Numbers of prime cattle on the rise

Thursday at Dubbo 6,650 prime cattle penned being approximately 900 more than the previous week in a good quality yarding which included well finished trade cattle with some ideal feeder cattle. Photo: FILE
Thursday at Dubbo 6,650 prime cattle penned being approximately 900 more than the previous week in a good quality yarding which included well finished trade cattle with some ideal feeder cattle. Photo: FILE

Showers and light rain fell over Saturday and Sunday with falls over the district from 6 mm to 25 mm and more desperately needed. Thursday at Dubbo 6,650 prime cattle penned being approximately 900 more than the previous week in a good quality yarding which included well finished trade cattle with some ideal feeder cattle. Weaner cattle and cows in store condition were well supplied, heavy steers were in limited supply. Trade young cattle rose 4 to 8 cents, light and medium feeder steers were firm to 5 cents cheaper with the heavier end gaining 4 cents. Feeder heifers lost 2 to 5 cents, feeder steers sold from 248 to 335 cents, feeder heifers ranged from 238 to 322 cents per kg. Restocker young cattle improved 12 to 15 cents with the steer portion trading from 230 to 320 cents, the heifers realised 156 to 270 cents per kg.

CATTLE

  • Quotations, calves 248, steer vealers 230 to 314, heifer vealers 156 to 270, steer yearlings 248 to 335, heifer yearlings 200 to 322, heavy steers 180 to 318, bullocks 285 to 326, heavy heifers 172 to 309, light cows 149 to 154, medium cows 80 to 265, heavy cows 202 to 285, bulls 212 to 305.

At CTLX Carcoar on Friday 3,234 store cattle penned in a slightly plainer quality yarding showing the effects of the dry winter. The market was solid, steer weaners sold from $280 to $1,080 with most selling from 280 to 320 cents per kg. Weaner heifers ranged from $200 to $960 and averaging 200 to 240 cents per kg. Yearling steers traded from $400 to $1,270 to average 220 to 333 cents per kg. Yearling heifers realised $550 to $1,040 to range from 215 to 259 cents per kg. PTIC cows made from $280 to $1,810, two pens of unjoined cows reached $385 to $430, cows and calves sold from $1,240 to $1,290.

At Dubbo on Monday, 12,730 lambs penned in a fair quality yarding with approximately 10 mm of rain around the Dubbo area. A reasonable selection of trade and heavy lambs as well as a fair selection of tail end lambs, good numbers of Merino lambs were also yarded and the market was subdued. Processor light lambs were firm, trade lambs were down $7 to $12, trade weight new season lambs were firm, heavy lambs fell $5 to $11, Merino lambs lost $4, the trade weights sold from $148 to $210, while a pen of heavies made $226. Restocker lambs were firm with the crossbreds making $75 to $170 and the Merino's sold from $58 to $130. Hoggets topped at $215.

SHEEP

  • Quotations, light young lamb $112 to $138, medium young lamb $144 to $170, heavy young lamb $191 to $193, light lamb $55 to $150, medium lamb $142 to $175, heavy lamb $170 to $200, supermarket lamb $174 to $243, export lamb $243 to $275.

Quotations, light ewes $59 to $122, medium ewes $106 to $156, heavy ewes $144 to $241, light wethers $75 to $115, medium wethers $116 to $160, heavy wethers $156 to $180, rams $102 to $171, ram lambs $110 to $175.

WOOL

Schute Bell report that the wool sales resumed last week with 41,500 bales being offered. The market opened cheaper and continued to move lower for the whole week with only 30,000 bales being sold and a passed in rate of 28.6% the highest level for 10 years. The uncertainty of the US and China trade fight plus the Aussie dollar falling to a 10 year low certainly didn't help the market.