Rain, if you could describe it as such an item, fell last Thursday night and Friday to yield around four to five mm in most areas.
These who were under the right cloud may have measured 15 mm.
At Dubbo last Thursday 3940 prime cattle penned in what was officially described as another typical drought yarding which included large numbers of young cattle lacking finish together with good numbers of cows.
Trade young cattle rose 25 cents, feeder steers gained five to seven cents, however feeder heifers were firm to three cents cheaper.
Re-stocker young cattle were firm with young steers reaching 279 cents and the heifers making 252 cents. Heavy steers improved three cents, heavy heifers rose eight cents.
Plain cows were up by 20 cents and the better finished cows gained ten cents.
Quotations Calves 145 to 238, Steer vealers 9 to 324, heifer vealers 105 to 312, steer yearlings 100 to 308, heifer yearlings 160 to 295, heavy steers 210 to 281, bullocks 210 to 282, heavy heifers 125 to 270, light cows 40 to 149, medium cows 50 to 190, heavy cows 142 to 209, bulls 180 to 230.
Friday at CTLX Carcoar 5680 store cattle penned principally vealers however only one to two fat score.
Cow and calf units and PTIC cows were affordable, with some pens selling at weaner prices.
Another typical drought yarding which included large numbers of young cattle lacking finish.
Weaner steers amounted to 40 per cent of the yarding selling from $280 to $875 or 156 to 315 cents per KG, weaner heifers produced another 43 per cent ranging from $180 to $730 with the angus portion becoming cheaper as the sale processed.
Yearling steers were limited, trading from $300 to $890 or 120 to 279 cents per Kg, yearling heifers realised $395 to $700 with only 42 being yarded PTIC heifers made from $420 to $960, PTIC cows sold from $495 to $1000, Cows and Calves ranged from $450 to $1220 and unjoined cows realised from $300 to $680.
Dubbo on Monday 17,700 lambs penned in a fairly good quality yarding with some outstanding heavy weight lambs penned principally grain assisted, a fair selection of trade lambs along with the expected light weights.
Processor light lambs rose $5, trade lambs gained $9 to $13, Heavy lambs improved $17 to $18, merino lambs were up $8 with trade merinos selling from $103 to $128, Re-stocker and feeder lambs were $7 to $10 dearer with feeders paying $90 to $120 while re-stockers paid to $101, hoggets reached $155.
Quotations Light lamb $45 to $110, medium lambs $106 to $132, Heavy lamb $115 to $147, supermarket lamb $142 to $170, export lamb $171 to $226.
8900 mutton penned in a much better quality yarding, with a smaller percentage of light sheep.
Light sheep rose $2, however the better medium and heavy weights gained $11 to $17.
Quotation Light ewes $20 to $93, medium ewes $88 to $169, Heavy ewes $115 to $200, light wethers $68 to $101, medium wethers $86 to $148, heavy wethers $150, rams $69 to $157, ram lambs $25 to $114.
Shute Bell report that last weeks sale followed the previous weeks finish in the west.
The Eastern market indicator easily surpassed last months record price while all of the merino quotes for 19.5 micron and broader also sailed into unchartered waters.
Large gains were recorded on the first day followed by smaller yet handy gains on the final day with buyer demand strong. 37,800 bales were offered with a passed in rate of 2.3 per cent.
Total turnover for wool sold at auction for the season surpassed the three billion dollar mark this week in a truly extraordinary season, the northern market indicator closed at 1940 cents per Kg clean a rise of 48 cents.