PRICES and numbers on the AuctionsPlus online marketing platform were tested this week by the ongoing dry spell, with many hoping and looking for the rain forecast over the weekend for parts of NSW and elsewhere to provide some much needed relief.
Numbers dipped slightly to 5927 this week, just 477 less than the previous week.
Despite gradually declining numbers towards the end of the month, April produced record cattle numbers on offer via AuctionsPlus for the month, totalling 44,586 head, including 7252 re-offers.
The prospect of rain for much of NSW this weekend will no doubt have many eager to see where the market will turn with the potential that it could see strong gains in the coming weeks if the moisture materialises.
Breeding stock once again seized purchasers’ attention this week.
A number of lines of young and proven breeders saw strong buyer interest, with first-calvers ranging from $850 to top $1540, averaging $1282, while young breeders sold from $1410 to $1670 to average $1504.
Proven breeders ranged from $1075 to $1650 with an average of $1459.
Highlights included a line of 371kg Angus heifers, 19-20 months, PTIC to Wagyu bulls from Warren, NSW which sold for $1540, while Gyranda blood Santa heifers, 479kg at 20-30 months from Theodore, Qld, PTIC to Santa bulls, EU-eligible sold for $1670. Their lighter sisters made from $1480 to $1530, while a pen of 20 PTIC cows, similar breeding, 3-7 years, 634kg, made $1620.
A small line of three-year-old Doughboy Angus stud cows, with 250kg average Angus calves at foot, sold for $2800. This lot was also PTIC to Angus bulls and from Armidale, NSW.
In other sales, 307kg Shorthorn/Charolais steers, 8-9 months from Cumnock, NSW sold for 345c/kg liveweight or $1060, while 276kg Angus steers, 8-9 months from Binda, NSW sold for 346c or $955.
Among heifer lines, 243kg Angus heifers, 6-9 months from Merriwa, NSW sold for 317c or $770, while 7-8 month old 268kg Angus heifers from Crookwell, NSW made 317c or $850.
In a breakdown of young cattle sales on Friday, by weight range:
- Steers weighing under 250kg ranged from 312c to 330c with an average of 321c/kg liveweight; while heifers in the same weight range sold from 272c to 317c, with an average of 295c.
- Steers 250-300kg sold from 316c to 346c, averaging 328c; while heifers sold from 271c to 317c, averaging 295c
- Steers 300-350kg made 284c to 345c, averaging 310c; while heifers made 258c to 273c averaging 266c
- Steers over 350kg sold from 280c to 295c averaging 288c.
Coming up on AuctionsPlus this week:
230 Angus cows PTIC to Wagyu bulls, account Crown State Pastoral, Binnaway, NSW.
Last drop selling for $16-1800+ as yearlings. Calves weaned off 29/4 so anticipate very quick response from the cows.
PTIC to Wagyu Bulls 3-6 months (Reg. Vet) Principally 5-6 months.
Click here for details. Contact: Contact: Andrew Hosken, Elders 0428657765