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LIVESTOCK | 27 July 2016

Record Price for Weaner Steers on AuctionsPlus


On AuctionsPlus, Friday the 22nd of July a Non- Wagu record price of $5.55c a kg was paid for 2 dks (90 head) of young light weight “Organic” weaner Droughtmaster/Brahman and Angus/Droughtmaster & Brahman steers weighing 144kg from the Cunnamulla area in S.W. Qld. The steers were sold through Landmark Cunnamulla branch and assessed by Neal Elliott on behalf of vendor’s Nulla Ag – Cattle, owned and operated by the Dunsdon Family of Cunnamulla.


In the same sale were 2 dks (85 head) of the heifer portion belonging to the same vendors weighing 142 kg selling for $5.20c a kg, a great result for the vendors with both lots on the day sold in which you could call a “wet sale market” coming off a week with widespread rain throughout Queensland except for the Cunnamulla area which is still in the grips of drought being the reason why these young cattle were offered for sale at this weight .


Landmark Cunnamulla branch offered 5 lots of “Organic” cattle listed on AuctionsPlus on that particular Friday 22nd July, & sold all 5 out of 5 lots for well above reserve prices, with approximately $200 a head premium extra achieved for the Dundson’s owned 4 dks of young weaners.


Originally all 5 lots were going to be with other cattle in a separate inaugural Landmark special organic AuctionsPlus sale on the same day organized by Mr Col Campbell, Qld AuctionsPlus Co-ordinator, however due to widespread heavy rain the numbers earmarked for that particular sale could not be assessed ready for cataloging and the special organic sale had to be cancelled.


It was then decided with the Cunnamulla lots of cattle already assessed to offer them in the usual Eastern States AuctionsPlus sale set for the same day which turned out to be very successful for the vendors offering the cattle.


All cattle listed were sold back to “Organic restockers” with the record price weaners going to different properties whom are also organic from  the Blackhall region which had the benefit  of good falls of rain from a widespread rain event over many parts of the state during the week  of the sale which helped lift prices as restockers from that area try to source cattle and rebuild their numbers depleted by one of the worst droughts across a vast area of  Queensland ever experienced by many in living memory.











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