Pas­sion’s a ‘Shaw’ thing for sa­le­yards sup­porter

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Kather­ine Kokko­nen

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,”


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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Pic­ture: Kather­ine Kokko­nen

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.

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