PRICES in most young steer and heifer weight categories trended down on AuctionsPlus this week, in places sharply.
Numbers offered rose 20 percent on the previous week to 7502 head, with two thirds of those comprising young cattle listed on the weekly Weaner & Yearling Sale. Lotfeeders were active on those lines.
PTIC and joined females rose by 341 head from last week’s numbers, with 893 head on offer. There was a significant variation in prices returned for breeders, selling from $385 to a high of $1195 to average $947.
The top price was returned by a line of 198 Angus cows, 6 years old averaging 600kg and PTIC to Kenny’s Creek and Pine Creek Angus bulls, offered by TJ Henwood from Hay, NSW.
Station-mated Charolais cows and calves, cows 18-30 months averaging 463kg, and joined to Angus bulls, made $1140, making a 700km journey from Forbes to Glen Innes. Doctors Creek Speckle Park, Bingara, NSW offered a line of 19 PTIC Angus cows 6-8 years averaging 470kg which returned $610.
Cow and calf numbers doubled from last week’s small offering to total 1013 head. Prices ranged from $800 to $1710 with an average of $1191.
From Cootamundra, NSW a line of 43 Angus heifers 25-26 months averaging 447kg with their first calves at foot returned the top price.
Another small line of Angus cows & calves, cows 3-5 year averaging 470kg from Hansonville, Victoria returned $1670, going to a buyer near Hagley, Tasmania.
From Loomberah, NSW a line of Limousin cows with fresh calves at foot returned $825. These cows were 3-6 years averaging 420kg. The cows and calves are headed on an 820km journey to Wodonga, VIC.
This week saw a high level of lotfeeder bidding action, with feeder and yearling steers the focus.
A highlight saw a NSW lotfeeder secure a line of Brangus steers for 277c live or $1200/head. These steers from Cassilis, NSW were 18-22 months averaging 433kg. A line of 107 Angus steers 11-12 months old averaging 290kg from Quirindi, NSW returned 293c live or $850.
From Coolah, NSW a line of 113 Angus heifers 11-12 months averaging 260kg returned 233c live or $600, destined for the feedlot market.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weightrange:
- Steers less than 250kg sold from 205c to 300c to average 256c; while heifers sold from 158-260c to average 194c
- Steers 250-300kg sold from 205-394c to average 274c; while heifers sold from 215-323c to average 243c
- Steers 300-350kg sold from 228-249c to average 238c; while heifers sold for 224c
- Steers 350+kg sold from 246-378c to average 301c; while heifers sold for 179c
6 to 10 month old, 211kg, Santa Gertrudis/Droughtmaster Cross steers from RICHMOND, QLD sold for 258c/$545
8 to 10 month old, 278kg, Angus steers from CASTRA, TAS sold for 395c/1095
9 to 10 month old, 285kg, Angus steers from OBERON, NSW sold for 300c/855.
10 to 11 month old, 226kg, Angus steers from SEYMOUR, VIC sold for 301c/680
10 to 11 month old, 365kg, Angus steers from STOWPORT, TAS sold for 379c/1380
10 to 12 month old, 319kg, Angus/Santa steers from TOOBEAH, QLD sold for 249c/795
11 to 12 month old, 289kg, Angus steers from QUIRINDI, NSW sold for 294c/850
15 to 18 month old, 396kg, Angus steers from MORVEN, QLD sold for 247c/975
18 to 22 month old, 433kg, Brangus steers from CASSILIS, NSW sold for 278c/1200
9 to 10 month old, 251kg, Angus heifers from CASTRA, TAS sold for 324/810
9 to 11 month old, 278kg, Angus heifers from KENTUCKY, NSW sold for 254/705
11 to 12 month old, 230kg, Angus heifers from ORANGE, NSW sold for 261/600
11 to 12 month old, 212kg, Angus heifers from SELLICKS HILL, SA sold for 220/465
18 to 22 month old, 391kg, Hereford heifers from GLOUCESTER, NSW sold for 179/700