Vendors set for Biggenden sale
CATTLE producers across the Wide Bay Burnett and beyond are drafting off steers now for the 2013 February All Breeds Steer Sale at Biggenden Saleyards.
The sale, previously known as the Burnett Livestock and Realty Steer Sale, has had a name change to reflect the breed classes eligible for judging.
This year’s sale is scheduled for Thursday, February 7, and will again offer a rich prize pool.
New sponsors include the Australian Brahman Breeders’ Association, the Droughtmaster Society and the Santa Gertrudis Association.
Long-term business partners Leichts CIA, Morrissey & Co and Virbac Animal Health will also be adding to the prize pool.
Winners of the six breed classes will win an Engel fridge full of pro- ducts and the winner of the Champion Pen will go home with a Leichts CIA Immobilizer ProChute vet crush.
The 2012 winner was the Grif- fiths family from Taroom for a pen of santa gertrudis-cross steers.
This sale averaged 204.7c/kg across the 1522 steers yarded.
Burnett Livestock and Realty director Lance Whitaker said the steer sale had historically achieved above-market prices with a large gallery of buyers attending.
“The sale is a feature event at the Biggenden Saleyards, now European Union-accredited yards, and is a good test of the region’s cattle quality,” Mr Whitaker said.
“The sale is a great opportunity to receive top prices for your cattle.
“It is also a good way to gauge how your cattle measure up in the marketplace.”
The minimum eligible pen size for judging is 10 head and early bookings are encouraged by phoning Burnett Livestock and Realty on 4127 1277.
CHAMPION PEN: Melanie Griffiths, Taroom, with Burnett Livestock and Realty’s Lance Whitaker in front of the Leichts CIA Pro-Chute vet crush that the Griffiths took home as the prize for the Champion Pen of steers last year.