Prices slide due to dry

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Cattle Market - Cas­san­dra Glover Cas­san­dra.Glover@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

IT’S been a tough few weeks for the cat­tle mar­ket, with dry win­ter con­di­tions putting prices on a down­ward slope.

El­ders stock agent Dar­ren Hartwig said ex­port cat­tle were dearer, with bul­locks and cows gain­ing 5c/kg.

Bet­ter-con­di­tioned trade and store cat­tle were 5c dearer as well.

“I think (the mar­ket) will stay sim­i­lar to what it is over the next cou­ple of weeks, and if it doesn’t rain in the next cou­ple of weeks it’ll ease off a bit,” Mr Hartwig said.

“It’s pretty stable right across the re­gion. It’s cheaper fur­ther south.

“We’re bet­ter off than the south­ern states like south­ern New South Wales and Vic­to­ria.”

John Reushle sold three pens of an­gus-cross weaner steers for 266c/kg at the Toowoomba sa­le­yards on Mon­day.

“On the day I’m happy with the price, prices are back a bit at the mo­ment,” Mr Reushle said.

“There’s no use re­stock­ing if you have no feed and the way the sea­son is go­ing …”

Mr Reushle is still run­ning 70 breed­ers on his 182ha prop­erty in Plainby. He de­scribed the sea­son so far as “rea­son­able”.

“You wouldn’t say it’s been re­ally good,” he said. “It’s been an av­er­age sea­son.

“Not like those poor fel­las on the other side of town who’ve had barely any rain at all.”

Mr Hartwig said Mr Reushle got one of the best prices of the sale.

“It was the qual­ity of the breed­ing. Mr Reushle had good-qual­ity an­gus-cross steers,” he said.

“It was the qual­ity and the right weight for the re­stock­ers to pur­chase.

“So he had the right cat­e­gory for them to sell.”

❝It’s pretty stable right across the re­gion. It’s cheaper fur­ther south. — Dar­ren Hartwig

PHOTO: CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER

HAPPY SALE: John Reushle re­ceived one of the high­est prices of the day for his cat­tle at the Toowoomba sale on Mon­day, with his three pens of weaner steers sell­ing for 266c/kg.

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