YOUNG steer and heifer categories mostly rose in price in a larger AuctionsPlus offering last week, when 10,920 commercial cattle were offered.
Above average seasonal conditions in many areas of eastern Australia continued to underpin very strong buyer demand. Northern regions of NSW and southern regions of Queensland dominated purchases this week, with the NW Slopes and Plains of NSW securing more than 1000 head from the catalogue.
Cows with calves at foot sold from $1750 to $4125 this week, averaging $2851, with 505 units sold. Top price was achieved by J B & E Wesley from Hillston NSW, with a line of four-year-old PTIC cows with 7-8-month-old calves at foot. The Speckle Park cows averaged 650kg, with 300kg CAF sired by Speckle Park bulls.
PTIC cows achieved 82pc clearance this week, selling from $1380 to $2780, and averaging $2176. RK & BJ Danson from Mendooran NSW, secured the top price with a line of 3-4 year old Charolais and Red Angus cows averaging 592kg, PTIC to Red Angus bulls.
PTIC heifers achieved 83pc clearance, selling from $1900 to $3380 – averaging $2490. A line of 22-23-month-old Angus heifers averaging 569kg achieved the top price. These heifers were PTIC to registered Angus bulls and were offered by Glenruben Angus from Woomargama, NSW.
There were 2184 heifers on offer this week, achieving a 77pc clearance. Light heifers averaging less than 200kg sold from 485c to 634c, averaging 576c. Top price went to a line of 7-10-month-old Angus and Angus cross heifers averaging 188kg, offered by CC & TS Gibson from Logans Crossing, NSW.
Heifers 200-280kg sold from 461c to 731c, averaging 564c – up 6c on last week. PJ Lowien from Bellata NSW, secured the top price with a line of 246kg 10-12-month-old Angus heifers with Bald Blair, Wattletop and Eastern Plain bloodlines.
Heifers averaging 280-330kg sold from 457c to 654c this week, averaging 515c. Top price went to a line of mixed-age Wagyu heifers averaging 329kg, offered by MS & SP McCosker from Emerald, QLD.
Feeder heifers 330-400kg sold from 418c to 511c, averaging 468c. Top price went to a line of 16-17-month-old Angus heifers with Ardrossan, Twynam and Injemira blood averaging 359kg offered by Billabong Beef Co from Bungowannah NSW.
Heavy heifers averaging more than 400kg sold from 396c to 474c, averaging 444c. Top price went to a line of 117 17-18-month-old Angus heifers averaging 401kg offered by Paraway Pastoral Co, Burmah Station, Inverell NSW.
A larger offering of steers resulted in a strong clearance rate this week, with 83pc of the 3617 head on offer selling. Steers averaging les than 200kg sold from 353c to 778c, to average 593c. Top price went to a line of 6-7-month-old Certified Organic Angus weaned steers averaging 179kg from Coles SA, which will journey to Albury, NSW.
Steers 200-280kg sold between 335c and 698c, to average 606c. Again, from Coles SA, offered by Macdonald Cluain Props, the top price went to a line of 6-7-month-old Angus weaned steers averaging 221kg.
Steers 280-330kg sold from 487c to 628c to average 547c. Top price went to a line of 9-10-month-old Angus steers with Millwillah bloodlines averaging 337kg, offered by Merrimuka Pastoral from Belltrees NSW.
Feeder steers 330-400kg sold from 433c to 547c, averaging 497c. Offered by G Nock from Bathurst NSW, the top price was secured by a line of 351kg, 8-9-month-old Angus steers with Millah Murrah bloodlines.
Heavy steers more than 400kg sold from 400c to 460c, averaging 454c. Top price went to a run of 17-19-month-old Angus steers averaging 490kg, offered by Glen Collin Pastoral Co from Walcha, NSW.
Last week’s Western Australian had 104 head on offer, with a 100pc clearance. A line of 16-19-month-old mixed sex Angus and Angus cross yearlings averaging 587kg offered by N & A Stenbeck and Blue River Grazing from Northcliffe sold for 632c/kg carcase weight,
In Tasmania, there were 428 head offered this week, with a 98pc clearance. Weaners sold from $1410 to $1750 – averaging $1565. Top price went to a line of 9-10-month-old Angus weaned steers with Cluden Newry bloodlines averaging 372kg offered by JB & RA Hawkins from Chudleigh. Yearlings sold from $1340 to $1890, to average $1653. Top price went to a line of 16-17-month-old Angus steers averaging 462kg with Landfall Angus blood offered by ND & K Aylett from Parkham.
In a breakdown of young cattle sold this week, by weightrange:
Less than 200kg: Steers sold from 353-778c/kg to average 592c/kg, while heifers sold from 485-634c, to average 576c
200-280kg: Steers sold from 335-698c to average 606c, while heifers sold from 461-731c, to average 564c
280-330kg: Steers sold from 487-628c to average 547c, while heifers sold from 457-654c to average 514c
330-400kg: Steers sold from 433-547c to average 497c, while heifers sold from 418-511c to average 468c
+400kg: Steers sold from 400-460c to average 454c, while heifers sold from 396-474c to average 444c.