RECORDS once again tumbled at the Tamworth store cattle sale last Friday as cows with calves stole the show.
Despite making up a smaller portion of the overall yarding of just under 3000 head, prices continued to rise in the category with new records for a single cow with calf and line of cows with calves set.
The Tamworth record for a single cow with calve was cracked when a Shorthorn cow with a calve was knocked down for $5000.
The record for a pen of cows with calves was broken for the third time this year and for the second time this month, when a line of two- to-seven-year-old Angus cows with calves from PRB Livestock Coolah was sold for $4420 a unit, which broke the previous record of $4375 that was set at the last sale.
Tamworth stock agent Scott Newberry, Davidson Cameron and Company, said the cow with calves market was one of the strongest performing categories at last Friday's sale.
"There was a really good run of females on offer and there was an individual sale of one Shorthorn cow and calf offered by the Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth, which sold for $5000," Mr Newberry said.
"We saw that it was very strong two weeks ago and today [Friday] was no exception as we got to $4420 for the best of the cows and calves, young cows that have been rejoined back for eight weeks back to Angus bulls.
"Aside from that, the cow and calf market was very good, there was a lot of cows and calves selling anywhere from $2700 to $3300, which was a great result for the vendors."
It was a similar story in the heifer category as Friday's sale was a feature sale for females from as far away as the Central Tablelands, Coolah, Narrabri and Mullaley.
Most heifer prices ranged from a top of $2260 a head for a run of Angus heifers, which was up from a top of $2230 at the last sale, to about $1100 for lighter heifers.
"The top pen of heifers made $2260 for some beautiful-quality Angus heifers that were EU accredited and will go back into a breeding program," Mr Newberry said.
Yearling steers also sold well at last Friday's sale, reaching an equal top of $2380 for Angus steers, which was up from a top of $2170 at the last sale.
Prices for weaner steers also rose from a high of $2140 two weeks ago to a top of $2210.
"The best of the yearling steers got up to $2380 for some Angus steers, while there was a lot of Autumn-drop weaners sold from $1900 to $2150, which proves that market is very good and we are seeing that at the moment," Mr Newberry said.
Pregnancy-tested-in-calf (PTIC) cows rounded out the fortnightly sale and carried on the upward trend rising from a top of $2500 a unit at the last sale to $2740.
"Once again, a lot of the PTIC females were selling from $1800 to $2400," Mr Newberry said.
"Overall, it was a very solid day with support from producers from as far away as the Central Tablelands, the Northern Tablelands, out west and also from the Gloucester area."
The sale was conducted by the Tamworth Livestock Selling Agents Association.
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