WITH Easter over and cattle business getting back to normal, numbers offered on the online marketing platform more than tripled this week, rising to 9713 head.
A measure of the level of activity was the 567 unique users who logged-in to the three Eastern States sales, with 265 of those placing bids. Recent rainfall across eastern parts of Australia have ensured that prices on most lines remained high.
Reinforcing AuctionsPlus’s ability to extend the buyer footprint, stock were on the move this week, with one line of 210 Santa Gertrudis heifers travelling from Winton, QLD across to Marla in South Australia.
Standout steer prices this week included a line of Rennylea-blood Angus feeder steers from Vittoria, NSW averaging 408kg at 19-20 months of age, selling for 382c/kg or $1561 a head.
Another line of unweaned 8-9 month old Angus/Shorthorn/Charolais steers weighing 224kg from Guyra, NSW made 446c/kg or $1000 a head. Their slightly heavier 286kg brothers made $1120.
Standout heifer listings included a line of 73 Te Mania & Milwillah blood Angus heifers 266kg from North Star, NSW, which sold for 439c/kg or $1170 a head – These heifers were in high demand, selling for $235 above reserve.
A line of 86 Angus and Simmental cross future breeders from Tenterfield, NSW weighing 416kg made 344c/kg or $1435 a head, while a line of 8-10-month old Speckle Park/Angus heifers 263kg from Gloucester, NSW will be heading to Scone, NSW, having made an impressive 615c/kg or $1620 a head.
Among larger Queensland lines offered this week, 120 Limo x Charbray yearling steers 12-14 months at 329kg, facing a dry winter at home at Prairie, in the state’s north, made $339c or $1115 a head. These cattle would normally be retained and put into feedlot, but were being sold due to dry seasonal conditions.
Two lines of Santa station-mated heifers totalling 210 head from Winton in the state’s northwest averaging 336kg made $1250 a head.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weight range:
- Steers less than 250kg sold from 387c to 483c, averaging 434c/kg; while heifers sold from 376-420c, averaging 393c
- Steers 250-300kg sold from 375-462c, averaging 410c; while heifers sold from 377-439c, averaging 379c
- Steers 300-350kg sold from 339-416c, averaging 376c; while heifers sold from 288-367c, averaging 326c
- Steers +350kg sold from 347-396c, averaging 364c; while heifers sold from 336-414c, averaging 356c.
Breeding cattle highlights
Joined females were highly sought-after by restockers this week with solid prices evident.
A line of Wattletop blood Angus heifers sold for the top price of $2590. The 18-19 month old girls from Walcha, NSW are preg-tested in calf to Tajima (high marbling) Wagyu bulls and will be heading south to Goulburn where they will drop their calves in the winter months ahead.
Four-year-old Twynam blood Angus cows from Holbrook, NSW, PTIC to Tywnam and Ardrossan Angus bulls, made $2530.
Among cow and calf listings, two-year-old Angus first-calvers cows with Angus calves at foot from Woolsthorpe, VIC sold for the top price of $2620.
Another line of unjoined Angus cows, also with Angus calves at foot, sold for an impressive $2610. The 3-7 year olds from Kalkallo, VIC have young 10 week old calves and will be heading interstate to Mount Gambier, SA.
In the Tasmanian cattle sale yesterday, Panshanger Estate in Smithton offered 300 top quality Lawsons blood Angus cows. With 100pc clearance, the cows sold to a top price of $2020 and averaged $1919. All cows were PTIC to Angus Bulls.
Wagyu were once again a hot topic, with 27 heifers from Plevey Wagyu offered in this week’s seedstock sale. With 100pc clearance and 57 users logging-in to the sale, one registered heifer with a Wagyu calf at foot sold for the top price of $13,700.
This week AuctionsPlus interfaced the Spry’s Shorthorn and Angus bull sale which was held in Wagga Wagga, NSW. 45 registered users and 59 guests logged-in to view the sale and listen to the live audio streaming. Shorthorn bulls averaged $9855 with the top priced bull selling for $23,000. Angus bulls averaged $11,583 with the top price selling for $18,000. AuctionsPlus bidders purchased a Shorthorn/Angus bull for $13,000.