The wonderful rainfall which fell over the district last week was heaviest on the southern and western sides with a large proportion receiving 50 to 70mm.
However, there were certainly areas that did not receive the heavier falls and were back to 20 to 30mm.
At Dubbo last Thursday 2160 penned in a very plain quality yarding with only odd pens of well finished trade cattle grain assisted along with a few good cows.
Trade young cattle rose eight cents, feeder cattle fell eight to 11 cents principally due to quality, with feeder steers selling from 220 to 296 cents and feeder heifers ranging from 200 to 260 cents.
Restocker young cattle gained 30 cents with steers returning 194 to 299 cents while young heifers made 120 to 217 cents per kg.
Heavy steers were limited being five cents down, heavy heifers reached 266 cents, cows improved 20 cents.
Quotations: calves 74 to 227, steer vealers 194 to 299, heifer vealers 120 to 240, steer yearlings 114 to 296, heifer yearlings 110 to 270,
heavy steers 150 to 265, bullocks 272 to 276, heavy heifers 138 to 266, light cows 50 to 166, medium cows 126 to 215, heavy cows 170 to 236, bulls 148 to 247.
Friday at Dubbo 465 store cattle penned with a reasonable selection of weaner cattle along with some very well bred Hereford and Angus cows and calves.
The market rose following the excellent rain.
Steer weaners sold from $100 to $520 to avg $289 or 181 cents per kg, weaner heifers ranged from $80 to $365 to avg $254, one pen of yearling steers made $580,
one pen of yearling heifers realised $430, one pen of PTIC cows topped at $340, cows and calves traded from $425 to $1300 and unjoined cows sold from $230 to $590 to avg $410.
14,430 lambs penned on Monday in a fair quality yarding with a pretty good selection of trade new season and old lambs, however there were very few heavy lambs yarded,
lightweight lambs were also in good numbers in a slightly erratic market.
Processor light lambs were $3 to $6 dearer, trade lambs fell $9 to $12, heavy weight lambs took a small rise,
restocker lambs were firm with the better end making $86 to $120, hoggets reached $160.
Quotations: light young lamb $26 to $110, medium young lamb $115 to $156, heavy young lamb $126 to $180, light supermarket lamb $179 to $183,
light lamb $36 to $113, medium lamb $99 to $130, heavy lamb $130 to $168, light supermarket lamb $162 to $188, one pen of light export sold for $234.
8,590 mutton penned with some very good sheep along with large numbers of plain sheep in a mixed quality yarding.
The best of the Merino’s rose $3 to $7 while the remainder fell $5 to $10.
Quotations: light ewes $17 to $90, medium ewes $55 to $139, heavy ewes $102 to $174, light wethers $56 to $80, medium wethers $88 to $90, heavy wethers $129 to $164, rams $40 to $134, ram lambs $75 to $115.
Schute Bell report that last week’s market saw the recent run of downturns continue, however the market did appear to stabilise and even gain ground in some areas as the week progressed,
coming off the back of a designated superfine sale last week proved difficult for the finer microns with the less stylish offering suffering some large falls.
Offsetting these falls were the medium micron Merino types that initially lost ground on the first day only to bounce back on the final day to finish positively.
34,242 bales were sold with a passed in rate of 10.73 per cent.
There was a 11.3 per cent decline in the weight of wool tested for the first quarter of the selling season.
The Northern Region Indicator closed at 2050 cents per kg clean a fall of 24 cents..