YOUNG steer prices trended higher in another large commercial cattle offering of 19,186 head on AuctionsPlus this week.
Cow and calf and PTIC cow prices softened but clearance rates firmed, hitting 92pc for both. PTIC heifers took a drop in clearance but showed a increase in average prices of $127.
The majority of steer categories increased in price for the second consecutive week, with the biggest spike experienced by entries averaging 280kg to 330kg, which were up 32c.
Heifers followed suit with the majority of categories bouncing back from last week, with the biggest jump of 18c in light heifers less than 200kg. Southern QLD topped the purchasing region this week, followed closely by Northwest Slopes and Plains of NSW and then Central Western NSW.
Cow and calf units were in high demand again, with a 92pc clearance. Average prices dropped by $199, to range from $1600 to $3300, averaging $2345. Top price went to a line of Rosedale blood Charolais cows and calves, offered by Elabah Partnership from Wellington, NSW, which are heading just west to Trangie, NSW. The NSM cows were four years old, averaging 621kg with 2-7 week old calves at foot sired by Black Simmental bulls.
Another highlight was a line Angus cows and calves offered by Julong Partnership, Adjungbilly, NSW which sold to a buyer in Quirindi, NSW for $3250. These cows were aged 2-7 months, averaging 537kg and were of Bongongo, Crawford and Rennylea genetics. The Angus calves at foot were two months old.
PTIC cows sold from $1420 to $2600 this week, averaging $1858, down $86 on last week. Numbers remained firm this week with 2132 on offer. Despite the drop in price there was a 92pc clearance. Top price went to a line of Angus cows from Julong Partnership, heading to Blanford, NSW. These cows were 5-6 years averaging 660kg and PTIC to an Angus bull.
A line of RIFA Salutary blood Angus cows from Ulupna Pastoral, Yarroweyah, VIC sold for $2340 to a buyer in Walcha, NSW. These cows were three years averaging 549kg and joined to Te Mania and Lawsons Angus bulls.
PTIC heifers saw a drop in numbers offered to 1238. Prices ranged from $1360 to $2925, to average $1949, up $127 on last week. Top price went to Duncan Clowes, from Millthorpe, NSW who offered 22 Angus heifers 20-22 months, averaging 531kg and PTIC to Te Mania bulls, which head to Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Elsewhere, a line of 38 Poll Herefords from DH Hill & Co, Cootamundra, NSW sold to a buyer in Colac, VIC for $2325. These heifers were 21-22 months, averaging 514kg and PTIC to LBW Tobruk Poll Hereford Bulls.
Light steers less than 200kg sold from 481c to 627c this week, averaging 542c, up 7c. Top price went to a line of Angus steers 5-6 months averaging 164kg from MH & K Foster, Ebor, NSW. Bogee Beef Pty Ltd from Glen Alice, NSW sold a line of 40 weaned Angus steers, 8-9 months averaging 174kg, which sold for 591c.
Steers 200-280kg sold from 405c to 544c this week, averaging 478c, down 17c. Top price went to a line of 92 weaned Angus steers 9-10 months averaging 249kg from Tureevale Partnership, Coolah, NSW. Another highlight came from a line of 66 Angus steers 9-11 months averaging 246kg from Coolac, NSW which sold for 543c. In North Queensland, a line of 160 mixed-sex Charbray weaners, 4-7 months averaging 203kg from Railview near Prairie made 427c/kg or $865, while a further 80 Brahman and Brahman cross weaner steer herdmates from the same drop made 410c/kg.
Steers 280-330kg sold from 361c to 499c this week, averaging 444c, up 32c. Top price went to a line of 58 Angus steers 7-9 months averaging 315kg from Ebor, NSW. Another highlight was a line of 10-11 month old Shorthorn steers, out of Greenhills cows and Yamburgan bulls, averaging 303kg, which sold for 498c.
Feeder steers 330-440kg sold from 336c to 472c this week, averaging 408c, up 14c. Top price went to Angus steers 8-10 months averaging 356kg offered by NTR Ag, The Summit, QLD. From Caramut, VIC a line of Angus steers 8-10 months averaging 354kg which sold for 459c.
Heavy steers averaging more than 400kg sold from 337c to 417c, averaging 395c, up 2c. Top price went to a line of Toora West Angus steers 12-13 months averaging 415kg, from Dunkeld, VIC, heading across the border into SA. From Narrabri, NSW, a line of 44 Shorthorn x Hereford 17 to 20 months old steers 426kg sold for 414c.
Light heifers averaging less than 200kg sold from 387c to 544c, averaging 486c, up 18c. Top price went to MH & K Foster, Ebor, NSW who offered a line of Raff blood Angus heifers,5-6 months averaging 165kg. From Wando Bridge, VIC,Bushy Park Angus sold a line of 50 weaned heifers, 9-11 months averaging 187kg for 519c.
Heifers 200-280kg sold from 255c to 537c this week, averaging 434c, down 14c. Top price went to Bungle Boori P/ship, Seymour, VIC for a line of 65 Angus heifers 8-10 months averaging 242kg. From Dergholm, VIC, Bushy Park Angus sold a line of 63 Angus heifers, 9-11 months averaging 229kg for 512c.
Heifers 280-330kg sold from 346c to 444c this week, averaging 394, up 13c. Top price went toHill Waters Farms, Lake Mundi, VIC for a line of Boonaroo, Weeran & Glatz Angus blood, 11-12 month olds averaging 303kg. WJ Cooper from Durong, QLD sold a line of Rosevale blood Santa heifers, 12-15 months averaging 301kg, for 444c.
Feeder heifers averaging 330-400kg sold from 300c to 446c, averaging 383c, up 6c. Top price went to Krawarree Pastoral Co & Sarah O’Brien, Braidwood, NSW who offered a line of 16-17 month old Angus heifers averaging 348kg. From Blackall, QLD, Nebrean Pty Ltd sold a line of Canowindra, Dunlop, Yugilbar and Cooinda blood heifers, 12-18 months averaging 341kg for 441c.
Heavy heifers averaging more than 400kg sold from 318 to 397c, averaging 387c, up 7c. Top price went to McRae Pastoral Pty Ltd, Walcha, NSW who offered a line of Rennylea and Te Mania future breeder heifers, 17-18 months averaging 424kg.
An exciting Tasmanian cattle sale this week saw a 100pc clearance achieved among the small offering of 334 head offered. Weaner heifers made up roughly a third of the yard, selling from 335c to 458c, averaging 399c, up 35c. From Deloraine, the top-priced line of 7-9-month-old Durham and Bartel blood Angus heifers averaged 212kg.
89 weaner steers were offered selling from 341c to 539c, averaging 427c, up 57c. TM Best & Sons also offered top priced steers with a line of 7-9-month-old Durham and Bartel blood Angus averaging 204kg. Yearling and grown heifers saw a $245 price increase among the two lines listed. Selling for $1330 and $1375, top priced line was offered by Peter Gil’ at Beaconsfield with 12-13-month-old Angus heifers averaging 437kg.