Dubbo sale 1 Feb 2018: Solid competition for restocker steers

James Nason, 02/02/2018

Numbers lifted by 1000 this sale for a yarding of 3420.

It was only a fair quality yarding with reasonable numbers of young cattle to suit the feeders though the quality was  similar to the previous sale with a number of the young cattle showing the effects of the very hot and dry conditions. There was a good selection of cows along with a pretty fair selection of grown steers and grown heifers.

The bulk of the cattle were sourced from local districts along with a large consignment from the Tibooburra district along with another consignment from Menindee which consisted of mainly young bulls. All the regular processors were operating however some of the regular feeder orders were not present.

NLRS advises that the few young cattle to the trade were 3c cheaper with vealers selling to 290c/kg.  The prime steer yearlings sold from 252c to 270c while the heifer yearlings to the processors sold from 252c to 269c /kg.

With the absence of a few regular operators feeder steers and heifers were 3c to 6c cheaper. The feeder steers sold from 260c to 309c with the large number of medium weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 280c while the heavier weights averaged 277c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 240c to 295c with the medium weights averaging 261c/kg.

Young steers to the restockers continue to sell to solid competition with most of the support coming from locals along with some added support from Inverell buyers. Young steers to the restockers sold from 265c to 358c with the calves weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging 317c/kg. Young heifers going back to the paddock sold from 252c to 312c/kg. The older steer yearlings going to the backgrounders sold from 263c to 330c/kg.

With solid support from both northern and southern processors grown steers were 4c dearer with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 246c to 268c with the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 264c while the heavy weights averaged 254c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 230c for plain quality western steers to 277c/kg for good quality 2 tooths. Grown heifers were 7c dearer selling from 243c to 254c with the heavier weights over 540kg averaging 250c/kg. There were good numbers of grown heifers in store condition in the Tibooburra consignment which sold to the restockers who paid from 226c to 256c/kg.

Cows were 12c to 15c dearer with solid competition coming from a full field of buyers. 2 score cows to the processors sold from 146c to 178c to average 174c while the better 3 and 4 score cows sold from 181c to 222c with the prime heavy weights averaging 211c/kg. Plain conditioned cows to the restockers sold from 108c to 198c/kg.

Bulls were 6c dearer with the better conditioned heavy weights selling from 224c to 261c to average 244c/kg. Good numbers of young bulls to the restockers sold from 232c to 290c/kg.





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