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Dubbo Sale 30 Aug 2019: Quality lifts in bigger yarding

David Monk, August 30, 2019

Yarding 6030 Change 1190

Southern restockers once again provide a solid base for the good numbers of store conditioned weaners.

The numbers jumped back up this week with numbers lifting by 1200 for a yarding of 6030.

It was a much better quality yarding with some excellent lines of well finished cows along with good numbers of properly finished yearlings. There was a fair selection of good feeder cattle and once again there was large numbers of weaners in store condition. There were also some good pens of well finished grown steers and heifers off crops or grain.

Most of the regular processor buyers were present however a major feeder operator was absent due to their feedlot running at full capacity.

South Australian restocker buyers who have been attending for in excess of a month were also absent.

Cattle were sourced from a very large area with consignments from Boggabilla, Cunnamulla, Ulan, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Coolah, Hungerford, Moree, Bourke and local districts.

NLRS advises young cattle to the trade were firm to 5c cheaper with good competition from mainly southern processors on any of the prime cattle throughout the yarding.  The prime steer yearlings sold from 300c to 321c with the good numbers over 400kg averaging 312c while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 240c to 305c/kg.

With the absence of a major operator competition was subdued on suitable feeder cattle. Feeder steers were 8c to 15c cheaper while the feeder heifers were 2c to 6c/kg cheaper. The feeder steers sold from 248c to 320c with the large number of medium weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 288c while the heavier weights averaged 311c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 219c to 310c with the medium weights averaging 277c and the heavy weights 288c/kg.

Despite the absence of South Australian buyers competition was still fairly buoyant from other southern restockers however compared to the very strong market of the previous sale the young restocker cattle were 8c to 10c/kg cheaper. The young steers sold from 220c to 300c with the large number of calves weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging 264c while the young restocker heifers sold from 148c to 265c/kg.

Grown steers were 10c cheaper with a large percentage of the properly finished steers carrying 6 or 8 teeth. The prime medium and heavy weights sold from 285c to 316c/kg. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 256c to 305c/kg. Grown heifers were considerably cheaper with the better heavy weights over 540kg selling from 255c to 290c/kg.

Cows to the processors were 10c to 15c cheaper with the 2 scores selling from 140c to 219c with the good number weighing between 400kg and 520kg averaging 187c/kg. The better 3 and 4 scores sold from 197c to 269c with the prime heavy weights averaging 252c/kg. Cows to the restockers were also a little cheaper selling from 104c to 210c/kg.

Most of the bulls in the yarding were cheaper with the better heavy weight bulls selling from 225c to 265c/kg.

For full NLRS sale report click here

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