Inverell Regional Livestock Exchange yarded 2096 head of cattle on Thursday with weaner steers to $2626 and feeder heifers to $2273.
Light-weight weaner steers 200 to 280kg averaged 753.05 cents a kilogram or 1884.13 with the tops making 830c/kg and $2128.26. Steers 280-330kg, 466head, averaged 730.17c/kg or $2238.84 and pulled top bids of 782c/kg and $2376.27. Heavier weaners 330-400kg, 229 head, averaged 662.79 or $2382.26 and hit a high of 718c/kg and $2626.80.
Lighter weaner heifers 200-280kg dominated the female portion making up more than half at 455 head to average 697.81 or 1712.55 and reached a top of 782c/kg and $2046.84. Heifers 280-330kg, 311hd, averaged 656.31c/kg or $1970.62 and hit a high of 746c/kg and $2273.81.
"The sale certainly exceeded expectations in the steer department and sold to expectation in the heifers," reported agent and auctioneer Will Claridge, noting that about 60 per cent of the heifers returned to the paddock as breeders, including 150 Brangus and Santa cross females that sold for more than 700c/kg.
Joe Morgan, Ben Lomand, sold Angus steers with Glen Avon and Eaglehawk blood to the feedlot 305kg for 782c/kg or $2385 going through KellCo at Dalby, Qld.
Angus Steers produced by JD and DJ Presnell, Guyra, made 702 cents a kilogram at 343kg to bring $2412.
Clerkness Pastoral Co, Bundarra, sold Charolais cross heifers 325kg to a top of 680c/kg or $2210 going to Killara feedlot. Their Angus steers, 359kg, made 730c/kg or $2620.
Hereford steers from Harwood Pastoral Co at Coolatai, 330kg, made 660c/kg or $2178 while their sisters 306kg brought 640c/kg or $1958 going back to the paddock.
Angus/Santa Gertrudis steers from Bonnie Hills at Kingstown, 230kg made 780c/kg while their sisters at similar weight caught bids to 780c/kg.
The sale was hosted by CL Squires and Co with Robbie Bloch and Will Claridge catching the bids.
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