Dubbo sale 23 Feb 2017: Feeder market eases

David Monk, 24/02/2017

Numbers were up by 700 for a yarding of 3910 that included 110 stores.

It was a fair to good quality yarding with a good selection of prime cattle in all sections along with a reasonable selection to suit the feeders. There were also a couple of consignments from the fire ravaged Coolah and Leadville districts along with other consignments from Condobolin, Coonamble, Wanaaring, Bourke, Quambone, Mudgee and local districts.

Not all the regular buyers were in attendance with the absence of some major feeder orders creating a cheaper market for the feeders which also flowed on to the trade market.

MLA market information advises that young cattle to the trade were up to 20c cheaper with the steer vealers selling from 312c to 326c while the few prime heifer vealers to the trade sold from 300c to 324c/kg. Prime steer yearlings sold from 290c to 319c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 309c/kg. The prime heifer yearlings sold from 275c to 320c with the heavier weights averaging 292c /kg.

Feeder steers were up to 25c cheaper while the feeder heifers were 12c to 17c /kg cheaper. The feeder steers sold from 289c to 338c with the large number weighing in excess of 400kg averaging 311c while the feeder heifers sold from 271c to 312c with those over 400 kg averaging 296c/kg.

The limited selection of young cattle suitable for the restockers were up to 35c cheaper which was mostly quality related however as each week goes by the conditions are continuing to dry off. Young steers to the restockers sold from 308c to 352c while the young heifers going back to the paddock sold from 296c to 313c/kg.

The good selection of prime grown steers which were mostly grain assisted were 2c to 4c cheaper with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 260c to 305c with the large number of medium weights weighing between 500 and 600kg averaging 292c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 258c to 303c/kg. Gown heifers were firm for the lighter weights and up to 12c cheaper for the heavier weights with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 252c to 303c/kg.

Cows were 2c to 5c cheaper for most with the 2 scores selling from 160c to 210c to the processors. The restockers paid from 212c to 214c while the feedlotters paid from 188c to 210c/kg for cows to go on hard feed. The better 3 and 4 score cows to the processors sold from 198c to 238c with the prime heavy weights averaging 226c/kg.

Bulls were up to 14c cheaper with the better muscled medium and heavy weights selling from 220c to 265c with the heavy weights over 600kg averaging 240c/kg. Young bulls to the feeders sold from 245c to 310c while the restockers paid from 230c to 300c/kg.


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