Dubbo yearling steers to $805

Dubbo yearling steers to $805

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The pen of 16 Santa Gertrudis steers topped the steer section at $805 a head for Peter Carter, Umagarlee, Wellington. Photo by Rebecca Sharpe

The pen of 16 Santa Gertrudis steers topped the steer section at $805 a head for Peter Carter, Umagarlee, Wellington. Photo by Rebecca Sharpe

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Agent says there's life still in the market, but it's only the sky holding it back.

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MIXED quality light-weight yearling steers and heifers made up the bulk of the 600 head yarding at Dubbo store cattle sale last Friday.

However, PT Lord, Dakin agent, Paul Dakin said that while buyers were selective with their purchases, the result had quality lines making market rates while secondary lines met with reduced competition.

"Vendors, who have been forced to sell-off stock, were satisfied with results while buyers were pleased with their purchases," he said.

"It's good to see there is still life in the market and people still have faith in the market, but it's only the sky holding it back."

Of the 173 yearling steers a pen of 16 Santa Gertrudis, 10 to 12 months, made the top price at $805 a head from vendor Peter Carter, Umagarlee, Wellington, going to a Coonamble backgrounder.

Steers sold from $270 to the $805 top while yearling heifers among 340 head sold from $160 to $580 a head.

A line of 22 Angus cows with calves older than two months fetched the top price at $1010. Cows with younger calves made $500 to $650.

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