First ‘13 cattle sale set
MONTO’S first cattle sale for 2013 will be held on January 23 and despite recent drought conditions, Monto Cattle and Country proprietor Brad McInally is confident of a reasonably healthy year for the cattle industry.
Mr McInally said his business would continue as it had in other years with the fortnightly fat and store sale.
But his main concern is if there is no decent rain then the cattle may not have enough feed to get through the winter months.
The big dry means many graziers will be looking to sell stock in order to preserve feed and water.
“We could have a bigger than normal yarding if rain doesn’t come,” Mr McInally said.
“I recently drove from Mundubbera to Maryborough and it was all dry except for the odd strips of green.
“However, I think the cattle industry is holding up well considering the dry and the rising Australian dollar.”
Mr McInally’s other concern was animal welfare.
“Drought can have an adverse effect on animals and graziers should be advised to look for symptoms of ill health,” he said.
“Transport and saleyard operators have a duty of care that cattle must be fit to travel to their next destination.
“If any stock show signs of ill health they should be left at home as potential buyers will be turned off straight away.”
Upcoming dates for Monto Cattle & Country: special store sale combined with breeder sale on February 6 and the prime cattle showand sale on March 6.
QUIETLY CONFIDENT: Brad McInally is confident of a good year for cattle despite drought setting in.