Handy rain towards the end of last week produced from 18 to 50 mm over most of the district with Mumbil having the highest going towards Stuart Town.
At Dubbo last Thursday 4,600 prime cattle penned following another hot and dry week.
Yearlings made up the largest percentage in the yarding followed by cows.
Trade young cattle fell ten to 15 cents, feeder steers lost 20 to 25 cents, feeder heifers only lost five to ten cents.
Feeder steers sold from 230 to 285, with the heifers making 225 to 252 cents, restocker young cattle were down by 15 to 20 cents with the steers ranging from 180 to 295 cents and the heifers 148 to 255 cents per kg.
A limited number of heavy steers dropped 20 cents, heavy heifers were a little dearer with quality a factor.
Plainer conditioned cows were firm to four cents cheaper, however, the better conditioned cows were 12 cents down.
- Quotations calves 150 to 306, steer vealers 200 to 294, heifer vealers 163 to 255, steer yearlings 160 to 295, heifer yearlings 147 to 255, heavy steers 150 to 265, bullocks 169 to 269, heavy heifers 150 to 256, light cows 82 to 186, medium cows 116 to 192, heavy cows 169 to 207, bulls 158 to 235.
At CRLX Carcoar 3,300 store cattle penned in a good quality yarding, weaner steers were close to firm selling from $80 to $940 for most to average 280 to 320 cents with the lighter end reaching 350 cents per kg.
Weaner heifers were $30 to $40 dearer ranging from $190 to $720 to average 220 to 260 cents per kg for the medium weights.
Yearling steers traded from $250 to $900, yearling heifers realised $200 to $1,000.
PTIC heifers made $1,370, PTIC cows sold from $580 to $1,300, cows and calves ranged from $630 to $1,800, unjoined cows traded from $670 to $910.
Monday at Dubbo 17,015 lambs penned in a fair quality yarding with a large percentage of lambs and hoggets lacking finish, in a cheaper market.
Processor light lambs fell $2, trade lambs lost $6 to $10, heavy lambs were down by $3 to $7.
Restocker lambs rose $10 with some new operators taking advantage of the cheaper market. Fattening lambs sold from $70 to $126, young 1st x ewes reached $132, hoggets topped at $130.
- Quotations medium young lamb $108 to $118, heavy young lamb $112 to $140, light supermarket lamb $159, light lamb $48 to $130, medium lamb $75 to $128, heavy lamb $110 to $135, supermarket lamb $137 to $162, export lamb $155 to $216.
12,545 mutton penned with some very good sheep along with the usual plain sheep in a mixed quality yarding.
The light and medium sheep were up by $4, while the heavy sheep were firm.
- Quotations light ewes $23 to $77, medium ewes $62 to $120, heavy ewes $84 to $137, light wethers $55 to $73, medium wethers $78 to $117, heavy wethers $89 to $146, rams $40 to $100, ram lambs $68 to $130.
Schute Bell report that it was a very stable opening on the first day of sales with most microns firm.
The second day commenced with a large drop in the Aussie dollar pushing the market upwards.
This was a designated super fine sale and gains were recorded for the 18 and finer microns.
37,092 bales were sold with a passed in rate of seven per cent, the Eastern market indicator is now trading mid range of its most recent high and low points.
It has now risen 168 cents since November’s low point.
The northern region indicator closed at 1995 cents per kg clean a rise of 17 cents.
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