A single pastoral order seeking 10,000 whiteface cattle is one third of the way to being filled, with more cattle sought.
The call was made in early October to 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 and heifers 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.
“At the last count we have sourced 3000 head – with the market easing in the last three to four weeks we were able to step in,’’ he said.
Landmark purchased about half of the Mutooroo Pastoral, Broken Hill, consignment of 300 heifers at Dubbo last week to a top of 360c/kg for the order.
“We have mainly bought cattle from the southern areas and will be a player in the weaner sales over the coming weeks,’’ Mr Settree said.
“We are confident of obtaining the 10,000 head and are about a third of the way in.
“We are expecting the weaner sales to be very solid so we wanted to have a big portion locked in before hand.’’
Mr Settree said cattle had been sourced on AuctionsPlus, at physical sales and direct sales out of the paddock.
“The heifers have averaged 250-260kg but we have bought up to 320kg and the steers an average of 260-270kg,’’ he said.
“We are working with commission buyers and through the Landmark system.
“Prices have eased over the last few weeks and I feel there will be a little more of a correction through the general market coming into Christmas as people get out of numbers they don’t want to carry through.
“But, once the weaner sales start, it will be all grass fever.’’
For further details contact John Settree on 0408 297 368.
Whiteface cattle will be sourced from the weaner sales for the large pastoral order.