Boyanup’s store on January 4 was a sale of two parts.
There were 1123 cattle offered by live weight and 394 head offered by appraisal. The last comparable sale was held on December 21.
The notable change was a large contingent of spectators backed up by an increased number of buyers, particularly for weaner cattle. They included graziers backgrounders and feedlots.
The beef bred weaner steers sold from 250¢ to 348¢ average 282¢ to be 10¢/kg dearer than the last store sale. The beef bred weaner heifers made from 220¢ to 302¢ to average 269¢, 30¢/kg dearer. The beef influenced Angus cross Friesian feeder steers gained 5¢, selling from 160¢ to 224¢ to average 210¢/kg.
It was a strong sale, considering live export competition was absent that had propped up the previous store sale. The heavier Friesian feeder steers were off the pace marginally, easing 8c as they sold from 180¢ to 222¢ to average 197¢/kg.
About 400 head of appraisal cattle were penned.
They predominantly comprised a dispersal of young well bred Angus PTIC heifers and cows that averaged near $1800/head for two-year-old heifers. Those that had calved twice made $1700 and mature types sold for $1500/head.
The Friesian cattle were mainly light weight steers in score 2 condition and in the main these didn't experience the erratic trend of up and down values.
The 16 plus months sold at $750/head to remain firm.
The 12 to 15 months sold from $570 to $680 to average $600/head, remaining firm.
The 6 to 12 months sold from $400 to $465 to average $450, easing $50, while the under 6 months made primarily from $300 to $420 to average $385, up $25/head.