The Northern Territory’s first cattle sale held in Alice
Springs on Thursday saw more than 3,700 cattle sold to buyers
from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia,
Top money was $3.58 a kilogram for several pens of Angus cross
steers from Lucy Creek Station with $2.64 a kilogram the
average for the sale.
Elders stocking agent, Herbie Neville, said while prices were
not quite up to last year’s record high, it was still a
“It is back a bit but the whole market has reflected that,” he
“Your good bullocks are making that sort of $2.80-90,which is
right on a par with where it is.
“You consider that you’ve got 25 to 30 cents’ freight to get
them to the southern market so it’s actually right on where
they’re paying over hooks.”
‘Real good yarding’ at sales
David Eagleson of Territory Rural McPherson said 3,800 head
came in for the sale from stations in and around Central
“We got a good run of fat cattle there, probably 1,200 to 1,300
head. They range from good heavy bullocks down to your cows,”
“Then we got some heavy feeders, down to some really good trade
sort of feeders, and light cattle that have all been mouthed up
and everything done right with them. Real good yarding.”
Mr Eagleson said that having worked in the south-east corner of
Queensland, he was used to seeing high prices, but after coming
to the Centre last year, he was “pinching himself” at the
“The quality really does open your eyes and the numbers are out
here when they decide they want to shift them,” he said.
“Parts of the area around the country are struggling for
numbers. Well, they’re out here so come out here and buy
Although those record-breaking prices were not quite present
this year, Mr Eagleson was optimistic.
“I still think it’ll be very strong in the next year or so.”
Vendors happy with first sale
Natalie Turner, manager of Huckitta Station, about 280
kilometres north-east of Alice Springs, said it was great to
see so many interstate buyers in the yards.
“I’m amazed at how many cattle are here. It’s probably the best
yarding I’ve ever seen here at Rowe Creek and such a diverse
range of cattle,” she said.
“We bought in 12 decks of cattle. Most of them were milk and
two teeth, but we’ve got a few bigger steers in that first
Ms Turner is hoping for another big year of sales at the yards
to keep encouraging southern buyers to make the trip.
“You always hope you can get as many buyers as you can here,”
“It’s good to have that competition [and] really, that’s what
it’s all about — to try and get those southern buyers up here
and supporting it.
“I think everyone’s pretty optimistic and excited.”
Last year, the Bohning Yards in Alice
Springs saw $12.5 million worth of sales, equalling around
11,500 head or 4.3 million kilograms of beef.
Mr Neville said he would like to see at least another two sales
The next sale will happen in July, to coincide with the Alice