Dubbo sale 28 Feb 2019: Sell-off dipping into younger breeders

David Monk, 01/03/2019

Yarding 5950 Change -370

As the extreme drought conditions continue the next major sell off continues as growers now dip into their next lines of younger breeders. In the yarding there was large numbers of two four and six tooth cows as well as large numbers of older cows.

With continuing feed and water problems the numbers keep rolling in with a yarding of 5950.  Once again cows were a large percentage of the yarding along with large numbers of young cattle showing the effects of the season. There was a reasonable selection of well finished trade cattle and grown steers which have had grain assistance. There was also a fair selection of ideal feeder cattle as a lot of growers continue supplementary feeding in the effort to get their cattle up to sufficient feeding weights. In the yarding there was another large consignment of Hereford weaners from South Australia. Most of the regular processors were operating however one major feeder operator was absent along with a couple of restockers not in attendance.

NLRS advises young cattle to the trade were 16c cheaper with prime vealers selling to 265c while the prime steer yearlings sold from 230c to 270c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 170c to 250c/kg.

Heavier feeder steers and heifers finished firm to 3c cheaper while the lighter weights were 10c to 16c/kg cheaper. The feeder steers sold from 200c to 281c with the lightweights averaging 229c and the medium weights 250c/kg. The better conditioned heavier weight feeder steers averaged 263c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 178c to 240c with the lightweights averaging 207c and the medium weights 214c/kg. The heavier weight feeder heifers averaged 229c/kg.

Young cattle to the restockers were up to 35c/kg cheaper with the young steers selling from 96c to 261c with the large number of calves weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging 239c/kg. The young restocker heifers sold from 100c to 230c with the calves weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging just 176c/kg.

Grown steers were firm to 2c cheaper with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 240c to 263c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 222c to 258c while the restockers paid to 165c for grown steers in plain condition. Grown heifers were 15c cheaper with the better types selling from 200c to 248c with the heavy weights averaging 225c/kg. The restockers paid from 112c to 187c for good numbers of grown heifers in store condition.

Plain conditioned cows to the processors were 25c cheaper and more in places while the properly finished cows were 18c/kg cheaper. 1 and 2 score cows sold from 40c to 141c with the large number of 2 scores weighing between 400kg and 520kg averaging 119c/kg.  The better 3 and 4 scores sold from 130c to 193c with the prime heavy weights averaging 178c/kg. Good numbers of cows to the restockers were also considerably cheaper selling from 56c to 127c while the feeders paid from 140c to 171c/kg for cows to feed.

Bulls finished close to firm with the better heavy weight bulls selling from 205c to 235c/kg. Young bulls to the restockers sold from 182c to 229c/kg.


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