Helping producers notch new price highs

Quality Livestock achieved the highest price in the country for a line of cows and calves on AuctionsPlus. Photo: David Whittenbury.

Quality Livestock is pleased to have played a role in some major milestones over the past week, including achieving the highest price in the country for a line of cows and calves on AuctionsPlus.

It was the biggest cattle offering in AuctionsPlus history last week at 30,613 head, including a record for the largest offering in a single day. The increase in online offerings appears to be the result of the coronavirus and its impact on regional saleyard sales.

Assisted by Quality Livestock’s own Dave Whittenbury, the top price was achieved for a line of 10 Speckle Park cross, PTIC cows and calves offered by ‘Kanangra Farms’ on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. The 2.5-4.5-year-old cows weighed 486 kilograms, were in-calf to Speckle Park bulls and were accompanied by 5-7-month-old steer calves weighing 210kgs. They notched the top price of $3280 + GST per unit.

Dave said ‘Kanangra Farms’ had worked hard and invested strongly to secure the best genetics available for its herd and had bred the cattle by design.

They found a new home at Echunga with JRT Lakecrest, where they will complement the enterprise’s purebred program.

Dave said the cow and calf market had remained strong throughout the early stages of 2020, however the ‘Kanangra Farms’ offering had sent it to new heights and eclipsed current commercial sales.

“The sale was strong in most parts of the country last week, however these cattle were in a class of their own,’’ Dave said.

“The lack of breeders and high female slaughter rates is bolstering the restocker markets.’’

Producers interested in the range of marketing options available, including AuctionsPlus, as well as advice to help achieve maximum returns for their stock, can contact their local Quality Livestock representative.

Last week saw the biggest cattle offering in AuctionsPlus history at 30,613 head, including a record for the largest offering in a single day.