Dubbo sale 12 Dec 2019: Year ends with smaller yarding

David Monk, 13/12/2019

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The last cattle sale for the year for Dubbo produced a much smaller yarding with numbers falling by 1450 for a total of 2440.

It was a mixed yarding with the expected numbers of plain conditioned young cattle and bobby calves along with some very well finished yearlings mixed throughout.

There were some outstanding cows penned however there were no grown steers and limited numbers of grown heifers. There were limited numbers of ideal cattle to suit the feeders.

One large consignment of cows in from the Coolah Tops were being sold due to the producer running out of water. The bulk of the cattle were sourced from local districts with just a couple of small loads in from the far west. Not all the regular buyers were operating with a number of works at capacity levels until the new year with some saying they have enough cattle on hand or booked in until the end of January.

NLRS advises the young cattle to the trade were around firm with prime steer yearlings selling from 240c to 291c while the prime heifer yearlings sold to 277c/kg.

The feeder market was erratic with the light and medium weight feeder cattle selling at 4c to 8c dearer rates while the heavier weights were 10c/kg cheaper. The feeder steers sold from 250c to 298c with the light and medium weights averaging 278c while the heavy weights averaged 267c/kg. The feeder heifers sold from 230c to 275c/kg.

Young cattle to the restockers were cheaper with the young steers selling from 114c to 288c with the good number of older calves weighing between 200kg and 280kg averaging 229c/kg. The young restocker heifers sold from 92c for very plain calves to 278c/kg for good quality Angus calves in fresh condition. Good numbers of bobby calves sold mostly to the restockers at dearer rates ranging in price from 36c to 310c while a small run of very fresh young calves sold to the processors for 287c/kg

There were no grown steers suitable for the processors to quote. Grown steers to the feeders sold from 230c to 272c while the restockers paid from 170c to 235c/kg. There were some outstanding grown heifers yarded which sold at 6c dearer rates with the better classes selling from 225c to 269c/kg. There were fair numbers of grown heifers sold to the restockers who paid from 130c to 201c/kg.

Cows to the processors were 4c to 8c cheaper with the 1 and 2 scores selling from 111c to 142c/kg. The better 3 and 4 scores sold from 165c to 226c with the prime heavy weights averaging 212c/kg. Cows to the feeders and restockers were also cheaper with the feeders paying from 166c to 200c while mostly southern restockers paid from 111c to 188c/kg.

Bulls were up to 35c cheaper with the better heavy weight bulls selling from 192c to 235c/kg.

As this is the last Dubbo sale for the year I would like to wish everyone at Beef Central and all our readers a very happy and safe Christmas.

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