CATTLE numbers this week on AuctionsPlus lifted 18 percent or 1770 head on the previous week, totalling 11,482 head, as the mercury dropped in many regions.
The clearance rate for commercial stock this week was 70 percent.
Cow and calf offerings were limited, but high prices were still seen across the eastern states.
The top cow and calf units were for a line of 2-8 year old Angus cows from Nemingha, NSW which sold for $3250. The cows, PTIC to Angus bulls, also had 4-8-month-old Te Mania, Alumy Creek and Woonooka calves at foot, averaging 230kg, in a three-for-one package.
Another stand-out line of Angus cows 5-6 years of age with Ballangeich calves at foot averaging 72kg from Branxholme, VIC made an impressive $2640. These are unjoined and ready to join to the bull of choice.
Cow numbers were strong this week with proven breeders dominating numbers. The top line of cows this week hailed from Tambar Springs, NSW. They were 3-4-year-old Poll Hereford/Angus and Angus cows, PTIC back to Angus bulls, making $2180. Another line of 6-8-year-old Shorthorn cows, also PTIC back to Angus bulls, made an impressive $2160.
Young cattle numbers dominated this week’s listings with solid prices seen across the board. A line of unweaned Angus steers 177kg at 7-8 months of age from Black Springs, NSW made 498c or $880.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold, by weight range:
- Steers less than 250kg sold from 415-498c, to average 455c/kg; while heifers in this range sold from 353-529c, averaging 416c
- Steers 250-300kg sold from 344-446c, averaging 408c; while heifers sold from 294-484c, averaging 373c
- Steers 300-350kg sold from 326-419c, averaging 370c; while heifers sold from 303-379c, averaging 344c
- Steers 350-400kg sold from 348-371c, averaging 359c; while heifers sold from 315-443c, averaging 360c
- Steers 400kg + sold from 331-360c, average 344c; while heifers sold from 310-367c, average 339c.
Among larger lines of young cattle out of Queensland, 204 Brahman and Brahman x backgrounder steers out of Tambo in the state’s central west, 285kg at 16-20 months made 343.8c or $978 a head, while 88 weaned EU-eligible Santa steers from St George, 6-11 months at 297kg, made 385c or $1142 a head. Their 91 heavier brothers, 384kg at 12-16 months, made $1338.
Heifer numbers were quite even across all weight categories this week. A stand-out line of 120 9-10 month old weaned Te Mania blood Angus heifers averaging 225kg from Come By Chance, NSW made 529c/kg or $1190. Their heavier sisters 279kg average at the same age made $1350.
Another stand-out line of Speckle Park/Angus mixed sex weaners from Ebor, NSW made 505c or $1430. These weaners are 6-9 months in age and weigh 283kg live.
The Tasmanian Cattle Sale had a smaller listing this week with 46 head offered over two lots. Both lots of Angus cows sold with the top price making $1600. These 4-5 year old Angus cows located in Cressy are PTIC to Cluden Newry bulls.