Markets

Live exporters active on Qld offering, as AuctionsPlus numbers grow

Beef Central, 06/02/2016
Live export buyers took this line of 105 Brahman cross yearling steers averaging 233kg at Clermont, Central Qld, which sold on AuctionsPlus on Friday for 397c or $925.

This line of 105 Brahman cross yearling steers averaging 233kg at Clermont, Central Qld, sold on AuctionsPlus on Friday for 397c or $925.

 

SCATTERED rainfall across eastern Australia during the first week in February saw numbers rise in Friday’s weekly Eastern States AuctionsPlus cattle sale, which offered a catalogue of 8036 head, up 27 percent on the previous week.

Sales in Queensland in particular were very strong, boosted by live export buying outside of the normal geographic catchment for boat cattle, as the search widens for suitable cattle in a year of considerable shortage.

Heifers were keenly sought-after by restockers, with plenty of well-grown, unjoined yearling heifers sparking interest as replacement breeders.

Starting in the north, sale highlights included 105 Brahman cross yearling steers at Clermont, Central Queensland averaging 233kg selling for 397c or $925; 240kg Droughtmaster heifers at Eidsvold making 337c or $810; and 284kg Droughtmaster cross steers at Glenmorgan QLD selling for 370c or $1052.

Beef Central news delivered daily into your inbox? Click here

 

Further south, Dulverton blood Angus heifers weighing 422kg at Glen Innes NSW sold for 362c or $1530; crossbred steers at Armidale NSW weighing 381kg sold for 341c or $1300; and 308kg Angus steers at Deniliquin, NSW sold for 397c or $1225.

In a breakdown of the sale, by weight range:

  • Steers less than 250kg sold from 352c to 431c to average 389c, up 8c, while heifers in the same weight category sold in a large range from 264c to 438c, averaging 336c, a rise of 10c
  • Steers 250kg-300kg made 319-411c to average 367c, up 22c, which is impressive given a larger proportion of yearling cattle over weaners. Heifers in this weight category were also predominantly yearlings and made 280c to 356c averaging 318c, up 5c
  • 300kg-350kg steers were limited in number and made 323c to 397c to average 350c, a 10c rise on last week. Heifer numbers were also tight and made from 315c to 329c
  • Steers over 350kg were all yearlings and made 305c to 341c averaging 324c, steady on last week. Heifers over 350kg were also all yearling cattle and were mostly black, selling from 273c to 362c to average 312c, an increase of 20c.

Strong numbers of PTIC females were offered this week, with yearling heifers selling at similar rates to last week, from $1150 to the top price of $1800 paid for Angus heifers out of Mortlake VIC in calf to Angus.

Strong numbers of PTIC females were offered this week, with yearling heifers selling from $1150 to the top price of $1800 paid for these Angus heifers out of Mortlake VIC, in calf to Angus.

Strong numbers of PTIC females were offered this week, with yearling heifers selling from $1150 to the top price of $1800 paid for these Angus heifers out of Mortlake VIC, in calf to Angus.

Lines of second or third-calvers made $1370 to $1710, while older cows up to eight years old made $1215 to the top price of the day of $1895 for five-year-old Angus cows in calf to Angus in Mortlake, VIC.

Cows with calves at foot looked slightly better value this week, though many of the offerings had younger, lighter calves than last week when a larger proportion were approaching weanable age.

First-calvers made $1225 to $1650, and young cows sold from $1795 to a top of $2050 for three-year-old Angus cows with Angus calves at Sale, VIC.

Mixed age cow lines sold from $1200 to $2000, with the top price being for a notably large line of 160 Brahman cross females from Roma QLD, aged four to eight years with Charolais calves at foot and rejoined to Charolais bulls, for a total sale value of $320,000.

 

Click here to view full results from Friday’s AuctionsPlus cattle sale.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Your email address will not be published.

Your comment will not appear until it has been moderated.
Contributions that contravene our Comments Policy will not be published.

Comments

Get Beef Central's news headlines emailed to you -
FREE!