Mar­ket re­main­ing strong

Krause hopes for rain

Central and North Burnett Times - - FENCE POST -

AN EIDSVOLD gra­zier has said she was happy with how the mar­ket was cur­rently per­form­ing.

Bev Krause, who runs the prop­erty Fair­vale – lo­cated mid­way be­tween Mundubbera and Eidsvold, said the Eidsvold Cat­tle Sale on Jan­uary 18 was a “pretty good sale”.

At the sale Ms Krause sold 275kg Char­bray cross steers for 386c for a re­turn of $1062 and 303kg Char­bray cross steers for 364c for a re­turn of $1103.

“The mar­ket seems to be hold­ing up,” she said.

“It was on par with all the other sales that have been around.”

Ms Krause said the prices had im­proved over the past cou­ple of years.

“The prices have been good,” she said.

“Es­pe­cially com­pared to what we were get­ting 12 months ago.”

She said the in­crease in the mar­ket was a re­lief.

“We can spend a bit of money on prop­erty and have a lit­tle bit of money on the bank,” she said.

“It cer­tainly makes life a bit eas­ier. Even though we have a small place, we’ve got to make a liv­ing out it.”

Ms Krause said she hoped the mar­kets would re­main strong.

“If it drops back a bit it won’t mat­ter that much,” she said.

“But if it drops back to where it was it will be bad.

“They’re say­ing it will stay where it is, but you never know what can hap­pen overnight.”

Ms Krause said while the mar­ket was strong, the big­gest chal­lenge fac­ing farm­ers was the lack of rain.

“We need some rain, it’s been hit and miss and lots of places have missed out,” she said.

“That’s al­ways a bit of a prob­lem on the land, we need rain, but it doesn’t al­ways hap­pen.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

A num­ber of cows line up for the Eidsvold Cat­tle Sale on Jan­uary 18.

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