Once again on Sunday the forecast rain did not appear over Wellington where the official measurement was 1.4 mm, however, parts of Geurie were under the storm with one landholder measuring 48mm.
At Dubbo on Thursday 2,430 prime cattle penned in the smallest yarding at Dubbo for some time, which was of mixed quality. There were some good pens of well finished yearlings along with numbers of plainer conditioned young cattle. Trade young cattle fell 6 cents, feeder steers rose 6 to 10 cents selling from 230 to 312 cents, while feeder heifers were firm to 3 cents dear ranging from 233 to 282 cents. Restocker young steers gained up to 15 cents while the young heifers were cheaper, the steers traded from 238 to 318 cents and the heifers realised 161 to 288 cents per kg. Heavy steers and heifers lost 4 cents, cows dropped up to 23 cents.
Quotations, calves 80 to 405, steer vealers 238 to 314, heifer vealers 161 to 288, steer yearlings 195 to 318, heifer yearlings 208 to 284, heavy steers 210 to 285, bullocks 243 to 305, heavy heifers 190 to 279, light cows 138 to 175, medium cows 100 to 223, heavy cows 190 to 255, bulls 168 to 316.
Once again no store cattle sales were held in the central west last week.
Monday at Dubbo 7,100 lambs penned in a very plain quality yarding with a large percentage being sold prematurely due to the dry conditions. Processor lambs gained $3, the few trade lambs lots $10, heavy weight lambs also fell $10, Merino lambs were close to firm, with heavy trade weights selling from $156 to $178. Restocker lambs improved $12 with the better lambs selling from $97 to $141 while the very young light lambs ranged from $36 to $66, hoggets topped at $188.
Quotations, light young lamb $36 to $141, medium young lamb $131 to $153, heavy young lamb $150 to $170, light supermarket young lamb $169 to $177, light lamb $75 to $135, medium lamb $128 to $140, heavy lamb $150 to $175, supermarket lamb $152 to $193, export lamb $196.
10,745 mutton penned in a much plainer quality yarding with light and medium sheep firm to $4 cheaper and the better heavier sheep were $10 dearer. Carcase price for the better sheep ranged 560 to 610 cents per kg. Restockers purchased good numbers of Merino ewes paying from $38 to $128.
Quotations, light ewes $38 to $122, medium ewes $90 to $160, heavy ewes $133 to $225, young wethers $175, light wethers $50 to $104, medium wethers $96 to $141, heavy wethers $163 to $194, rams $86 to $143, ram lambs $144.
Schute Bell report that the losses on the last day of the previous weeks sale carried over to last week with the end result leading to almost all of the previous week's gains being eroded. The falls were almost exclusively consigned to the first day of sales with the norther region indicator dropping 18c and a further 1c on the final day totalling 19c for the week to finish at 1,591c per kg clean. 30,222 bales were sold with a passed in rate of 15.3 per cent with re offered wool making up to 10 per cent of the offering. The market has now traded in a fairly tight 100c band for the past 3 months. The August prediction of a 5 per cent fall in production was almost doubled to 9.2 per cent. This would place Australia's shown wool production at its lowest level in 95 years.