Angus steers 425kg hit 325c

There were 2756 cattle and 7206 sheep from Queensland offered on AuctionsPlus last week.

Cattle numbers from Queensland rose by over 1200 head last week to see 2756 head offered, as young steer and heifer numbers explode online to see a total of 11,151 head offered in the weaner and yearling sale.

Nationally steers under 200kg averaged 340c, down 9c on the previous week. Prices for steers 200-280kg were also down, averaging 357c, a drop of 12c. From Mungindi, 160kg six to seven-month-old Poll Hereford steers sold to a buyer in Victoria for 322c.

Feeder weight steers from Queensland took the eye of buyers last week, with 425kg Angus steers from Rathdowney selling for 325c,while 410kg Ultra Black/Angus steers also from Rathdowney, sold for 320c.

Heifers under 280kg from Queensland sold from 212c to 266c to average 236c. Highlights included 9 to 11-month-old 248kg Angus heifers from St George selling for 266c; six to 12-month-old 200kg Charolais/Droughtmaster heifers from Beaudesert sold for 241c; five to six-month-old Poll Hereford heifers from Mungindi selling for 241c.

Across the platform cow and calf units this week saw 2384 head offered, with clearance dropping slightly to 65 per cent. Prices ranged from $760 to $1875 and averaged $1336, up $45.

Nationally PTIC females saw a total of 541 head listed, with cows achieving 95pc clearance. Prices ranged from $1070 to $1640 and averaged $1344.

Sheep and lamb number numbers from Queensland held firm to see 7206 head offered. There was a small offering of Merino ewe lambs with strong demand for the category returning a 100pc clearance, and selling from $85 to $180 to average $129, down $67.

Nationally young Merino breeders (two to four years) sold from $126 to $247, averaging $191, down $6. From Morven, a line of Well Gully blood rising four year NSM ewes weighing 48kg returned $148.

Proven Merino breeders (four+ years) sold from $86 to $221, averaging $157, down $13. Five-year-old unjoined Merino ewes from Thallon sold to a southern NSW buyer for $115.

Merino wether lambs sold from $70 to $157, averaging $116, up $6, while grown Merino wethers sold from $100 to $144, averaging $121, up $17.

Three-year-old 43kg Merino wethers from Inglewood sold for $111.

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