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Steer, heifer prices ease on AuctionsPlus

Beef Central, 23/06/2018

This line of 50 Brangus/Angus NSM heifers and calves account Nugent Grazing Co from Glen Innes, NSW sold for $1210 and are headed to Casterton, VIC.

 

YOUNG steer and heifer prices trended down last week on AuctionsPlus, where numbers dropped 452 head to total 7371 head across the five commercial sales.

Overall 463 unique bidders logged-in to the sales, although clearance rates remained steady with just over 55pc of stock selling at auction.

Again, NSW made up the biggest part of the offering with 67pc, followed by Queensland.

PTIC and joined females this week saw 1323 head listed, consistent with last week’s numbers, with a clearance of 55pc recorded.

Decent listings out of NSW boosted numbers and prices averaged $1192, reaching a top of $2000 for two small lines of 3-5 year old Angus cows from Gilgandra, NSW, account Kidman Angus.

Rising two-year-old PTIC Angus heifers joined to Angus bulls, from Skipton, VIC averaged $1020.

Out of Alpha in Central Queensland, two lines totalling around 200 Santa Gertrudis station-mated cows aged 4-11 years account Barcaldine Downs Pastoral Co made $660. Station mated Speckle Park cows aged 4-7 years from Marrangaroo, NSW, with calves at foot, made $1400.

Cow and calf numbers were down this week with just 165 head offered, with prices ranging from $1210 to $1960 and averaging $1616. This top price was for Angus heifers and calves from Naracoorte, SA, aged 26 months, account PG McCallum Farm Trust. A line of Brangus/Angus NSM heifers and calves account Nugent Grazing Co from Glen Innes, NSW sold for $1210 and are headed to Casterton, VIC.

This week’s weekly weaner and yearling sale saw a total of 5100 head offered, down 539 head on last week with 75pc of listings coming out of NSW. Weaned heifer prices ranged from $390 or 195c/kg to $850 or 275c/kg and averaged $588.

Poll Hereford/Hereford heifers account ‘Bowen Pastoral Co from Barraba, NSW made $630 or 247c/kg. Weaned steer prices ranged from $450 or 238c/kg to $1035 or 318c/kg and averaged $723. Top price went to a line of 105 Angus steers from Bethungra, NSW.

In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weight range:

  • Steers less than 250kg sold from 231c to 338c to average 295c; while heifers sold from 156-283c to average 243c
  • Steers 250-300kg sold from 239-342c to average 297c; while heifers sold from 239-342c to average 248c
  • Steers 300-350kg sold from 266-318c to average 295c; while heifers sold from 200-275c to average 238c
  • Steers 350+kg sold from 187c to 302c to average 256c

Steer Highlights

Angus steers 9-11 months 325kg, from COOTAMUNDRA, NSW sold for 318c/$1035

Angus steers 9-11 months 235kg, from GOONDIWINDI, QLD sold for 338c/$795

Angus steers 10-11 months 263kg, from CONDAH, VIC sold for 342c/$900

Poll Hereford/Poll Hereford steers 7-8 months 192kg, from BOOL LAGOON, SA sold for 325c/$625

Speckle Park/Angus steers 17-19 months 381kg, from WHITEMARK, TAS sold for 302c/$1150

Angus steers 16 to 18 month old, 641kg, from BORDEN, WA sold for 243c/$1557

Heifer Highlights

Angus/Simm/Hereford heifers 7-9 months, 207kg, from BONSHAW, NSW sold for 279/$574

Charolais/Composite heifers 5-months 197kg, from ALPHA, QLD sold for 269/$530

Angus heifers 10-11 months 295kg, from ANDERSON, VIC sold for 373/$1100

Poll Hereford heifers 7-8 months, 191kg, from BOOL LAGOON, SA sold for 283/$540

Source: AuctionsPlus

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