Grafton saleyards yarded 1091 head of store cattle on Thursday with heavy steers to a top of $2938 a head and biggest heifers to $2642/hd while light Angus set a new saleyard record of $1084 cents a kilogram as rain continues to grow grass and spoil grain, both of which will go towards feeding stock.
Steers under 400kg numbered 444 head to average 721.4c/kg or $1690.84 (684.3c/kg or $1722.85 last store sale).
Heifers to 540kg, 336 head, averaged 654.8c/kg or $1548.13 (627.2c/kg or $1518.76 recorded last sale).
Angus steers with Bald Blair blood from Don Corfe, Brooklana, set the new cents a kilogram record with 151kg making $1637, going to a Hunter Valley restocker.
Di Gilmore, Coramba, sold milk tooth Angus steers 392.5kg for 620.2c/kg to make $2434 going to Ebor for backgrounding.
Records were smashed for Heifer Station at the Grafton store sale. A pen of Charolais cross weaner steers made 846c/kg for 234kg, or $1976, going to Luke Matten, Upper Orara.
The bid eclipsed the Page family's previous record by 52 cents for this type of cattle.
Other record highlights were a pen of light Angus steers making 1022c/kg and a pen of light feeder steers making 612/kg for 380kg.
Tristan Farrow, Coaldale, sold Charolais cross 292.5kg for 744.2c/kg to make $2176.79 going to Bruce Finlay, Kangaroo Creek.
Autumn drop Droughtmaster steers from Peter and Glenda Ballard, Copmanhurst, 283.8kg made 690.2c/kg or $1958.44 going to Coombadjha Pastoral for backgrounding.
Brahman heifers from Watters Pastoral, Rushforth, 169.2kg made 695.2c/kg or $1176.49 and have gone to the Kyogle district to be joined to a Simmental bull.
Their heaviest Brahman steers, 237kg made 820c/kg or $1945.
Poll Hereford heifers from Alan Moran, Lowanna, 142.5kg made 758.2c/kg or $1080.44
Bronc Riley, Springwood Grazing at Ulmarra paid up to $2735 for a Charbray steer 488.3kg at 560.2c/kg from Tony McLennan, Sunnyside at Nymboida and later in the sale sold a cow and calf for $3375.
Mr McLennan bought back in to pay up to $2287 for milk tooth Simmental cross cows 415.7kg at 550.2c/kg.
"I've got plenty of feed and there's better money to sell now rather than fatten for the next 12 months," Mr McLennan said.
McGrath Cattle Co, Ulmarra lived up to their title of vendor of the week with an offering of 27 ultrablack cross cows pregnancy tested in calf to Booroomooka bulls.
The top pen of four fetched $3350/hd and going back to the paddock in the Upper Clarence.
The sale was conducted by Farrell McCrohon with Ray Donovan stock and station agencies with the last sale of the year on December 16.
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