Rain affects Towers’ cattle sales
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.