Rainfall fell last Friday night with thunder, lightning and some storm rain which varied from 1.5mm south of Wellington to 18mm north east of Wellington. Rainfall is forecast for Wednesday.
At Dubbo last Thursday 4,120 prime cattle penned in a reasonably good quality yarding with most categories being represented.
Trade young cattle were close to firm, the heavier feeder steers and heifers were firm, while the lighter end lost three to 14 cents.
Feeder steers sold from 245 to 315 cents with feeder heifers making 216 to 290 cents.
Restocker young cattle fell 30 to 50 cents, with steers ranging from 200 to 324 cents, and heifers selling from 140 to 258 cents per kg.
Heavy steers were firm to four cents cheaper, heavy heifers were down eight cents, cows were 14 to 20 cents cheaper.
Quotations calves 108 to 278, steer vealers 200 to 324, heifer vealers 140 to 290, steer yearlings 146 to 315, heifer yearlings 150 to 290, heavy steers 188 to 306.
Bullocks 238 to 310, heavy heifers 146 to 268, light cows 50 to 177, medium cows 130 to 220, heavy cows 200 to 247, bulls 188 to 244.
At Dubbo on Friday 1,890 store cattle penned in the largest Dubbo store cattle sale for some time, with the yarding being of fair quality, due to no rainfall recently the market was cheaper.
Weaner steers which were a quarter of the yarding sold from $80 to $730 to average $441 or 214 cents per kg.
Weaner heifers were virtually another quarter of the yarding ranged from $120 to $600 to average $301.
Steer yearlings traded from $570 to $715 to average $653 or 219 cents per kg. Heifer yearling realised $240 to $660 to average $469.
PTIC cows made $590 to $720 to average $655, cows and calves sold from $510 to $1,520 for a pen of Angus on their first calf, unjoined cows ranged from $400 to $700 to average $544.
Monday at Dubbo 10,380 lambs penned in a mostly plain quality yarding with a large percentage of light lambs and hoggets penned.
Processor light lambs were firm to $3 cheaper, trade lambs fell $18 to $20, heavy lambs lost $25 Merino lambs rose $3, trade Merino lambs made $115 to $140.
Restocker lambs gained $6 with the better lambs selling from $72 to $124, restocker first cross ewe lambs ranged from $128 to $164, hoggets topped at $157.
Quotations light young lamb $68 to $110, medium young lamb $100 to $138, heavy young lamb $120 to $155, light lamb $58 to $128, medium lamb $106 to $164, heavy lamb $133 to $166, supermarket lamb $154 to $190, light export $202 to $224.
6,000 mutton penned in a mixed quality yarding with the lighter sheep dropping $6 to $11, medium and heavies lost $14 to $17.
Quotations light ewes $30 to $86, medium ewes $72 to $121, heavy ewes $88 to $148, light wethers $66, medium wethers $68 to $137, heavy wethers $110 to $140, rams $40 to $115, ram lambs $48 to $155.
Shute Bell report that last weeks wool market produced a fairly positive start with the close of the first day many of the Merino types had gained a handful of cents with the only drag on the market being the Merino carding indicator.
Sentiment changed on the final day with most micron indicators recording 15 to 25 cent losses.
The rapid decline in the Merino cardings indicator continued last week with a further 98 cent reduction resulting in a 20 per cent fall over the last two weeks. 29,380 bales were sold with a passed in rate of 16.7 per cent.
Almost one quarter of the oddment offering were passed in due to the price fall of well below the corresponding period last year.
AWEX figures are showing a 14.2 per cent drop in the first hand wool offered to date, the northern region indicator closed at 1,891 cents per kg clean a fall of 23 cents.