The Wodonga store sale went from strength to strength again on Thursday, steers selling to a top price of $2530 and weaners returning more than 700c/kg in a yarding of close to 1400 head.
Heifers topped at $2310 for a pen of Limousin cross while cows and calves sold for a high of $4120.
Elders agent Harry Cousens said he thought the steer category was dearer than last month's sale.
"It was very difficult to buy steers 300kg under $2000," Mr Cousens said.
"Mid to high 300kg steers, the true weaner types, traded anywhere from 560c/kg to 580-590c/kg.
"Once you slipped under 340kg, your cents a kilogram rose well above 600c/kg."
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Overall most steers sold from $1510 to $2400. A highlight of the draft was a run of 135 Angus and Angus cross steers from Brinstock Beef, Lucyvale, Vic.
The Upper Murray producers started their offering with three pens of 20 Angus steers, weighing from 375kg to 381kg, and sold for $2230 to return a top of 595c/kg. The three pens were bought by feedlot Teys, Charlton.
Another run of 24 Angus, 358kg, from Brinstock, made $2210, or 617c/kg, while 28 Angus, 337kg, sold for $2150 to return 638c/kg.
The top price of $2530 was paid for five Angus with Hicks Angus bloodlines, 496kg, offered by account MA Smith.
RJ Morton Family Trust, Mount Annan, Holbrook, sold a solid run of Charolais steers, the first pen of 21 weighing 395kg made $2155 and a second pen of 12, 385kg, sold for $2100 to return 546c/kg.
David Kemp sold seven Angus steers, 269kg, for $1880 to return 699c/kg.
Mr Cousens said the heifer market was comparable to last month, with 350kg well-bred heifers trading for around $1950 to $1990.
"The high 200kg heifers traded a flick over $1700," Mr Cousens said.
Overall heifers sold from around $1440 to $2300. The top price of $2310 was paid for 14 Limousin cross heifers, 441kg, from the Waverley Family. They returned 524c/kg.
Springdale Nominees offered 10 Angus heifers, 459kg, with Te Mania and Ardrossan blood, which sold for $2230.
Mount Annan, Holbrook, also sold Charolais heifers for a top price of $2070 for a pen of 22 weighing 369kg.
Cows and calves reached a top of $4120 for 11 Angus, second calvers with Charolais calves at foot, three to four months, from MF and M Ryan, Tocumwal. They sold to local restockers.
The few pregnancy-tested-in-calf heifers sold for a top of $2780 for eight Angus from DG and SL Cheshire.
Mr Cousens said there was good feedlot competition and local restockers were operating on the lighter articles.
The sale was conducted by Elders and Nutrien Wodonga/Albury agents.
- Full sale report in next week's edition of The Land
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