AFTER the sequence of recent past weeks of record high listings on AuctionsPlus, the impact of the Easter long weekend saw listing numbers slip dramatically this week, with just 3208 head on offer.
Lighter, younger cattle provided many of the sale highlights.
Young steer highlights this week included a line of EU accredited Brookside-blood Santa Gertrudis steers, 6-7 months weighing 197kg, from Armidale, NSW which sold for 510c/kg or $1005.
Also from the same vendor was a line of 244kg steers carrying similar breeding, which sold for 444c/kg or $1080.
A line of Charolais cross and Shorthorn cross steers, 8-9 months weighing 260kg from Bylong, NSW sold for 462c or $1200, while 8-10 month old Angus steers 304kg from Ellerston, NSW, sold for 417c or $1270.
A line of 12-14 month old 359kg Brooke & Booragul blood Angus steers from Nundle, NSW sold for 398c or $1430.
Young heifer highlights this week included Knowla and Waverly blood Angus heifers 6-7 months averaging 210kg from Kars Springs, NSW which sold for 432c or $905.
A line of 7-9 month old Angus heifers averaging 275kg from Yass NSW sold for 399c or $1100, while a line of EU accredited Hereford heifers from Texas, QLD, 12-18 months old weighing 334kg, sold for 351c or $1175.
From Bendemeer, NSW a line of Booroomooka and Raff blood Angus heifers, 18-20 months weighing 371kg sold for 389c or $1445.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold by weight range:
- Steers weighing less than 250kg sold from 375c to 510c to average 453c/kg; while heifers sold from 340-432c, averaging 397c
- Steers 250-300kg sold from 375-462c, averaging 415c; while heifers sold from 362-399c, averaging 376c
- Steers 300-350kg sold from 389-417c, averaging 405c; while heifers sold from 321-351c, averaging 336c
- Steers +350kg sold from 348-398c, averaging 371c; while heifers sold from 326-389c, averaging 359c.
Breeding cattle highlights
This week’s sales saw young PTIC females averaged $1825. The top price of $2550 went to several lines offered. The first was a line of 80 20-26 month old Angus PTIC heifers from Boggabilla, NSW. These girls were PTIC to Longford Fullblood Wagyu bulls. The second was a line of 19-25 month old Angus heifers from Rocky Creek, NSW, PTIC to Tumbledowns & Pinnewag Wagyu bulls.
Proven breeders yesterday averaged $1730 with a top price of $2360, for a line of Rennylea-blood Angus cows from Henty, NSW. These cows are 5-6 years old and are PTIC to Rennylea Angus bulls. Mixed-age breeders had a top price of $1500, for a line of crossbred cows from Tambo, QLD. Aged from 3 to 9 years these girls were PTIC to Angus bulls.
Cow and calf numbers declined this week. Standout lines included crossbred cows, 28-30 months old, with Murray Grey calves at foot weighing 139kg from Goondiwindi, QLD which sold for $1870. A line of crossbred cows 3-12 years with Hereford and Santa calves at foot calves from Longreach, QLD sold for $1410.
Interfaced seedstock sales
This week saw several stud sales interfaced or online-only via AuctionsPlus including the RAS 2017 Feature Breed Limousin Bull & Female Sale on Saturday 8 April. There were 17 lots offered with the top price making $10,000. The RAS Angus Bull & Female Sale was held on Sunday 9 April and was live streamed with video and audio. The top priced bull made $21,000 with the top priced female making $29,000.
The Landfall Angus Female sale was interfaced on Sunday 9 April, offering 48 lots. Sixteen lots were successfully purchased online with the top-priced female making $8000. All lots online were purchased from New South Wales and Victoria.
The Rosedale Rural Angus Female Sale was an online only sale this week with 399 head offered. The top heifers made $1920 per head from Smithton, TAS with the top Angus cows selling for $1750 per head from Campbell Town, TAS.