Qual­ity wean­ers yarded

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL LIFE - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

DE­SPITE the drought con­di­tions ear­lier in the sea­son, the qual­ity of cat­tle at the All Breeds Weaner Sale at Biggen­den keeps im­prov­ing.

A mag­nif­i­cent line up of weaner steers and heifers were pre­sented to judge An­drew Sim­mons of Woo­d­ine, Ta­room at Thurs­day’s sale.

He said the cat­tle were a credit to the ven­dors who par­tic­i­pated in the sale.

Bur­nett Live­stock & Realty’s Lance Whi­taker was full of praise for his crew af­ter more than 2800 head had been yarded.

‘We also ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port of ven­dors,” he said.

“With­out you we wouldn’t

have a sale.”

Mr Whi­taker said it had been the best line up they’d had.

“It’s been a late sea­son as we didn’t any good rain be­fore Cy­clone Deb­bie came,” he said.

“The qual­ity of cat­tle keep im­prov­ing.

“The ven­dors need to give them­selves a pat on the back for this in­crease in qual­ity.”

Gi­goom­gan Pas­toral’s Les Rock­e­mer, who took out the bran­gus class, said his cat­tle had slim pick­ings be­fore the rain came.

“It wasn’t real good,” he said.

“It was like a desert about our house.”

Mr Rock­e­mer said when the rain came with Cy­clone Deb­bie they recorded 394mm at the Brooweena prop­erty.

Bryn­stown’s Mick John­son tries to pro­duce bet­ter an­i­mals each year.

“We buy bet­ter bulls to pro­duce bet­ter calves,” he said.

This has paid off af­ter he took out the drought­mas­ter class.

Mr John­son said it had been pretty or­di­nary up un­til eight weeks ago.

“I was two weeks away from sell­ing off some of my cat­tle when the rain came,” he said.

“Given the sea­son we’ve had the qual­ity of cat­tle is a credit to ev­ery­one.”

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

WIN­NERS: Gi­goom­gan Pas­toral's Les Rock­e­mer with daugh­ter Cor­rine and Bendigo Bank's Robert Ather­ton with the win­ning pen of Bran­gus wean­ers.

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