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Dubbo sale 22 March 2018: Young cattle lose ground

David Monk, 22/03/2018

Yarding 5850 Change -1250

Numbers dropped by 1250 but due to the continuing dry condition there still a large yarding of 5850.

Plain conditioned cows and young cattle lacking quality and finish made up a large percentage of the yarding with a large influence of far western cattle throughout.

There were though still odd pens of properly finished grown steers and cows along with a limited selection of and well finished trade cattle.

Most of the regular buyers were in attendance and operating along with an additional store buyer from the Gunnedah area however local restocker support was limited.

NLRS advises the few young cattle to the trade finished firm with steer vealers selling from 275c to 310c while the prime heifer vealers to the trade sold from 269c to 315c/kg. The prime steer yearlings sold from 265c to 302c with the heavy weights averaging 289c/kg.

Competition for the feeder steers was solid though the support for the heifers was subdued. Feeder steers were firm while the feeder heifers were 5c to 9c/kg cheaper. The feeder steers sold from 250c to 310c to average 296c while the feeder heifers sold from 238c to 285c to average around 255c/kg.

Young cattle to the restockers were 15c to 20c cheaper with steer calves selling from 234c for plain quality Bos Indicus cross calves to 334c for top quality Angus calves. The lighter weights under 200kg averaged 296c while the young heifers going back to the paddock sold from 200c to 284c/kg. The steer yearlings to the restockers sold from 225c for far western crossbreds to 321c for once again good quality Angus steers while the heifer yearlings sold from 180c to 270c with the large number weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging 240c/kg.

Grown steers were firm with solid support from the usual southern and northern processors. The prime medium and heavy weights sold from 252c to 281c with the medium weights weighing between 500kg and 600kg averaging 270c/kg. A pen of 2 and 4 tooth Santa Gertrudis cross steers in plain condition sold to the restocker for 186c while the feeders paid from 230c to 298c/kg. Grown heifers were 4c cheaper with the better types selling from 240c to 266c/kg.

Properly finished cows were 3c cheaper while the secondary cows were firm. Restocker cows were up to 14c/kg cheaper. 2 and 3 score cows to the processors sold from 155c to 208c while the prime heavy weight cows sold from 180c to 224c to average 208c/kg. The restockers purchased large numbers of cows paying from 122c to 193c/kg.

Bulls were 3c dearer with the well finished heavy weights selling from 230c to 257c/kg. There were good numbers of young bulls suitable for the restockers which sold from 202c to 245c while the feeders paid 217c/kg for a single pen.

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