CATTLE numbers rose on AuctionsPlus this week, with an offering of 8128 head, up 26 percent on the week prior. This size of the catalogue was aided by herd dispersals in NSW and other eastern states.
Cow and calf prices remained strong, with first-calvers averaging $2407. Top price of $3100 was paid for a line of three-year-old Barwidgee blood Angus cows from Waubra, VIC, with Barwidgee blood calves at foot and PTIC to Te Mania Angus bulls.
Proven breeders averaged $2110 last week. Top price in this section of $2675 was paid for a line of 6-9 year old Glenlea-blood Charolais cows from Wandella, VIC. These cows had Vernola blood Charolais calves at foot and have been re-joined back to Allednaw blood Charolais bulls.
Mixed aged breeders averaged $2002 with a top price of $2250.
This top price, and a number of other lots making $2230, went to multiple lines of Hereford cows and calves from Coolah, NSW. These lines, totalling 330 cows and a similar number of calves, were 2-10 years old, with Hereford calves at foot and re-joined back to Hereford bulls. PTIC cows 2-9 years from the same herd dispersal made $1680.
Other strong results for cows and calves included a line of Pathfinder blood Angus cows from Nareen, VIC which sold for $2805. These cows, 2-4 years of age with Angus calves at foot were rejoined back to Pathfinder Angus bulls.
From Roma, QLD, a line of Brahman cows, 2-11 years, with Brahman calves at foot sold for $2050.
This week the Greenup Eidsvold Stud offered stud and commercial Santa Gertrudis breeder females. The top price of $2020 went to a line of four year old cows PTIC to Gyranda Santa bulls. The joined females averaged $1418 with the unjoined females making $1005.
Joined female numbers remained strong last week with young breeders averaging $1756. The top price of $2020 went to a line of Angus heifers from Barraba, NSW, 18-20 months, PTIC to Wagyu bulls.
Young proven breeders averaging $1833 with the top price of $2035 going to a line of Angus cows from Mansfield, VIC. These three-year-old cows were PTIC to Te Mania and Riga Angus bulls. The same vendor also received the top price for proven breeders of $1960, for a line of 5-6 year old females, PTIC to Te Mania and Riga Angus bulls.
Mixed aged lines of females averaged $1402 with the top price of $1680 going to a line of Hereford cows 2-9 years, PTIC to Hereford bulls, from Coolah, NSW.
Steer highlights last week include a mixed line of 194 Santa Gertrudis, South Devon and Hereford backgrounder steers from Proston, QLD. These PCAS eligible steers 10-12 months included one line of 80 averaging 244kg which sold for 416c/kg or $1015, and a second line of 114, 10-15 months averaging 298kg, making $1110.
A line of Angus and Angus cross steers from Inverell, NSW, 8-13 months weighing 292kg sold for 382c or $1115. From Kingston, SA a line of 7-8 month old, 317kg Hereford cross steers sold for 388c or $1230. A line of 14-16 month old 359kg Mundoo and Matoni blood Angus steers from Bundarra, NSW sold for 384c or $1381.
Heifer numbers remain strong
Heifer numbers remained solid last week, with strong prices leading from the south. Highlights include a line of 7-8 month old, 237kg Angus heifers from Canberra, ACT which sold for 424c/kg or $1003.
A line of 7-8 month old, 275kg Hereford cross heifers from Kingstone, SA sold for 371c or $1020, while from Rand, NSW, a line of 7-8 month old 306kg Charolais cross heifers were sold for 392c or $1,200. A line of 15-16 month old 366kg Dunoon blood Angus heifers from Henty, NSW sold for 385c/kg or $1410.
Northern heifer highlights include a line of Angus cross heifers 12-16 months weighing 228kg from Cecil Plains, QLD, which sold for 372c or $850. From Goondiwindi, QLD a line of 13-15 month old 319kg Hereford cross and Angus cross heifers sold for 344c/kg or $1095.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold by weight range:
- Steers weighing under 250kg sold from 373/kg to 416c/kg to average 395cg, down 52c; while heifers in the same weightrange sold from 347c to 424c, averaging 378c, down 2c
- Steers 250-300kg sold for 382c; while heifers sold from 290-371c to average 339c, down 24c
- Steers 300-350kg sold from 316-388c, averaging 354c, up 14c; while heifers sold from 338-392c, averaging 350c, up 10c
- Steers 350kg+ sold from 345c-384c, with an average of 363c; while heifers sold from 285-285c, averaging 328c.
Coming up on AuctionsPlus:
- The next AuctionsPlus Premium Wagyu special sale is scheduled for 9am Sydney time this Friday, December 9. A total of 120 head have been listed so far, in 17 lots – including semen and frozen embryos. More listings likely to be added this week.
- There will be a complete herd dispersal in this Friday’s AuctionsPlus sale for Caccianiga Partnership, Gravesend NSW. Included are 180 x 180 Droughtmaster cows and Booramooka-sired calves; 73 PTIC Droughtmaster x Angus heifers PTIC to Angus bulls; 70 Brangus cows and calves and seven Brangus PTIC cows. Click here for details, or contact Ben Lehman 0427 211 327.
- Also included in this Friday’s weekly AuctionsPlus sale will be a large reduction sale for Tonga Station, Mansfield, VIC. Included are 227 Team Te Mania Angus cows and calves, EU-accredited, 54 Angus autumn calvers, and 25 Angus heifers. Click here for details, or contact is Rodwells Mick Curtis 0428 953 222.
- The Kenny’s Creek Stud female sale will be held on Monday 12 December from Noon – on property at Hillgrove, Boorowa, and interfaced on AuctionsPlus. Comprising 120 lots, the sale will include the total dispersal of all Kenny’s Creek’s autumn PTIC females, including 60 PTIC cows and 30 heifers. Also on offer will 10 PTIC spring L heifers. Starting the sale will be 20 cow/calve units, calves born Spring 2016. Sires of the calves at foot are Hallmark, Generation 2100, SynGen Blackpearl and SAV Resource. Click here for details.
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