September finds the Plateau and surrounding areas in need of a spring break. Very little rain in July and no rain in August has put pressure on pasture and grazing crops throughout the area. All cattle are hanging on ok, but we will need a change in the weather shortly to spring board us into Spring.
The fat sale today, 112 head light yarding which represents this time of year, small percentage of these being export cattle, the top cow at 214.2c/kg.
Heavy yearling heifers & steers to the trade sold to a firm market, grain assisted yearling heifers topping at 278.2/kg and to average 263.2c/kg, yearling steers over 300kg topped at 343.2c/kg. Light steers topped at 378.2c/kg and averaged 350c/kg, light heifers topped at 283.2c/kg and averaged 264.2c/kg for under 300kg Heifers.
Our export category was slightly easier, approximately 5 – 8c/kg. Heavy yearling heifers & steers to the trade 5c/kg cheaper. Weaner and yearling heifers up to 10c/kg easier but weaner/yearling steers were firm with the heavier types slightly dearer. Overall a very good sale considering the lack of moisture, the light yarding and the time of year. Buyers while selective most of the store cattle stayed local.
The next Dorrigo Fat Sale will be held on the 27th September 2017, auction starting at 8:30am.