The largest category offered last week, steers 200-280kg lwt, with 2,068 head registered, averaged $72 higher for the week, at $1,536/head – with an 82% clearance rate.
Consolidating the average for the week was a line of 125 weaned Shorthorn steers out of Tambo, Queensland.
At 6-8 months old, the average weight for the 125 head was 219.2kg liveweight – selling to $1,560/head, or the equivalent of 1,520.5c/kg cwt.
Even with a 97% clearance rate for the 1,489 head offered, steers 330-400kg slipped back $124 on last week, to average $1,885/head, while the lighter 280-330kg segment slipped $109, to average $1,690/head.
A very limited selection of heavy steers had the 400kg+ category up $15 on last week, averaging $2,166/head. Out of Condobolin, NSW, 75 Angus feeder steers, averaging 409kg, sold to 596.6c/kg lwt, or $2,440/head.
Excellent clearance rates were again registered this week for the five young heifer categories, ranging from 85% for 1,823 head of 280-330kg lines, to 96% for the very limited supply of under 200kg heifers. 330-400kg heifers averaged $41 lower this week, at $1,945/head, while the heaviest lines averaged $102 lower, at $2,015/head – albeit with only 301 head offered.
The majority of the breeding lines took a step back this week – reflective largely of quality and some reported buyer hesitancy.
The 1,388 PTIC heifers offered this week went against the trend, edging $16 higher, to $2,452/head – with a subdued 60% clearance rate for the 1,388 head offered.
PTIC cows averaged $33 lower for the week, at $2,386/head, while the 596 head of SM cows with CAF lost most of last weeks gains, dropping $98, to average $3,012/head.