NUMBERS on AuctionsPlus rose by 1700 head this week, as some producers capitalised on rain in parts of eastern Australia earlier in the week, using it as an opportunity to sell quality feeder stock at higher prices.
Feeder steer and heifer numbers topped 1100 head this week, boosting total catalogue listings to 9056 head.
This resulted in a feeder steer average price of 313c. A general trend of stock moving south continues, with the highest listing regions being the Northern Tablelands and Southern Queensland, while the Riverina & Southern Victoria were the highest volume buying regions.
The Eastern states cattle sale produced a 92pc clearance for the 2413 head offered. PTIC heifers sold from $1040 to $2025 and averaged $1388. Top price went to a line of Te Mania blood Angus heifers from Millthorpe, NSW. Joined to Angus bulls, these heifers were 24-26 months old, and sold to a buyer across the border in Furner, SA.
Cows with calves at foot found a 91pc clearance and averaged $1450, up $161 on last week.
The bulk of the listings came out of southern NSW and VIC, with a small offering from Southern QLD. Prices ranged from $910 to $1960. Top price went to 80 Angus cows & calves from Casterton, VIC. The cows were 5-6 years old, bred from Dunoon blood and found a buyer in Cobbadah, NSW.
Another highlight saw 21 Angus heifers & calves from Naracoorte, SA sell for $1800 to a buyer in Murray Bridge, SA. These heifers were 24-27 months and had 112kg calves sired by Granite Ridge blood bulls.
Steers less than 200kg sold from 325c to 357c to average 339c this week. Top price went to 93 Nairne Park blood Angus steers 11-12 month averaging 193kg, from Glen Innes, which found a buyer in Coonamble, NSW.
Another highlight saw 4-6 month old Angus x Santa steers, averaging 158kg, from Blackall, QLD sell for 325c to a buyer at Winton, QLD.
Steers 280-330 kg sold from 199c to 353c this week to average 330c, up 18c on last week. Top price went to a line of 61 weaned Angus steers from Woomargarma, NSW, 7-8 months averaging 318kg, which will cross the border to Lucindale, SA.
Another highlight saw a line of Angus backgrounder steers averaging 314kg from Goondiwindi, QLD sell to a buyer in Barnawartha North, VIC.
Steers over 330kg sold from 299c to 345c this week to average 320c, up 2c on last week. Top price went to 54 Angus weaned steers 7-8 months averaging 364kg, from Woomargama, NSW, heading to Holbrook, NSW. Two lines totalling 154 head of Angus feeder steers 15-20 months averaging 400kg from Texas, QLD sold for 340c, finding a feedlot buyer near Dalby, QLD.
Heifers 200-280kg sold from 220c to 321c this week to average 267c. Top price went to 16 yearling heifers from Armidale, NSW. The heifers were 13-14 months averaging 203kg and are on their way to Quambone, NSW.
From Elizabeth Town, TAS, 28 yearling Hereford x Friesian heifers 271kg at 12-13 months, sold for 224c. These heifers found a buyer in Trowutta, TAS. Heifers between 280 and 330kg sold from 259c to 319c this week and averaged 291c, up 21c.
Heifers over 330kg sold from 257c to 311c to average 294c, up 16c on last week. Top price was returned by 50 NSM Angus yearling heifers from Highlands, VIC. The heifers were 12-13 months, averaging 386kg, and are heading to Wodonga, VIC.
Other highlights include 335kg Angus future breeders from Tooma selling for 306c, and 337kg Angus future breeders from Goondiwindi selling for 297c.
The WA cattle sale produced a 78pc clearance for the 10 lots offered. Limousin x Angus steer vealers from Northcliffe sold for 303c to a buyer in Wannamal. These heifers were 7-9 months old and averaged 319kg. Another highlight saw 233kg 7-8 month old Murray Grey heifers from Northcliffe sell for 280c to a buyer in Pemberton, WA.