Cow & calf prices softer in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Beef Central, 16/09/2017

Part of a line of 560-odd weaned Droughtmaster steers and steers off very dry country near Winton in central western QLD was this line of 7-10 month old steers 296kg, which made 332c/kg. Their lighter, younger brothers 232kg made 394c.


STRONG listings out of New South Wales boosted numbers offered on the AuctionsPlus online marketing platform to 6903 head this week.

NSW listings more than doubled to 4234 head, while Queensland numbers were up slightly to 1888 head.

Clearance at auction was 50 percent, with a softening cattle market due to lack of rain in many areas likely attributing to the decline.

Steers were in abundance again, making up just over 40pc of listings. This was boosted by several large lines coming out of QLD and NSW. Unjoined females followed closely behind representing 37pc of this week’s catalogues.

Cow and calf prices eased, averaging $1425 and reaching a top of $1840 for a line of crossbred first calvers with Angus and Limousin calves at foot from Yarragadee, Goolma, NSW.

Another line of 23-24 month old Shorthorn cows also on their first calf sold for $1830. These girls from Gobothery, Forbes, NSW had Angus and Shorthorn calves at foot. Further south, a line of four-year-old Hereford cows with Wagyu cross calves at foot from Howman Pastoral, Myrtleford, VIC sold for $1575.

These nice framey two-year-old Shorthorn cows on their first calf from Gobothery, Forbes, NSW with Angus and Shorthorn calves at foot sold for $1830 yesterday.

Joined females averaged $1460 this week, selling to a top of $1840 for a line of Banquet Angus blood heifers from McClelland Agriculture, Leslie Manor, VIC. The same vendor sold an older line of 3-5 year old cows for $1500.  Another line of Reiland Angus blood heifers from Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, made $1820.

In a breakdown of young cattle sold, by weightrange:

  • Steers less than 250kg sold from 289c to 394c/kg to average 345c (down); while heifers sold from 270-390c to average 317c (up)
  • Steers 250-300kg sold from 282-335c to average 319c (down); while heifers sold from 264-363c to average 298c (down)
  • Steers 300-350kg sold from 272-318c to average 302c (up); while heifers sold from 267-318c to average 287c (down)
  • Steers 350kg + sold from 293-341c to average 317c (up) ; while heifers sold from 258-278c to average 268c (down)

Steer highlights

160 Droughtmaster steers, 5-7 months, 232kg from Winton, QLD – 394c/$915

144 Droughtmaster steers, 7-10 months, 296kg from Winton, QLD – 332c/$983

18 Wagyu/Angus steers, 8-10 months, 209kg from Tenterfield, NSW – 500c/$1047

48 Charolais/Angus steers, 11-14 months, 394kg from Scone, NSW- 293c/$1155

73 Hereford steers, 10-12 months, 383kg from Gundowring VIC- 341c/$1310

25 Hereford steers, 10-12 months, 332kg from Gundowring, VIC- 318c/$1055

80 Angus steers, 7-11 months, 131kg from Mount Pleasant, SA- 329c/$889

108 Angus steers, 8-15 months, 287kg from Lower Light, SA- 314c/$900

Heifer Highlights

108 Droughtmaster heifers, 8-10 months, 263kg from Winton, QLD- 308c/$810

10 Wagyu/Angus heifers, 8-10 months, 211kg from Tenterfield NSW- 400c/$846

56 Angus heifers, 16-17 months, 454kg from Coonamble, NSW- 258c/$1170

11 Speckle Park/Angus heifers, 10-12 months, 321kg from Gunnedah, NSW- 318c/$1020

30 Hereford heifers, 10-12 months, 174kg from Gundowring, VIC- 285c/$955.


Source: AuctionsPlus




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