Farm­ers still feel­ing pos­i­tive de­spite lin­ger­ing dry

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

DAN and Edie Carew were able to leave the Coolabunia Store Sale on Fri­day with smiles on their faces.

“We were just sell­ing steers and cows,” Mr Carew said.

“We got $1300 for those cows and $3.50/kg for steers.

“It’s bet­ter than last year: we got $3.30/kg last year and they were bet­ter con­di­tions last year.”

Mr Carew, who runs a prop­erty near Gor­don­brook Dam, said he did know what he was ex­pect­ing on the day.

“$1200 might have pulled them up, I would have been dis­ap­pointed if I hadn’t got that,” he said.

“Prices are hold­ing and are even bet­ter, though I thought it might have been back a bit.

“Some­one was telling me they were at Biggen­den the other day and the mar­ket was dearer here.”

The third-gen­er­a­tion farmer said if they were sell­ing the cat­tle one month ago, they would not be in the con­di­tion they were on Fri­day.

“We’ve been miss­ing out on a bit of rain, though we’ve had a lit­tle bit lately,” he said.

“The rain kept go­ing around us.

“On Aus­tralia Day we got 50mm, then we got an­other 10mm the next week­end.

“That’s the best rain we had got all sea­son. That made them come along.”

Mr Carew said de­spite the re­cent rain, he was still slightly ner­vous about the fu­ture.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

NER­VOUS ABOUT FU­TURE: Dan and Edie Carew at the Coolabunia Store Sale on Fe­bru­ary 17.

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