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Dubbo sale 20 Apr 2017: Mixed market for 4200 head

by David Monk, 21 April 2017

Compared to the sale of two weeks ago due to the Easter break numbers were only up by 220 for a yarding of 4200.

It was a mixed yarding with only odd pens of well finished trade cattle and grown steers in the yarding.

There was a pretty large influence of far western cattle and Bos Indicus cattle throughout the yarding along with a fair selection of cows.

Consignments were sourced from Bourke and Broken Hill where it is getting extremely dry with no rain for the past 84 days.

A large portion of the yarding was sourced from relatively local areas such as Nyngan and Warren.

Not all the regular buyers were operating with the absence of both northern and southern feeder orders and a major Southern processor chose not to operate.

Vealers to the trade were up to 13c dearer with the steer calves to the processors selling from 350c to 385c with those over 330kg averaging 382c/kg.

The heifer vealers sold from 350c to 386c to average 366c/kg.

MLA market information advises the yearlings to the trade were 9c cheaper with the prime steers selling from 321c to 356c with the heavier weights averaging 330c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 285c to 348c/kg.

With the absence of a couple of regular operators young feeders were 7c to 11c cheaper with the feeder steers selling from 315c to 376c with the prime heavy weights over 400kg averaging 348c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 304c to 336c with the medium weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 323c/kg.

Young steers to the restockers were firm to a little dearer selling from 343c to 407c to average around 385c/kg. Young heifers to the restockers sold from 308c to 358c/kg.

Grown steers sold at similar rates with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 285c to 340c with the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 320c/kg. Grown steers destined for the feedlots sold from 286c to 353c/kg for the younger two tooth steers. Grown heifers were cheaper for the lighter weights and a little dearer for the heavy weights selling from 270c to 317c/kg.

Cows were 2c to 6c cheaper with the 2 scores selling from 165c to 227c to the processors. The restockers were keen to operate on suitable lines paying from 220c to 237c/kg. The better 3 and 4 score cows to the processors sold from 215c to 246c with the prime heavy weights averaging 241c/kg.

Bulls were 9c cheaper for the well-muscled and properly finished types selling from 255c to 273c to average 266c/kg. The good numbers of young bulls to the restockers were dearer selling from 268c to 406c/kg.


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