COWS with calves hit a whopping high of $3800 a unit during the Maitland store cattle sale on Saturday.
Bowe and Lidbury agent Michael Easey said the yarding was mixed for the 710 head offered.
He said the market was firm to slightly stronger when the quality of the yarding was taken into account.
Weaner steers were a highlight in an offering 300 head and sold firm to $20 a head dearer. Most pens sold from $1100 to $1900 and averaged $1475.
Weaner heifers ranged from $1000 to $1750 and averaged $1420.
He said the weaner heifer prices were firm to $15 dearer.
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Yearling steers sold from $1680 to $2150 and averaged $1825, while Mr Easey said there were no grown steers to quote.
Unjoined heifers from 12 to 18 months sold from $1700 to $2000 and averaged $1800.
There were 20 pregnancy-tested-in-calf heifers offered, aged two to three years, and they attracted bids from $2400 to $2500.
The PTIC heifers averaged $2440.
Five- to eight-year-old unjoined cows sold from $1420 to $2250 and averaged $1650.
PTIC cows ranged from $1800 to $2550 and the trend of the average was firm at $2075.
The 120 cow with calf units were in demand and Mr Easey said they attracted spirited bidding that ranged from $2300 to $3800. Prices for this category averaged $2775.
R and S Carroll, Carabolla, sold a pen of Angus weaner steers for a top of $1875 to Glenliam Farm in the lower Hunter Valley. They also sold a second pen for $1675.
J Douglas, Sweet Pac Australia, Dungog, sold Angus yearling steers for $2150 to a buyer near Moss Vale.
B and M Duncan, East Seaham, sold young Angus cows with their first calves for $3800 a unit to Alex Badior of Maitland.
Rodney Sanson, Woodberry, offered a line of Angus weaners during the sale.
Mr Sanson's weaner steers sold for $1650 to TTI Pastoral, Muswellbrook, and the weaner heifers hit a healthy $1575 to A and J Turner, Mount Rivers.
The sale was conducted by agents from Bowe and Lidbury, Maitland.
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