The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that for the 2021 year the lamb industry has processed 5.8 million head.
The average carcase weight for the December quarter for our lambs across all states sat at 23.4kg/head. South Australia and NSW produced the heaviest lambs at 25.2kg & 25.6kg respectively.
Parts of the Central West are once again enjoying bountiful rain events without the damage and destruction being caused across much of NSW and parts of Queensland.
The last prime cattle sale at Dubbo, which was held on February 4, saw a very good market, but it was noticeable that some operators were either not in attendance or reluctant to use some of their orders.
Some feedlots and plants were not accessible due to flooding and staff shortages because of COVID are still an issue for many sheds.
Some quotes include:
Steer Partnership Trangie Limousin cows to 412c/kg returning $3069.00.
Scott Mitchell, Neilrex, was on hand to see his Limo cross vealers sell to a top price of 572.2c/kg and weigh 413kg to return $2358.00.
The same vendor saw his heifer vealers make 598.2c weigh 360kg and realise $2158.00.
Guy Mitchell, Binnaway, presented Charolais cross steers in forward store condition weighing 434kg for the heaviest pen.
The first two pens were purchased by a northern feedlot returning $2385 and $2236 respectively.
In recent weeks there has been a flurry of activity within the senior ranks of Dubbo agents to entice young people who wish to pursue an agency career to join their firms.
In recent days, the column has caught up with two young men who have embarked on a career here in Dubbo.
Firstly Jim White (0438 388 275) has opted to join the long-established private agency Peter Milling & Co. Jim who comes from a rural background in the Geurie/Wellington district and is no stranger to rural activities having in recent times been involved in property management in the Yeoval district.
Jim is currently involved in a rural traineeship which will no doubt help to further his career.
The second addition to our ranks is Harry Thuaux (0427 783 165) who is originally from a rural background in the Cowra district and has joined forces with Nutrien Milling. Thomas and has also embarked on a Nutrien traineeship aiming to eventually concentrate on commercial and stud stock livestock sales.
Both young men look like ideal candidates for our industry and have joined exceptionally good companies who will provide strong guidance in the early stages of their careers.