Rain af­fects Tow­ers’ cat­tle sales

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - Martin Rasini

CHAR­TERS Tow­ers’ weekly cat­tle sale on Wed­nes­day has again been can­celled and a store cat­tle sale planned for Fri­day p o s t p o n e d a s r a i n s a c r o s s Queens­land’s north­ern dis­tricts be­come a short-term bane rather than a boon for gra­ziers.

Townsville-based Ray White agent Kevin Cur­rie said yes­ter­day any­thing from 75mm to 225mm of rain had fallen last week in the Croy­don and Ge­orge- town ar­eas to the north of Char­ters Tow­ers.

‘‘ Roads in these ar­eas are in a dread­ful state of re­pair af­ter a s u mmer o f c o n t i n u o u s wet weather,’’ he said.

‘‘ Also, many gra­ziers have been thwarted in their plans to muster. Many were about to start last week, but again had to de­lay mus­ter­ing due to the rains.’’

Cy­clonic winds and rains have dam­aged fenc­ing, en­abling cat­tle to wan­der and many gra­ziers need to muster and sort their an­i­mals ahead of turnoff.

Mr Cur­rie said the Dal­rym­ple Sa­le­yards spe­cial store cat­tle sale had been resched­uled for April 1 to give gra­ziers an op­por­tu­nity to sort their herds.

With pad­docks across Queens­land sup­port­ing ex­cep­tional fod­der, de­mand for store an­i­mals is ex­pected to be strong.

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