WHILE rain again impacted on numbers listed on the AuctionsPlus online marketing platform last week, it only helped reassure restockers of the bumper spring season that lies ahead in many parts of eastern Australia.
The catalogue offering last week dropped close to 3000 head to 6755 head across eastern states sales, but lack of numbers didn’t stop the bidders, with an average of 325 bidders logging-in to both Friday sales.
Price trends were mixed among young cattle, but first calf-females, well-represented in the breeder portion of the catalogue, averaged a very solid $2440.
Young cattle highlights for the week included a line of 54 11-13 month old Rennylea/Banquet blood Angus steers from Darriman, near Sale in Victoria. These 392kg EU-accredited steers (also PCAS, Coles Graze and JBS Farm-Assured program eligible) made 398c/kg or $1565 a head.
Another line of lighter 242kg Angus weaned steers, 61 in number sold for 478c/kg or $1155 a head. These Bannaby and Gilmandyke blood Angus weaner steers from Triangle Flat, NSW were bought by backgrounders at nearby Gilgandra, NSW.
Out of Queensland, a line of 19-22 month old Brahman heifers made top dollar at 355c/kg or $1410 a head. These EU accredited maidens from Moura in Central Queensland weighed in at 351kg and will make quality future breeders. Younger Charolais weaner heifers from Inglewood, VIC made an impressive 545c/kg or $1850 a head. These Chenu Charolais blood calves weighed in at 339kg.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold, by weight range:
- Steers weighing less than 250kg sold from 386c to 478c to average 441c, up 4c; while heifers in the same weightrange sold from 387c to 515c, averaging 425c, no change on last week.
- Steers 250-300kg sold from 400c to 452c, averaging 420c, rising 20c; while heifers sold from 355c to 429c, to average of 389c, easing 7c
- Steers 300-350kg sold from 335-420c, averaging 400c, easing 24c; while heifers sold from 364-546c, averaging 397c, rising by 21c
- Steers 350-400kg sold from 379-398c, averaging 391c, rising by 14c; while heifers 350kg+ sold from 347-368c, averaging 356c, easing 3c.
Among breeding cattle, maiden PTIC heifers made up majority of joined females this week, with this description averaging $1815. Angus heifers from Texas, QLD sold for the top price of $2070. These 18-20 month old girls are due to calve in the middle of spring to Bald Ridge Wagyu bulls.
Older females sold from $1700 to $1810. Proven Angus and Angus cross breeders on their second to fifth calves sold for the top price of $1810. These cows, from Bugaldie, NSW are scanned to Angus Bulls.
First-calvers were well represented this week and averaged $2440.
The tops of this category were highly sought-after by restockers with four unique bidders fighting it out for the Banquet blood cows and calves. These girls from Tamworth, NSW made $2920 and have heavy 206kg Banquet Angus calves at foot.
Older cows made $1650 to $2240, with Angus cows from Loomerah, NSW selling for the top price. The 6-7 year olds with Booragul Charolais calves at foot were sold joined back to Booragul Charolais bulls.
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