First-calf cows & calves top $2665 in rain-impacted AuctionsPlus offering

Beef Central, 25/09/2016

These first-calvers with Red Wagyu F1 calves at foot hailing from Dunedoo, NSW made $3000/unit on Friday


AuctionsPlus cattle numbers took a big tumble last week due to extensive rain across eastern Australia, impacting on both live assessments by agents and delivery prospects. Listings fell by about half to just 4679 head.

Replacement females again featured strongly in results last week.

Cow and calf units made up the majority of numbers sold, with high prices seen across the board. First-calvers averaged a huge $2665 with the top priced line of 37 cows and 38 calves hailing from Dunedoo, NSW, consisting of Trio and Tucklan Valley blood Angus cows with Red Wagyu cross calves at foot making $3000.

A line of 3-4-year-old Angus females with big Angus calves at foot and PTIC to Angus bulls from Colac, VIC made $3090, heading to a buyer near Pakenham, VIC

Proven breeders averaged $2164 with a line of six-year olds from Seymour, Central VIC making the top money of $2425. The cows have Ashwood Park Charolais calves at foot.

Aged cows and calves also made good money this week with eight-year-old cows from Euroa, VIC selling to a high of $2200 per unit. The unjoined black baldly cows presented in prime condition with fresh 93kg calves at foot ready for the bumper spring ahead.

PTIC females presented well, with young females under three years averaging $1713. Two lines of 22-36-month old Angus heifers joined to Wagyu bulls, out of Narrabri, NSW, both made $1910. The two lots will be heading north to Roma, QLD and south to Barraba, NSW.

Mixed aged PTIC females mainly hailing from Queensland averaged $1543. A line of 3-13-year-old Brahmans joined to Brahman and Brangus bulls made $1570 and will be heading to Winton, Queensland.

Among larger lines, two runs of 384 and 168 station mated heifers from the Alice Springs district found buyers interstate. The lighter 329kg heifers, mostly Hereford x Droughtmasters, sold for $1244, while the 168 376 kg heifers, Charolais and other crossbreds, sold for $1323.


Two runs of 384 and 168 station-mated heifers from the Alice Springs district found buyers interstate. The lighter 329kg heifers, mostly Hereford x Droughtmaster types, pictured, sold for $1244, while the heavier 376kg heifers, Charolais and other crossbreds, sold for $1323.

In a breakdown of younger cattle sales last week by weight:

  • Steers weighing under 250kg sold from 400c to 460c, averaging 435c/kg liveweight; while heifers in the same weightrange sold from 363c to 445c, averaging of 404c/kg
  • Steers 250-300kg sold from 406c to 433c, averaging of 421c; while heifers sold from 346c to 410c, averaging 386c
  • Steers 300-350kg sold from 346c to 430c, averaging 401c; while heifers sold from 266c to 401c, averaging 366c
  • Steers 350kg+ sold for 369c, while heifers sold from 305c to 383c to average 354c

Wagyu results strong

Wagyu heifers made impressive money again last week with eight-month olds topping the category at $3000, which will grow into good-framed cows for future breeding values.

Slightly older heifers from Bendeme, NSW in the Northern Tablelands made cracking money of $3840 and will be heading north to Kidaman Creek, QLD. The 14-18 month old heifers are unjoined but are ready to be joined to the bull of choice.

Dedicated feeder sale

Last week’s dedicated feeder sale saw 359 head offered. A line of 75 Angus steers forwarded contracted to be delivered between 380-500kg in late November sold for 365c/kg.

A second lot of 80 Angus steers sold for $3.66/kg for delivery in late October weighing 370-470kg.

Feeder sales are continuing with the next sales scheduled for Tuesday 4 October and Tuesday 18 October.


Click here to access full summary of Friday’s AuctionsPlus sale results.
Source: AuctionsPlus




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