Moisture over the weekend yielded 12.4 mm in Wellington and below greater on the southern side of Wellington with over 20 mm to 31 mm being measured as one got closer to Orange. The northern side however received in the most places less than ten mm.
At Dubbo last Thursday 2285 prime cattle penned with a reduction due to further rain forecast. It was a mixed quality yarding with condition also being mixed varying trends occurred through the young cattle sales with restocker steer vealers cheaper, the heifer portion posted strong gains.
Plain condition light weight yearling steer lost value, medium weight feeder steers saw quality related price changes from firm to cheaper, however heavy weight feeders saw breed related price improvement on a market that gained nine cents.
Well finished trade steers also showed improvement.
A mixed quality offering of yearling heifers showed the light conditioned and quality heifers dearer and conversely the better-quality heifers lost ground with the market being firm to cheaper.
Heavy steers were limited and were too few to quote, heavy heifers were cheaper, the cow market varied, the best heavy cows rose up to 15 cents on a firmer to dearer market, the balance of the cows were cheaper due in part to quality.
Quotations Calves 145 to 205, steer vealers 202 to 309, heifer vealers 181 to 309, steer yearlings 145 to 310, heifer yearlings 140 to 295, heavy steers 256 to 290, bullocks 240 to 284, heavy heifers 68 to 270, light cows 50 to 153, medium cows 94 to 217, heavy cows 168 to 262, bulls 176 to 295.
The store cattle sale last Friday at Dubbo was cancelled due to rain and lack of numbers. Monday at Dubbo 14660 lambs penned in a very mixed and mostly plain quality yarding with only the odd pen of well finished trade and heavy lambs throughout.
A few pens of well finished new season lambs were yarded along with a large percentage of light merinos.
Processor light lambs fell $7 to $12, trade new season lambs lost $15 to $25.
Old trade lambs were $10 to $17 cheaper, merino lambs were down by $25, with the trade weights making from $105 to $159,
restocker lambs were dearer with the better types making from $73 to $135, Heavy weight lambs were $20 cheaper and more in places with quality the factor.
Quotations Light young lambs $33 to $110, medium young lamb $125 to $158, heavy young lamb $178 to $204, Light supermarket young lamb $200 to $224,
light lamb $38 to $122, medium lamb $126 to $160, heavy lamb $145 to $184, supermarket lamb $174 to $246, light export lamb $234 to $245.
8015 mutton penned in a mixed quality yarding with most grades firm to $6 dearer. Quotations Light ewes $15 to $97, medium ewes $ 75 to $136,
heavy ewes $108 to $183, light wethers $72 to $90, medium wethers $93 to $120, heavy wethers $130 to $175, rams $41 to $116, ram lambs $75 to $134.
Shute Bell report that last weeks wool market opened strongly aided by further falls of the Aussie dollar. 30 to 40 cents gains were recorded by the 19.5 micron and finer types while smaller gains occurred elsewhere.
The Northern region indicator closed up 17 cents on the first day, just one cent short of its record level set three weeks ago.
It was a slight reversal in the second day with most types giving back some of the previous days gain.
The Northern region indicator closed at 2153 cents per kg clean a rise of eight cents. 36,517 bales were sold with a passed in rate of four per cent.
AWTA testing figures are showing a decline of 5.4 per cent in the number of bales tested for the first two months of the season.
This may affect the thinking of many processors re their future supply of wool.