Qual­ity good in spite of drought

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

NUM­BERS may have been down at the South­ern Queens­land Drought­mas­ter sale at Biggen­den, due to the con­di­tions, but the heav­ier end of the cat­tle and the bet­ter qual­ity wean­ers sold strongly on the soft mar­ket.

Bur­nett Live­stock & Realty’s Lance Whi­taker said on the other hand lesser qual­ity wean­ers still sold to a tough mar­ket.

Drought­mas­ter Aus­tralia’s CEO Neil Don­ald­son said there had been a tough lead up to the sale.

“It is a credit to ven­dors for the pre­sen­ta­tion of their cat­tle here to­day,” Mr Don­ald­son said.

“They show very lit­tle ef­fect of the drought.”

Judge Michael O’Neil said it was tremen­dous what was put for­ward for judg­ing.

“Quite a few made my job tough,” he said.

Mr Don­ald­son said such events were not pos­si­ble with­out spon­sors.

“It also doesn’t work if the agent isn’t sup­port­ive,” he said.

“At the end of the day if the agent is pas­sion­ate – it works.

“That’s what you have with Bur­nett Live­stock & Realty.

“Lance and Stephanie are pas­sion­ate about their busi­ness and their clients.”

Mr Don­ald­son said the sea­sons would get bet­ter – they couldn’t get any worse.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

FU­TURE CON­TEST WIN­NER: Molly Whitehouse wrapped the win­ner’s sash around her­self af­ter her dad’s Fortrus Pas­toral at Bell’s Bridge took out cham­pion pen of fe­males at the drought­mas­ter sale at Biggen­den.

Cody White­man, of Fortrus Pas­toral, whowon heifers over 300kg and cham­pion pen of fe­males, and spon­sor Joe Of­ford.

Arthur Din­gle, of Mt Perry, with Greg and Mar­ian Stro­hfeldt, Bucca, win­ners of the breeder fe­males class.

War­ren Ford, Michael Bar­don, Gavin Ford and War­ren and Carolyn Kenny at­tended Thurs­day’s drought­mas­ter sale.

Bill Janke, Widgee, win­ner of heifers un­der 300kg class with Drought­mas­ter Aus­tralia CEO Neil Don­ald­son.

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