NUMBERS dropped back in another week dominated by young breeders in Friday’s AuctionsPlus cattle sales.
Cattle listings totalled 5347 head, back about 1100 on the week before, with big numbers listed out of dry areas of Queensland and excellent prices for cows and calves a feature. Cows with calves at foot jumped in price again, though taking into consideration current prices being achieved by weaner cattle, cow and calf units still look good buying.
Prices for young females ranged from $1265 to $1745, and mixed-age lines sold from $1470 to $1750 with an across-the-board average of $1586.
The top price was achieved twice, firstly by 96 rising three-year-old Santa cows with Santa calves at foot out of Winton, and then by two-to-eight year old Angus cows with Booramooka-sired Angus calves at Bingara.
Young PTIC females made $820 to a top of $1660 for rising three-year-old Droughtmaster and Droughtmaster cross cows out of Taroom, and mixed age lines made $930 to $1510.
The Wagyu market that has been steadily increasing through the past month experienced a correction on Friday, though small numbers and inflated freight costs must be taken into consideration.
At Middlemount, Wagyu/Shorthorn steers 12-19 months sold from 535c to 545c/kg liveweight, on-farm, and at Drillham Wagyu/Angus steers 12-13 months made 498-508c while the heifer portion made 469c to 504c. A line of Wagyu/Angus steers 13-16 months out of Kaglan, WA were offered for both east and west competition, selling for 492c on farm purchased by an eastern states buyer.
Excluding Wagyu cross cattle, steers averaged 317c across the board this week, and heifers 293c, with increases across all weight categories.
Steers weighing less than 250kg made 331-373c to average 344c, up 17c, and heifers made 286-347c averaging 307c, up 22c.
Steers 250-300kg made 257c to 367c to average 306c, up 11c, and heifers in the same weight category sold for 259c to 310c to average 285c, up 2c.
Steers 300-350kg made 250-372c averaging 324c, up 13c, and heifers made 276-299c to average 284c, up 1c on the previous week.
Steers 350-400kg made 250c-321c and a line of 434kg Angus yearling steers out of Barraba made 328c or $1425. Other highlights included 316kg Charolais/Angus steers out of Victoria making 372c or $1175; 314kg Angus steers at Glen Innes selling for 345c or $1085; Angus heifers at Tamworth weighing 295kg making 310c or $915; and a large line of 240 Charolais/Santa steers out of Blackall, 6-9 months averaging 224kg, selling for 332c or $745.
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