Pastoral order seeks 10k whiteface cattle
A single pastoral order has been put out into the marketplace for 10,000 whiteface weaners for grass finishing to domestic trade and bullock weights.
Landmark divisional livestock and stud stock manager, John Settree, Dubbo, said the order from a single pastoral client was a result of a booming flush of feed across the pastoral regions.
Mr Settree said Hereford and Black Baldy steers weighing between 200 and 300kg liveweight, weaned or unweaned, were required to fill the order.
He said both well bred European Union and non-EU accredited cattle would be accepted.
“We will also handle heifers in larger lines,’’ he said.
“The target market is grass finishing for the domestic kill, while some will be grown out for the bullock market or export orders, depending on the end point price.
“We have conditioned the vendor over the past month to six weeks with market feedback and prices comparative with market rates will be paid.’’
The cattle will be source from Victoria, NSW and southern Queensland in deck lots on a curfew basis or at the closest weighbridge.
Mr Settree said the pastoral order, which remains confidential, had potential to grow into 15,000 to 16,000 head.
He said store, prime and seedstock prices had been exceptionally strong in central and northern NSW this spring.
“I expect a softening period in the next six to eight weeks as a few more numbers come through from the drier regions,’’ he said.
“Store sales have been solid to date with the Herefords the king of grass.
“On the stud side, there is demand for the whiteface female.’’