Demand strong at SELX weaner sale

OUTSTANDING: Champion pen of heifers Judy and Steve Merriman (right) "Ravesnworth" and 'Homewood Yass with Joel Conronand Michael Coggan.

OUTSTANDING: Champion pen of heifers Judy and Steve Merriman (right) "Ravesnworth" and 'Homewood Yass with Joel Conronand Michael Coggan.

VENDORS were rewarded for quality presentation of some of the best pens during the South Eastern Livestock Exchange special weaner sale.

The sale drew in 2889 head and the market was buoyant despite dry conditions.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia's National Livestock Reporting Service it was a smaller yarding for the last of the special weaner store sales.

At Yass the quality was very good, with mostly light and medium weights cattle penned.

Angus cattle dominated the breeds throughout the yarding.

DEMAND: Action from the SELX sale.

DEMAND: Action from the SELX sale.

And despite what was described as a smaller buying group competition was strong and prices were generally $100 to $120/head stronger.

Light weaner steers to 200kg received mainly from $310 to $660, with a small pen reaching $825/head. Medium weights sold from $500 to $890 and heavy steers made from $700 to $1150/head.

RECOGNITION: Champion pen of steers Ben Foley "Willow Bank," Crookwell (far right) with Brendan and Tessa Zapper and sponsor Joel Conron.

RECOGNITION: Champion pen of steers Ben Foley "Willow Bank," Crookwell (far right) with Brendan and Tessa Zapper and sponsor Joel Conron.

On a live weight basis, prices averaged from 290c to 325c/kg.

Light heifers reached $515 and the medium weights sold from $465 to $730/head.

Heavy heifers made from $630 to $775/head or averaged from 220c to 270c/kg depending on breed.