Bill Tatt: Spring Fling charity ball raises $17,000 for Homestay

Stock and property: This week Bill Tatt (pictured) writes about the success of the Spring Fling charity ball and water flowing over the weir at Bourke. Photo: File.
Stock and property: This week Bill Tatt (pictured) writes about the success of the Spring Fling charity ball and water flowing over the weir at Bourke. Photo: File.

Week Ending 08/11/19

Last Thursday's cattle market saw a generous surge across most categories with increased activities from Victoria and South Australia with a particular bias towards lightweight well-bred weaner cattle.

Processors and feedlotter also stepped up a gear or two to bring home a very successful day for most vendors.

One sale which did catch the writer's attention was on behalf of the Wicks Family, David, Veronica and Kelly 'Kilkarney', Bunnan who support the Dubbo yards on a regular basis with their surplus cattle.

The families top pen of cows at 258 cents/kilogram returning $1477.00 per head was up amongst some of the better performing cows.

But it was their two Limousin bulls rising six and seven years purchased by processors that really grabbed the headlines.

Two outstanding bodies sold together for 305.2 cents/kilogram and weighed separately with one bull returning $2838 and the second a healthy $2395.

Two weeks ago, Dubbo Agents yarded 28,000 sheep and lambs in a market that saw prices recede substantially.

Having said that it was hardly a quality yarding as such.

Anyway, vendors in the light of that result and in combination with the possibility of rain voted with their feet and we saw only 10,000 sheep and lambs on the following Monday.

The graziers who fronted were very well rewarded.

Talking rain how good was that in parts.

Dalby in Queensland received a fairly widespread four inches plus as did many centres and districts in Western New South Wales.

After 483 days the water is once again flowing over the weir at Bourke and heading downstream to Tilpa and Louth after that part of the world also received four inches.

In a very nice gesture Bourke Council has agreed to keep a level of water restriction in place to allow as much water as possible to flow over the weir and therefore travel as far downstream as the flow will allow.

The ladies in the Dubbo Saleyard office are once again to be congratulated on an outstanding fundraising exercise on behalf of the Macquarie Homestay stage two.

The girls held the Spring Fling charity ball in September and against all the odds pulled off a superb winner allowing the Association to present a cheque for $17,000 to this wonderful cause.

Would be remiss not to mention the wonderful Store Cattle Sale held at the Dubbo saleyards on Friday, November 1, conducted by PT Lord Dakin and Associates, Elders and Landmark Milling Thomas.

A yarding of 2900 head saw a total clearance to buyers from Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.