Wellington Stock Report | Large numbers of cows and young cattle being sold due to drought conditions

Dry continues: Heavy steers were too limited to quote, heavy heifers dropped 25 cents, properly finished cows were down 13 cents. Feeder and processor young cattle were readily available however quality declined.
Dry continues: Heavy steers were too limited to quote, heavy heifers dropped 25 cents, properly finished cows were down 13 cents. Feeder and processor young cattle were readily available however quality declined.

At Dubbo last Thursday 4,935 prime cattle penned with large numbers of cows and young cattle being sold due to drought. Feeder and processor young cattle were readily available however quality declined. Trade young cattle fell four to eight cents, feeder steers and the heavier feeder heifers were down eight to ten cents while the light weight feeder heifers lost 25 cents. The feeder steers sold from 180 to 270 cents while the feeder heifers ranged from 110 to 240 cents restocker young cattle were 30 to 50 cents cheaper and more in places with the steer portion trading from 86 to 260 cents and the heifers realising 50 to 178 cents per kg. 

Quotations calves 120 to 200, steer vealers 130 to 260, heifer vealers 50 to 182, steer yearlings 86 to 278, heifer yearlings 100 to 254, heavy steers 140 to 268, bullocks 163 to 215, heavy heifers ten to 224, light cows ten to 114, medium cows 30 to 126, heavy cows 86 to 174, bulls 80 to 218.

At CTLX Carcoar last Friday 3,300 store cattle penned in a yarding of principally weaner cattle. Steers made from $180 to $940 or 80 to 270 cents per kg average, heifer weaners ranged from $190 to $720 or 175 to 280 cents per kg. Steer yearlings realised $250 to $900 or 94 cents to 276 cents, heifer yearlings sold from $200 to $1,000 with one pen of PTIC heifers reaching $1,370. PTIC cows were in good numbers trading from $450 to $1,300, 370 cows and calves were present selling from $630 to $1,800, unjoined cows sold from $670 to $910.

Monday at Dubbo 18,000 lambs in a mixed yarding with a good selection of trade and heavy lambs along with the usual large numbers of lightweight lambs and hoggets. Processor light lambs were firm to $2 dearer, trade weights were firm to a little cheaper, heavy lambs were firm, restocker lambs were also firm with the better types selling from $84 to $146 while light lambs ranged from $25 to $63. Feeder lambs traded from $116 to $125, hoggets reached $142.

Quotations light lamb $25 to $118, medium lamb $113 to $132, heavy lamb $120 to $150, supermarket lamb $136 to $170, export lamb $162 to $205. 15,350 mutton penned in a mixed quality with some outstanding sheep offered. Light and medium sheep were down $2 to $4, however heavy sheep gained $7 to $15 and more in places due to quality. Quotations light ewes $10 to $84, medium ewes $57 to $129, heavy ewes $97 to $175, light wethers $52 to $74, medium wethers $78 to $118, heavy wethers $125 to $166, rams $48 to $110, ram lamb $127.

Schute Bell report that last weeks wool market produced a mixed result with the broader market indicators retreating less than a handful of cents over both selling days. The mid micron Merino types suffered the greatest of the falls. AWEX reported that there was a large selection of lesser style wool on offer which contributed to the falls. The limited selection of better style wool remains hot property and were mainly unchanged. The crossbred and Merino cardings sectors continued its recent upward trend. 41,116 bales were sold with a passed in rate of 8.8 per cent. There is now a decline of 190,000 bales for the season with the northern region showing the greatest falls although all three regions experienced a double digit drop. The northern region indicator closed at 2,058 cents per kg a fall of five cents.