October 1, 2023


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Weekly genetics assessment: How have the autumn bull gross sales carried out?

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APRIL usually alerts a slowing within the variety of autumn bull gross sales performed throughout the nation.

Historically the break between autumn and spring promoting seasons was a well-defined six to eight week interval from April till June, however lately this distinction has develop into much less clearly outlined, as seedstock breeders transfer sale dates as a part of their technique to unencumber their sale and entice higher competitors from producers who could also be on the lookout for sires to enter spring or late autumn becoming a member of herds.

Whereas this yr’s autumn gross sales commenced in early February, there are nonetheless a number of main gross sales to happen in coming weeks.

With these traits in thoughts, there are lots of breeders trying over the outcomes of this yr’s autumn gross sales to find out what classes could also be learnt, and the way the market is performing.

Key questions will deal with the variety of bulls on provide in 2023, what the clearance charges had been, and what the averages had been throughout the main breeds that held gross sales.

Trying over the outcomes of the 2023 gross sales as reported in Beef Central’s nationwide gross sales summaries, many of those questions might be answered. Though there are nonetheless some excellent gross sales outcomes to be included within the remaining numbers, as of in the present day, there have been 72 gross sales with outcomes obtainable held throughout the nation.

Clearance numbers had been usually very excessive throughout all gross sales. Whereas averaging 89pc of all bulls put up for competitors, there have been many gross sales inside the breeds reported which achieved a clearance of 100pc. Most seedstock breeders can be extraordinarily joyful to attain these excessive charges of clearance. Compared to the 2022 outcomes for a similar interval, there was really no change within the common clearance throughout gross sales.

In whole there have been 4081 bulls supplied in reported gross sales, with a mean clearance of 88pc. The common worth per head was $10,523.

The common costs paid had been decrease than final yr’s autumn trade common of $15,570, reflecting a softening of the shop and slaughter cattle markets throughout the nation within the yr thus far.


Trying carefully on the information inside the Beef Central outcomes, there are some notable variations between 2022 and 2023. Not less than three gross sales had moved their annual sale date ahead in 2023 from a spring date to an earlier autumn date. This displays a transfer to free-up the chance to market at a time when there seems to be much less competitors domestically, and provide extra likelihood to draw new purchasers. It’s a little early to make a comparability on how profitable these modifications have been, with solely one among these autumn gross sales accomplished.

A number of gross sales didn’t have information for autumn of 2022 indicating both no sale or no information offered to Beef Central. Nonetheless it’s doable to make some comparisons between 2022 and 2023.

Whereas there was an expectation usually held throughout the trade that common bull costs would doubtless come again in step with the market traits, the common decline could also be higher than some would have anticipated. The distinction in common worth is near 16pc much less throughout the autumn gross sales this yr.

What could concern some breeders is the variation inside the worth variations in comparison with final yr.  Trying throughout particular person outcomes, the most important enhance in common worth was an increase of 40pc on final yr’s common.  Nevertheless, this was countered by numerous operations who noticed their common returns fall from 6 to 82pc beneath their 2022 outcomes.

It’s tempting to think about the elevated variety of bulls supplied in 2023 can be a significant contributor to the autumn in common costs. Trying throughout the numbers supplied, most breeders didn’t seem to have dramatically elevated the variety of bulls inside their very own sale drafts.  Essentially the most vital rise in sale numbers might be attributed to these gross sales that had been moved into autumn, or recommenced after an absence.

Having stated that, virtually all gross sales did enlarge their autumn drafts barely for 2023.  It’s greater than doubtless the higher availability of bulls mixed with a softer market pattern has contributed to see the modifications in worth. It’s value noting that these gross sales which maintained or improved their averages had been among the many higher identified and longer established prefixes within the southern states.

For these breeders on the lookout for classes forward of spring, the important thing themes are to be ready for a decrease common than 2022, significantly if the numbers on provide this spring observe the pattern in direction of elevated choices.

Stronger gross sales are carefully aligned with model recognition and market repute, and breeders shouldn’t neglect this message over the following few months.

Lastly, for a lot of industrial producers looking for bulls this yr, it does seem there could also be barely extra bulls obtainable and inside a decrease common worth bracket.

Nevertheless for bulls bred by the well-established and regarded prefixes, it’s doubtless these animals will nonetheless command the upper averages and stronger demand when their time within the ring arrives.


Alastair Rayner is the Principal of RaynerAg, an agricultural advisory service based mostly in NSW.  RaynerAg is affiliated with BJA Inventory & Station Brokers.  He often lists and promote cattle for purchasers as nicely attending bull gross sales to help consumer purchases.  Alastair offers pre-sale choices and classifications for seedstock producers in NSW, Qld and Victoria.  He might be contacted right here or via his web site www.raynerag.com.au











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