MORE than 3000 head of cattle were up for sale at the May 1st Gunnedah cattle sale.
The usual buyers were in attendance as a variety of cattle breeds went under the hammer.
Gunnedah stock agent Nik Hannaford told The Namoi Valley Independent the high number of cattle up for sale was a direct result of the region’s recent dry weather.
“There are a lot of different areas doing it tough feed wise,” Mr Hannaford said.
“We have seen it worse in the past, but things are really starting to take their toll on cattle farmers.
“Hopefully we can see something happen weather wise soon, with the dry conditions many farmers are finding it tough to find new feed options.”
Of the 3294 head of cattle sold at the sale, the average price brought $849.55 and each beast averaged a weight of 226.7kg.
Steers ranging from 200 to 280kg made up the largest portion of the market with 470 up for sale.
The largest earner from the market was one of 30 bulls in the 600 to 2000kg range which brought $2,388.
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