PRICE trends were dearer across most stock categories in a smaller offering on AuctionsPlus this week.
Catalogues fell by about 35 percent or 7000 head to 15,202 head across commercial sales this week.
Heifers were in the spotlight with an impressive rise in value across all categories. Southern Queensland offered the most cattle with 1925 head, followed by Central Western NSW and Northwest Slopes & Plains of NSW with 1735 and 1718 head respectively.
Purchasing was also dominated by the same three regions. Southern Queensland bought 1877 head, Central Western NSW 1384 head and NW Slopes and Plains 1036 head, together accounting for 42pc of all purchases.
PTIC heifers sold to a dearer market trend with prices ranging from $1375 to $2350 to average $1847, an increase of $70 on last week. Top price was achieved by 23 Angus heifers offered by Brentwood Partnership, Molong, NSW. The Rennylea blood heifers were three years old, averaging 508kg and were three months PTIC to Millah Murrah bulls.
PTIC cows increased by $49 this week to average $1858, selling from $1310 to $2500. From Aberdeen, NSW, Rossgole Pastoral Co offered the highest price lot of the category with 30 PTIC Millwillah & Onslow blood cows, EU accredited, three years and PTIC to Angus bulls.
Cows with calves at foot eased this week, selling from $1460 to $3300 to average $2502, down $136. Top price was a 3-in-1 offering of 51 PTIC Angus cows with 53 Angus CAF, offered by S & P Grazing, Wodonga, VIC. The 4-6 year old cows averaging 531kg were PTIC to Table Top Angus bulls.
The 4762 heifers offered this week sold well, achieving a 77pc clearance. Every weight category increased in price. Light heifers less than 200kg sold from 484c to 512c, averaging 500c, up 17c. Top price was achieved by 47 Senepol & Senepol X heifers from GJ, MJ & SM Campbell, Inglewood, QLD. The heifers were 10-12 months averaging 182kg and will travel to south to Casillis, NSW.
Heifers 200-280kg increased 37c, selling from 356c to 518c to average 454c. A line of 20 Angus and Angus X heifers 5-6 months averaging 236kg from Garland, NSW, offered by Edmondson Rural Holdings topped the category, heading to nearby Blayney, NSW.
Heifers 280-330kg continued the upward trend in prices, up 21c, to average 439c, selling from 394c to 511c. From Ournie, NSW, A J Greenhalgh & Co presented 66 yearling Angus heifers which topped the category. The EU accredited heifers were 11-12 months averaging 313kg and had Dunoon and Rennylea bloodlines.
Feeder heifers 330-400kg sold between 387c and 594c this week, averaging 426c, 22c dearer than last week. Top price hailed from Dubbo, NSW, as EJ & SA Portelli offered 12 Speckle Park and Speckle Park x Angus heifers 10-11 months averaging 345kg, which will travel south to Lacmalac in Monaro region of NSW.
Heavy heifers +400kg were no exception to the trend, rising 17c to average 393c and selling from 321c to 412c. Top price was achieved by 20 EU-accredited Angus heifers from Moyhu, VIC, offered by F & F Martino. The NSM future breeders were 16-17 months averaging 424kg and will travel to Kyabram, VIC.
There were 4589 steers offered this week which were met by solid demand, achieving 78pc clearance. There was only a small offering of light steers averaging less than 200kg, which sold from 403c to 567c, averaging 488c, back 34c. Banool Pastoral from Milltown, VIC offered the highest priced lot with 20 Hereford steers 11-12 months averaging 165kg.
Steers 200-280kg were 15c dearer this week, selling from 360c to 591c, averaging 499c. Top price hailed from Guyra, NSW as L Foster presented nine Raff blood Angus steers 9-10 months averaging 235kg, which will remain local.
Steers 280-330kg were firm at 440c this week, selling between 319c and 509c. Hobbs Family Trust from Molong, NSW achieved the highest price with 25 Waroona blood Murray Grey steers 9-10 months averaging 283kg, which will travel to Gundagai, NSW.
Feeder steers 330-400kg rose 4c to average 418c this week, with prices ranging from 301c to 470c. Top price was attained by G L Whitehead from Neville, NSW with crossbred Wagyu F1 feeder steers. The EU accredited steers were 12-13 months averaging 376kg, and had Karro, Moongengilla and Kywarra bloodlines.
Heavy steers +400kg sold between 348c and 424c this week, averaging 386c, easing 19c. From Urana, NSW, Coonong Pty Ltd offered 74 Hereford steers 12-13 months averaging 427kg which topped the category.
Down to Tassie, there was a smaller offering of 317 head this week. Demand remained strong, with the sale achieving 98pc clearance. Weaner and yearling steers sold from $1210 to $1605 to average $1383, $80 dearer than last week. Top price hailed from Hagley, as Esk Vale Estate offered 12 Angus steers, 11-12 months averaging 370kg. Weaner and yearling heifers sold from $1180 to $1540, averaging $1376, up $177. From Ringarooma, 11 Friesian X feeder heifers topped the category, offered by North View Estate. The heifers averaging 479kg were 18-24 months old.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weightrange:
- Less than 200kg: Steers sold from 403c to 567c to average 488c, while heifers sold from 484c to 512c to average 500c
- 200-280kg: Steers sold from 360c to 591c to average 499c, while heifers sold from 356c to 518c to average 454c
- 280-330kg: Steers sold from 319c to 509c to average 440c, while heifers sold from 394c to 511c to average 439c
- 330-400kg: Steers sold from 301c to 470c to average 418c, while heifers sold from 387c to 594c to average 426c
- 400kg+ : Steers sold from 348c to 424c to average 386c , while heifers sold from 321c to 412c to average 393c.