Strathfield bred Droughtmaster weaners make good money on AuctionsPlus

Helen Walker
By Helen Walker
Updated December 10 2021 - 2:55am, first published 1:00am
Josh Perry looks over a line of steers which sold through AuctionsPlus for 700.59c/kg to return $2015/head to central Queensland restockers.

The cattle market looks determined to maintain its momentum into the final weeks of 2021 as the rain continues to dictate results with widespread falls recorded throughout most of Queensland.

Shane and Wendy Perry and sons Josh and Brodie, Fletchers Awl, Clermont offered a line of 82 steers and 88 heifers through AuctionsPlus last Friday achieving excellent results.

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The Perry's steers had an average weight of 299.6 kilograms and sold for 700.5c/kg to return $2015/head and were bound for a Central Queensland restocker.

Their heifers with an average weight of 324.8kg sold for 700.4c/kg to return $2275 sold into northern NSW.

Both steers and heifers were aged between 10 and 20 months of age.

Mrs Perry said due to their marginal season over the past three years, the cattle were weaned at five months and sent to their finishing block Telemon near Banana to grow out.

"We finally got a good break with the rain from November and it is now the best start to the season since 2012," Mrs Perry said.

Mrs Perry said they bought Telemon in May so they would be able to grow out weaned cattle.

"We will in time put some breeders there as well," she said.

As the Perrys breed stud Droughtmasters, their 550 to 600 commercial cows are very high grade Droughtmasters.

All the cattle offered on AuctionsPlus were sired by home-bred bulls.

Mrs Perry said it was good to see great cattle prices, great property prices and plenty of rain around giving producers a much needed break.

Jake Kennedy, Kennedy Livestock and agent for Elders based at Clermont, assessed both the steers and heifer and said the AuctionsPlus result were amazing.

"Lets hope it continues," he said

"These quality steers have plenty of bone, good weight for age, and with great temperaments.

"They will go on and do the job either as heavy feeders and grow out to bullocks.

"The heifers were much the same great quality and are ideal replacement females for the northern NSW buyer."

There was 14,000 commercial cattle offered on AuctionsPlus last week, down from around 15,000 the previous week, as supply tightens with the promising seasonal outlook.

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Other market highlights from the online space included a line of 108 weaned Charolais cross steers that sold to $1940/head, ranging from 152-307kg/head but averaging 229.8kg, from the Eromanga district in south western Queensland.

Steers 330-400kg jumped 49c/kg on last week, to average 627c/kg or $2278/head.

PTIC heifers again dominated the offerings, with the very large 2525 head, up 47pc on the previous week.

A line of 77 Angus cross composite heifers 18-26 months 388kg, in calf to Angus and Brangus bulls, from Goondiwindi made 675.6c/kg to clear $2620 a head.

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Helen Walker

Helen Walker

Toowoomba-based Journalist

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