A record yarding of 1805 head at Dorrigo Ray White weaner sale last Friday recorded good prices after an excellent season on a plateau that rarely saw the drought.
A few large holdings dominated the sale, with Marengo at Hernani contributing 384 black, black baldy and Charolais cross while partners Caranna, which also has property at Hernani, delivered 380 Hereford/Angus and Charolais-cross cattle.
The Cameron family's Mayleigh Pastoral contributed 220 Hereford and Angus-cross cattle.
Steers and heifers from both large holdings were well weaned and honest in their presentation according to livestock agent for Ray White Dorrigo, Tim Bayliss.
Buyers included Jackson Agriculture at Armidale and Ray White agencies at Kempsey and Casino which bid strongly on the heavier cattle.
The Ray White franchise Emms Mooney at Molong and Orange went home with 261 heifers for backgrounding made up of cross-bred and black.
Light weaners tended to stay local with Rob Perkins, Ebor, among those buying Marengo cattle with Eaglehawk and Brooklana bloodlines.
"Marengo and Caranna cattle are known to perform in this area, said Mr Bayliss.
Best Angus steers, 347kg, from the Schwartz family's The Ponds Farming Company sold to 306 cents a kilogram or $1061.
Merv and Sandra McGuire sold Charolais-cross, 307kg, for 260c/kg or $798 going to Shamil Livestock at Urunga with property on the Dorrigo Plateau.
Shamil, in turn, sold Angus steers 280kg for 289c/kg or $809.
Graham Holden and Alison Raymond sold Angus steers - first pen in the ring and weighing 297kg - for 307c/kg or $911.
Paul and Nada Gibbins, from Bucca and Lowanna, trading as PJN Ag Services, sold 45 Angus steers and heifers with Brooklana blood topping at 287c/kg for 300kg or $861.
Kelly Cattle from Bostobrick sold Angus steers, 266kg for 290c/kg.
Peter Cavanagh, Muldiva, trading as PNK Logistics, sold Angus steers, 295kg to 284c/kg.
Mack Dixon, North Dorrigo sold the same, 238kg, for 252c/kg.
Adrian Joyce, Thora, sold Angus steers with Team Te Mania and Brooklana blood, 262kg for 274c.kg. His heifers from the same, 228kg, made 182c/kg.
Best Angus heifers with Wattletop blood, 243kg, from the McColluch family, trading as PMCL Holdings, sold for 246c/kg to make $600 going to local backgrounders.
This story was first published in The Land.