It was a fair quality yarding at Dubbo yesterday, with a good line up of young cattle to suit the feeders and restockers along with some good lines of cows, though there were not the numbers of cows compared to previous sales.
There were very few prime trade cattle yarded with the majority of the young cattle presenting in a little dryer condition due to the hot dry conditions. Prime conditioned grown steers were also in limited supply.
The bulk of the yarding were sourced from local districts with very few far western cattle throughout the yarding which is probably due to the very hot conditions which would make it almost impossible to muster.
Most of the regular buyers were operating with the exception of some feeder orders and one major export processor has not yet commenced for the year.
NLRS advises that the few trade cattle were 5c cheaper with steer vealers selling to 315c and the heifer vealers selling from 280c to 295c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 259c to 285c while the prime heifer yearlings sold to 289c/kg.
With the absence of some regular buyers the feeder steers were 4c to 6c cheaper and the feeder heifers were 9c/kg easier. The feeder steers sold from 265c to 316cwith the large number over 400kg averaging just on 300c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 248c to 289c with the medium weights weighing between 330 and 400kg averaging 273c/kg.
Young cattle to the restockers sold at fairly similar rates to the previous sale with young steers selling from 290c to 340c with the lightweights less than 200kg averaging 325c/kg. Young heifers going back to the paddock sold from 281c to 306c/kg. The older steer yearlings going to the backgrounders sold from 269c to 317c/kg.
Grown steers were firm to 2c cheaper compared to the previous sales cheaper market with the few prime medium and heavy weights selling from 236c to 263c with the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600g averaging 254c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 239c to 305c/kg. Grown heifers were up to 15c cheaper with the heavy weights over 540kg topping at 248c and averaging 231c/kg. A pen of lighter weight good quality 2 tooths sold for 260c/kg.
The properly finished cows were 3c cheaper while the plainer conditioned cows were 6c to 9c/kg cheaper. 2 score cows to the processors sold from 140c to 181c to average 167c/kg. 2 score cows to the restockers sold from 146c to 189c/kg. The better 3 and 4 score cows to the processors sold from 175c to 215c with the prime heavy weights averaging 207c/kg.
Bulls were 6c cheaper with the well-muscled prime heavy weights topping at 249c and averaging 232c/kg. The few younger bulls to the restockers sold from 222c to 249c/kg.