Stock and property: Local stock and station agent Bill Tatt will be back in 2017. Keep an eye out for Bill’s column on Tuesday, January 17. Photo: File
Most of the areas of which we have first-hand knowledge have turned very dry very quickly. Grass fires etc. which are not rampant as yet would appear to be on the rise with soaring temperatures and gusting winds most days. As this column is being compiled a cooler change with some precipitation is being forecast. Methinks the people loudlywishing for the rain event some months ago to go away are probably now wishing hardest for rain to return.
With thesize of headers and trucks removing the various grain crops, harvest is completed much more quickly these days with most harvesting now being concentrated on chickpeas.
Chickpeas and their volatility appear to have caused many headers to go up in flames. Ifthe numbers are correct concerning header losses, contractors may have to reconsider their options. Insurance will become much dearer, one would imagine. Header suppliers may have to re-design their machines toreduce the combustible components in each machine. A snippet of information gleaned from David Monk, the MLA Market analyst based in Dubbo. Hamilton, in Victoria, for two to three months every year is the hubfor the production of prime sucker lambs in that state. In this time the centre has two lamb sales aweek.
In one recent week, the centre yarded around 70,000 head onday one and two days later set a new yard record when agents penned some 74,000 lambs.The facilities must be something very special to be able to deliver, draft and pen those sortof numbers and be ready to commence the sale on time.
Talking numbers, Dubbo yarded 2725 cattle for itslast prime sale for the 2016 calendar year.This number was 2345 head less than the sale the previous week. The yarding was much plainer with limited numbers of prime cattle available .
Overall the market was close to firm with the exception of cows to the processor which lost 12cto 15c/kg. Better pens of restocker cows were close to firm. Best heifer vealers reached 345c when sold on behalf of a Gilgandra grazier. Best young feeder steers reached 351c while feeder heifers topped at 336c/kg. Best cows to process topped at 242c. The saving grace for the day was that although every person on ground agreed that we presented much plainer offering, most pens weighed better than anticipated.
The next prime cattle sale at Dubbo is on January 5. Many people contribute something to this column over the period of any given year. My special thanks go to Jim Sampson DSSA and his staff at the DSSA office who are all continually on thelookout for any news item relevant to our industry and which may make the column more interesting.
The staff at the Daily Liberal/Western Magazine are very helpful at all times especially Taylor Jurd who deciphers my long-hand scrawl and delivers same in the printed from. David Monk and Bruce Bryant are also great little helpers. This column is usually assembled over a couple of days and nights. When Istarted the weather was hot and dry with fires starting everywhere. Now upon completion here in Dubbo rain is falling nicely.
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