Young steer, heifer prices back 10-20c on AuctionsPlus

Beef Central, 10/11/2018

This week’s top price for older aged cows of $1800 was reached for this line of 20 station-mated 4-7 years old Angus cows with Angus CAF and joined back to Angus bulls, from Cudal NSW.


YOUNG steer and heifer categories dropped an average 10-20c/kg in price on AuctionsPlus this week.

Nationwide listings remained unchanged, with 10,548 head listed across all sales. A clearance rate of 55pc was achieved for the week, with some post-sale negotiations still to occur.

The majority of listings fell into the Weaner and Yearling category with a total of 6857 head listed across two sales. The majority of listings this week came out of NSW.

Joined stock totalled 138 head, with a 49pc clearance rate achieved. The top price for PTIC heifers of $1120 was achieved by a line of 15-17 month old Angus heifers from Mudgegonga, VIC. These heifers averaged 450kg and were PTIC to Hicks black composite bulls.

A line of 57 6-8 year old Shorthorn cows, PTIC to Shorthorn and composite bulls, in backward store to poor condition due to the drought, from Merriwa NSW reached the top price of $745 for PTIC cows.

This week saw a total offering of 2182 cow and calf units with stock listed from QLD, NSW and VIC. Top price of $1950 was achieved for a line of Angus cows, 38-40 months old with young Angus calves at foot, from Mudgee NSW.

Top price for older aged cows of $1800 was reached by a line of 20 station-mated 4-7 years old Angus cows with Angus CAF and joined back to Angus bulls, from Cudal NSW. These cows will be heading for a sea change to The Oaks, NSW.

The two weaner & yearling sales achieved a combined clearance of 50pc for a total of 6857 head. Top price was $1445 or 324c/kg for a line of 54 Angus feeder steers 15-20 months averaging 445kg, from  Mudgee NSW.

A line of 113 NSM future breeders – Angus heifers 17-20 months averaging 348kg, from Goolma NSW – fetched the top price for this category, reaching $1050 or 302c/kg. They will be making their way to Mudgee NSW.

Yearling steers were topped by a line of 43 Hereford steers 14-15 months averaging 402kg, from Seymour VIC, reaching a price of $1165 or 289c/kg. These steers will be heading on a boat to Smithton TAS.

A total of 194 head were listed in WA this week with a clearance rate of 96pc achieved. Young stock averaged $914 and topped at $1332 or 511c/kg. The top price was achieved by a line of 15-16 month old mixed sex Angus yearlings from Quinninup WA. These steers weighed in at 260kg dressed and were a mixture of Angus, Hereford and Murray Grey.

This week saw the interface of the Skibo Downs Complete Herd Dispersal with a total of 1084 head across 78 lots, achieving a 100pc clearance rate. Cows and calves average $1258 with a top price of $1940, achieved by a line of 2-3 year old cows with CAF. Joined stock averaged $982 and reached a top of $1460 for a line of 5-6 year old PTIC cows. Weaned stock averaged $590 and topped at $880 for a line of 5-8 month old composite weaner steers.

In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weightrange:

  • Steers less than 250kg sold from 253c to 312c to average 287c; while heifers sold from 185-320c to average 251c
  • Steers 250-300kg sold from 267-314c to average 294c; while heifers sold from 238-289c to average 266c
  • Steers 300-350kg sold from 182-340c to average 291c; while heifers sold from 243-301c to average 275c
  • Steers 350+kg sold from 192-331c to average 260c; while heifers averaged 260c

Steer highlights

14 to 15 month old, 306kg, Angus steers from BINNAWAY, NSW sold for 340c/$1040

13 to 15 month old, 377kg, Angus steers from WALCHA, NSW sold for 332c/$1250

9 to 12 month old, 256kg, Angus/Composite steers from KINGAROY, QLD sold for 315c/$805

11 to 14 month old, 256kg, Hereford steers from MITCHELL, QLD sold for 302c/$775

14 to 15 month old, 402kg, Hereford steers from SEYMOUR, VIC sold for 290c/1165

6 to 7 month old, 330kg, Angus steers from HARROGATE, SA sold for 307c/$1010

9 to 10 month old, 368kg, Angus steers from PEMBERTON, WA sold for 306c/$1125

6 to 8 month old, 271kg, Limousin/Murray Grey steers from NORTHCLIFFE, WA sold for 292c/$790

Heifer highlights

2 to 4 month old, 123kg, Angus heifers from PINE RIDGE, NSW sold for 321c/$395

17 to 21 month old, 348kg, Angus heifers from GOOLMA, NSW sold for 302c/$1050

12 to 14 month old, 328kg, Angus heifers from TAMBO, QLD sold for 285c/$935

10 to 12 month old, 252kg, Composite heifers from COLINTON, QLD sold for 275c/$694.9

12 to 13 month old, 287kg, Angus heifers from LINTON, VIC sold for 289c/$830

14 to 15 month old, 367kg, Hereford heifers from SEYMOUR, VIC sold for 261c/$957

8 to 10 month old, 342kg, Angus heifers from PEMBERTON, WA sold for 275c/$940

7 to 10 month old, 269kg, Limousin heifers from NORTHCLIFFE, WA sold for 273c/$735


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