Yarding 3560 Change -2334
The majority of the yarding was steers with 1,360 heifers and 538 cows on offer. Drought affected South Australian cattle were presented with opportunities for those with grass to capture a margin and some heading straight to feed. Naturally quality was down with plain quality light weight cows to return to the paddock, however many pens offered were outstanding in quality.
A large sample of drought affected yearling steers in the 200-280kg range topped at 318c to average 288c/kg. The top price for quality pens around 320kg was 320c/kg to feed. Drought affected two tooth yearling steers made to 242c to average 238c/kg. Yearling heifers made to 250c to average 217c/kg in the largest sample.
Grown steers made to a top of 254c and grown heifers made to 212c/kg. Bulls topped at 286c/kg for younger lines. 3 score cows made to 196c to average 161c/kg. Heavy cows to slaughter made to 205c to average 189c/kg and cows with calves at foot made $1,030/unit.
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Weaner steers under 220kg topped at 322c/kg and averaged 290c/kg, weaner steers in the 220-280kg range reached 318c/kg and averaged 283c/kg. Steers in the 280- 350kg range reached 320c/kg and averaged 264c/kg, and steers in the 350-400kg range reached 276c/kg and averaged 251c/kg. Feeder steers in the 400-550kg range topping at 278c/kg and averaging 249c/kg.
Cows and calves hit $1,030/unit.
Wonggabinta Pastoral Holdings, Davies Road, Miles sold Angus steers at 320c/kg at 348kg returning $1,113/head. John Russell, Culbara, Roma sold Brahman cross steers at 310c/kg at 248kg returning $770/head.
Wellesley Pastoral Co, Wellesley, Surat sold Charolais cross steers at 302c/kg at 279kg returning $843/head. The Charolais heifers sold for 248c/kg at 321kg returning $797/head.
AS & VM Knight, Blair Gowrie, Injune sold Cross breed steers at 302c/kg at 258kg returning $781/head.
KM Neilson, Woodstock, Roma sold Charolais cross steers at 298c/kg at 283kg returning $844/head. G Webb, Panavista, Roma sold Angus steers at 294c/kg at 249kg returning $732/head.
The Angus heifers sold for 256c/kg at 241kg returning $618/head.
JB Walker, Gallipolo Hill, Injune sold Limousin cross steers at 292c/kg at 301kg returning $881/head.
PB & DJ Heffernan, Warragai, Roma sold Charolais steers at 270c/kg at 481kg returning $1,301/head.
EW & CEM Entriken, Sesbania Sesbania, Winton sold Charolais steers at 270c/kg at 440kg returning $1,191/head.
Entriken C & K, Sesbania Sesbania, Winton sold Brahman steers at 248c/kg at 488kg returning $1,212/head.
Heifers under 220kg topped at 270c/kg and average 237c/kg, while heifers in the 220 – 280kg range topped at 256c/kg and averaged 226c/kg. Heifers in the 280- 350kg range topped at 258c/kg, averaging 220c/kg. Heifers in the 350-450kg range topped at 250c/kg, averaging 204c/kg.
Shadyside Grazing Company, Shadyside, Longreach sold Angus cross heifers at 240c/kg at 395kg returning $948/head.
Paramount, Roma sold Charolais cross heifers at 238c/kg at 348kg returning $829/head.
Cows in the 300-400kg range reached 175c/kg and averaged 144c/kg, while cows in the 400kg-500kg range reached 201c/kg and averaged 182c/kg. Cows over 500kg topped at 205c/kg, averaging 189c/kg.
Bulls under 400kg topped at 290c/kg and averaged 240c/kg, while bulls in the 400 – 600kg range topped at 222c/kg and averaged 207c/kg. Bulls over 600kg topped at 230c/kg, averaging 190c/kg.
Sources: NLRS, Roma Saleyards