THE Christmas celebrations have come early for wool producers who sold golden fleeces during the last week of wool auctions for 2017.
Producer confidence buoyed by the potential for better seasons in 2018 has been backed up by cattle, lamb and wool markets riding on a wave of high prices.
The finalists for the ALPA NSW Young Auctioneers Competition have been announced following two days of intensive training in Wagga Wagga this week.
Falls of up to 70mm on the south western side of Walgett are reigniting the flame of hope that was almost extinguished for croppers and graziers after a very long, dry spell.
Tight supplies of sheep and lambs, coupled with the rising wool market is adding plenty of value to sheep.
Agents in the Central West have estimated a price lift of as much as 25 per cent since rain in October has both sheep and lamb producers wondering if they should be holding onto stock or taking the money.
Predicted rain at the end of the week under-pinned a firm result for the 6500 store sheep at Narromine last Wednesday.