BREEDERS who have stuck to their structured breeding programs were duly rewarded at the Dubbo store cattle sale last Friday with cows with calves topping at $2175 and PTIC females making to $1500.
Agent’s predictions of fewer restocker female numbers were coming to fruition with 600 of the 930 head yarding being females of which only 337 being of joining age or breeders.
P.T. Lord, Dakin agent Paul Dakin, Dubbo, said there was a real urgency among restockers at the moment.
“Breeders who have suck to their structured breeding programs and concentrated on performance criteria are now being very well rewarded by people with a need to restock their programs,” he said.
Elders Dubbo livestock manager Martin Simmons said there was confidence with replacement females leading the way throughout the sale.
“The market was also exceptionally good for the limited supply of steers as the wet and now terrific pastures put weight on stock,” he said.
Weaner steers ranged in price from $520 to $1180 and weaner heifers were dearer selling from $620 to $1230.
In the yearling section steers topped at $1180 and sold down to $910 and heifers from $870 to $1180.
Pregnancy-tested-in-calf (PTIC) heifers made from $790 to $1400 with PTIC cows starting at $910 and selling to $1500.
Cows with calves, numbering only 96 units sold from $1490 to $2475.
The top units were a line of Angus and black baldy (Angus/Hereford) first calves with young calves at foot sold for Greg Sullivan and family, “Allawah”, Dunedoo.
Tom Tym, “Rosewood”, Baradine, sold 12 young Santa Gertrudis cows with Santa first calves at $1870 a unit While the Puliver family, Nevertire, sold 15 Angus/Santa Gertrudis heifers, 10 to 12 months, at $1310 plus three Santa-cross cows with calves at foot making $2150 a unit.
Second and third calver Poll Hereford cows with calves from Woodbine, Wongarbon, made $2175 a unit.
Graham and Susan Coddington, “Catombal”, Cumnock, sold a draft of Poll Hereford heifers PTIC to Angus bulls for $1290 a head.
Katella Piggery, Tomingley, sold Angus cross steers, eight to 10 months to $1080 and 60 of their sisters to $1250 averaging $1181 for the heifers.
The Duncan family, Dubbo, sold British bred yearling steers to $1090 while the Tobin family, Mendooran, Hereford steers to $1560.
Sixteen Angus steers, 10 months old, offered by the Sheldon family, Wollar, made $1180.