MOST steer and young heifer prices were steady to slightly higher this week in an offering of 17,965 head on AuctionsPlus online cattle sales, down 1594 head on last week.
Prices were lower across most older stock categories, with the exception of PTIC cows, which gained $25/head. With the reduced offerings, southern Queensland secured the largest numbers for the second week running, at 1923 head, while central west NSW buyers maintained their recent demand, locking down 1054 head.
Cow and calf units totalled 1221 this week, averaging $3039/head, ranging from $1880 to $3680/pair. Roslyn Pastoral topped the category with station mated Lawson and Dunoon blood Angus pairs. The 734kg cows had 1-4 month-old calves at foot and will make the journey from Roslyn NSW, to Picton NSW.
PTIC cows sold from $1600 to $2925/head, averaging $2194/head – up $95 week-on-week. Top price went to a line of vendor bred Angus cows by Worthing East Trust, Casterton VIC. The 713kg 3-5 year-old PTIC cows will head to Cassilis, NSW.
PTIC heifers offerings increased by 331 head this week, selling from $1520 to $2860/head – averaging $2222/head. From Seymour VIC, a line of PTIC heifers offered by Glenfiddich, averaging 613kg, topped the category. Another highlight was a line of PTIC Hereford heifers from McGauran Pastoral, averaging 570kg, selling for $2630/head.
Demand for heifers fell this week, achieving a 75pc clearance for the 4889 head offered.
Light heifers averaging less than 200kg averaged 550c/kg – selling from 481c to 634c. This top price was returned by a line of 5-11 month-old Santa cross weaned heifers averaging 185kg, offered by KCD Holdings near Young, NSW.
Heifers 200-280kg sold from 411-510c/kg, averaging 452c – down 14c on last week. KJ Scott and J Wright at Parkes NSW, offered the line of 7-10 month-old Braford heifers to top the category, averaging 268kg.
Heifers 280-330kg sold from 318-476c, averaging 425c – down 9c on last week. A run of 8-9 month-old Angus heifers averaging 301kg returned top price for Willalooka Pastoral Co from Padthaway SA.
Feeder heifers averaging 330-400 sold from 294c to 484c, averaging 437c – up 4c on last week. From Mansfield VIC, Nillahcootie Park-Riga Angus sold a line of 8-month-old Angus heifers to top the category, averaging 347kg.
Heavy heifers more than 400kg averaged 400c, selling from 363c to 407c. The equal top lines from Hay NSW, were two lines of 14-16 month-old Angus feeder heifers by I H and J Auldist.
Steer numbers were back slightly this week, at 6416 head. Light steers averaging less than 200kg sold from 509c to 600c, averaging 522c/kg – back 18c on last week. Top price went to a line of 5-7 month-old Angus unweaned steers averaging 176kg, offered by PJ and LM Mulcahy from Koreelah NSW.
Steers 200-280kg sold from 301c to 576c, up 11c on last week, to average 503c. From Coolatai NSW, BKS and L Hunt offered top priced lot with a line of 5-7 month-old Angus unweaned steers averaging 273kg.
Steers 280-330kg sold from 401c to 522c, averaging 474c – down 9c on last week. A line of 7-10 month-old weaned Braford steers averaging 308kg returned top price, offered by KJ Scott and J Wright, Parkes NSW.
Feeder steers 330-400kg sold between 336c and 488c, averaging 451c – up 10c on last week. From Marcollat SA, TR Truscott Minnamurra offered two lines totalling 175 head of 9-10 month-old Angus steers averaging 352kg which returned top price. A further 113 of their heifer sisters averaging 301kg made 455c.
Heavy steers averaging more than 400kg sold from 310c to 440c, averaging 423c – down 6c on last week. From Armidale NSW, Lynoch Pty Ltd offered the top priced lot with 14-16 month-old Angus steers averaging 440kg.
Tasmanian cattle numbers were up again this week, with 607 offered at a clearance rate of 96pc. Cows with calves at foot sold from $1880 to $2250/head, to average $2100/head. AL and AN Kelley’ offered top lot with 10-12 year-old Murray Grey cows. Weaned steers sold from $1270 to $1750, averaging $1628. From Flinders Island, DL and PJ Bellinger offered a line of 14-15 month-old Angus steers which topped the category, averaging 399kg.
Heifers sold from $840 to $1750, averaging $1422. Top price went to a line of Poll Shorthorn yearling heifers averaging 419kg. These 14-15 month-old heifers were offered by Sillwood Pastoral Co from Carrick.
Western Australia offered 155 head this week. Top lot from Dain Pty Ltd saw 287kg Shorthorn heifers sell for $915/head. These heifers will travel from Treeton, up the coast, to Bunbury.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weight range:
Less than 200kg: Steers sold from 509-600c, to average 522c, while heifers sold from 481-634c, to average 550c.
200-280kg: Steers sold from 301-576c to average 503c, while heifers sold from 411-510c to average 452c.
280-330kg: Steers sold from 401-522c, to average 474c, while heifers sold from 318c-476c, to average 425c.
330-400kg: Steers sold from 310-440c to average 423c, while heifers sold from 294-484c to average 437c.
+400kg: Steers sold from 418-429c, to average 416c, while heifers sold from 363-407c to average 400c.