The fine warm weather that has occurred since the end of March is certainly drying out the green feed produced from rain that fell during the last two weeks of the above month. Rain is desperately needed during the next few weeks to keep the Autumn feed progressing.
At Dubbo last Thursday 5,020 prime cattle penned in a variable market trend. 1200 cows were in the offering which was the last sale for two weeks due to Easter and Anzac day falling on sale days. Younger cattle were well supplied with the majority fitting into feeder orders.
Prime-conditioned cattle were limited over 200kg restocker steer vealers rose 6 cents selling from 226 to 288 cents, restocker heifer vealers of the same weight gained 7 cents ranged from 190 to 256 cents with the trade types topping at 270 cents.
Feeder yearling steers and heifers were close to firm, the medium steers traded from 220 to 305 cents, while the similar heifers realised 210 to 271 cents. Heavy steers suitable for the lot feeding made from 205 to 291 cents, while processor types ranged from 244 to 299 cents, cows sold to a mixed trend with the plain end experiencing solid competition and the better covered cows lost 6 cents.
- Quotations calves 80 to 232, steer vealers 170 to 290, heifer vealers 94 to 295, steer yearlings 180 to 317, heifer yearlings 170 to 288, heavy steers 121 to 291, bullocks 230 to 299, heavy heifers 96 to 261, light cows 44 to 185, medium cows 40 to 200, heavy cows 148 to 218, bulls 128 to 242.
At CTLX Carcoar on Friday 3,300 store cattle penned in a fair to good quality yarding of mainly younger cattle principally weaners which sold from $180 to $915 to average $569 or 244.38 cents per kg.
Weaner heifers ranged from $280 to $735 to average $475, yearling steers traded from $475 to $1,090 to average $805 or 251 cents per kg. Yearling heifers realised $350 to $655 to average $471, one pen of PTIC heifers reached $830. PTIC cows sold from $360 to $1,020 to average $810, cows and calves ranged from $510 to $1,100.
Dubbo on Monday 14,095 lambs penned in a mixed quality yarding with prices varying. Feeder lambs quality improved and so did the price lifting $10. Secondary quality lambs to both restockers and processors were firm to slightly cheaper.
Well-finished lambs were predominantly firm, there were some well finished medium and heavy Merinos selling to a dearer trend.
- Quotations light lamb $55 to $138, medium lamb $108 to $149, heavy lamb $142 to $157, supermarket lamb $148 to $176, export lamb $168 to $228.
8,495 mutton penned with a large variation in quality and condition. The offering was below the quality of the last sale especially in the well finished medium and heavy weights. Plainer light and medium sheep were in strong demand, that market showed a dearer trend while well finished sheep were firm to slightly cheaper.
- Quotations light ewes $40 to $122, medium ewes $98 to $148, heavy ewes $30 to $205, light wethers $48 to $114, medium wethers $102 to $142, heavy wethers $155 to $236, rams $85 to $122, ram lambs $55 to $124.50, young ewes $76 to $145. The next sheep and lamb sale will be held on Monday 29 April.
Schute Bell report that last weeks wool market continued the slow and steady downtrend even with the relatively small national offering of 37,500 bales. AWEX report that the norther region offering was the smallest on record dating back to 1995 and amounting to only 6,747 bales. The current trend of Merino prices tracking backwards and crossbred prices gaining ground continued particularly in the southern region where the 28 micron indicator reached a new record high. 33,793 bales were sold with a passed in rate of 10%. Sales this week are being held at Sydney Royal Easter Show for northern region wool. This indicator closed last week at 1,978 cents per kg clean a fall of 8 cents.