Heifer values trend down in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

Beef Central, 02/06/2018

Joined heifers this week sold to a top of $1800 for this line of 24 Angus, 32 months, PTIC to Angus bulls, from Bethanga, VIC.


DRY conditions across NSW continued to impact listings on AuctionsPlus this week, accounting for 68 percent of all cattle offered.

Heifer values trended down this week, while most young steer categories were firm to easier.

Overall numbers declined 25 percent to 8603 head. The majority of cattle sold will be remaining in NSW or finding new homes in Queensland. South Australian bidders were quite active this week, looking to secure mainly weaned stock from NSW.

This week saw a clearance of 52pc of stock offered, with post-sale negotiation still to occur.

Joined females totalled 967 head, with strong offerings from QLD, NSW and VIC. Joined cows averaged $1031, an increase of $12 on last week, and ranged from $600 to $1420.

A line of 34 three-year-old Angus cows, PTIC to Angus bulls, from Canowindra, NSW fetched the top price. Joined heifers this week averaged $1288 and sold to a top of $1800 for a line of 24 Angus heifers 32 months, PTIC to Angus bulls, from Bethanga, VIC, which will make their way to Terip Terip, VIC.

This week saw an offering of 470 cow and calf units though activity lacked as many producers look towards a long winter. A line of 54 Angus/Santa Gertrudis cows 25-28 months with calves at foot sired by Angus bulls, from Willow Tree, NSW sold for $1200 and will make their way to Albury, NSW.

Cows aged 4-6 years topped at $1110, for a run of 31 Hereford cows from Barraba NSW, with 165kg CAF sired by Santa Gertrudis bulls, sold to Hay NSW.

The fortnightly Weaner and Yearling sale offered a total of 5288 head from QLD, NSW and VIC, a slight increase in numbers on last fortnight’s sale. Weaner heifers average $536 and topped at $885 or 263c/kg, while weaner steers average $788 and topped at $1031 or 337c/kg.

The top priced weaner heifers were a line of 46 Angus aged 9-11 months averaging 336kg, from Tocumwal in the Riverina. A line of 88 EU-accredited Angus steers, backed by Hazeldean and Reiland bloodlines fetched the top price for weaner steers this week. Located in Book Book, NSW, and making their way to Albury, NSW, these steers were 9-10 months old, averaging 305kg.

This week saw a small offering of Tasmanian cattle and all stock offered were PTIC females. The low offering in the state is a representation of the good season and an indication that producers have confidence to be able to hold on to their stock through winter. PTIC heifers topped at $1350 for a line of 10 Angus heifers, aged 22-23 months from Ross in the north of the state, selling to Bridgewater, TAS.

PTIC cows topped at $1380 for a line of Angus cows aged 3-4 years from Epping Forest, selling to Western Junction TAS.

In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weight range:

  • Steers less than 250kg sold from 254c to 314c to average 289c/kg; while heifers sold from 175-283c to average 236c
  • Steers 250-300kg sold from 242-342c to average 288c; while heifers sold from 200-250c to average 232c
  • Steers 300-350kg sold from 258-338c to average 298c; while heifers sold for 263c/kg
  • Steers +350kg sold from 262-277c to average 270c


Steer Highlights

Angus steers 8 to 10 months, 248.4kg, from Inglewood, QLD sold for 315c/$780

Senepol x Charolais/Belmont/Bonsmara/D’mstr steers 7 to 9 months, 213.3kg, from Springsure, QLD sold for 310c/660

Droughtmaster steers 15-18 months, 387kg, from Taroom, QLD sold for 263c/$1015

Droughtmaster steers 13-18 months, 345kg, from Millmerran, QLD sold for 266c/915

Angus steers 9-10 months, 262kg, from Book Book, NSW sold for 343c/897

Angus steers 9-10 months, 305kg, from Book Book, NSW sold for 338c/1031

Angus/Santa steers 9-11 months, 355kg, from TocumwaL, NSW sold for 278c/985

Angus steers 9-10 months, 309kg, from Hawkesdale, VIC sold for 327c/1010

Angus steers 9-10 months, 311kg, from Mudgegonga, VIC sold for 291c/905.

Heifer Highlights

Braford heifers 6-10 months, 224kg, from Kunwarara, QLD sold for 273c/$610

Brangus/Droughtmaster heifers 6-10 months, 222kg, from Springsure, QLD sold for 234/520

Angus heifers 7-9 months, 215kg, from Tooma, NSW sold for 283/610

Angus heifers 9-10 months, 226kg, from GUYRA, NSW sold for 266/600

Angus/Santa heifers 9-11 months, 336kg, from Tocumwal, NSW sold for 264/885

Charolais/Poll Hereford heifers 7-8 months, 267kg, from Mullaley, NSW sold for 251/670.

Source: AuctionsPlus



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