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25 September 2020 - FROM THE ARCHIVES

Pastoral cattle meet solid competition as lamb and sheep numbers increase

Pastoral cattle made up the majority of the 450 live weight offering on Tuesday afternoon at the Dublin Livestock Exchange.

Two consignments from the Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta pastoral areas, consisting of mostly Poll Hereford steers, heifers and bulls, were met with solid competition from a good field of restocker orders.

The few local cattle on offer were of extremely mixed quality, however most sales returned a dearer trend.

This was particularly true of any ideally‑finished cattle suitable to processors.

Lamb and sheep numbers increased this week at Dublin with agents offering 7,500 lambs and 3,500 sheep to the regular buying group, with specialty butchers as restockers offered limited support.

Quality was not as even as the previous sale, with a percentage of the new seasons lambs showing dryness in skins as Merino lambs were again well represented throughout the lamb yarding.

Competition was generally steady, with prices mostly firm to marginally dearer on only the best conditioned pens.

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