Sea­sonal out­look

Gra­ziers cau­tious in dry weather

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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

PHO­TOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

SELL OFF: Er­rol John­son had to clear some of his cat­tle and did so in Biggen­den.

The auc­tion gets started.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

CAT­TLE SALE: Prod­uct was sourced from a range of ar­eas in Queens­land.

Some buy­ers take a closer look at the prod­uct.

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