With a total of 1,513 head offered for the week, the subdued clearance rate of 63%, also showed that there was still some distance between vendors expectations and buyers limits.
For the featured PTIC sexed embryo lines, the two female lots delivered an $80-170 premium over the two male lines – with both female lines reaching $2,640/head.
Through the young steer categories, prices were up across all five weight divisions, with the largest increase registered for the heaviest lines. 400kg+ steers jumped $175 on last week, to average $2,341/head, with some outstanding lots presented across the 850 head offered.
Demand for lighter weight steers drove the 200-280kg category $31 higher on last week, to average $1,567/head – with a very healthy 97% clearance rate for the 2,113 head offered. The 330-400kg category jumped $149/head, to average $2,034/head, while the lighter 280-330kg segment lifted $45, to average $1,735/head.
For the young heifer category, the largest jumps were at each end of the weight categories, with the lightest lines averaging $100 higher, at $1,171, while the very thin offering of 400kg+ heifers helped the average kick $116 higher, to $2,131/head. Within the 200-280kg category, the 2,468 head offered sold to a 90% clearance rate, with prices for the week finishing at $1,497 – up $9/head on last week.
Offerings through the proven breeder lines was again largely reflective of quality, with the 700 PTIC cows offered averaging $17 lower on last week, at $2,369/head.
A large line of 50 PTIC cows with 52 CAF out of Leeton sold to $4,270/head, with the Angus/Hereford cows averaging 515.3kg liveweight and between 32-38 months of age. With the cows PTIC to a Scotts Angus Bull, the CAF averaged 195kg and were between 4-6months of age.