CATTLE numbers lifted 10 percent to just under 10,000 head on Friday’s AuctionsPlus sales, where heifer prices lifted strongly in most categories.
Lighter heifers made 299c to 338c to average 320c, up 17c, while yearling heifers over 350kg made 300-332c, averaging 320c, jumping 38c.
In steer categories, descriptions in the 250kg-300kg range made 334-395c, to average 358c.
Highlights included Simmental/Droughtmaster weaned steers, 6-8 months from Texas Qld, 202kg, which made 363c or $735 while Santa x and Droughtmaster x weaner steers from Moranbah, 153kg, sold for 344c or $525, while their sisters, 138kg, sold for 261c or $360.
Angus and Angus cross steers, 355kg, from Bungunya on Qld’s Darling Downs sold for 341c or $1210.
A line of 75 heavy 418kg Angus steers 14-16 months from Mullaley NSW, Booroomooka blood, made 357c or $1495, while a line of 268kg Te Mania blood Angus heifers from Hamilton made 348c or $935, with their heavier sisters, 311kg, making 338c or $1055.
Hereford steers from Holbrook weighing 286kg made 395c or $1135, their lighter brothers 243kg, made 371c or $905.
Larger lines included 452 Droughtmaster cross weaners 5-11 months from Boulia in northwest Queensland, where the steer portion (roughly half) averaging 199kg 329c ($655) and the heifer portion, 186kg, 293c ($545).
From Moree in northern NSW, a vendor sold around 1000 mixed composite x Angus and composite x Charbray cattle, including 45 steers 12-16 mths, 249kg, 306c/$765; 101 steers, 12-14 mths, 194kg, 344c/$620; 51 heifers 12-16 mths, 256kg, unjoined, 273c/$700; 80 heifers 10-14 mths, 192kg, unjoined, 312c/$606; 181 steers 11-14 mths, 192kg, 368c/$710; 194 heifers, 12-14 mths, 225kg, unjoined, 352c/$795; 94 hfrs 12-18 mths, 288kg, unjoined, 330c/$955; 108 heifers 12-14 mths, 181kg, 333c/$605; 146 steers, 12-16 mths, 241kg, 358c/$865.
A line of 109 Angus and Angus x Hereford mixed sex yearlings from Channybearup, WA, 14-18 months, 261kg dressed weight estimate, made 542c dressed weight to a processor, with a further 29 slightly lighter Angus x Limousin yearlings from the same vendor made 538c/kg dw.
PTIC first calvers in Friday’s sale ranged from $1030 to $1415 to average $1301. This top price was for Angus/Hereford heifers PTIC to Dulverton Angus bulls from Coonabarabran. Older 4-6 year old Angus cross cows out of Walcha, PTIC to Simmental & Angus bulls made $1400.
Cows and calves again top $2000
Friday’s sale also saw a good offering of cows and calves, with prices once again over $2000.
First-calvers saw an average of $2033 while 3-4 year old cows averaged $1827. Older cows and calves made $1400 to $2110. An offering of 227 head Onslow blood Angus cows with Angus calves at foot out of Cootamundra saw the top price in every age category. The stand-outs were second-calvers at just 3 years old which sold for $2140.