First ‘13 cat­tle sale set

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Ge­orge Smith

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.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

QUI­ETLY CON­FI­DENT: Brad McI­nally is con­fi­dent of a good year for cat­tle de­spite drought set­ting in.

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