With just nine sales to go for the year Dubbo has retained its position as the State’s biggest cattle-selling centre.

It’s also the State’s second biggest seller of sheep.

Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets manager Andrew Stanton said more than 200,000 store and fat cattle had been sold in 2004 – a figure he described as “pretty standard” for most years.

“We’ve sold about 120,000 fat cattle and 82,000 store cattle so far and we still have about another nine sale days until the end of the year,” Mr Stanton said.

“These are pretty close to double Wagga’s figures.”

The saleyards have operated for more than 50 years and grown to be the largest saleyards in the nation in terms of sheep and cattle numbers shifted through the pens each year.

Mr Stanton said National Livestock Reporting Service figures showed more than 1.3 million sheep were sold in Dubbo this year to date, up 162,000 on last year.

“We came second in the State for the number of sheep sold – we’ve been holding first or second positions in sheep and cattle sales for several years now,” he said.

Mr Stanton said stock prices varied throughout the year with sheep and lamb prices down about 5 per cent compared to this time last year, and cattle prices up 20 to 25 per cent.

“The peaks and troughs throughout the year have been abnormal because of the seasonal fluctuations,” he said.

“Prices have been constantly fairly good through the year.”

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