RIGHT from the first pen in the 5020-head yarding, it was clear the bids would be higher than many vendors expected during the Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange Annual Blue Ribbon Weaner Sale near Carcoar on Friday.
The sale's lead pen of 37 August/September-drop, 321-kilogram Angus weaner steers sold via Elders by David Mayne from Boorowa hit $1890 a head and from there it was clear to buyers they would need at least $1800 to be in the market for the heavier end of the weaner steers.
The quality of the predominantly Angus yarding was second to none and, due to a bumper season in the supply area, the weaners presented in excellent condition.
"It was a fantastic result for the vendors," he said.
"Prices ranged from $1650 for the little small calves through to $2000 for a cracking pen up around 350kg."
Mr Syphers said last year's average for the weaner steers was $960, while this year the average was a hefty $1800.
Scott Johnston from PR Masters Stephens and Company, Bathurst, said the heifer sale was outstanding.
"There was a definite push from people trying to buy heifers to join to put with a bull; there weren't too many heifers at all bought to fatten. I think there was a massive push for those looking for breeders," he said.
"There were a lot of heifers making around that $1800."
Mr Johnston said much of the buyer competition was local.
AWN Langlands Hanlon agent Geoff Rice, Parkes, with his father, Colin, and brother, Richard, J and H Rice and Co, Hillview, Cookamidgera, sold 25 eight- to nine-month-old Angus weaner steers (351kg) for the top weaner steer price of $2000 a head.
The steers were Millah Murrah blood and, all up, the family sold 83 head which averaged $1862.40/head. They also sold 266kg heifers for $1805/head.
Best presented pen of steers was sold by J and N Belecky, The Pines, Neville, for $1850 a head while the top-priced heifers were sold by Duncan Clowes, Valdemar, Millthorpe, for $2050.
Ross Armstrong, G and R Farming, Brooklyn, Parkes, sold 14 eight- to nine-month-old Angus weaner steers (371kg) for $1900 a head
Allan Thompson, Glastonbury, Parkes, sold eight- to nine-month-old Angus weaner steers (314kg) for $1820 a head. The steers were Millah Murrah blood and Mr Thompson said he normally has weaners to sell at this time of year.
The sale was conducted by Central Tablelands Livestock Agents Association.