Passion’s a ‘Shaw’ thing for saleyards supporter
IAN Shaw has worked in the cattle industry as a producer, buyer, butcher and wholesale businessman, but he still has one big goal to achieve.
“I want to go on holidays,” he said.
Mr Shaw’s dedication to the local industry earned him the Longevity Award at the Mareeba Saleyards Last Roundup Function on Monday.
A fixture at the Tuesday sales, Mr Shaw sees the industry from both sides as a cattle producer and private buyer.
He said while some things might have changed others remain the same as they were when he first started visiting the Mareeba Saleyards about 35 years ago.
“The bulls are still coming. The Peninsula Reds were supposed to have been all wiped out but they just keep coming,”
BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS
THE Mareeba Saleyards Last Roundup Function on Monday was a chance to acknowledge the hard work that went into making 2016 a successful year.
The record sale was the Special Store Sale on August 26 with $1.8 million. The sale average of $722 per head.
The total for the Tuesday prime and store sales (excluding the last sale) was about 33,270 head with a he said.
“The prices have got better in the last couple of years. There’s a lot better quality store cattle. When I first started, you probably wouldn’t be able to buy a good store steer.
“There’s still plenty of the old rough cattle coming through here – there’s always a market for something.”
Originally from Killarney, Mr Shaw lived in Cairns before value of $24 million and an average of $725 per head.
The top value beast for 2016 was sold by Landmark for Mike Stent. The three massive bullocks returned $2462 per head. The bullocks also received the award for heaviest beasts of the year with an average of 1005kg.
Top agent based on value of stock for Tuesday sales was awarded to Queensland Rural. moving to the Tablelands about 50 years ago.
He has a property at Tolga, where he runs 120–180 head depending on conditions.
The 73-year-old said he enjoyed the social aspect of the Mareeba Saleyards and wasn’t planning to stop going any time soon.
“It’s good to come here every week and see my mates,” he said.
“You work on the farm all week and you have a bit of a break on the Tuesday. Although with the big yardings, you don’t get a chance to socialise much.
“I’ll keep coming for as long as I can last.”
Mareeba Saleyards board of directors chairman Chris Greenwood said the Last Roundup and awards gave them a chance to celebrate.
“This year has been all about records tumbling,” he said.
“2016 was a great year. We finished our annual general meeting last week and the sentiment was it was just a great effort for everybody involved.”
Next year will be another chance to celebrate with the saleyards reaching its platinum anniversary.
“When Hastie’s closed in Mareeba, North Queensland Saleyards became the oldest business in Mareeba,” Mr Greenwood said.
“1947 was its inception, 1948 was the first sale, so 2017 will be our 70 year anniversary.
“I’m hoping it’s a big year for the saleyards.”
You work on the farm all week and you have a bit of a break on the Tuesday. Although with the big yardings, you don’t get a chance to socialise much. Cattle producer and buyer Ian Shaw
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Cattle producer and private buyer Ian Shaw was honoured with the Longevity Award from the Mareeba Saleyards at their Last Roundup Function. Mr Shaw has been visiting the saleyards for the last 35 years and was there on Tuesday for the last sale of the year.