DUBBO STORE CATTLE REPORT
This was the larges store cattle sale in Dubbo for some time. It was a mixed yarding with some good quality weaners throughout along with large number of Bos Indicus and crossbred weaners.
There was some outstanding heavy weight cows and cow and calf units yarded along with large numbers of both cows and cows and calves in plain condition sourced from the north.
The good quality steer weaners were firm while the plainer quality calves were $50/head cheaper and more in places. The steer weaners sold from $505 for young Bos Indicus cross calves to $1,420/head for top quality Angus steers. The better quality calves averaged from 500c to 640c while the plainer quality steers averaged from 380c to 500c/kg. Steer yearlings sold from $1,400 to $1,460/head.
The heifer weaners were dearer for the better quality lines suitable to grow out for breeders though the plainer quality calves were up to $100/head cheaper.
The heifer weaners sold from $550 for Brahman cross calves to $1,410/head for top quality Santa Gertrudis heifers. Other lines of Angus, Charolais and Shorthorns were also purchased to grow out to become breeders.
The plainer quality heifer weaners averaged from 285c to 370c while the better quality heifers sold up to 550c/kg.
The cow and calf market was cheaper.
The best was a pen of two Charolais cows with their first calf at foot. They sold for $3,300/unit while the balance of the cows and calves sold from $850 for very plain and light Brahman units to $3,100 for good quality Angus units.
Some lines of good quality Droughtmaster, Angus and Hereford units appeared affordable selling from $2,400 to $2,700/unit.
The PTIC and dry cow markets were very strong with PTIC cows selling from $1,030 for plain conditioned Shorthorns to $2,575 for top quality Herefords.
Dry cows sold from $800 to $990/head.
(Article source: Meat & Livestock Australia)