ANGUS heavy feeder steers sold to 337c/kg farmgate on AuctionsPlus on Friday, while lighter descriptions sold to 380c/kg as catalogue numbers declined.
Widespread follow-up rain falling across the eastern states as far north as southern Queensland provided welcome relief for producers, providing the opportunity to hold on to stock to see what unfolds over the next couple of months.
Cattle numbers listed decreased to 5411 head last week, although the decline was less severe than what was seen in physical cattle selling centres. Sheep numbers also declined in response to the rain.
With the lower numbers came strong prices with Angus feeder steers, 405kg from Walcha making an impressive 337c/kg or $1365 a head.
Cattle prices have continued to climb, with most categories up on the previous week. The northern and southern catalogues included a large offering of steers less than 250kg, which sold in a range from 244-380c, to average 320c, up 15c on the previous week.
Heifers in the same weight range made 249-334c, average 280c, up 23c.
Steers 250-300kg solid from 277-330c, averaging 309c, up 19c, while heifers in the same weight range made 253-289c, average 272c, up 22c.
Steers 300-350kg sold from 290-335c, average 310c, up 6c, with heifers 248-272c.
A small offering of heavy steers made 268-337c, average 297c, with the top price of 337c/kg or $1365/head for a line of 28 Angus steers, 405kg, Bonny Brooke blood from Walcha.
Young joined females in Friday’s sale made $1060-$1510, averaging $1248. A line of 36-48 month old Angus heifers PTIC to Birubi Angus bulls, Reiland blood from Wagga Wagga made the top price.
Older joined females ranged from $915-$1450, averaging $1233, while cows and calves made $1200-$1560, with a top price for Hereford cows with Columbian Poll Hereford calves at foot from Boggabri.
Click here to view fill tabulated sale results from Friday’s AuctionsPlus northern and southern cattle sales.