NUMBERS jumped 27 percent to 7957 head on the Auctions Plus online cattle auctions on Friday, with strong buyer activity – particularly from feedlots – stimulated by plenty of cattle available at the heavier end of the scale.
Steers under 250kg sold on Friday from 290c to 358c to average 331c, while lightweight heifers made from 254-300c to average 281c.
Steers 250kg to 300kg made 325-407c averaging 352c, up 7c, and heifers in the same weight range made 290-354c averaging 319c, up 6c.
Steers 300-350kg made 315c to an astounding 400c, averaging 334c, down 2c, and heifers made 267c to 372c averaging 313c, up 14c.
Steers over 350kg sold from 317-363c to average 341c, down 3c and heifers in the heaviest weight class made 284-322c, averaging 298c.
Some of the highlights included:
- Crossbred steers at Alpha weighing 231kg making 331c or $765
- Two lots totalling almost 200 head of Santa and Santa cross heavy feeder steers, 433kg out of Moonie on the western Darling Downs making 331c or $1435/head, while the heifer portion at 393kg making 322c or $1270
- The heaviest line so far to hit 400c being 301kg Angus steers out of Walgett in northern NSW; and 312kg Angus heifers out of Westbrook in the Hunter Valley making 372c or $1160.
The second Forward Contract Feeder Steer sale also held on Friday offered six B-Double lines of Angus and Angus cross cattle for deliveries between November and January. Feedlots looking to lock in supply for later in the year purchased 400kg-500kg Angus cattle for November and December deliveries from 338c to 345c, and a lighter line of Angus and Angus/Herefords to deliver between 330kg-430kg in November sold for 330c.
Cows with calves at foot were among the most popular lines with buyers again on Friday, averaging $1730 across the board.
Several small lines of stud-bred Shorthorn cows with Shorthorn calves made $1930 to $2100, and a line of Blackall-bred four and five year old Santa cows with Santa calves at foot, offered out of central NSW sold for $2060. Coincidentally, this is the second time the agent involved has sold these cattle, when previously based in Queensland he sent them down to Friday’s vendor.
Mixed-age lines of cows with calves at foot sold from $1240 to a top of $1660 for two to ten year old Charolais/Droughtmaster cows with Droughtmaster calves out of Baralaba, Central Queensland.
Joined yearling heifers sold for $1610 for Droughtmaster heifers out of southern Queensland, mixed age lines of PTIC cows sold from $1250 to $1390 and young cows made $710 to $1010.
A line of 112 Brahman heifers 24-32 months averaging 337kg sold for 252c/kg to return $850 a head.
In other sales, a line of 120 backgrounder Angus steers out of Charleville, western Queensland, averaging 215kg, made $770, while Angus heifers, 10-12 months averaging 340kg, made $1105.
Two lots totalling 152 Santa x Brahman weaned steers 10-14 months weighing 241kg, out of Chinchilla, made 330c/kg, or $798, while Angus x Charbray backgrounder steers 9-15 months averaging 332kg, ex Dalveen, southern Queensland, made 319.5c to return $1062.
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