Goat market $15 a head softer at Dubbo

Goat market softer at Dubbo with prices back $10 to $15

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Julie and Chris Perrett, Barooga, Binnaway, with their young polled red Boer wethers and bucks and agent Joe Portelli, P.T. Lord, Dakin, Dubbo, at the Dubbo sale on Tuesday.

Julie and Chris Perrett, Barooga, Binnaway, with their young polled red Boer wethers and bucks and agent Joe Portelli, P.T. Lord, Dakin, Dubbo, at the Dubbo sale on Tuesday.

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Continuing dry conditions still affecting goat numbers and limited restocker activity

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PRICES were $10 to $15 a head cheaper at Dubbo's quarterly goat sale on Tuesday with dry conditions limiting restocker activity.

The yarding of 1400 head was supported by regular buyers with two Victorian processors and one feedlot from Griffith.

P.T. Lord, Dakin and Associates auctioneer Joe Portelli said the market was softer than the previous May sale.

"The money for goats has been strong for the last three to four months but the numbers just aren't around (to harvest) due to the season," he said.

"It's a similar story to sheep and cattle - producers are up to plan D, E and F as the dry season continues.

Most vendors were mainly from Dunedoo and Coolah districts, as dry weather continues to suppress goat numbers in the west.

The best of the Boer goats made $308 a head for a single wether offered by Robyn Edwards and Ray Kelly, Hilltop, Arthurville.

Boer wethers sold from $80 and averaged $135/head.

Another draft of Boer-cross wethers sold for $248/head for vendor Clem Chapman, Mendooran.

Boer bucks sold to a top of $242 while Boer does sold from $90 to $140, averaging $122.

Australian Bush Goats (ABG) sold from $80 to $150/head for billies, while bush nannies sold from $65 to $106. The best of these was a draft from Burragundy Pastoral Company, Coolah, selling 18 bucks for $150/head and 36 bush does for $106 each.

Young ABG kids ranged in price from $8 to $75/head.

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