The market was erratic, trade young cattle rose by up to 10 cents, lightweight feeder steers and heifers fell 6 to 8 cents, however the heavier end gained 10 cents.
Rainfall or even showers have been absent in the central west over the last week, although the weather bureau is predicting some rain during the next few days.
At Dubbo last Thursday 1,810 prime cattle penned in a very good quality yarding with numbers of prime yearlings being presented from a southern feedlot along with well finished heavy steers and heifers.
The market was erratic, trade young cattle rose by up to 10 cents, lightweight feeder steers and heifers fell 6 to 8 cents, however the heavier end gained 10 cents, feeder steers sold from 362 to 426 cents and the heifers ranged from 336 to 405 cents per kg.
Restocker young cattle were around firm with the steer portion trading from 402 to 550 cents and the heifers realising 376 to 516 cents per kg.
Prime heavy steers and heifers improved 15 cents on quality, cows lots 15 cents, restocker cows were dearer ranging from 240 to 290 cents per kg.
Quotations, calves 449 to 580, steer vealers 402 to 550, heifer vealers 376 to 516, steer yearlings 345 to 468, heifer yearlings 305 to 412, heavy steers 323 to 391, bullocks 340 to 382, heavy heifers 270 to 374, light cows 240, medium cows 240 to 290, heavy cows 260 to 292, bulls 250 to 422.
No store cattle sales were held in the central west last week. Monday at Dubbo 5,320 lambs penned in a good quality yarding with a good selection of both trade and heavy lambs.
Restocker lambs were limited and only a few pens of trade Merinos were yarded. Processor light lambs were firm, light trade lambs fell $4, with the heavy lambs firm, heavy lambs lost $8 to $10.
Trade weight Merinos sold from $154 to $193, restocker lambs gained $10 trading from $122 to $166, restocker Merinos realised $103 to $130, hoggets reached $190.
Quotations, light lamb $122 to $166, medium lamb $146 to $212, heavy lamb $190 to $224, supermarket lamb $215 to $240, export lamb $215 to $282. 935 mutton penned in a mixed quality yarding with most grades $5 to $9 dearer.
Quotations, light ewes $124 to $129, medium ewes $120 to $168, heavy ewes $170 to $233, medium withers $130 to $152, heavy wethers $196 to $269, rams $146 to $300.
Schute Bell report that last weeks market continued to retreat with large falls recorded on the first day of sales followed by further but smaller losses on the final day, passed in and withdrawal rates account for over 42 per cent. 30,871 bales were sold with a passed in rate of 26.5 per cent.
Some small improvements occurred on the last day with Merino skirtings and crossbreds gaining ground in Sydney.
In Freemantle late on Thursday there was also a turnaround in buyer sentiment with individual micron indicators 5 to 35 cents dearer.
The norther region indicator closed at 1,469 cents per kg clean a fall of 88 cents. Fear of the unknown is impacting on markets world wide.