Many people in the north western plains have destocked to the point of only having core breeders left.
It was a plain quality offering of cattle for the monthly Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange, Carcoar, store sale last Friday.
Export destination such as the US, Japan and China all recorded significant increases in shipments during the past 12 months
Looking back it is hard to believe the arguments that went back and forth for almost 25 years before Carcoar got off the ground.
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Weaner sales bucked the prime cattle trend last week, with some averaging as much as $100 a head dearer than sales in recent weeks.
Values may have slipped slightly, but weaners at the Armidale Powerhouse sale found homes in Queensland, Northern Rivers, Northern Tablelands, Hunter Valley and Gunnedah regions.
The weaners may have been lighter than past years, but top lines still sold for as much as $1130 a head at Carcoar weaner sale.