With heavy steers making in excess of 3.20c/kg at NVLX Wodonga, there was a lot of strength in the market driven by restockers from north-eastern Victoria.
The yarding of 2106 head was dominated by black cattle with only a few pens of Herefords and European breeds presented.
Before he started on the first pen 19 Angus cows with their first calves, BUR Wodonga director Gerard Unthank noted there was not many older females on offer.
"That is going to be the case going forward," he said reflecting the situation when producers will hang on to their breeders where possible, with the national herd declining due to drought conditions.
Sales of weaner steers included $1100 for 24 Wirruna-blood Herefords weighing 342kg and EU-accredited sold by B and N Teek, Tallangatta, Victoria, while M.A and H.L Clarke, Pine Mountain, Vic sold 13 Angus weighing 39kg for $1070 and Sharp Partnership, Cudgewa, Vic received $1140 for their 30 Angus weighing 357kg.
Older steers sold to $1520 when M.A and H.L Clarke, Pine Mountain sold 13 Angus weighing 472kg and B.E Trethowan, Gerogery sold 15 Angus, weighing 432kg for $1450.
Heifers sold to $1250 when B.E Trethowan, Gerogery sold 40 black baldies, weighing 416kg and NSM for $1250 and Maree Paton, Tallangatta, Vic sold 15 black baldies sired by Table Top Angus bulls, eight to ten months and weighing 323kg for $1040.
There were few cows with calves and NSM offerd and they sold to $1250 when Morrass Partnership, Mullengandra, Vic offered 19 Angus with first calves.
The one pen of PTIC heifers sold for $1390 when D.S and P.A Beckwith, Tarrawingee. Vic offered 14 rising two year old Charolais cross depastured to Angus bull to calve end of August and weighing 496kg for $1390.
Auctioneer Leroy McEvoy, Corcoran Parker, Wodonga quoted the market as 'extremely strong'.
"The quality was better than we have seen in the past few weeks," he said.
"The cattle were a bit heavier and that was reflected in the firm prices.
"Vendors are not disappointed with the prices they are getting."
Feedlot operators and northern Victorian restockers underpinned the sale with limited interest from processors.
Wodonga agents BUR, Corcoran Parker, Schubert Boers and Rodwells Peter Ruaro operated throughout the sale.