NUMBERS bounced back after the Easter break to 9149 head catalogued for AuctionsPlus online sales last week.
‘Weaners’ was the word on everyone’s lips both on dedicated AuctionsPlus sales, and at feature sales held on Thursday and Friday.
Weaner sales were dominated by lighter backgrounding types, the majority being under 300kg, while feedlot interest was strong for the older, heavier cattle available.
Wagyu-infused feeders also encountered strong demand. Wagyu x Angus steers out of Taroom, QLD weighing 318kg sold for 568c, with their heifer siblings at 296kg making 537c, and mixed sexes out of central NSW weighing 309kg sold for 503c.
Yearling Angus steers on Friday made 327c to 338c, and yearling heifers sold from 284c to 300c.
Highlights of weaner sales included several New England offerings including a line of 115 Angus steers offered by Tepa Pty Ltd, Avoncliffe, Guyra NSW, 5-7 months averaging 219kg, selling for 402c for $880/head, and a line of 81 Angus/Limousin steers at Armidale, 5-8 month old at 251kg making 354c.
Elsewhere, Angus/Droughtmaster steers out of Kumbia, QLD weighing 290kg selling for 348c, 318kg Angus/Hereford steers from Camperdown, VIC made 331c, 199kg Angus heifers out of Hamilton, VIC selling for 358c, and Angus/Hereford heifers in Camperdown VIC weighing 257kg making 315c.
In a breakdown of Eastern States weaner markets by weight:
- Steers less than 250kg sold from 305c to 408c, averaging 367c; while heifers in the same weight range made from 300c to 358c averaging 324c
- Steers 250kg-300kg sold from 311c to 366c to average 333c, while heifers sold from 270c to 315c to average 294c
- Steers 300kg-350kg sold from 289c to 331c averaging 318c.
Tasmania also offered over 300 weaners across two sales last week, with steers averaging 325c and heifers 291c. Included were a line of Angus steers 8-10 months averaging 296kg from Whitemark, Flinders Island, selling for $950/head or 321c/kg.
PTIC female sales in Friday’s weekly sale were highlighted by a run of Fullbood Wagyu cows offered out of Bendemeer NSW.
Sold in small lines as in calf to Wagyu bulls, the younger cows at 3 to 8 years made $2370, while aged cows at 11 to 13 years made from $2340 to $2480. In other breeds, yearling heifers made $1040 to $1530. Young cows sold from $1225 to a top of $2020 for three and four year old Angus cows out of Tamworth in calf to Angus. Cows aged between five and eight years made $1210 to $1880, and mixed age lines from $1140 to $1240.
Heifers with their first calf at foot sold from $2390 to $2430 out of Boorowa, NSW on Friday.
Five to six year old Poll Hereford cows with Hereford calves and back in calf to Shorthorn bulls sold for $1850 in Victoria, while mixed age lines of cows and calves made $1070 to $1415
Coming up on AuctionsPlus this week:
Queensland’s annual Clark & Tait and invited vendors surplus cattle sale this Friday will see 2830 head out of noted herds in the state’s dry central west put up for competition on Auctions Plus. The catalogue includes mostly number 5 steers and heifers, with a few No 4 steers and some cows and calves. Most of the offering is straight Santa breeding, with a few Droughtmaster and Droughtmaster cross types included. Some lots carry EU accreditation.
Station brands included are Hobartville (Alpha), Mantuan Downs (Springsure), Boongoondoo (Jericho), Mt Enniskillen (Blackall), Mt Wandoo (Springsure), Consuelo (Rolleston), and Rewan (Rolleston).
Click here for details or contact Elders’ CQ livestock coordinator Andrew Scott 0428 824 824.
Click here to view full summary of Friday’s AuctionsPlus cattle sale.