Graziers cautious in dry weather
GRAZIER Errol Johnson sold 20 head of cattle at the Biggenden Cattle Sale in order to remain cautious with the seasonal outlook still uncertain.
“It’s been dry for quite a while, I wouldn’t have sold them if it hadn’t of been so dry,” Mr Johnson said.
“But I needed to get the numbers down just in case.
“You have to be able to keep something in reserve to be able to feed the cattle you do have, you need to be cautious.”
Mr Johnson willingly took a slight hit on the price of his cattle per kilo in order to ensure he could thin his herd to a more manageable size.
“The price was down a little bit but I expected that,” Mr Johnson said.
“If it stays dry another month I’ll have to sell off another 20, next time it will be heifers.
“If we do get some rain and it doesn’t stay dry then I’ll probably keep them and fatten them up until after winter.”
Brangus The Champions of the Biggenden All Breeds Steer Sale
Burnett Livestock and Realty’s All Breeds Steer Sale yarded 2500 head.
In the biggest and undoubtedly, best yarding of steers in the history of the annual sale the market was consistent despite the ongoing dry conditions.
The Champion Pen was won by LK&TM Davies, Mundubbera, for a pen of Brangus infused steers that sold for 342c/$1445.
Winner of the santagGertrudis infused class was Dangarfield Cattle Co, from Taroom, which sold for 334c/$1458.
The droughtmaster infused class was won by JJ&G Hobi, Bundaberg, which sold for 330c/$1720.
HK Dwyer, from Didcot, won the Brahman infused class with steers that sold for 308c/$1128.
GK Gericke, from Mundubbera, won the charbray-infused class with steers that sold for 346c/$1441.
Eidsvold Sleeper Mill won the simmental-infused class with steers that sold for 339c/$1502.
GF&MJ Lennon, from Manumbar, sold milk and two tooth santa charolais-cross steers for 335c/$1508. Glenellen Cattle Co, Chinchilla, sold milk and two tooth santagGertrudis steers for 336c/$1487.
RB&P Sellers, from Gin Gin, sold milk and two tooth red Angus-cross steers for 337c/$1511. NT&DA McEvoy, Bundaberg, sold milk and two tooth brahman steers for 320c/$1617.
Cheryl Dingle, from Mt Perry, sold milk and two tooth brangus steers for 335c/$1627. LK&TM Davies, Mundubbera, sold charbray No 6 steers for 339c/$1483.
Diamond L Charbrays from Nanango sold Charbray No 6 steers for 340c/$1540. KD Sarnadsky, Bundaberg sold Charbray No 6 steers for 350c/$1170.
RJ&KJ Preston from Eidsvold sold Simmental cross No 6 steers for 350c/$1262. MJ&KM Ellem, Gin Gin sold Angus cross No 6 steers for 360c/$1100. J&L Kerle, Mundubbera sold Brangus No 6 steers for 343c/$1078. Ventura Citrus, Gayndah sold No 6 Santa steers for 344c/$1007.
W&A Goody from Monto sold Santa cross No 6 steers for 350c/$1039. Brian Pastures, Gayndah sold Droughtmaster No 6 steers for 346c/$1052. Philip Kirk, Maryborough sold No 6 Droughtmaster steers for 339c/$1048. S&K Schafferius, Coringa sold Droughtmaster infused steers for 340c/$1335.
C Bauer from Childers sold No 6 Brahman steers for 338c/$1100. MP Dwyer, Didcot sold Brahman steers for 330c/$811. J&K Almond, Mt Perry sold Charbray weaner steers for 356c/$1012.
Cattle were from Taroom, Chinchilla, Manumbar, Nanango, Proston, Goomeri, Eumundi, Booubyjan, Tansey, Murgon, Monto, Eidsvold, Mundubbera, Mt Perry, Gayndah, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Childers, Bundaberg, South Kolan, Bucca, Lowmead, Miriam Vale and Gin Gin.
❝ If it stays dry another month I’ll have to sell off another 20. — Errol Johnson
SELL OFF: Errol Johnson had to clear some of his cattle and did so in Biggenden.
The auction gets started.
CATTLE SALE: Product was sourced from a range of areas in Queensland.
Some buyers take a closer look at the product.