Farmers still feeling positive despite lingering dry
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.
NERVOUS ABOUT FUTURE: Dan and Edie Carew at the Coolabunia Store Sale on February 17.