A SMALLER yarding of just 700 cattle didn't deter restockers, particularly from the local region, who paid big money for cow/calf units and the limited offering of steers and heifers in what agents and attendees voiced as the dearest store cattle sale at Forbes.
Prices were so good, the yard record for cows with calves was broken twice within minutes.
First was at $4000 for a pen of 11 Angus second and third calver cows with calves at foot three to four months of age, selling at $4000 a unit for Max Gransden of Smithfield Pastoral Company, Eugowra, when sold by Forbes Livestock.
Soon after with just one lot, agents VC Reid and Sons, stirred bidders on to $4100 to break the record at the Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange.
The record price was for 11 Shorthorn first-calver heifers of Yamburgan blood and PTIC to a Nero Shorthorn sire. They had 12 Angus and Shorthorn calves at foot five to eight months -old and were offered by the L'Estrange family's Glen Echo Pastoral Company, Belswick merino stud, Condobolin.
The draft was purchase by Sandy Moss and Sam Lawson of Forbes through Nutrien.
A draft of four Speckle Park unjoined heifers weighing an average 508 kilograms sold at $2620 a head for Michelle Alcorn, Trewilga Station, Jemalong near Forbes.
- Full report in The Land April 22 edition