The bulk of the yarding were weaner steers and heifers which overall were in good condition considering the dry season across the Central Tablelands.
Despite the extreme dry conditions weaner and breeding stock sold to a firm market at Elders Gunnedah's special sale on Thursday.
Rain in Queensland and scattered rain in the state's north pushed demand for stock upwards at Dubbo store cattle sale on Friday.
Some analysts suggest we may be in the early stages of herd liquidation, but does the data really stack up?
This is the third hot, dry summer in a row and it is a long time since any rain depressions have come across the state giving everybody a good drink.
It seems during the past 12 or 18 months, whenever the BOM has made a general medium range forecast or per cent weighted indication, the opposite has happened.
Despite the drier season, prices were firm to dearer than the last store sale at Carcoar in January.
The average retail price of beef during 2017 remained at the record levels set in 2016 and brings to the fore the question of just how high might be too high for red meat.