WEANER steers surged past the 1000 cents a kilogram mark several times in a market dominated by dearer young cattle during the Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange, Carcoar, store cattle sale last Friday.
About 1680 head were offered and there were very few pens that were knocked down for less than $1000 a head.
Weaner steers less than 200kg sold for $1000 to $2010. The top end of the market was much dearer than last month's sale where light weaners topped at $1570.
The price surge was highlighted by the cents a kilogram price which topped at 1113c/kg for Angus weaners.
Weaner steers from 200kg to 280kg were also dearer than last month and sold from $1050 to $2130.
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The 280kg to 330kg weaner steer prices surged much higher hitting a top of $2290, while the cheapest pen was a pricey $1760 for Bos Indicus-crosses.
Heavier and older weaner steers that tipped the scales at more than 330kg sold from $2160 to $2450.
CA Whiley, Billabong, Cumnock, sold the top pen of weaners steers ($2450) which were Angus and weighed about 390kg.
Demand for weaner heifers was also hot although when converted to cents a kilogram prices didn't match the weaner steers.
A limited number of light weaner heifers (less than 200kg) sold from $540 for D1 Bos Indicus-types to $1780 for C2 Angus.
Excellent lines of 200kg to 280kg weaner heifers sold from $1000 to $1840.
Angus and black baldy weaner heifers weighing 280kg to 330kg attracted spirited bidding. Across this weight range prices started at $1500 and climbed to $1940 which was the top price for weaner heifers.
Two pens of weaner heifers heavier than 330kg sold for $1770 and $1920.
The quality and condition of the yearling steers was mixed than this may have accounted for the variation in prices across the offering.
Light yearling steers (up to 330kg) started at about $1000 but topped at $2300. The top pen were C2 Angus which when the price was converted to cents a kilogram was about 712c/kg.
Most of the 330kg to 400kg yearling steers made $1980 to $2440, but one dairy-bred pen sold for $1490.
The C2 and C3 yearling steers weighing more than 400kg mostly sold for $2350 to $2440.
One pen at $2440 tipped the scales at 403kg and were sold by M Fardon through Bowyer and Livermore, while a second pen for the same money weighed 411kg were sold by Cangoura Pastoral Company, Bathurst via Elders.
Most of the yearling heifers were Angus.
Those less than 330kg sold for $1720 to $1950; pens weighing 330kg to 400kg attracted winning bids from $1820 to $2250, and those heavier than 400kg ranged from $1800 to $2260.
Only about 50 pregnancy-tested-in-calf heifers were offered and most were Angus that sold from $1800 to $2650.
The tops at $2650 were well-conditioned Angus heifers tipped the scales at 550kg sold by CF and DT Millynn, Eugowra.
PTIC cows were snapped up quickly by buyers for $1700 to $2580. The top pen were 590kg Shorthorns sold by Trojon Shorthorns, Lyndhurst.
The excellent condition of the cows with young calves was a reflection of the good season and most made from $2600 to $4000 a unit.
The top run at $4000 were well conditioned Angus cows which had been running back with an Angus bull and sold by Edenvale Holdings, Bathurst.
Not far behind the top pen was another Angus pen sold by RL and TL Wills, Glenarvon, Mandurama, for $3900.
Cows with two- to four-month-old calves sold from $2450 to $3575, while PTIC cows with older calves ranged from $2875 to $2925.
The sale was conducted by Central Tablelands Livestock Agents Association.
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