PRICES were up $10 to $15 a head cheaper at Dubbo’s quarterly goat sale on Tuesday with the continued dry conditions limiting restocker activity.
Agents yarded about 1200 head at the sale, supported by regular buyers as well as two Victorian processors and one feedlot buyer from the Griffith area.
PT Lord Dakin and Associates auctioneer Joe Portelli said the market was softer than the previous sale, held in May.
“The money for goats has been strong for the last three to four months but the numbers just aren’t around (to harvest) due to the season,” he said.
“It’s a similar story to sheep and cattle – producers are up to plan D, E and F as the dry season continues.”
“Producers have sold off any old stock they had to try and retain those younger goats.”
The sale was supported largely by vendors from east of Dubbo, particularly from the Dunedoo and Coolah districts, as dry weather continues to suppress goat numbers in the west of the state.
The best of the Boer goats made $308/hd for a single wether offered by RG Edwards and RG Kelly, “Hilltop”, Arthurville.
Boer wethers sold from $80/hd and averaged $135/hd.
Another draft of Boer-cross wethers sold for $248/hd for vendor Clem Chapman, Mendooran.
Boer bucks sold to a top of $242/hd while Boer does sold from $90 to $140/hd, averaging $122.
Australian Bush Goats (ABG) sold from $80 to $150/hd for billies, while bush nannies sold from $65 to $106.
The best of the ABG offering was a draft from Burragundy Pastoral Company, Coolah who sold 18 bucks for $150/hd and 36 bush does for $106/hd.
Young kids ranged from $8 to $75/hd.