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Dubbo sale 1 Dec 2016: Buyers struggle to source store cattle

David Monk, 02/12/2016

Numbers were up by 200 for a yarding of 4810.

It was another good quality yarding with a good selection of prime cattle in all sections. In fact, it remains difficult for buyers to purchase any form of cattle in store condition.

Not all the regular buyers were present with the absence of both some southern processors and northern feeder operators which resulted in a mostly cheaper market.

With the weather warming up the numbers of far western consignments was greatly reduced though there were still some consignments from Tibooburra, Brewarrina, Quambone, and Girilambone.

The bulk of the cattle yarded were from local districts along with some Mudgee Tooraweenah and Coonabarabran cattle.

Young cattle to the trade were 8c to 10c cheaper with the prime steer yearlings selling from 295c to 369c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 299c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 272c to 315c to average 292c/kg.

The feeder cattle commenced on a very cheap note but gained momentum as the sale progressed with the feeder steers finishing 4c to 7c cheaper while the feeder heifers were firm to 3c/kg cheaper. The feeder steers sold from 280c to 369c with the large number of prime steers over 400kg averaging 329c/kg.  The feeder heifers sold from 275c to 338c with the large number of medium weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 314c/kg.

The bulk of the steer vealers in the yarding were purchased by the restockers and feeders. The restockers paid from 318c to 396c for young steers while the young heifers going back to the paddock sold from 289c to 349c/kg.

Once again there was a good selection of prime bullocks along with large numbers of grown steers ideal for the feedlotters. Grown steers to the processors were up to 15c cheaper and more in places with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 252c to 296c with the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 278c /kg. The grown steers to the feeders were in fact a little dearer selling from 275c to 358c/kg. Grown heifers to the processors were 5c cheaper selling from 258c to 297c while the grown heifers to the feeders sold from 270c to 309c/kg.

Plain conditioned cows were 3c cheaper while the properly finished cows were 7c/kg easier. 2 score cows sold from 210c to 224c to the restockers and 212c/kg to the processors. The better 3 and 4 score cows sold from 221c to 250c with the 4 score heavy weights averaging 239c/kg.

Bulls to the processors were 3c dearer with the better muscled heavy weights selling from 255c to 279c to average 267c/kg. The restockers were very active on the young lighter weight bulls paying from 306c to 384c/kg. The live exporters did not operate this week with the thought that the present shipment must be full.

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