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Steer, heifer prices push lower on AuctionsPlus, as dry conditions prevail

by Beef Central, 19 January 2018

Among larger lines sold this week, two mobs of Brahman and Droughtmaster x Brahman PTIC heifers totalling almost 200 head, from dry country near Jericho in central western Queensland, 15-36 months averaging around 400kg, in good order, made $1055.

 

HOT, dry conditions across large parts of eastern Australia pushed catalogue listings higher, but prices and clearance rates lower on AuctionsPlus this week.

Cattle numbers rose by 3000 head to almost 9500 head across all sales. Despite having a lower clearance rates across the board, there were close to 500 logged-in users this week.

Young steer and heifer categories declined in price, with 10-20c/kg reductions commonplace.

Joined females averaged $1586 and reached a top price of $2230 for a line of station-mated Angus cows & calves from Goulburn NSW.

A line of younger Angus cows & calves, PTIC to Speckle Park bulls from Stoneleigh, VIC made $2125.

Cow and calf units dropped slightly in price from last week to average of $1300. Top price of $1650 went to a line of 42 Angus/Hereford cows & calves, aged 6-11 years from Benambra VIC. In NSW, a line of four-year-old Angus cows & calves from Big Hill in the Southern Tablelands made $1290.

Among larger lines, two mobs of Brahman and Droughtmaster x Brahman PTIC heifers totalling almost 200 head, from dry country near Jericho in central western Queensland, 15-36 months averaging around 400kg, in good order, made $1055.

WA Cattle had close to 500 head on offer this week, with the top price of $1514 or 301c/kg for a line of 2-7 year old Angus slaughter bulls from Boyup Brook. Second top price went to a line of 640kg average Angus steers, 17-20 months, selling for $1514 or 450c/kg.

TAS Cattle numbers rose this week, offering 289 head. Top price went to 51 Poll Hereford/Shorthorn/Hereford backgrounder steers averaging 441kg from  Scottsdale, selling for $1340 or 303c/kg.

In a breakdown of young cattle sold, by weightrange:

  • Steers less than 250kg sold from 286c to 380c/kg to average 346c; while heifers sold from 278-398c to average 321c
  • Steers 250-300kg sold from 301-354c to average 320c; while heifers sold from 236-286c to average 261c
  • Steers 300kg to 350kg sold from 310-318c to average 314c; while heifers sold for 277c
  • Steers 350kg + sold from 236-312c to average 291c; while heifers sold from 253-303c to average 283c.

Steer Highlights

Angus steers 6 to 7 months 230kg, from CARINDA, NSW sold for 380c/$875

Charolais steers 12 to 15 months 233kg from JERICHO, QLD sold for 377c/$880

Friesian steers 8 to 9 months 183kg, from STRATHMERTON, VIC sold for 287c/$525

Angus/Hereford steers 6 to 7 months 226kg, from LUCINDALE, SA sold for 361c/$815

Poll Hereford/Angus/Hereford steers 17 to 18 months 397kg, from SCOTTSDALE, TAS sold for 308c/$1220

Angus steers 17 to 20 months 537kg, from MANJIMUP, WA sold for 260c/$1394

Heifer Highlights

Angus/Angus/Shorthorn 5 to 6 months 146kg, heifers from WALGETT, NSW sold for 352/$515

Santa Gertrudis heifers 3 to 7 months 139kg, from EULO, QLD sold for 398/$555

Angus heifers 16 to 18 months 361kg, from GOONDIWINDI, QLD sold for 288/$1040

Angus heifers 20 to 23 months 434kg, from MANSFIELD, VIC sold for 277/$1200

Murray Grey heifers 8 to 12 months 233kg, from KEITH, SA sold for 279/$650

Source: AuctionsPlus



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