Wellington Stock Report | A dry old time

Increase: Feeder cattle were firm to five cents cheaper, young restocker steers were around firm, restocker heifers gained ten cents. Photo: Grace Ryan.
Increase: Feeder cattle were firm to five cents cheaper, young restocker steers were around firm, restocker heifers gained ten cents. Photo: Grace Ryan.

Hot dry weather continues, cooler weather predicted at the end of the week.

At Dubbo last Thursday 7000 prime cattle penned with a large percentage of the yarding consisting of young cattle lacking finish.

There was a reasonable selection of trade cattle along with some well finished heavy steers and cows. Trade young cattle were firm, feeder cattle were firm to five cents cheaper, young restocker steers were around firm, restocker heifers gained ten cents, the steers sold from 253 to 324 and the heifers 220 to 320 cents per kg. Heavy steers rose 12 cents as did heavy heifers, cows were firm to three cents dearer.

Quotations Steer vealers 253 to 324, heifer vealers 220 to 320, steer yearlings 230 to 314, Heifer yearlings 228 to 282, heavy steers 224 to 299, bullocks 265 to 289, heavy heifers 222 to 275, light cows 180 to 206, medium cows 70 to 209, heavy cows 160 to 226, bulls 136 to 257.

Last Friday at Dubbo 1670 store cattle penned with a good selection of well bred steers and heifer weaners along with a limited number of good quality cows and calves and PTIC cows, steer weaners were firm to $20 dearer selling from $335 to $970 to Avg $611 or 258 cents per kg, heifer weaners fell $30 to range from $255 to $560 to Avg $437.

Only a limited number of yearling steers ranging from $470 to $660 to Avg $565. One pen of PTIC Heifers made $880, PTIC cows traded from $480 to $890 to Avg $664, cows and calves realised $485 to $1360 for a pen of red Angus, unjoined cows sold from $445 to $500 to Avg $473.

At Dubbo on Monday 31,450 lambs penned in a mostly plain quality yarding showing the affects of the dry season.

Light one and two score lambs were in the majority, however there were a few good prime lambs that were mostly grain fed, it was a cheaper market with plain lambs realising the most and the better finished lambs down $10 to $15, Merino trade lambs sold from $95 to $136, dorper lambs topped at $153, hoggets reached $133.

Quotations Light lamb $30 to $111, medium lamb $83 to $127, heavy lambs $100 to $146, supermarket lamb $100 to $146, supermarket lamb $ 129 to $166, export lamb $163 to $214.

15,110 mutton penned in a mixed quality yarding, prices fell on sheep that were lacking cover while well shaped mutton held almost firm.

Quotations Light ewes $23 to $88, medium ewes $71 to $135, heavy ewes $115 to $169, light wethers $114, medium wethers $82 to $118, heavy wethers $120 to $150, rams $58 to $86, ram lambs $24 to $111. Shute Bell quoted “The wool market was in recess last week”.