Dubbo sale 12 May 2016: Solid market for smaller yarding

David Monk, 12/05/2016

Following the excellent rains earlier in the week, numbers were back by almost 1000 for a yarding of 1500.

It was a top quality yarding with some excellent trade cattle in most runs along with some very well finished bullocks and cows.

There were not the usual runs of far western cattle compared to previous sales. As expected and in line with most other sales the market was solid.

Trade cattle were 7c to 12c dearer with steer vealers selling from 330 to 342c with the heavier weights over 330kg averaging 333c/kg.

The heifer vealers sold to 338c and averaged 329c/kg for the heavier weights.

The prime conditioned steer yearlings sold from 290c to 344c with the steers over 400kg averaging 317c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold to 325c and averaged 312c/kg.

Feeder steers went against the trend finishing 3c to 6c cheaper with the absence of a couple of regular operators. The heifer feeders though were 7c to 10c/kg dearer. The feeder steers sold from 290c to 326c with the 2 scores over 400kg averaging 310c while the feeder heifers sold to 313c and averaged 303c/kg.

Limited numbers of young steers to suit the restockers were 14c dearer and sold from 295c to 341c with those weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging 310c/kg. Young heifers to the restockers sold to 300c/kg.

According to MLA market information bullocks were 6c dearer with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 280c to 307c with the steers weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 299c/kg. Prime conditioned grown heifers sold from 249c to 302c with those under 540kg averaging 293c/kg.

Cows were 15c to 18c dearer and more in places compared to the previous sales cheaper market. 2 score cows to the processors sold from 145c to 195c while the restockers paid from 174c to 222c/kg for cows to go back to the paddock. The better 3 and 4 score cows to the processors sold from 178c to 237c with the 4 score heavy weights over 520kg averaging 226c/kg.

Bulls were up to 20c dearer with the well-muscled heavy weights over 600kg selling from 230c to 270c to average 256c while the young bulls being prepared for the live export trade sold from 289c to 306c/kg.


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