CATTLE numbers listed on AuctionsPlus surged this week as the dry conditions continue in large parts of NSW and Victoria, with clearance rates are also reflecting the tough and worsening seasonal conditions as the industry moves towards winter.
More than 16,000 head were offered across eight commercial AuctionsPlus sales this week, up 5000 head on the week prior. NSW made up 60 percent of the listings, with a further 20pc out of Queensland.
The listing number is right up there with the all-time record number offered of 17,000 head in week ending 23 March – but that figure included re-offered cattle from the week before. The first-time offered cattle numbers that week of 14,292 was also a record.
Joined females were in supply this week with just short of 5000 head offered. PTIC and joined cows averaged $1446, with a top price of $2775 paid for a ‘specialty’ line of PTIC Fullblood Wagyu cows, aged 8 to 9 years, account Longford Station, Bendemeer, NSW.
The Team Te Mania commercial female sale saw 830 head offered, with a neat line of Angus cows aged 30-31 months making $1525. These cows were PTIC to Angus bulls, account Coomete Pty Ltd, Hexham, VIC.
PTIC heifers averaged $1376 to reach $1580, for a line of Angus heifers 18-22 months, PTIC to Hawkesbury & Excel Wagyu bulls, offered from account Kyntee Pastoral Co, Goondiwindi, QLD.
In NSW, a line of Speckle Park x Angus heifers aged 18-19 months, PTIC to Speckle Park bulls, sold for $1400.
Cow and calf unit numbers remained steady this week with 1361 head offered, with NSW contributing 40pc of the consignment. An average of $1625, and a top of $2410 was reached by a line of cows out of the Team Te Mania Sale. These cows were aged 36-38 months, account Wave Hills, Hamilton, VIC. Out of Queensland, a line of station-mated Santa cows from Prairie, North Queensland, aged 2-5 years made $1420.
Looking west, the WA cattle sale saw a line of 3-12 year old Angus slaughter cows from Pemberton sold for $1451. Angus future breeders aged 21-23 months from Manjimup sold for $1000.
Tasmania had a busy week with the Roberts Weaner Sale as well as the weekly Tas Cattle Sale. The Roberts sale listed more than 1100 weaner steers 200-300kg, averaging $899/303c and reaching a top of $1020/267c. Heavier 300kg+ weaner steers averaged $1049/315c and reached a top of $1240/266c, for a line of 7-8 month old Angus weaned steers weighing 355kg, account RV Bowden from Bothwell, TAS.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weightrange:
6 to 8 month old, 165kg Angus steers from GLEN ALICE, NSW sold for 410c/$675
6 to 9 month old, 224.9kg Santa Gertrudis steers from ROLLESTON, QLD sold for 394c/$885
10 to 11 month old, 320.7kg Angus steers from MORTLAKE, VIC sold for 306c/$980
11 to 12 month old, 347.6kg Poll Hereford steers from BOOL LAGOON, SA sold for 280c/$970
7 to 8 month old, 355.8kg Angus steers from BOTHWELL, TAS sold for 349c/$1,240
7 to 8 month old, 296kg Angus heifers from COOMA, NSW sold for 379c/$1,120
12 to 17 month old, 289kg Santa Gertrudis heifers from GOGANGO, QLD sold for 287c/$830
10 to 11 month old, 237kg Angus heifers from MORTLAKE, VIC sold for 228c/$540
12 to 13 month old, 354kg Angus heifers from TAILEM BEND, SA sold for 291c/$1,030
7 to 8 month old, 243kg Simmental/Angus heifers from NORTH SCOTTSDALE, TAS sold for 300c/$730
18 to 22 month old, 496kg Angus heifers from PEMBERTON, WA sold for 246c/$1,220