For the last sale in August Dubbo agents have managed a draw of 3300 head being one of the softest draws we have seen in many weeks.
The fact that some areas within our catchment zone did receive some good falls probably helps this decline in numbers.
Properties around Dunedoo, Leadville and Cobbora were reported to have received beneficial falls in the 45 to 65mls range.
Dubbo and surrounding areas saw reported falls of 20 to 35mls. But as is often the case some graziers reported falls of note whilst next door neighbours virtually missed out. To the east of Dubbo many centres saw very little in their rain gauges.
In last week’s column we mentioned that Brad Tink and family have in the Dubbo district received a very good price for a sustainable run of lambs. Somewhere in the transmission (probably my fault) some of the pertinent details did not make it into the media print.
No need to worry because whilst that particular sale was solid the family went one step better last Monday. Brads pen of 53 heavy cross export lambs sold for $310.00 to establish a new record for Dubbo based on a full pen basis.
The Dubbo Stock and Station Agents Association (DSSA) recently held their Annual General Meeting. Andrew Peadon (Barlow and Peadon Schute Bell) has agreed to another term as president while the vice presidents are Martin Simmons (Elders) and Scott Sinclair (Richardson and Sinclair). Tim Sampson has continued in his role as secretary to the association. My congratulations to all involved.
Peter Brain acting manager of the Troy Selling Complex has advised that the high exclusion fence around the saleyards will be completed within the next three weeks.
This has been a major undertaking involving by-passing, infrastructure, installing numerous grids and generally finishing the project on time and within budget. This new fence which will encompass the complex should prevent the rare occurrence of a beast getting out onto the Newell Highway and creating mayhem with the passing traffic. Council also advise that they have employed another first-class welder and maintenance man to compliment the existing staff here at Troy.
Returning to the opening paragraph it is very rewarding to see the number of prime cattle for such a reduced yarding, very good runs of vealers and yearlings of high quality and finish are on show.
Vendors no doubt have spent large sums of money to reach this point. We also see increased numbers of heavy well finished cows. The prime cattle in early sales appear to be selling well but probably not quite the buoyancy that we may have expected.
The centre still has plenty of prime cattle available with some lines particularly lightweight heifers losing the game last week.