The elusive rain failed to arrive last Saturday even though the clouds were there all day.
Half a mm was my measurement for the day. Wellington results were 8mm and Elong poured out 7mm from their gauge.
At Dubbo last Thursday 5340 prime cattle penned in a mainly good quality yarding with some well finished trade and heavy steers which had principally been grain fed or off crops.
Trade young cattle were about firm.
Feeder cattle commenced on a stronger note, however finished firm to two cents cheaper, re-stocker young cattle were firm to ten cents cheaper with the steers selling from 150 to 290 cents and the heifers reached 260 cents per Kg.
Heavy steers rose ten cents, heavy heifers gained two to eight cents.
Plain conditioned cows improved 30 cents, properly finished cows were six cents dearer.
- Quotations Calves 220 to 270,
- steer vealers 150 to 312,
- heifer vealers 120 to 315,
- steer yearlings 223 to 323,
- heifer yearlings 170 to 313,
- heavy steers 230 to 299,
- bullocks 280 to 295,
- heavy heifers 142 to 289,
- light cows 152 to 303,
- medium cows 96 to 222,
- heavy cows 184 to 239,
- bulls 128 to 233.
Dubbo on Friday 1600 store cattle penned for the largest sale in Dubbo for some time in a good quality yarding of mainly steers and heifer weaners.
The better quality steer weaners were slightly dearer however overall the market was cheaper.
Steer weaners sold from $130 to $800 to avg $384 or 188 cents per Kg. Weaner heifers $170 to $610 to avg $332.
One pen of yearling heifers made $555. Cows and calves traded from $430 to $910 to avg $720, 2 unjoined cows realised $320.
Monday at Dubbo 23900 lambs penned in a fairly mixed quality yarding with good numbers of light weight lambs along with some very good runs of heavy and trade types.
Processor light lambs gained $5, trade lambs rose $3 to $7, heavy lambs improved up to $18 to reach $271 a new Dubbo yard record.
Merino lambs were $7 dearer with trade weights selling from $123 to $178 while the heavy end traded from $188 to $233, re-stocker lambs were a little cheaper, selling from $86 to $104 and hoggets topped at $168.
Quotations Light lamb $28 to $118, medium lamb $113 to $161, heavy lamb $138 to $176, supermarket lamb $166 to $202, export lamb $193 to $271.
8260 mutton penned in a plainer quality yarding with most grades $6 to $10 cheaper.
Quotations Light ewes $18 to $100, medium ewes $82 to $134, heavy ewes $100 to $194, light wethers $41 to $92, medium wethers $109 to $125, heavy wethers $138 to $150, rams $60 to $124, ram lambs $143 to $174.
Schute Bell report that last weeks market, being the first of the 2018/2019 wool selling season, began with a large volume of wool held over from the previous financial year.
Almost a third of the offering consisted of wools 180 days or older with 43800 bales offered and 37018 being sold for a passed in rate of 15.6 per cent ranging from 10.7 per cent in the north to 31.8 per cent in the west.
The softer market was evident from the opening on Wednesday for all micron categories,
however it was very apparent that the lower quality and off/style types and wools with lower additional measurement results and those carrying heavy VM matter were most effected.
There was a general fall over the two days of 50 to 90 cents with some of the poorer wools down by 120 cents clean.
The northern region indicator closed at 2026 cents per Kg a fall of 62 cents.
The correction of the fleece market was also shared by the skirtings and cross bred sectors where prices dropped by five to 15 cents.