Bill Tatt: Hoof and Hook competition at Dubbo show almost here

Stock and property: Agent Bill Tatt discusses the latest news from across the region. Photo: File.
Stock and property: Agent Bill Tatt discusses the latest news from across the region. Photo: File.

Week Ending 17/05/2019

The Regional Australia Bank in conjunction with the Dubbo Show Society will once again be the major sponsor of the All Breeds Prime Lamb Hoof and Hook Competition during the course of the Dubbo Show.

The competition will be finalised on May, 24 with a presentation at 3pm, followed by the auction of the winning lambs.

Two very important dates to note are that entries close on May, 17 and secondly all lambs must be inducted into the showground on Wednesday, May 22 between 10am and 5pm.

Once again Fletcher International Exports are to the forefront of sponsorship including cash prize-money for the most successful school and will also supply staff to help run the competition and assist in the final judging.

This annual outing for the Prime Lamb industry has in a short time become one of the major events to showcase and benchmark this major rural enterprise.

Some breed societies have advised they will offer further rewards if one of their members take out either of the major awards.

Further details from any committee member or the show society.

Dubbo agents scanned 4550 mixed cattle at their latest Prime Cattle Sale these numbers were roughly 800 head less than last day.

The day offered big numbers of young weaner calves being sold in many cases due to the onset of winter and these cattle in the main struggled to find new homes.

David Monk MLA market reporter suggested these cattle were 20c cheaper and more in places with the very best of the steer portion selling from 170c to 275c and heifers in the same category 130c to 226c.

Plain condition cows of which there were many declined in value by 10c to 15c/kg.

There was some good new for the day with prime young cattle to the trade were 10c to 12c/kg stronger, much of this was quality related.

Best trade cattle reached 328c/kg.

Best feeder steers sold to 309c/kg which was achieved by an attractive pen of grain assisted Limousin steers.

Feeder heifers were cheaper reaching 246c/kg. Heavier steers and light bullocks were better by a couple of cents to reach 303c.


Best cows were firm and at the time of reporting had reached 233c/kg. The best news of the day in my opinion was the arrival of extra competition from the south.

Hopefully this was not a one off and as a centre provided, we can supply suitable cattle in reasonable numbers this added competition will be most welcome by Auctioneers and their clients.

Some Victorian companies are represented for much of the year here at Dubbo, but some only come for the winter months and are usually long gone by Melbourne Cup day.