YOUNG steers and heifers represented two-thirds of this week’s AuctionsPlus offering, totalling 5418 head. Listing numbers are still regaining momentum after the Christmas break, up another 744 head on the previous week.
Steer highlights included a line of EU-eligible 216 kg Angus backgrounder steers, 4-7 months, from Golden Grazing Co, Hannaford, QLD which sold for 556c/kg or $1200 a head.
Another line of EU-accredited 258 kg Talooby blood Angus steers from Merriwa, NSW sold for 403c/kg or $1040, while 304kg EU-accredited Angus steers from Dulacca, QLD sold for 423c or $1285.
Further south, heavier 353kg Basin and Granite blood Angus feeder-weight steers from Kingscote, SA sold for 387c or $1370.
Other Angus highlights included 209kg Angus cross steers from Goondiwindi, QLD selling for 444c or $930, and a line of 318kg Angus and Hereford cross steers from Dulacca, QLD that sold for 386c or $1225.
Heifer highlights included a line of 144 218kg Angus cross weaned heifers, 7-10 months from Goondiwindi, QLD that made 415c/kg or $900; 210kg EU-accredited Santa cross heifers from Scone, NSW selling for 371c or $780; and 295kg Rosevale blood Santa heifers from Kingaroy, QLD selling for 341c or $1005.
Further south, 307kg EU-eligible Claremont Angus heifers from Woolsthorpe, VIC sold for 459c or $1410 and 309kg Hereford and Charolais/Angus heifers from Seymour, VIC sold for 372c or $1150.
A line of Speckle Park cross heifers, 355kg, from Penola, SA sold for 440c or $1565 and 404kg Te Mania blood Angus heifers from Wollar, NSW sold for 418c or $1690.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold, by weight range:
- Steers under 250kg sold from 383c to 556c/kg, averaging 439c; while heifers in the same weight range sold from 345-415c, averaging 375c
- Steers 250-300kg sold from 371-403c to average 388c; while heifers sold from 323-351c to average 335c
- Steers 300-350kg sold from 358-423c, averaging 389c; while heifers sold from 309-459c, averaging 355c
- Steers 350kg + sold from 317-387c, with an average of 342c; while heifers sold from 328-440c, with an average of 371c.
PTIC female numbers remained steady on Friday, compared with the previous week.
Yearling females averaged $1857, with the top price of $2220 going to a line of 112 Angus heifers, PTIC to Kenney’s Creek, Hazeldean and Landfall Angus bulls from Winchelsea, VIC.
Proven breeders averaged $1862 on Friday, with the top price of $2160 going to a line of seven-year-old Angus & Angus cross cows, PTIC to Angus bulls from Naracoorte, SA. Mixed age breeders averaged $1417 while a line of rising ten-year-old Angus and Angus cross cows, PTIC to Santa bulls from Naracoorte, SA sold for $2010.
Cow and calf highlights this week include a line of 3-4 year old Woonallee Simmental blood cows from Keith, SA that sold for $2850. These cows have 5-6 month old red and black Simmental calves at foot, weighing 279kg and have been re-joined back to Woonallee bulls.
A line of 6-7 year old Hereford cows with young valves at foot and AI’d to Lawsons Angus bulls from Seymour, VIC sold for $2350, while a line of 10-15 year old, Bald Blair blood Angus matrons from Roma, QLD, with Angus calves at foot and re-joined to Blad Blair Angus bulls sold for $1730.
In this week’s Western Australian sale, a line of Lawson blood Angus mixed sex yearlings from Albany, estimated to weigh 321kg dressed, sold for 525c/kg dressed or $1675. A line of Angus/ Hereford & Angus mixed sex yearlings, estimated at 299kg dressed from Manjimup, sold for 524c/kg dressed or $1559. Also from Manjimup, a line of crossbred dairy steers, 319 kg estimated carcase weight, sold for 433c/kg dressed or $1383.
Cattle movements on AuctionsPlus last week tended to stay within the state of origin, with very few lines travelling interstate.