RAIN across some parts of NSW and Queensland helped boost competition through AuctionsPlus online sales this week, where listings totalled 7175 head, down 17 percent on the previous week.
Solid prices were achieved across the board.
Cows and calves remained a feature, with the top lines in this category making a solid $2375. The top price was achieved for two lines totalling near 100 head of 3-4 year old Red Angus/Shorthorn cross cows from Armidale, NSW, with sappy 280kg calves at foot. The cows were PTIC back to Red Angus Shorthorn composite bulls. They were part of a line of almost 300 cows and heifers being sold due to the sale of the property.
Other lighter, and older female lines from the same vendor carrying similar breeding also sold well, with six year old cows with calves and PTIC making $2350, and PTIC heifers 15-17 months averaging 456kg making $1540.
Another standout line of cows and calves sold on Friday came from Walgett, NSW. These 6-7-year-old Hereford/Santa Gertrudis proven breeders made $2110 and were offered station-mated to Angus bulls. The Angus, Speckle Park and Hereford calves at foot averaged a massive 247kg and could be suited to a fattening operation or the female portion retained for future breeding.
A line of rising two-year-olds topped the PTIC category this week at $2100. These Angus females from Woolsthorpe, VIC were PTIC to Lawsons and Chrome Angus bulls. They were sold to buyers at Carsterton VIC.
Another line of six-year-old Angus bred proven breeders, PTIC to Angus bulls, from Blayney, NSW made top dollar this week, selling for $1920.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weight range:
- Steers weighing less than 250kg sold from 335c to 485c/kg, averaging 419c; while heifers sold from 300-383c, averaging 360c
- Steers 250-300kg sold from 375-415c averaging 395c; while heifers sold from 291-392c averaging 339c/kg
- Steers 300-350kg sold from 337-396c, averaging 375c; while heifers sold from 303-326c, averaging 318c
- Steers 350kg + sold from 344-380c averaging 363c; while heifers sold from 284-326c, averaging 317c.
Steers above 400kg made 234c/kg live or $1135, for a line of 22-24-month-old Friesian trade steers 485kg from Glenrowan, in Northeast VIC.
A line of 87 EU-eligible Santa Gertrudis feeder steers 12-15 months in store condition at 348kg due to the local season, from Biloela in Central Queensland made 336.7c, or $1171 a head.
The WA Cattle Sale this week offered a total of 86 head over 6 lots.
Although not attracting great numbers this week, that didn’t stop high clearance rate and top prices being made across the board. Col Thexton from IRA Pemberton sells stock on AuctionsPlus regularly and always produces top results. A standout listing from the sale was a line of 14-15-month-old Angus/Simmental slaughter-ready yearling steers weighing 526kg live that made $1506 or 542c/kg dressed. Another heavy line of Friesian export bullocks from Busselton, WA weighing 788kg made $1778 or 470c/kg dressed.
Autumn bull sales
AuctionsPlus interfaced several stud sales this week including the Rennylea Angus Autumn 2017 Bull Sale. This was the first time Rennylea has interfaced its sale, with AuctionsPlus bidders successfully purchasing five lots online.
The Harold Curry Feature Angus Store Sale in Tenterfield, NSW was also interfaced via AuctionsPlus this week. AuctionsPlus added competition with four lots purchased online and a total of 48 online bids.
The ‘Breed Em Red’ Red Angus Bull Sale was an online-only sale which attracted 14 bidders and 17 guests logging on. The top price was $300 and the sale duration was just over an hour. The Beggan Hill Herd Reduction Sale also was interfaced online this week, with 25 guests and 15 bidders logging on.
To finish the week, AuctionsPlus interfaced the Lawsons Angus Vic Autumn Sale with 137 bulls offered. There was plenty of action online with AuctionsPlus buyers purchasing 23 lots online with bulls going to three states.