Young cattle prices trend down in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Beef Central, 28/06/2020

Hayfield Station near Katherine offered large lines of Brahman steers & heifers this week, which attracted interest from NSW and NT bidders. In total 28 decks of heifers totalling 942 head, 18-24 months averaging 262kg, sold as future breeders to NW NSW for $850-$860, and 16 decks of steers 12-18 months totalling 544 head made 353c when bought by a live export buyer.


MOST young cattle categories trended down in price on AuctionsPlus this week, where numbers offered jumped by almost 5000 head to 19,361 head.

Southern QLD dominated the purchasing, securing 2491 head, followed by Central Western NSW with 1943 head.

Another highlight for the week from Katherine, NT, was the Hayfield Station Brahman steers & heifers which attracted interest from NSW and NT bidders. In total 28 decks of heifers 18-24 months averaging 262kg, totalling 942 head, sold as future breeders to NW NSW for $850-$860, and 16 decks of steers 12-18 months totalling 544 head made 353c when bought by an NT-based buyer.

PTIC cows this week sold from $1410 to $2690 to average $1935, back $117 on last week.

Top price went to a line of Angus cows offered by Magill Pty Ltd from Texas, QLD. These 3-5 year old cows averaging 551kg were PTIC to Angus bulls. From Walcha, NSW Queenscairn offered, a line of mixed age Angus and Angus cross cows averaging 719kg and PTIC to Angus and Charolais bulls, which sold for $2320.

There was a reduced offering of PTIC heifers this week although prices remained firm selling from $1500 to $2560, averaging $1907, back $8. Burnside from Traralgon, VIC offered the top priced lot with a line of 21-22-month-old Rennylea and Hazeldean blood Angus heifers averaging 527kg, and PTIC to Angus bulls. They will head to Cooma, NSW.

Cows with calves at foot sold from $1330 to $3280 this week, averaging $2195, down $458 after weeks of phenomenal prices. From Walcha, NSW Merrigang Pastoral Co offered a line of rising three-year-old Hazeldean blood Angus cows 501kg, with 2-4-month-old calves at foot for the top price, heading to Tamworth, NSW.

Young cattle

There was an increased offering of steers this week with 7029 head listed, an increase of 1505, which achieved a 74pc clearance.

Light steers less than 200kg sold from 411c to 671c, averaging 558c, up 34c. From Armidale, NSW, Wards Mistake Pastoral Co offered a line of 158kg Angus steers which achieved top price. These steers were 7-8 months and had Glenavon, Eastern Plains and Bald Blair blood.

Steers averaging 200-280kg sold from 353c to 600c, to average 438c, easing 39c.

Top price went to a line of 5-month-old Angus steers from Boorowa, NSW by SGK Pastoral, averaging 215kg. From Casterton, VIC Magic Park offered a line of Angus steers sold for 549c. These 8-9-month-old steers had Coffin Creek blood and averaged 242kg.

Steers 280-330kg sold from 371c to 481c this week, averaging 427c, back 10c on last week. From Grong Grong, NSW MS Henwood Family Trust offered a run of 13-15-month-old Angus steers 303kg, for the top price. Lombard Farms from Warren, NSW offered a line of 11-12-month-old Angus steers averaging 324kg which sold for 469c.

Feeder steers 330-400kg sold from 361c to 459c this week, averaging 407c, firm on last week. Topping the category was a line of 12-13-month-old Angus offered by BT & MJ Boyd from Tumut, NSW. These Bongongo blood steers averaged 342kg.

Heavy steers over 400kg sold from 335c to 436c this week, down 23c to average 381c. Top price went to a line of 14-15-month-old Angus steers averaging 430kg from Hulio Pty Ltd, Avenel, VIC.

Heifer numbers also increased this week with 6665 head offered, almost 2000 up on the previous week. Light heifers less than 200kg sold from 385c to 603c, averaging 484c, easing 81c. Wards Mistake Pastoral Co from Armidale, NSW offered the top priced line with 7-8-month-old Angus averaging 151kg.

Heifers 200-280kg sold from 285c to 513c this week, averaging 389c, back 52c on last week. A line of 6-9-month-old Charolais and Angus cross averaging 213kg topped the category, offered by Wallanbah Cattle Co from Gloucester.

From Thallon, QLD, Bullamon Plains Pastoral sold a line of 9-11-month-old Angus heifers averaging 237kg with Glenoch and Hazeldean blood for 485c.

Heifers 280-330kg also saw a price correction, back 21c to average 399c, selling from 299c to 519c. Top price went to a line of 11-12-month-old Shorthorn heifers offered by Mullah Station Pastoral from Trangie, NSW. These heifers had Marrington bloodlines and averaged 326kg.

Feeder heifers 330-400kg eased 11c to average 380c, selling between 326c and 437c. A line of 14-15-month-old heifers topped the category, offered by Clarke Family Trust averaging 398kg.

Heavy heifers averaging over 400kg jumped 23c to average 404c this week, selling from 331c to 425c. Caradoc Park from Mullaley, NSW offered the top priced line with 18-23-month-old Angus. These heifers had Eaglehawk, Ben Nevis and Eastern Plains blood and averaged 407kg.

In Tasmania, this week’s sale saw a 100pc clearance for the 270 head offered. Two lines of cow & calf units were sold, both achieving $2360. Offered by Bayswater Red Angus at Somerset, a line of mixed age NSM Red Angus cows averaging 592kg, with CAF by Red Angus bulls averaging 136kg, they will remain on the island, heading to Sheffield.

Intasol P/L from Mole Creek offered a line of 8-year-old NSM Murray Grey cows averaging 701kg, with CAF by Shorthorn bulls, which will travel north to Undera, VIC. Tassie heifers sold from $700 to $1510 this week, averaging $1211. Top price was achieved by a line of 16-20-month-old Limousin x Angus feeder heifers averaging 469kg offered by Radford Harvesting in Moriarty, which will head to Victoria.

Looking west, there was a 100pc clearance among the 115 head offered in the WA sale. Three lines of slaughter cows were offered selling for 547c to 549c dressed. Top price went to a line of 8-10-year-old Angus cows estimated to average 261kg dressed offered by MR & EM Walker at Balingup. Weaners sold from $922 to $1160, averaging $1018. The same vendor offered the line topping this category, with 15 9-10-month-old Angus mixed sex weaners averaging 312kg.




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