RECORD temperatures, heat waves and dry winds combined to create dangerous bushfire conditions as much of the eastern states of Australia felt summer in full force this week.
However the conditions did nothing to slow the numbers of livestock pouring onto the AuctionsPlus online selling platform, with about 78,800 sheep and lambs and 12,700 cattle hitting buyers’ and bidders’ screens this week. That represented jumps of 24pc and 27pc on the previous week, respectively.
Commercial cattle offerings ranged from near and far from North Queensland to Tasmania, with all states presenting well in numbers.
PTIC females were the hot item this week with females under two years of age averaging $1819.
Large lines of PTIC females were seen from one Victorian vendor, whose cattle located at Ventnor (65 head) and Mortlake (184 head), all sold extremely well. Females 2-4-years averaged a huge $2199.
Highlights for this vendor included a number of pens of Angus heifers, 24-29 months, PTIC to Angus bulls, selling from $2260 to $2360. “They are a beautiful run of Future Breeders that anybody would be proud to own,” Elders assessor Peter Rollason said in his comments.
Large numbers were also sourced this week from Codrington, VIC which made top dollar. Proven breeders presented well, but the overall sale topper was for a line of F1 Speckle Park/Angus heifers from Perthville, NSW. The 18-19-month-old heifers were sold PTIC to Wattle Grove Speckle Park bulls.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold, by weight:
- Steers less than 250kg sold from 430c to 498c/kg, averaging 464c/kg; while heifers sold from 287-446c, averaging with an average of 371c
- Steers 250-300kg sold from 359-427c to average 398c/kg; while heifers sold from 334-402c to average 374c
- Steers 300-350kg sold from 348-403c, averaging 374c; while heifers sold from 312-425c, averaging 350c
- Steers 350-400kg sold from 348-391c, averaging 365c; while heifers sold from 271-412c, averaging 333c/kg
- Steers 400kg + sold from 317-360c to average 341c; while heifers sold from 322-344c to average 336c.
Cow and calf numbers were low this week, but PTIC female numbers made up for this deficiency. Although cow and calf numbers were back, there were some cracking prices made for the listings that were made available to buyers.
The standout this week was for a line of Angus cows and calves from Cobden, VIC that made $3360. The 30-36 month olds, estimated 588kg at delivery, had Te Mania Angus calves at foot averaging a solid 288kg, and expected to top 300kg by delivery. The heifers are PTIC 4-5 months back to Angus bulls, presenting a three-in one package to buyers.
Another impressive sale was recorded for a line of Santa Gertrudis cows and calves from Warren, NSW. The 2-3 year-old girls had Angus-sired calves at foot ranging from 1-8 months, and were station-mated back to Angus bulls. They made $2360.
The Wagyu revolution continues, with huge prices seen on AuctionsPlus this week. A line of 9-14-month-old F1 Wagyu/Angus steers from Aldavilla, NSW made 515c/kg or $1300 weighing 253kg live.
Another strong sale was made for a line of 11-13-month-old F1 Wagyu/Angus heifers from Quirindi, NSW. These unjoined heifers made 670c/kg or $1760, weighing 263kg live.
Other sales this week:
There was also a string of special stud and commercial sales on AuctionsPlus this week.
The Bonnydale Black Simmentals bull sale was interfaced via AuctionsPlus on Monday with the top price making $12,500. The top online price was $11,250 with an overall average of $8254. Out of the 72 lots offered, four of the bulls purchased will be heading to Queensland which is quite a distance from their home at Bridgetown, WA. Congratulations to the Introvigne family on such a successful result.
The Woonalee Future Breeder & Feeder commercial female sale was interfaced via AuctionsPlus on Thursday with 227 head on offer. 23 bidders and 28 guest logged into the sale, with online catalogue receiving 2819 views. The sale averaged $1518, with the Angus females sold to 391c or $1280, and Angus/Simmental/Hereford cross females sold to 465c or $1815.
Davelle South Devon Opportunity Sale was an online-only sale on Friday with a total of 38 lots with a mix of bulls and females. Bulls topped at $8000, with the top priced female making $3000.
The Mount William Charolais production sale was interfaced online via AuctionsPlus. The sale had 78 lots offered with the top bull selling for $9000.