Despite the continuing hot dry conditions numbers remained very similar at Dubbo sale yesterday, attracting a yarding of 4390 head.
It was a plainer quality yarding with a large influence of far western cattle with some large consignments once again from the Broken Hill and Tibooburra districts.
Despite the plainer yarding there was still however a good selection of prime conditioned cattle in all sections. Not all the regular buyers were operating in a mostly cheaper market with the absence of a northern feeder operator.
According to MLA market information young cattle to the trade were 5c to 7c cheaper with vealers selling to 317c for the steers and 301c/kg for the heifer vealers.
Prime steer yearlings sold from 300c to 311c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 307c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 292c to 304c to average 296c/kg.
Young feeder cattle were 9c to 11c cheaper with the plainer quality of the yarding playing a role in the fall. Feeder steers sold from 279c to 330c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 312c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 250c to 306 with the heavier weights there averaging 291c/kg.
As the seasonal conditions remain dry the young steers to the restockers were 15c to 30c cheaper though they still sold to 374c/kg. The lightweight steer vealers less than 200kg going back to the paddock averaged 344c while the heavier weights weighing 200kg to 280kg averaged 332c/kg. Young heifers to the restockers and backgrounders sold from 259c to 312c/kg.
Grown steers were 2c cheaper with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 246c to 300c with the 500kg to 600kg steers averaging 287c/kg. Export weight feeder steers sold at close to firm rates ranging in price from 259c to 321c/kg. Prime conditioned grown heifers sold from 259cto 280c with the heavier weights averaging 267c/kg.
Plain conditioned cows were 5c cheaper with reasonable support coming from the restockers on suitable lines. Cows to the restockers sold from 202c to 224c while the plain conditioned cows to the processors sold from 170c to 212c/kg.
The better finished cows were 7c to 10c cheaper with the better 3 and 4 score cows selling from 205c to 233c/kg which was paid for C muscle Limousins. The 4 score heavy weight cows over 520kg averaged 222c/kg. The bull market was around 9c cheaper with the better muscled heavy weights selling from 225c to 255c to average 240c/kg.