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Online goat offerings surge after Summer rain

Sheep Central, February 7, 2022

These 1-4 year-old rangeland does sold for $155 on AuctionsPlus at Longreach, Queensland, last week.

AUCTIONSPLUS goat listings increased 225 percent year-on-year in January following significant rainfall in December and early 2022 across key eastern goat producing regions.

The online platform said it had a record monthly offering of 34,195 head across the four weekly commercial goat sales in January.

Big offerings and strong demand are indicative of robust buoyancy across the goat sector, with buyer confidence buoyed by ongoing positive seasonal conditions, strong-framed stock and an abundance of available feed, AuctionsPlus said.

Despite a limited offering of 4798 head in December that yielded for high prices and demand across all categories, excellent prices continued into January sales, which further highlights the robust position of the goat market, the platform said.

Goat listings were sourced from eastern outback areas, with 14,829 head coming from southern Queensland and 14,428 from western New South Wales. On a state basis, Queensland listed 53pc of the total monthly goat offering, with 46pc from New South Wales and 1pc from Victoria.

On the purchasing side, 76pc of the offering was sold and Queensland buyers bought 56pc of this. The regions of western and southern Queensland secured the largest volume for the month.

Rangeland does were the largest category, accounting for half the listings for the month. Clearance rates reached 75pc, with prices averaging $134 or 590c/kg liveweight. A highlight included 620 does 1-5 year-old does at St George, Queensland, weighing 30.5kg lwt that sold for $170 or 557c/kg lwt.

The 6238 rangelands bucks met strong demand and 94pc were sold for average price of $108, or 501c/kg lwt. At Morven, Queensland, 410 6-12 month-old bucks weighing an average of 29.6kg made $123.

AuctionsPlus sold 63pc of the 3213 purebred Boer does for $150-$170 or an average $154.50/head. The 3632 first cross Boer/rangeland does averaged $143 or 760c/kg lwt and 63pc were sold. A large offering of 1206 6-8 month-old first cross does weighing 18.5kg lwt sold in two even lines at Mungallala, Queensland for $140 or 756c/kg lwt.

Limited numbers of purebred Kalahari goats were offered online for January. The 1252 Boer/Kalahari does averaged $213. A highlight was a line of 7-8 month-old does weighing 25.3kg at Goondiwindi, Queensland, that made $256.

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