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Goat listings drop in February, but trend up year-on-year

Sheep Central, March 7, 2022

These 1-6 year-old Rangeland does sold for $150 at Cobar, NSW, on AuctionsPlus last month.

ONLINE goat listings continue to trend higher year-on-year despite a 44 percent drop in AuctionsPlus listings last month to 23,756 head.

After the four weekly commercial goat sales held by AuctionsPlus during February, and following a record offering of goats in January, the online platform’s offerings were up 127pc year-on-year.

Queensland offered 82pc of all goat listings for February and New South Wale’s listings decreased significantly from January. Top listing regions included southern Queensland (54pc), western Queensland (29pc) and western NSW (12pc). On the purchasing side, Queensland secured 71pc of the monthly catalogue, followed by NSW (17pc) and Victoria (12pc).

Rangeland bucks and does accounted for 73% of the offering last month, with prices for both categories remaining robust compared to January. Rangeland bucks met strong demand again and the category achieved a clearance of 95pc across the 4094 head offered. Prices averaged 544c/kg lwt, or $110/head, up $2 from January. Three lines of 4-6 month-old bucks at Morvern in Queensland, totalling 1887 head and weighing 17.5kg lwt, were purchased by a buyer from Victoria for $103 or 588c/kg lwt.

The 10,633 Rangeland does offered sold to an average of 570c/kg lwt or $131/head, back $3 on the previous month. The clearance rates for the category were unusually subdued in February, back from 75pc in January, to only 30pc in February – indicative of the differing price point expectations between vendors and buyers, AuctionsPlus said. Returning the top price for the category, at $186/head, or 660c/kg lwt, was a line of 365 continuously joined does aged 1-5 years at Cobar in NSW.

All the 1611 Rangeland/Boer does head offered last month sold for an average price of $190 or 725c/kg lwt. A highlight for the category was 100 6-13 month-old Boer/Rangeland does weighing 27kg lwt at Cassilis, NSW, that made $265 or 967c/kg. All of the 481 Rangeland/Boer bucks offered also sold, for an average of $238/head, or 721c/kg lwt.

AuctionsPlus sold 94pc of the 806 Purebred Boer does offered for an average of $236, up $81 from January. Several high-quality lines met fierce demand, as supplies tightened for the category over the month. A line of 70 1-5 year-old continuously joined Boer does at Byrock, NSW, sold for $376/head or 820c/kg lwt, to a Queensland buyer at St George.

The 955 crossbred Kalahari/Boer/Rangeland goats offered online last month sold for an average price of $120. At Mitchell in Queensland, a run of 800 1-2 year-old bucks weighing 34kg lwt, made $140/head.

Source – AuctionsPlus.

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