Numbers were up in both price and head yarded at last week’s Dubbo store cattle sale, with the forecast of a wet week on the horizon also boosting buyer confidence.
A total of 1890 cattle were offered- well above yarding numbers of previous store sales over the last couple of months.
Good numbers of cows and calves were on offer as breeders continue to offload due to dry conditions in the western areas.
Steer weaners sold to a top of $730/head a pen of 18 Angus steers, offered by Mudgee breeder David Wisbey, Botolobar Pastoral.
Weaners sold from $260/head and averaged $440/head.
Yearling steers sold from $570 to $715/head.
In the heifer section, weaners sold from $120/head to $600/head, to average $300.
Yearling heifers sold from $400 to $660 a head.
There was good competition for the quality cows and calves on offer. A line of first calving Angus heifers, with two- to four-month-old calves at foot, topped the sale for $1520/unit.
These were offered by Robert and Doreen Smith, Marrannoonbah Pty Ltd, Condobolin, who were reluctantly offloading some of their breeding stock due to the dry conditions.
The balance of the cows and calves sold from $510 to $1250/unit for a line of Murray Greys.
Two pens of PTIC cows sold for $590 and $720/head, while a couple of lines of PTIC cows were passed in. A few pens of dry cows sold from $400 to $700/head.
A single bull sold for $2000.