A "typical mid-winter sale" is how Tamworth Livestock Selling Agents Association president Ian Morgan Ian Morgan Livestock described Friday's Tamworth store sale with a pen of Angus steers topping at $2050.
However, achieving this price was rare as it was a "pretty tough day of marketing" Mr Morgan said.
A "tough frost across the region" heralded the start of Friday and the chill conditions kept plenty of hands in pockets, he said.
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The yarding didn't quite total 2000 head, and while any pens contained quality cattle, opportunities for buyers were plenty in steers selling between $1200 to $1500 and heifers in the $1000 to $1250 price range.
An early mover in the price stakes was a pen of nine "beautiful quality Angus steers", aged nine to 11 months, sold by Chris Paterson Stock & Station Agent on account Segboer for $1920 per head. Heart Angus bulls sired the steers.
Weaned Angus steers sired by Farrer MAHS bulls were sold by Nutrien Livestock Tamworth on account D'Hudson, Loomberah and sold to $1520 for the 25 offered. The heifer portion of this line made $1270 for the lead pen.
Angus steers sold by Elders account Woodham made $2050, a $10 increase on the top price paid at the store sale earlier in July.
Well-bred Hereford steers that were described as; "they would do like steam" sold by Davidson Cameron & Co - Livestock account "Lachlan Downs" Tamworth made $1650.
Heifer prices topped at $1730, a drop from the early July sale when $1900 topped the day.
Garvin & Cousens Tamworth, Account Bell sold the top priced heifers, at $1730. Garvin and Cousens also sold two pens of "neat" Angus cross heifers account Martlett Commodities Pty Ltd, Armidale, that were bought by NEJ Smith, Loomberah, for $1370.
Shorthorn cross weaner heifers sold by Nutrien Livestock Tamworth, account Athelstone, Wee Waa made $1580.
One of the sale's highlights was a draft of 42 Charolais cross cows and calves offered by Nutrien Ag Solutions Armidale, account Peter and Leanne Singleton, Hernani. They were bought by a local restocker, the line sold to $3125 and averaged $3094.
First calf at foot Angus heifers and calves, joined back to an Angus bull for four weeks, were sold by Angus Newcombe, account McDonald, making $3200.
Davidson Cameron & Co - Livestock, account Inglebrae sold a similar line of Angus/Limousin cross, first calf at foot heifers, joined back in calf to Angus bull, that made $3080.
Nutrien Livestock Tamworth account Dekam sold Booragul blood Angus third and fourth calvers, with calves at foot, that made $3340.
The next Tamworth store sale is on 29 July.
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