New year brings a new pos­i­tiv­ity for pro­duc­ers

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

LAST year was a tough year for cat­tle pro­duc­ers, and while the in­dus­try cer­tainly isn’t out of dan­ger just yet, out­looks are pos­i­tive.

Lai­d­ley cat­tle auc­tion­eer David Star­iha said wide­spread rain in De­cem­ber last year had boosted con­fi­dence lev­els at the year’s fi­nal sales.

“It looks en­cour­ag­ing – a lot of peo­ple have had up to 100mm of rain and it's go­ing to make a very big dif­fer­ence to the mar­ket,” Mr Star­iha said.

But the lit­tle rain the re­gion had ex­pe­ri­enced wouldn’t be enough and Mr Star­iha said con­sis­tent fol­low up rain would be needed soon to avoid an­other tough year for the in­dus­try.

Gat­ton gra­zier and cat­tle agent Bill Hal­las said with De­cem­ber’s rain­fall, many pro­duc­ers would be look­ing to re-stock their herds if fol­low-up rain was forth­com­ing, and this would en­hance the store mar­ket.

“Fat cat­tle will be in short sup­ply there­fore the fat mar­ket will also be very strong,” Mr Hal­las added.

Both men agreed while out­looks were look­ing more pos­i­tive than they were a few months ago, noth­ing would change with­out sig­nif­i­cant fol­low-up rain.

“We had rain in Oc­to­ber and the mar­ket gave a lit­tle bit of a kick but come the start of De­cem­ber, all the con­fi­dence had gone out of the mar­ket again,” Mr Star­iha said.

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