LIGHTER steer and heifer categories showed a rising trend in AuctionsPlus online trading this week, which put a larger offering of 12,000 head in front of bidders.
Clearance rates were up on last week, with a 14pc increase to total 87pc overall.
In the cow and calf market prices ranging from $1680 to $3310, averaging $2489. Top price went to a line of 2-3 year old NSM Angus heifers with Limousin-sired calves at foot, offered by Robert Arcuri, from Rossmore in NSW.
Another standout cow & calf offering was a line of Santa station-mated cows and calves from Champion Livestock, Longreach, QLD. These 2.5-3.5 year olds sold for $2560 and will be making the 1300km journey south to a property near Trangie, NSW.
PTIC females saw a touch over 1500 head listed. PTIC cows ranged from $1510 to $2640, to average $2013. Angus PTIC cows topped the market for a line of 6-7 year old proven breeders, PTIC back to Angus bulls, from King Isle Farms, Quandong, VIC.
A line of standout Hereford PTIC breeders, PTIC to Angus and Simmental bulls, from Condamine in southern QLD made $2125, and will head 1000km south to the Blue Mountains in NSW.
PTIC heifers ranged from $1200 to $2320 this week to average $1840, with the top price hailing from Mulloon Creek Natural Farms in the Monaro, NSW for a line of two-year-old Angus heifers. These girls were PTIC to Angus bulls.
A line of PTIC Angus heifers from Mywurlie Pastoral Co, Hay, NSW made $1840. These heifers are heading further west to Broken Hill, NSW which looks to be having a bumper season; here they will drop their Angus calves in the Autumn.
Another great line of Hereford PTIC two year old heifers listed by Jarrahwood Herefords from Euroa, VIC, PTIC to Angus bulls, made a cracking $2140.
Among young cattle, heifers less than 200kg made a top of 527c/kg or $830. These were 5-8 month old Angus heifers listed by Eurimbla Partnership, Gilgandra, NSW.
Heifers 200-280kg sold to a top of 521c for a line of Angus 9-10 month olds from D Parfett, Carcoar, NSW.
Heifers 280-330kg made a top of 448c listed from GW AC Hare from Moulamein, NSW. These Angus heifers were 10-11 months are heading south to Victoria to enjoy the rest of Winter.
Heifers averaging between 300-400kg produced a top price of 471c for Speckle Park cross heifers listed by SA & EM Woodley, Wongarbon, NSW.
Another notable mention was for four lines of performance-registered NSM future breeders from Rennylea Angus, Culcairn, which saw some outstanding prices. The 10-12 month old heifers made a top price of $2040 for one line, with the other three making $2030.
Among steers offered this week, some great prices were seen across the board.
Steers less than 200kg produced a top price of 634c for a line of 7-8 month old Angus listed by Englebrecht Pastoral from Denman, NSW.
Steers 200-280kg topped at 576c for a line of 9-11 month old Angus listed by JY and AL Capel, Bingara, NSW.
Steers 280-330kg topped at 498c for a line of 10-11 month old Angus listed by CN & JS McClymont, Goondiwindi, QLD.
Feeder steers 330-400kg made a top of 435c for a line of 10-12 month old Angus and Angus cross from Monivae Station, while heavyweight feeders 400kg+ topped at 407c for a line of 10-11-month-old Angus from RJ & VA Meyenn, Springside, NSW.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weight range:
Less than 200kg: Steers sold from 318-634c/kg to average 533c/kg, while heifers sold from 400- 527c to average 481c
200-280kg: Steers sold from 413-576c to average 472c, while heifers sold from 349-521c to average 437c
280-330kg: Steers sold from 359-498c to average 427c, while heifers sold from 316-448c to average 400c
330-400kg: Steers sold from 355-444c to average 401c, while heifers sold from 342-471c to average 401c
400kg +: Steers sold from 360-407c to average 379c.
A strong sale saw a 100pc clearance achieved among the 379 head offered in Tasmania this week. 122 feeder steers were listed, selling between $1140 and $1490, averaging $1313. Lohrey Pastoral from Sisters Creek topped the category and the sale with a line of 17-19 month old Angus feeder steers averaging 391kg. Another highlight was a line of NSM 12-15 month old Hereford x Friesian heifers averaging 442kg offered by David Cox, Nowhere Else, which made $1410.
In Western Australia, AuctionsPlus interfaced the Nurien Muchea monthly store sale for the first time. Online activity was strong with 106 online bids, resulting in 212 head in 16 lots sold online to a NSW buyer.
The overall offering of 1528 head of store cattle sold well, steers ranged between 250c/kg and 402c/kg, averaging 339c/kg. Top price was returned by Murray Grey cross steers averaging 256kg from KJ & C Kerse. Heifers sold from 140-240c/kg and averaged 247c, with the top price returned by Angus heifers averaging 248kg, from AMB Consolidated. Young bulls were also on offer which sold from 240c/kg to 356c/kg and averaged 306c/kg.