A TURNAROUND in cattle numbers offered in the second week of AuctionsPlus trading for the year saw plenty of buyer interest and prices on an upward trend.
Cattle numbers increased to 6615 head for the week, up 66 percent on first sale for the year, with more than one third of the sale being females.
Steers in Friday’s sale sat comfortably above the 300c/kg mark, while almost all of the heifers made more than 300c.
Standout results included a line of 10-11 month old Angus steers account Villa Brae Pastoral Co from Ruffy, in northern Victoria, weighing 319kg, making 362c or $1155, and a line of 108 Droughtmaster cross backgrounder steers, 299kg at 14-18 months of age from Mitchell, Queensland making 366c or $1095.
A line of 61 10-11 month old Angus/ Charolais feeder steers weighing 381kg from Coonamble NSW, sold for 331c or $1260, while a further 91 heifer siblings 373kg made 314.7c or $1175.
The top line of unjoined heifers on Friday was a line of 15-16 month old Charolais cross heifers, weighing 394kg, making 318c or $1255. Angus heifers from Glen Innes, 15-17 months old, weighing 382kg, made 322c or $1230.
At Springsure, Central Qld, 235kg yearling Santa and Santa cross steers sold for 384c or $900, while a large line of 196 Droughtmaster heifers from Clermont, Qld aged from 8-18 months and weighing 258kg, made 347c or $895 with a total sale value of $175,420.
In a breakdown of sales by weight category in Friday’s sale:
- Steers less than 250kg made 380c to 456c, averaging 413c, while heifers in the same weightrange made 323-402c, averaging 355c.
- Steers 250-300kg made 345c to 386c, averaging 368c, while heifers made 293-347c, averaging 327c.
- Steers 300-350kg made 336-357c averaging 347c, while heifers made 300-324c, averaging 310c.
- Steers over 350kg made from 299-344c, averaging 325c, while heavy heifers made 288-325c, averaging 314c.
With cows & calves number increasing, so did prices, with increased restocker competition evident.
Inverell, NSW offered the standout lines of cows and calves this week with five-year-old Angus cows with Angus calves at foot averaging 224kg, rejoined back to Angus bulls making a massive $2770, while other cows & calves from the same area ranged from $2350-$2740.
Angus first-calvers, with Angus calves at foot averaging 131kg, rejoined back to Angus bulls, made $2150 from Oberon, NSW, while a line of 3-10 year old Hazeldean blood Angus cows, with Wagyu calves at foot, PTIC back to Wagyu bulls from Drillham, Qld made $2110.
A Karabeal, southwest Victoria vendor offered several lines of commercial cattle with 4-5 year old Hereford cows, PTIC to Hereford bulls, making $2310, with the 5-6 year old cows PTIC to Hereford bulls, making $2250.
PTIC Fullblood Wagyu heifers $4250
In the Wagyu market, Brangus/Wagyu cattle offered out of southern QLD saw steers weighing 265kg sell for 400c and the heifer portion weighing 264kg make 402c. Further south at Goulburn, 227kg Wagyu/Angus steers sold for 601c or $1365, and the 217kg heifer siblings make 560c or $1230.
Joined females made an impact on Friday’s sale with some small lines of standout stud Wagyu heifers, PTIC to Wagyu bulls, from Millmerran, Qld selling from $3650 to a top of $4250. Barraba, NSW offered a young line of Angus heifers, PTIC to Wagyu bulls, of Glenavon blood making $1930.
The Lawsons Angus Bull sale in Esperance WA last week was interfaced with AuctionsPlus, the first time the prominent stud has opened up competition online. The sale achieved 100% clearance of 102 bulls offered with a top price of $10,000 and an average of $5835. Ten percent of the offering was purchased by online bidders.
Click here to access full results from Friday’s AuctionsPlus sale.
Upcoming listings of interest on AuctionsPlus:
22 Jan: Four large lines of quality EU and conventional cattle out of Central Qld, pre-treated for tick clearance:
- Account: Elrose Enterprises 300 No 5 EU Brahman Steers 200-260kg
- Account: Brindabella Partnership 300 No5 EU Droughtmaster/Charbray/Brangus X heifers 240-340kg
- Account: HC Pastoral Co 72 Droughtmaster Cross cows with Droughtmaster calves
- Account: SC Grazing 100 No5 EU Droughtmaster Steers.
Contact Brad Passfield 0459160791
22 Jan: Charbray herd dispersal – 200 female cattle for sale, located Yuleba, western Darling Downs. Contact Michael barron 0427 728 453
12 Feb: Quality Springsure, Rolleston, Winton young cattle:
- 400 Santa and Santa x heifers No 4’s and 5’s, 250-350kg
- 200 Santa mixed sex weaners, No5’s
- 130 Charbray/Droughtmaster x mix sex weaners No 5s, approx 180kg on agistment Surat.
Contact Andrew Scott Elders 0428 824 824
Upcoming assessor school, online marketing workshops
AuctionsPlus will be travelling around northern NSW in early February, hosting an Assessor School in Armidale and online marketing workshops in Walcha (1 Feb) Inverell (2 Feb) and Bingara (3 Feb). Contact AuctionsPlus on 02 9262 4222 for more details or to RSVP.