BREEDERS and future breeders sold up to their values while steers were a fraction easier at the Dubbo store cattle sale last Friday which yarded the biggest number of 4150 head so far this year attracting possibly the largest crowd of buyers and spectators as well.
Included was a dispersal of some 2000 Santa Gertrudis (900 weaner bull calves and 1175 Queensland bred females) from Carwell Station of John Rae’s Pentdale Nominees, Quambone.
Five to nine month-old bull calves making up Pentdale’s male portion of Angus/Santa Gertrudis crosses sold up to $1005 while principally three to five year-old Santa cows sold from $1050 to $1825 for red taggers and $1220 to $1375 for blue taggers. Unjoined made up to $1250 a head.
Landmark Milling Thomas co-principal, Peter Thomas, said buyers picked the eyes of the consignments as the season tightened.
“A prediction of rain within the next week or two would have seen a more positive result,” he said.
PT Lord Dakin’s Paul Dakin said the steer market was a fraction easier due to the short-term outlook.
“Breeders and future breeders sold up to their values in line with the long-term outlook,” he said, “but the heifer market was really strong as buyers had an appetite for young females.”
Steers were $10 to $15 cheaper as weaners sold from $570 to $1090 to average $830 or 357c/kg. Heifer weaners $565 to $970, average $765 or 328c/kg, yearling steers $860 to $1400 and yearling heifers $590 to $1260.
Robert Machin, “Ettamogah”, Hermidale, sold 75 Poll Hereford steers 13 to 16 months, to $1240.
Terry McConnell, “Jilliby”, Dubbo, gained $1040 each for 21 Limousin cross steers, six to seven months.
McInnes family, “Lonesome Valley”, Narrabri, sold Angus steers, nine months, to $1080 and their sisters to $910, while Denn Pastoral, “Wilbertree”, Dubbo, sold Angus steers, eight months, to $1050.
Geoff and Sue Rains, “Mayfield”, Birriwa, topped with 17 Angus cows with 18 calves at foot, all Millah Murrah blood at $2040 a unit and 31 PTIC cows at $1730.
Gill family, Waterloo Station, Narromine, sold 17 Angus cows with calves at $1990 while Greenhide Partnership, Trangie, gained $1750 each for PTIC Charolais cross cows on their fifth calf.
Heaney family, “Tooloon South”, Coonamble, PTIC Shorthorn cows at $1660