Following a few days of fine weather numbers at Dubbo sale lifted by 1600 for a yarding of 3570 today.
It was a good quality yarding with a good selection of prime conditioned cattle in all sections. It’s becoming evident that as we get further into spring the weight of the cattle in the yarding is getting heavier due to the great season being experienced across the catchment area.
The bulk of the yarding was sourced from local districts along with consignments from Walgett, Tooraweenah, Bourke, Coonamble and surprisingly, Condobolin.
Also included in the yarding was a consignment of 90-day certified grainfed mixed sex yearlings from the Collie district.
Vealers and steer yearlings to the trade were a little dearer though the heifer yearlings were firm to 6c cheaper.
Vealers sold from 376c to 400c with the heavier weights over 330kg averaging 397c/kg. The prime steer yearlings to the trade sold from 339c to 390c with the heavier weights over 400kg averaging 362c/kg.
The prime heifer yearlings sold from 330c to 400c with the medium weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 374c/kg.
Not all the regular feedlot operators were operating due to access problems because of the wet conditions. Feeder steers were 4c to 9c cheaper selling from 337c to 399c, with the large number of heavier weights over 400kg averaging 371c/kg. The feeder heifers held firm selling from 324c to 380c/kg.
Young steers to the restockers sold at similar rates selling from 366c to 522c while young heifers to the restockers sold from 384c to 407c/kg.
Grown steers were 6c dearer with the prime medium and heavy weights selling from 319c to 374c with the majority which weighed 500-600kg averaging 354c/kg. Export weight grown steers to the feeders sold from 300c to 375c/kg. Grown heifers were 7c dearer selling from 315c to 351c/kg.
Cows were 7c to 11c/kg cheaper with weaker competition coming from both the northern and southern processors. Limited numbers of 2 score cows sold from 200c to 220c with no lines in the yarding to suit the restocker. The better 3 and 4 scores sold from 244c to 288c with the 4 score heavy weights averaging 269c/kg.
Bulls were also cheaper with the properly muscled heavy weights over 600kg selling from 260c to 298c to average 272c/kg.