CATTLE numbers continued to rise this week on AuctionsPlus with a total of 11,959 head listed, up 17 percent on the previous week.
The relentless dry conditions have seen the continued surge of numbers listed from both Queensland and New South Wales, with young weaner cattle continuing to dominate listings, accounting for more than 7200 head. Heavy feeder steers + 400kg continue to gain traction online, experiencing a 100pc clearance this week and averaging 340c.
PTIC cow numbers remained steady, totalling 1226, up marginally on last week, with 70pc of the offering coming from Central & Northern NSW. As supply continued to outweigh demand, prices ranged from $880 to $1250 to average $1086, down $53.
Top price went to a line of 20 six-year-old Pathfinder blood Angus cows, PTIC to Angus bulls, from Drik Drik, VIC. From Condobolin, NSW a line of 53 rising four-year-old Angus cows PTIC to Angus bulls sold for $1220 to a buyer from Euroa, VIC.
PTIC heifers were in short supply this week, resulting in a single line of 20 Watervalley blood Angus heifers, 20-22 months and PTIC to Angus selling for $1030, secured by a buyer from Tasmania.
Whilst cows with calves at foot remain lower in supply, totalling only 235 head, clearance across the category rose to 91pc, up 28pc on last week. Prices ranged from $700 to $1890, averaging $1140.
From Bungendore, NSW a small line of two-year-old Angus heifers with CAF returned the top price. From Hughenden, North QLD, a line of 120 Brahman cross cows & 12 calves sold for $830. These cows were mixed age and joined to Droughtmaster bulls.
This week saw a single line of lighter steers under 200kg return 313c, for a line of 30 Simmental cross weaners, 6-7 months old and weighing 154kg from Warren, NSW.
Restocker steers weighing 200-280kg sold this week from 246c to 378c, averaged 304c, down 1c on last week. Offered across two lots, 144 Poll Hereford cross steers, 9-10 months averaging 232kg from Triabunna, TAS sold for the top price. Other highlights saw 120 Angus steers, 221kg from Hay, NSW return 368c, with this line travelling to Naracoorte, SA, and 270kg Angus steers from Goondiwindi, QLD return 300c to a buyer from Moree, NSW.
Steers 280-330kg averaged 327c this week, down 2c on last week and selling from 257c to 351c. Top price was achieved by a line of 90 Angus steers, 290kg from Braidwood, NSW which are headed into Victoria, while from Goondiwindi, QLD, Angus cross steers 301kg sold for 321c to a local buyer.
Feeder steers 330-400kg sold from 278c to 369c this week, averaging 326c, 1c down on last week. A line of 204 Angus steers 354kg from Warialda, NSW achieved the top price, while 380kg Angus steers from Conara, TAS return 340c to a local buyer and 335kg Angus cross steers from Goondiwindi, QLD return 338c.
Heavy feeder steers +400kg continue to see success online, this week achieving a 100pc clearance across the 173 head offered. Steers sold from 295c to 359c, to average 340c. Top price was returned by two different lines from Wangaratta, VIC for a line of 86 Angus feeders 417kg and 426kg, selling to a southern feedlot. Other highlights saw 422kg Charolais x Angus steers from Wallendbeen, NSW return 343c, 400kg Braford steers from Mundubbera, QLD return 295c and 446kg Angus steers from Conara, TAS sell for 324c.
Lighter heifers less than 200kg returned from 194c to 363c, averaging 273c this week, up 20c. From Triabunna, TAS a line of 54 Poll Hereford heifers 184kg returned the top price, while from Trangie, NSW 54 Angus cross heifers 192kg sold for 285c.
Heifers 280-330kg averaged 264c, down 21c and making from 225c to 339c. Top price was again achieved by a line of Poll Hereford heifers from Triabunna, TAS averaging 212kg. From Hay, NSW a line of Angus heifers 212kg returned 318c, 208kg Angus cross heifers from Toobeah, QLD returned 288c and Angus heifers 275kgs from Tintaldra, VIC achieved 301c.
Feeder heifers above 330kg sold from 260-326c, averaging 297c, down 20c. Top price was achieved by a line of Charolais/Angus heifers, 388kg from Wallendbeen, NSW, while from Goondiwindi, QLD a line of 330kg Angus cross heifers sold for 321c and Angus heifers 349kgs from Lockington, VIC returned 314c to a SA buyer.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weightrange:
- Less than 200kg: Steers sold at 314c, while heifers while heifers sold from 195-364c to average 273c
- 200-280kg: Steers sold from 246-378c to average 324c, while heifers sold from 226-339c to average 264c
- 280-330kg: Steers sold from 258-351c to average 328c while heifers sold from 243-388c to average 288c
- 330-400kg: Steers sold from 279-370c to average 327c, while heifers sold from 260-326c to average 298c
- 400+ kg: Steers sold from 396-359c to average 340c.
11 to 13 month old, 335kg, Angus steers from GOONDIWINDI, QLD sold for 339c/$1,136
8 to 9 month old, 301kg, Angus steers from GOONDIWINDI, QLD sold for 322c/$970
18 to 21 month old, 400kg, Braford steers from MUNDUBBERA, QLD sold for 296c/$1,184
11 to 12 month old, 354kg, Angus steers from WARIALDA, NSW sold for 370c/$1,312
8 to 10 month old, 221kg, Angus steers from HAY, NSW sold for 369c/$815
11 to 12 month old, 422kg, Charolais/Angus steers from WALLENDBEEN, NSW sold for 344c/$1,450
13 to 14 month old, 397kg, Angus steers from QUIRINDI, NSW sold for 346c/$1,372
15 to 16 month old, 417kg, Angus steers from WANGARATTA, VIC sold for 360c/$1,500
16 to 17 month old, 426kg, Angus steers from WANGARATTA, VIC sold for 360c/$1,534
9 to 10 month old, 232kg, Hereford steers from TRIABUNNA, TAS sold for 379c/$880
11 to 12 month old, 381kg, Angus steers from CONARA, TAS sold for 341c/1,300
22 to 23 month old, 446kg, Angus steers from CONARA, TAS sold for 325c/$1,450
10 to 13 month old, 330kg, Angus heifers from GOONDIWINDI, QLD sold for 322c/$1,063
11 to 13 month old, 303kg, Shorthorn heifers from GOONDIWINDI, QLD sold for 292c/$885
18 to 21 month old, 362kg, Braford heifers from MUNDUBBERA, QLD sold for 271c/$980
11 to 12 month old, 329kg, Angus heifers from BATHURST, NSW sold for 388c/$1,280
11 to 12 month old, 386kg, Charolais/Angus heifers from WALLENDBEEN, NSW sold for 327c/$1,260
15 to 20 month old, 349kg, Angus heifers from LOCKINGTON, VIC sold for 315/$1,100
11 to 12 month old, 275kg, Angus heifers from TINTALDRA, VIC sold for 302c/$830
20 to 21 month old, 321kg, Angus heifers from DARLINGTON, VIC sold for 265c/$850
9 to 10 month old, 184kg, Hereford heifers from TRIABUNNA, TAS sold for 364c/$670
9 to 10 month old, 212kg, Hereford heifers from TRIABUNNA, TAS sold for 340c/$720