Dorrigo yarded 783 head of special weaner store cattle on Friday as the sun came out to shine on a very wet landscape, albeit glowing green, with buyers' top bids reaching a high of $2394, while the entire yarding averaged $1924 for calves tipping the scales between 300 and 400 kilograms in weight.
"The market for black calves was strong right across the board while it was slightly back in places for the cross-bred types," reported agent Lachlan Gay, Elders Dorrigo.
WH Bailey and Son, Mountain Top, sold the top priced pen of milk-tooth Angus, 12 months at 398 kilograms for 601 cents a kilogram, and have gone back on grass at Ben Lomond.
The champion pen of Angus from Kingaroy Pastoral Company at Hernani made $2341 for 366kg at 638c/kg also going to Ben Lomond.
The pastoral company was the sale's lead vendor with 73 steers yarded.
Angus steers from Rob and Lucy Adams, Whiskey Creek, made $2267 for 346kg at 654c/kg going to backgrounding at Ebor.
Their Angus sisters 301kg made 654c/kg or $1971 going to Walcha.
Brian and Christine Hillier, The Laurels at Ebor, sold Angus steers 363kg for 650c/kg or $2360 also going to a Ben Lomond buyer who came away with a total of 96 heavy Angus steers.
The Hillier heifers, 299kg, made 642c/kg or $1922 going back to the paddock at Walcha.
Angus heifers from DJ and BJ Beaumont, Megan, made $2023 for 338kg at 598c/kg going to Guyra.
Cross bred Charolais/Angus steers from C and K Menzies, Bostobrick, made $2040 for 300kg at 680c/kg going to a local backgrounder.
Best pen of Hereford infused cattle sponsored by Amos Vale stud at Pinkett went to Rob and Lucy Adams, Whiskey Creek for black baldy heifers 302kg at 580c/kg or $1756.
Elders Dorrigo sponsored future breeders pen went the same way for Angus 301kg at 654c/kg at $1971.
"When it came to the majority of the yarding, the cattle had a fair bit of weight and that was the determining factor in our strong prices," said Mr Gay.
"Of course the season was a very wet one and we had days of rain prior to our sale, including right up to the day before when we were pulling cattle trucks out of the mud with the tractor.
"But the cattle still presented very well."
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