YOUNG steers and unjoined heifer calves dominated online listings on AuctionsPlus last week, making up 80 percent of the 4674 head offered.
Numbers continue to expand, up almost 2900 on the previous week, as more people get back to work after the Christmas break. Growers and producers didn’t want to miss any of the action, with 402 different bidders logging-in online to Friday’s sale.
There were particularly strong listings from NSW, while Victoria and South Australia were also well represented.
Topping the cow and calf market on Friday was a small line of Speckle Park cows and calves from Robertson, NSW, making $2500. The cows were unjoined and had Karoo Angus sired calves at foot.
Another standout line was a mob of Santa Gertrudis/Angus cows and calves from Glen Innes, NSW that made $2450. These 4-6 year olds were offered station-mated to Angus bulls and had sappy 180kg calves at foot. A second slightly lighter line made $2340.
PTIC females presented well in Friday’s listings. The top price of $2150 was paid for a line of 3-4 year old Shorthorn cows from Culcairn, NSW. The cows consisted of Outback and Spry’s blood and were joined back to Shorthorn bulls ready to calve in March.
A tidy line of PTIC Angus heifers from Upper Lurg, VIC also made impressive money. The line of 21-22 month old Angus heifers, joined to Alpine Angus bulls, made $2050.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold, by weight range:
- Steers less than 250kg sold from 445c to 477c/kg, averaging 454c, while heifers in the same weightrange sold from 329-430c, averaging 375c
- Steers 250-300kg sold from 388-410c to average 400c, while heifers sold from 349-378c to average 362c
- Steers 300-350kg sold from 352-416c, averaging 385c, while heifers sold from 323-353c, averaging 338c
- Steers 350-400kg sold from 324-362c, averaging 346c, while heifers sold from 313-344c, averaging 327c
- Steers 400kg + sold from 314-356c to average 331c, while heifers 400kg + sold from 309-341c to average 324c.
Primaries of WA offered 546 Fullblood and Wagyu-infused grainfed cattle to tender via AuctionsPlus last week. A somewhat unique article to market, the cattle had been on feed for more than 300 days with the lead already killable. With access to a national network of AuctionsPlus buyers, tenders were received from Western Australia as well as eastern states buyers, and successful outcome was achieved with a tender accepted by the vendor. No price details were provided.
- Click here to access a full summary of Friday’s AuctionsPlus sale.