BREEDERS facing increased fodder costs and less availability continue to be forced to offload stock of which 550 were yarded at Dubbo store cattle sale last Friday.
However, agents reported all in good condition with Santa Gertrudis cows with calves topping at $1150 while larger lines of weaners formed an amount of property sell-offs topping at $540 for steers to average $330 or 187 cents/kilogram and $470 for heifers. PTIC heifers made to $1000 a head.
A major line of 150 mixed-sex Braford-cross weaners from Wyangerie Station, Quambone, topped at $540 for steers and $470 for heifers with the majority bought by Queensland restockers.
Another line of 110 PTIC Charolais/Angus/Droughtmaster-cross heifers found new homes within a 100 kilometre radius of Dubbo topping at $1000 with majority ranging from $700 to $800.
A line of 66 young PTIC Angus cows from a Coonamble breeder sold to $690 to average $600.
Topcot, Warren, sold 22 Santa Gertrudis cows with third calves at foot made $1150 a unit.
Alison McKenna, "Hamalet", Bournewood, paid to $300 for eight Hereford heifer weaners from the Beach family, "Bealbah", Warren,
Despite poor seasonal conditions, Ms McKenna maintains a positive outlook.
"I'm buying some young cattle now so I can keep the industry going and support it again further down the track by selling these through the saleyards again."