All the pens were full in Dubbo with numbers lifting by 2300 to a yarding of 5250.
It was a good quality yarding with large numbers of yearlings in good condition along with some very well finished bullocks and cows.
There were also the usual consignments from the far west with consignments coming from Broken Hill, Tibooburra, Bourke, Brewarrina, Warren, Nyngan and local districts. along with a truck from the Mudgee district.
Not all the regular buyers were operating with the absence of a major feedlot operator. This had a flow on effect with not only the feeder cattle but also the trade cattle selling at cheaper rates.
MLA market information advises that the young cattle to the trade were 8c to 14c/kg cheaper. Limited numbers of steer vealers sold from 321c to 352c with the heavier weights over 330kg averaging 347c/kg. Heifer vealers sold from 317c to 358c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 299c to 351c with those over 400kg averaging 316c while the prime heifer yearlings sold to 340c to average 307c/kg.
Feeder steers were 15c cheaper while the feeder heifers were up to 20c cheaper. Feeder steers sold from 297c to 385c with the large number of prime heavy weights over 400kg averaging 334c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 276c to 356c with the heavier weights averaging 305c/kg.
Limited numbers of young steers to the restockers once again sold to very strong competition with the lightweight steer calves selling from 388c to 412c to average 403c/kg. The young heifers returning to the paddock sold to 413c/kg.
It was an excellent quality yarding of prime conditioned grown steers a number of which had been grain assisted. Despite the quality grown steers were 11c cheaper with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 268c to 316c with the large number of medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kgs averaging 302c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 285c to 330c/kg. Grown heifers were 12c to 16c cheaper with the prime medium weights selling from 255c to 300c to average 272c/kg.
Plainer conditioned cows were 4c to 7c dearer while the properly finished cows were close to firm. 2 score cows sold from 214c to 222c to the processors and 236c/kg to the restockers. The better 3 and 4 score cows sold from 210c to 260c with the 4 score heavy weights averaging 243c/kg.
The better muscled heavy weight bulls were 10c dearer with the heavy weights over 600kg selling from 240c to 269c to average 257c/kg. Due to the smaller number of suitable lightweight bulls the live exporters were not as active as previous sales though they did pay from 290c to 318c/kg for the limited number available. The restockers paid to 400c/kg for lightweight bulls.