Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

IT IS amaz­ing what a bit of rain does to the coun­try­side.

At Mon­day’s cat­tle sale at Biggen­den, 1600 head were yarded, with buy­ers from feed­lots, pro­ces­sors and back into the pad­dock for re­stock­ing.

There were smiles all round as cat­tle prices right across the mar­ket, as well as the de­mand for cat­tle, were up.

Bur­nett Live­stock & Realty’s Lance Whi­taker said the de­mand for cat­tle was ex­tra­or­di­nary.

“Prices ev­ery­where have been good – it’s un­be­liev­able,” he said.

“The mar­ket and price is just per­fect and with the short­age of cat­tle I hope it’s the start of what could be a good sea­son.

“Plus the de­mand for our prod­uct from over­seas is very strong.

“It is a good op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to sell their cat­tle and give their coun­try a spell.”

Mr Whi­taker said hope­fully it was a new era in the cat­tle in­dus­try.

“I’ve never seen the grass grow as quickly as it has plus there is so much of it,” he said.

Mr Whi­taker said the All Breeds Steer Sale at Biggen­den on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 5 was shap­ing up to be an ex­cep­tional sale.

“You have to be cer­ti­fied mad if you miss it,” he said.

“After 30 years I now hope the cat­tle in­dus­try stays strong.

“This jump­start will give farm­ers an op­por­tu­nity to pay down their debt and rein­vest in their as­sets and their fu­ture.

“The present con­di­tions will give fam­i­lies an in­cen­tive to stay on the land as well as that of the next gen­er­a­tion.”

Lance Whi­taker Prices ev­ery­where have been good – it’s un­be­liev­able.


THINGS LOOK UP: Bur­nett Live­stock & Realty's Lance Whi­taker was all smiles fol­low­ing Mon­day's cracker sale at Biggen­den.

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