Cattle numbers offered on AuctionsPlus declined further this week falling seven percent to 5933 head.
Buyer demand was strong with the decrease of numbers, with clearance rates hitting 75 percent.
Most heifer weight categories were higher in price, especially light heifers less than 200kg which rose sharply.
Cows with calves at foot made up the majority of this week’s listings with just shy of 1500 units listed, while yearling and grown heifer numbers recorded 1175 head and 1131 weaner steers were on offer.
Demand for cow and calf units continued to remain strong with a 70pc clearance. Prices ranged from $560 to $1760 and averaged $1243. Top price went to a small line of three-year-old Shorthorn cows averaging 546kg, with Shorthorn calves at foot, from Rutherglen, VIC.
Other highlights included a line of three-year-old Angus cows averaging 512kg, with Angus calves at foot, from Merriwa NSW selling for $1660; 2-3-year-old joined Angus cows, 512kg, with Angus calves at foot, from Moonan Flat, NSW selling for $1530.
Older cows sold well with a line of seven-year-old Angus cows, 552kg, with Angus calves at foot from Gundagai, NSW selling for $1480.
Light steers less than 200kg averaged 309c this week, up 45c. Top price went to Landfall and Injemira blood Angus steers 5-6 months averaging 163kg from Cobungra Station, Omeo, VIC selling for 371c or $604.They were part of an offering of 370 EU-eligible weaner steers and heifers offered by Cobungra in five lots selling from 320-371c. Other highlights include Angus steers 166kg from Guyra, NSW selling for 307c; South Devon steers 181kg from Uralla, NSW selling for 291c.
Prices for steers 200-280kg averaged 296c this week, down 3c. Top price went to Simmental x Angus steers, 7-8 months averaging 229kg from Tarcutta, NSW which sold for 332c or $760. Other highlights include Angus steers 250kg from Armidale, NSW selling for 328c; and Angus steers 247kg from Barnawartha, VIC selling for 320c.
Steers 280-330kg averaged 301c this week, up 5c. Top price went to Angus and Angus cross steers, 10-11 months old averaging 314kg from Jingellic, NSW which sold for 333c or $1045. Other highlights include Angus steers 326kg from Ararat, VIC selling for 328c; and Angus and Angus cross steers 322kg from Sidonia, VIC selling for 328c.
Light heifers weighing less than 200kg averaged 291c this week, down 34c. Top price went to Angus and Angus cross heifers, 5-6 months averaging 155kg from Omeo, VIC, selling for 343c or $533. Other highlights include Charolais x Shorthorn cross heifers 151kg from Gloucester, NSW selling for 269c; and Angus heifers 185kg from Glen Innes, NSW selling for 264c.
Heifers weighing 200–280kg averaged 266c this week, up 4c. Top price went to a line of Angus heifers, 13-14 months averaging 275kg from Walcha, NSW which sold for 305c or $840. Other highlights include Angus heifers 242kg from Barnawartha, VIC selling for 301c; and Angus heifers 225kg from Guyra, NSW selling for 291c.
Heifers 280–330kg averaged 270c this week, down 10c. Top price went to a line of Angus heifers, 12-13 months averaging 312kg from Harden, NSW which sold for 297c or $925. Other highlights include Santa heifers 329kg from Glenmorgan, QLD selling for 265c; and Angus x Santa heifers 311kg from Dundee, NSW selling for 256c.
Heifers more than 330kg averaged 280c this week, down 5c. Top price went to Angus heifers 10-12 months averaging 365kg from Yass NSW, which sold for 291c or $1060. Other highlights included Angus heifers 334kg from Walcha NSW, selling for 289c; and Hereford heifers 254kg from Nevertire, NSW selling for 254c.
In Western Australia, Angus and Angus cross heifers, 12-14 months averaging 239kg dressed from Mayanup WA sold for 545c or $1302. Angus and Angus cross steers, 12-14 months averaging 476kg from the same property sold for $1442 or 303c. Angus and Angus cross mixed sex yearlings 14-19 months averaging an estimated 267kg dressed from Pemberton, WA sold for 540c/kg dressed.
In Tasmania, Angus steers, 9-11 months old averaging 261kg from Judbury sold for 383c or $1000. From the same vendor a line of 255kg heifers sold for 342c or $870.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weightrange:
Under 200kg: Steers sold from 238c to 371c to average 309c, while heifers sold from 245c to 343c to average 290c
200-280kg: Steers sold from 218c to 332c to average 295c, while heifers sold from 187c to 305c to average 264c
280-330kg: Steers sold from 241c to 333c to average 301c, while heifers sold from 228c to 297c to average 270c
330-400kg: Steers sold at 216c, while heifers sold from 254c to 291c to average 280c
400+kg: Steers sold at 303c, while heifers sold from 292c to 295c to average 292c
8 month old, 200kg, Angus steers from DIRRANBANDI, QLD sold for 288c/$575
8 to 12 month old, 303kg, Santa Gertrudis steers from WANDOAN, QLD sold for 275c/$835
6 to 8 month old, 244kg, Santa Gertrudis steers from WANDOAN, QLD sold for 272c/$665
10 to 11 month old, 313kg, Angus steers from JINGELLIC, NSW sold for 334c/$1,045
7 to 8 month old, 228kg, Simmental steers from TARCUTTA, NSW sold for 333c/$760
11 to 12 month old, 398kg, Angus steers from BOOROWA, NSW sold for 297c/$1,180
5 to 6 month old, 162kg, Angus steers from OMEO, VIC sold for 371c/$604
5 to 6 month old, 163kg, Angus/Hereford steers from OMEO, VIC sold for 352c/$575
13 to 15 month old, 326kg, Angus steers from ARARAT, VIC sold for 328c/$1,070
12 to 13 month old, 322kg, Angus steers from SIDONIA, VIC sold for 328c/$1,057
12 to 13 month old, 365kg, Braford steers from STEWART RANGE, SA sold for 217c/$790
12 to 14 month old, 475kg, Angus steers from BOYUP BROOK, WA sold for 304c/$1,442
9 to 11 month old, 260kg, Angus steers from JUDBURY, TAS sold for 384c/$1,000
16 to 23 month old, 292kg, Angus steers from MITCHELL, TAS sold for 276c/$805
9 to 12 month old, 329kg, Santa Gertrudis heifers from GLENMORGAN, QLD sold for 266c/$875
7 to 10 month old, 277kg, Santa Gertrudis heifers from GLENMORGAN, QLD sold for 266c/$735
13 to 14 month old, 275kg, Angus heifers from WALCHA, NSW sold for 305c/$840
12 to 13 month old, 311kg, Angus heifers from HARDEN, NSW sold for 297c/$925
10 to 12 month old, 364kg, Angus heifers from YASS, NSW sold for 291c/$1,060
13 to 14 month old, 346kg, Angus heifers from ARALUEN, NSW sold for 288c/$995
5 to 6 month old, 155kg, Angus/Hereford heifers from OMEO, VIC sold for 344c/$533
11 to 12 month old, 242kg, Angus heifers from BARNAWARTHA NORTH, VIC sold for 302c/$730
10 to 11 month old, 259kg, Angus/Friesian heifers from BIRREGURRA, VIC sold for 213c/$550
9 to 11 month old, 254kg, Angus heifers from JUDBURY, WA sold for 342c/$870
14 to 16 month old, 433kg, Angus heifers from MOUNT BARKER, WA sold for 296c/$1,280
12 to 14 month old, 446kg, Angus heifers from BOYUP BROOK, WA sold for 292c/$1,302
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