THE battle for quality prime cattle has forced the market higher during the first full week of trading this year.
The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator surged to a record 830.75 cents a kilogram (carcase weight) early this week.
Limited supplies, rain in some districts in recent weeks and better seasonal conditions (particularly in the north of the state) meant restockers went head-to-head with lot feeders and occasionally processors to fill their orders.
Vendors at the Tamworth prime sale on Monday were caught by surprise when their cattle sold much better than expected.
Kevin and Lisa Buggy, Keira, Tamworth, sold unweaned Angus and Angus-cross steers for 610c/kg (liveweight). The couple last sold steers at Tamworth in…