Rebuilding the national herd is going to be very tough when rain does come because heifers will be very dear and there wont be many around.
Right on cue the August winds have stepped into gear this week and placed even further pressure on the landscape.
It's decision time for producers who are fortunate enough to have grazing crops to decide whether to lock up for grain or hay or continue to graze.
Defying the dry conditions, Knowla Livestock had 100 per cent clearance with many bulls remaining locally in the Moppy district, near Gloucester.
The state's cow market is getting even hotter with cows selling to 276 cents a kilogram live, not seen at Tamworth since 2016.
Values were firm to dearer at the Tamworth store cattle sale last Friday when PTIC cow fetched to $1280, an increase of $220 on last month's sale top.