $2000, while yearling heifers sold from $1620 to $1800.
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A few small pens of pregnancy-tested-in-calf females ranged from $1430 to $2425, while cows with calves offered towards the end of the sale sold from $2400 to $3500 a unit.
The top cows with calves were across two pens: Ian Selwood, Orange, sold six Angus cows with calves for $3500, while Andrew and Sarah Martin, Talawa, Rydal, sold three Angus cows with calves for $3500.
The Martin family also sold 39 August/September-drop Angus steers, 353kg, for $1925 and a lovely pen of 17 August/September-drop Angus heifers, 286kg for $1760.
Other highlights during the weaner sale included GW and DC Collins, The Long Yard, Rydal, sold seven- to eight-month-old Angus/Limousin steers, 380kg, for $1910 and Keith and Maureen Kerridge, Bannaby Angus, Taralga, sold 27 Bannaby-blood Angus steers, eight to nine months and 349kg for $1925.
Michael and Kylie Irvine, Irvine Farming, Orange, sold 350 five- to seven-month-old Milwillah-blood steers and heifers. Their top pen of 43 steers tipped the scales at 310kg and sold for $1760.
Trent Johnstone, Trojan Shorthorns, Lyndhurst, sold June/July-drop Shorthorn steers with an average weight of 396kg for $1850.
The McManus family, Cloverlea, Meadow Flat, sold 360kg seven- to eight-month-old, Gilmandyke-blood Angus-cross steers for $1895, while NW Moore, Timbie, Yeoval, sold 333kg Ascot-blood Angus steers, July/August-drop, for $1850, and George King, Whitney Pastoral Company, Carcoar, sold 406kg Angus steers for $1965.
The sale was conducted by Central Tablelands Livestock Agents Association.
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