Rain, rain, come again

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST - An­nie Perets

RE­CENT rain out in western Queens­land has in­creased de­mand for cat­tle, and Monto Cat­tle and Coun­try agent Brad McI­nally said this was re­flected at Monto’s An­nual Store Cat­tle Show and Sale on June 22.

“The whole sale av­er­aged 327c/kg, which is one of our dear­est sales yet,” he said.

“The wide­spread rain has really helped the mar­ket.

“We had buy­ers from places like Roma and Dubbo, they’re try­ing to re­store cat­tle back to land.

“The av­er­age price rose 15-20c from our last sale, due to the rain.”

There were 1035 head at the sale, and though Mr McI­nally said they weren’t nec­es­sar­ily in the best con­di­tion, it did not mat­ter.

All of the head were sold and weighed by 12.30pm on sale day.

“Cat­tle num­bers are ex­pected to dry up by Au­gust and Septem­ber,” he said.

“A lot of peo­ple are chas­ing wieners at the mo­ment.”

Mr McI­nally said he could imag­ine the prices go­ing up even higher in the near fu­ture.

This sale came with a com­pet­i­tive com­po­nent, with cat­tle judged by Trevor Fran­cis.

Among the ma­jor win­ners was Lach­lan McInnes, who won steers most suit­able to grow to Jap Ox.

He was a dou­ble winner on the day, as he also won the cham­pion pen of steers over­all with a pen of Santa No 5 steers weigh­ing at 405kgs, which sold for 328c/kg, or $1331.

Steers best suited to trade was won by Brian Ste­wart with Bel­mont cross No 5 steers weigh­ing in at 417kgs, and then sell­ing for 311c/kg, or $1298.

Char­lie and Angie Anger won the cham­pion pen of heifers over­all and heifers best suit­able for trade with a pen of weaner Santa heifers of 210kg weight, sell­ing for 328c/kg, or $690.

And Kevin Keiler also had an ex­cep­tional sale.

He pre­sented Santa No 5 heifers of 322kgs on be­half of his mother Co­ralie which won the heifers most suit­able for re­place­ment breed­ers cat­e­gory.

They went on to sell for 322c/kg, or $1182.

Monto’s next fat and store sale will be on Wed­nes­day, July 6, where agents hope sale prices re­main high.


SALE WINNER: Lach­lan McInnes with the 27 Santa steers which won him the cham­pion pen of steers over­all at cat­tle sale at Monto’s 2016 An­nual Store Cat­tle Show and Sale.

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