The continuation of the region’s dry season saw an increase of cattle at Gunnedah’s fat cattle sale.
With weather conditions continuing to deteriorate and the price of cattle steadying after trending downward in autumn this year, nearly 3000 cattle were up for sale on Tuesday.
The condition of some of the cattle drawn from western areas were reflective of the very poor seasonal conditions, while those closer to Gunnedah have seen the benefit of crop-grazing.
The usual buyers were in attendance but there was above average activity from re-stockers, who were able to source lighter weight young cattle at a lower value due to the dry season.
Gunnedah livestock agent Sam Plevey said the number of cattle at the sale was a good effort from sellers.
“Given how dry this season has been and that the season is deteriorating quite rapidly it’s been a good effort to see so many cattle here today,” Mr Plevey said.
“There was a good opportunity for both restockers looking to buy and sellers looking to move their stock on due to the dry season.
“Overall I’m impressed by the condition of the stock here today, but more rain would see a greater improvement in all stock.”
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting possible showers for Gunnedah on Thursday and Friday but any rainfall received is expected to be minimal.
The average price per head at the sale was just shy of $1000 but sellers CA and FC Scott topped the market with two steers bringing more than $2000.