The clearance was at 60% and prices ranged from $1,300 to $2,350.
The top price was gained by 35 head of PTIC Angus heifers (pictured) from the Berridge family near Tenterfield, NSW. These LPA accredited hiefers were 100% Speriby North blood and were PTIC to a Speriby North bull.
SA saw the biggest variance in the average of PTIC heifers, up $173 on last weeks to average $1,724. “Sullivan Pastoral” near Canunda sold the top lot in SA, consisting of 50 heifers going for $1,780. On the other hand, PTIC cows after such a strong week last week took a $75 tumble to average $1,830.
Clearance just hit the pass mark with QLD dragging the chain with the lowest clearance. NSW dropped from its 100% clearance last week to only 61%. Nationally prices ranged from $1,300 to $2,625 with the top price returned from the North Coast, NSW, for a line of 23 Angus PTIC cows weighing in at 637kgs, sold for A/C “Mill Creek Angus”.
Cows with calves at foot also took a little flip-flop dropping $363 on last week to average $2,073, however, this is still a strong average. Nationally the clearance rate took a dive with Victoria having the biggest slump however it was still home to the top priced lot of $2,950.
A line of 18 PTIC cow and calves sold for A/C “SP & JL McLeish” near Sandy Creek and were from the Barwidgee bloodline with the calves been sired a Glen Angus Bull. SA also had one lot of 17 joined cows and calves selling strongly at $2,540, for A/C “P. Lowe” near Kalangadoo.
Lighter steers under the 200kg mark saw a decent jump in the market, increasing 119c/kg from this time last month. They averaged at 507c/kg ranging from 411-669c/kg.
This price was returned by 38 Angus weaner steers from Moulamein in the Riverina, averaged 124kg, which are 5-7 months of age. Other highlights came from a line of 34 Charolais x Angus steers weighing in at 173kg which sold for 552c/kg from Mandurama, Central Western NSW.
Those with steers weighing 200-280kg were on the right side of the market this week with the average up 105c/kg from this time in January.
The average was at 471c/kg and ranged from 368-549c/kg with the best sellers being purebred Angus weaned steers. They came from Holbrook in the Riverina weighing in at 206kg and were 5-7 months old. Looking away from the Angus weaners, a line of Charolais x Droughtmaster steers up in QLD went for 461c/kg and weighed in at 264kg.
Up 92c/kg over the month, the 280-330kg steer category averaged out at 421c/kg and ranged from 345-486c/kg. Again the top price was returned by Angus weaners, 8-10 months old weighing in at 281kg from Merriwa, NSW. Notably the second best in this category came from 52 Santa Gertrudis backgrounder steers from Taroom, QLD weighing in at 285kg and going for 455c/kg.
The 330-400kg steers were up 78c/kg from this time last month, the lowest jump out of all categories but still strong to average 404c/kg, ranging from 338-456c/kg.
The top 10 lots in this category were all Angus bred with the top price coming from Big Springs in the Riverina, NSW with 49 backgrounder steers weighing in at 349kg selling for 456c/kg, and more notably travelling up to southern QLD.
A lot of 33 Hereford steers were next on the list weighing in at 313kgs and selling for 399c/kg from Shooters Hill, Central Western NSW.
The big boys up over 400+kg were up 80c/kg from 4 weeks ago and averaged at 389c/kg with the range from 353-407c/kg. The top price went to 17 month old Angus yearlings from A/C “Violet Downs” near Narrabri, NSW.
They weighed in at 423kg and were sired by Booroomooka and Larrikin Angus bulls. Notably up in QLD, a line of 56 Brangus Steers, 16-22 months, weighing 402kgs sold for 395c/kg and will stay up in QLD.