GOATS sold up to $10-$15 cheaper at Dubbo’s quarterly goat sale last week as continued dry conditions limited restocker activity.
Agents yarded about 1200 head at the sale last Tuesday, which attracted competition from regular buyers as well as two Victorian processors and a feedlot buyer from the Griffith area.
PT Lord Dakin and Associates auctioneer Joe Portelli said the market was softer than the previous sale held in May.
“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.
“Producers have sold off any old stock they had to try to retain those younger goats,” he said.
The sale was supported largely by vendors from east of Dubbo, particularly from the Dunedoo and Coolah districts, as dry weather continues to suppress goat numbers in the west of the state.
The best of the Boer goats made up to $308, paid for a single wether offered by R.G. Edwards and R.G. Kelly, ‘Hilltop’, Arthurville. Boer wethers sold from $80 and averaged $135.
Another draft of Boer-cross wethers sold for $248 a head for vendor Clem Chapman from Mendooran.
Boer bucks sell to $242
Boer bucks sold to a top of $242 and Boer does sold from $90-$140, averaging $122.
Australian Bush Goats sold from $80-$150 for billies and nannies made $65-$106.
The best of the ABG offering was a draft from Burragundy Pastoral Company, Coolah which sold 18 bucks for $150 and 36 bush does for $106. Young kids made $8-$75.