Grown steers sold to 323 cents a kilogram and weaner steers to 315c/kg at the May store sale at the Western Victorian Livestock Exchange at Mortlake last week.
A large yarding of 4343 cattle was penned with three feature drafts benchmarking a well presented yarding.
Agents described the quality as generally excellent considering the season.
Competition was strong from South Australia, feedlots as well as a good portion of the sale that went back to local western district buyers.
The sale was quoted firm to dearer on lighter cattle.
Three pens achieved tops of the grown steers on a cents per kilogram basis.
Two were Angus steers sold by Langulac which made 323c/kg.
The first was a pen of nine, 468kg, and the second a pen of 26 that weighed 395kg.
Both pens went to Teys Charlton at $1512 a head and $1278 respectively.
Another draft of grown steers to make 323c/kg was a pen of 21 sold by MB and MJ Patterson, weighing 410kg, equivalent to $1324.
Next best per kilo was a pen of 14 sold by Merrett & Voigt that weighed 487kg, and made 322c/kg or $1568.
A heavier pen of 540kg sold for $1652 or 306c/kg.
Tin Pot Pastoral Co offered 29 Angus steers, 401kg, which sold for 322c/kg, or $1291 to Teys.
Of the feature drafts, Gilmour Quirk Partnership, Terang, forwarded 272 steers, September 2018-drop, that sold to a top of $850 on two occasions.
The first was a line of 40 that went to a Charles Stewart & Co account, while another line of 39 went to Elders Naracoorte, SA.
GR and JM Saffin, Mailors Flat, sold 26 Angus steers, March/April 2018-drop, that weighed 368kg, for 310c/kg or $1140.
A second, lighter pen of nine, weighing 321kg, sold for 286c/kg.
Moyne Falls Partnership, Macarthur, consigned almost 800 steers and heifers.
The tops of the September 2018-drop steers sold for $845 to HF Richardson & Co, for 23.
The majority of these steers sold between $740-$450.
Of the Moyne Falls heifers, the best was a line of 52 that went for $480; the balance sold between $460-$420.
Chas and Cass Kimpton, Toora West, forwarded 206 Angus heifers, 18-20 months, Banquet and Toora West blood, 381kg, that sold to a top of 338c/kg, or $1287 for 72.
The buyer was the same as the previous year, Wimmera Pastoral, Navarre.
The same buyer also bought a second pen of 37, weighing 411kg, for 331c/kg or $1360.
The balance of the Toora West heifers made between 260-289c/kg.
Murray Grey steers sold to 309c/kg.
Lines matching that price included 17 sold by Minhamite Rural, weighing 430kg and a second pen from the same vendor of 15 that weighed 403kg.
AJ and IK Boyd also achieved 309c/kg for their draft of 12 Murray Grey steers, weighing 442kg.
Bellvale Pastoral sold a big draft of Hereford steers with the tops making $830.