COMPETITION was strong for cow & calf units on AuctionsPlus this week, with average prices jumping $152 on the previous sale. There was an offering of more than 18,000 commercial cattle this week, producing an 83 percent clearance.
Yearling and grown steers were also on the radar for buyers, resulting in a 95pc clearance.
Cow & calf units saw the biggest price jump and clearance this week, as demand continues from southern producers who have received recent rain.
Cows and calves sold from $1800 to $3020, averaging $2193.
Top price was shared by two lines: From Maitland, NSW 23 Angus station-mated mixed age cows averaging 548kg, with 235kg CAF aged 4-7-months, followed by 20 NSM 20-30-month-old Angus heifers 596kg with Angus CAF aged 5-12-months, from Shady Creek, VIC.
PTIC cows were hotly contested this week achieving an 88pc clearance among the 1879 head offered, selling from $1200 to $2760, averaging $1959. Top price went to a line of Millah Murrah blood Angus cows, PTIC to Millah Murrah bulls. These 3/4-year-old cows offered by Rocking W Pastoral Co from Bathurst, NSW, averaged 574kg and will be heading to Glenburn, VIC.
From Narbethong, VIC St Fillan Ag Co offered a line of 25 Red Angus PTIC cows, selling for $2125. These 3-4-year-old cows averaging 484kgs are PTIC to Red Angus bulls and will be heading north to Mudgee, NSW.
PTIC heifers sold from $1475 to $2450 this week, averaging $1799. Numbers corrected this week with 1164 head offered after the 603 head jump last week. Top price went to a line of 16-18-month-old Angus/Shorthorn heifers, PTIC to Black Limousin bulls. The heifers were from Forbes, offered by West Plains Partnership and averaged 501kg. From Dorrigo, NSW a line of Nero and Yamburgan blood Shorthorn PTIC heifers sold for $2010, offered by David Tracy Cattle. Averaging 587kg, these mixed age heifers were PTIC to Shorthorn bulls and will be traveling to Bourke, NSW
Prices remained strong this week among the smaller offering of 7273 steers, down 2467 head on last week.
Light steers less than 200kg sold from 320c to 623c, averaging 484c, down 66c. Top price went to a line of Angus steers from Taralga, NSW averaging 169kg ate 8-9-months. From Trundle, NSW, a line of 5-9-month-old Santa steers averaging 185kg sold for 531c.
Steers averaging 200-280kg sold from 306c to 561c this week, averaging 468c. 6-7-month-old Glenavon blood Angus steers averaging 238kg achieved the top price from Mendooran, NSW. From Hannaford, QLD, Golden Arrow Grazing Co sold a line of 6-8-month-old Booroomooka blood Angus steers averaging 215kg sold for 552c.
Steers 280-330kg sold from 327c to 472c this week, averaging 420c up 10c on last week. A run of 8-9-month-old Angus steers averaging 299kg achieved the top price from Nangus, NSW. These steers will be making their way north to QLD. From Wangaratta, VIC, Angus steers aged 8-9 months averaging 284kg sold for 440c.
Feeder steers 330-400kg sold from 277c to 430c this week, averaging 380c, easing 20c on last week. From the ACT, a line of 8-10-month old Angus steers achieved the top price. Averaging 351kg, these Alloura blood steers will be heading to Mangoplah in the Riverina region of NSW. A line of 13-14-month old Hereford steers from Lucyvale, VIC averaging 377kg sold for 413c.
Heavy steers more than 400kg sold from 327c to 406c, averaging 382c, up 7c, with an increased offering of 85 head to total 257 yarded in this category. Greenwald Pastoral Co from Foster, VIC offered the top priced lot with 56 13-14-month old Dunoon Angus steers averaging 427kg. From Dalby, QLD, Yathong offered 17-20-month-old Droughtmaster steers averaging 408kg which sold for 358c.
Heifer numbers jumped this week with 6270 head offered, an increase of 1314 head on last week. Light heifers under 200kg sold from 259c to 605c, averaging 479c. Top price went to a line of Rennylea blood 7-9-month-old Angus heifers averaging 166kg. Offered by Lake Bullembalong Pastoral Co from Berridale, NSW, these heifers will be heading to Yass.
Heifers averaging 200-280kg sold from 243c to 583c this week, averaging 457c, up 33c on last week. From Coolah, NSW, RP Kuhn offered a line of 236kg Te Mania blood Angus heifers aged 8-9-months which achieved the top price. A run of 12-14-month-old Willalooka blood heifers from Padthaway, SA sold for 494c and will be heading across the border to Orange, NSW.
Heifers 280-330kg were up 9c this week, selling from 220c to 483c and averaging 392c. Top price went to a run of 8-9-month-old Angus NSM future breeders averaging 290kg from Nangus, NSW, heading to Inverell, NSW. From Corowa, NSW a line of 10-12-month-old Limousin x Droughtmaster heifers averaging 296kg sold for 395c.
Feeder heifers 330-400kg sold from 298c to 405c this week, averaging 375c, up 7c. A line of 13-17-month-old Angus x Santa Gertrudis heifers averaging 391kg achieved the top price, offered by Chandler Pastoral Holdings from Barcaldine, QLD. From Merino, VIC, a line of 13-14-month-old Te Mania blood Angus heifers averaging 356kg achieved the next top price, selling for 390c, heading to Burra, SA.
A total of 152 heavy heifers averaging more than 400kg were offered this week, 98 of which will be heading to SA. Selling from 311c to 383c, averaging 365c, heavy heifers were up 17c on last week. From Tintaldra, VIC MacKinnon Pastoral sold a line of 456kg 18-20-month-old Dunoon blood Angus heifers for the top price.
Western Australia’s sale this week saw 251 head offered in the Wednesday National Cattle Sale achieving 100pc clearance, selling from $432 to $747, averaging $596. Top price went to a line of mixed sex Droughtmaster x Angus weaners averaging 281kg from East Bowes, WA offered by Threeway Farms.
In Tasmania this week, numbers nearly doubled as 1089 head were offered, although, clearance among the large offering eased on last week to 78pc. Most lots will remain on the island, with only one line of PTIC cows heading to Victoria. 211 PTIC cows were offered, selling from $1560 to $1860, averaging $1707, up $144. Top price of PTIC cows, which also topped the sale overall, was achieved by a run of four-year-old Angus cows averaging 606kg, PTIC to Angus bulls, offered by Hook Creek.
Weaners sold from $855 to $1250, averaging $1087. Top price, offered by Launceston Pty Ltd, went to a line of Angus unweaned steers from Flowerdale. Averaging 301kg, these 7-8-month-old steers were by Richmond Hill Sires and will be heading south to Bridgewater.