Bill Tatt: Welcome to the New Year to all readers of the column.

Stock and property: In the first column for 2019, Bill Tatt touches on the wild weather most parts of the region has received. Photo: File.

Stock and property: In the first column for 2019, Bill Tatt touches on the wild weather most parts of the region has received. Photo: File.

Week Ending 11/01/2019

Welcome to the New Year to all readers of the column.

Probably if 2019 brings a year of above average rainfall it will tick a lot of boxes for most people in our industry.

The weather has been for the most part unreliable and patchy to say the least with one farm receiving heavy storm rain and the damage that comes with that and your neighbour just down the road receives nothing.

In our part of the world the constant gale force winds are almost unprecedented.

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Dubbo last Monday, January 7, 20,000 sheep and lambs go under the hammer in a plain quality offering.

Prices in general would look somewhat similar to where we left off in 2018.

Today, Thursday, Janaury 10, agents have drawn for 3565 head of cattle for their first outing for 2019.

Sam Ryrie has resigned from Christie and Hood Dubbo to return to the family’s pastoral holdings in the North West of the state.

Sam in his time in Dubbo proved himself to be a very good member of our industry. A resolute team player noted for his honesty and integrity and a charismatic approach to his growing list of clients.

As they say nobody is irreplaceable, but some are harder to replace than others and Sam falls into this category.

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As they say nobody is irreplaceable, but some are harder to replace than others and Sam falls into this category. He was a great support and friend to this old scribe and will be sorely missed.

The big southern weaner sales are in full force at the moment and these sales as usual will be reported in great detail in the rural journals but needless to say price whilst handy will probably not match the heady results of some past years.

Many years since I visited any of these sales, but reliable attendees tell me that quality and presentation is unsurpassed once again this year.

Dubbo goat selling association has announced an amended sale date for the next goat sale.

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Troy Saleyards will be the venue on Tuesday, February 5, commencing at 11am.

Numerous Dubbo agents are now involved in these regular sales of goats so please advise your agent of choice regarding numbers and details.

Dubbo City Council the owners of the Troy Selling Complex have appointed a compliance officer for the centre.

The man in question is Gavin Borham who will as I understand have a wide-ranging role to lay in the successful and safe running of Dubbo Saleyards.

His duties and tasks will include Work Health and Safety (WHS), Environment Protection Authority (EPA), animal welfare, quality assurance and bio security to mention just some fields that he may be required to adjudicate.