A small shower of 4 to 7 mm was a wakeup call on Monday morning followed by cold weather.
At Dubbo last Thursday 4,245 prime cattle penned in a plain quality yarding with large numbers of unfinished yearlings with odd pens to suit feeders and processors. Included in the sale was a large consignment of store conditioned cattle from the Binnaway district. Trade cattle were limited and fell 10 cents, feeder heifers and the light feeder steers dropped 7 to 12 cents however the heavier steers gained 8 cents. The steer portion sold from 244 to 315 cents, while the heifers ranged from 201 to 284 cents per kg. Restocker young cattle lost 30 cents, trading from 168 to 296 cents for the young steers and the heifers realised from 84 to 266 cents per kg. The large number of bobby calves to the processors sold from 190 to 234 cents and the restockers paid 20 to 296 cents per kg, heavy steers fell 10 cents, heavy heifers were 20 cents cheaper, cows were down by 18 cents.
Quotations, calves 20 to 296, steer vealers 225 to 280, heifer vealers 166 to 256, steer yearlings 168 to 315, heifer yearlings 84 to 284, heavy steers 112 to 300, bullocks 220 to 284, heavy heifers 122 to 270, light cows 108 to 155, medium cows 120 to 209, heavy cows 175 to 242, bulls 145 to 279.
No store cattle sales were held last week in the central west, however one will be held this Friday at Dubbo.
Monday at Dubbo 8,900 lambs penned in a mostly plain quality yarding with once again good numbers of young lambs being sold prematurely. Odd pens of well finished trade weight new season lambs and a large consignment of good quality Aussie white Dorper cross lambs were in the offering. Processor light lambs rose $7, trade lambs gained $6 to $10. The limited numbers of heavy lambs were dearer, Merino lambs were firm with the trade types making $127 to $147. Restocker lambs were around firm with the better types selling from $95 to $138 while the very young lambs sold down to $45, hoggets reached $210.
Quotations light young lamb $45 to $131, medium young lamb $130 to $155, heavy young lamb $159 to $174, supermarket young lamb $175 to $198, light lamb $60 to $126, medium lamb $130 to $155, heavy lamb $155 to $165, supermarket lamb $168 to $194, export lamb $223.
10,100 mutton penned in a mixed quality yarding with most grades falling $10 to $15.
Quotations, light ewes $39 to $113, medium ewes $82 to $166, heavy ewes $125 to $207, light wethers $40 to $121, medium wethers $43 to $135, heavy wethers $205 to $210, rams $92 to $180.
Schute Bell report that last week's wool market gave up more ground with losses recorded over both selling days. An 18 cent fall on the first day was followed by a further 11 cent reduction on the final day. Price premiums for the finer microns continue to contract as the relative lack of supply of medium and broader types is helping to underpin prices. 19.5 to 22 micron types have converged and are selling at similar prices. 32,464 bales were sold with a passed in rate of 14.2 per cent the northern region indicator closed at 1,561 cents per kg clean a fall of 30 cents. The last fortnight is the first time since August that two weeks of consecutive down markets have occurred.