By Stuart Sheldrake
THERE were 600 cattle yarded in Scone today, after the saleyards were closed for three weeks during the Christmas period.
The majority of cattle were in good condition, hence there were not a lot of plain cattle about.
Most of the cattle being sold are being fed with supplements and off irrigation country.
All of the cattle were fully firm to last year, with some slightly dearer.
Cows in good form were 5 cents dearer with the pest penned cow at 220 cents.
Good cross bred heifers were also slightly dearer by 5 cents.
A lot of places haven’t had good rain, but some have had a bit, but with the hot weather it is certainly drying things up again.
The biggest worry for most is water and people are struggling and the heat over the last ten days has put further strain on things.
The Hunter River near Belltrees has all but stopped, so that will be a telling factor in the next few weeks with cattle.