SLIPPERY SLOPE: Mitch Donovan of Ray Donovan Stock and Station Agents said the lack of rain had added pressure to already low cattle prices. Photo: JoJo Newby
SLIPPERY SLOPE: Mitch Donovan of Ray Donovan Stock and Station Agents said the lack of rain had added pressure to already low cattle prices. Photo: JoJo Newby

Sunday’s scorcher hit 37C

SUNDAY was the hottest day in Grafton since January.

Thermometers in Grafton reached 37 degrees, nine degrees above the November average temperature.

Just 8.9mm of rain fell during October, a massive 70.5mm below the month's average of 79.4mm.

Livestock salesman Mitch Donovan, of Ray Donovan Stock and Station Agents, said the dry month brought with it more bad news for cattle producers.

"Prices have been low for a while now, and producers have been hanging on to their cattle," Mr Donovan said.

"The lack of rain means the cattle are getting rougher because they're running out of feed, so both the quality and value have been affected.

"It means things are only going to get tighter."

Mr Donovan said producers around the Valley had been hoping for rain during early October, which would have set the season off early and brought a welcome change to cattle prices.

Weatherzone meteorologist Sam Brown said the forecast for the coming week looked promising for those hoping for rain.

"Grafton should only reach the mid-to-high 20s for next few days, getting slowly hotter through to the weekend," he said.

"A low pressure trough will produce some rain over the weekend, with the possibility of increasing rain towards Monday."

Mr Brown said Thursday and Friday would be relatively hot and sunny across the Clarence Valley.

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