Yardings double at Roma saleyards in past month
YARDINGS at the Roma saleyards have doubled since last month, with recent rainfall in the area attracting cattle from far western Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia.
The Roma saleyards are the largest cattle selling centre in Australia, and 310,843 cattle went under the hammer during the 2017/18 financial year.
The record for the saleyards is 14,000 cattle sold in one day.
The largest yarding for 2018 was 12,118 head during a Roma store sale at the beginning of the year.
Last week’s sale saw
10,300 cattle, which is up
4459 from the same time last month.
This week’s sale saw a yarding of 6663, dropping
3637 head from last week’s huge sale.
PJH Livestock Roma principal Steven Goodhew said recent rainfall in the Roma region had driven market prices up, which was attracting those from further west who were yet to receive rainfall.
“The numbers are made up of people from far western Queensland where they’ve had no rain and they’re trying to unload their saleable cattle,” Mr Goodhew said.
“We’ve had some from Alice Springs and cattle out of South Australia as well.
“I would say they’re consigning cattle because they haven’t had a break in the season and they’re coming to an area where there is a bit of feed.”
Mr Goodhew predicted the market would start to drop off if it didn’t rain again soon.
“While we’ve got this hot weather and no rain, we’ll keep seeing those big cattle numbers,” he said.
“If it doesn’t rain again in the next couple of weeks the market might have a bit of a correction. We started to see it in some classes last week.
“If we keep having yardings of 9000 or 10,000 cattle it will affect our markets.
“It’s quality related too. The good lines of cattle that are suitable for domestic and export feeder markets are going really strong.”
Mr Goodhew said PJH Livestock sold a pen of 350kg steers from Injune for 318c/kg last week.
“They were good quality santa, santa-cross steers,” he said.
“They were ideal domestic feeder cattle.
“Most yardings have been made up of lighter cattle, but recently the average weight has been heavier.”
GOOD MARKET: PJH Livestock and Property agent Steve Goodhew with two pens of Seawright Investments santa steers. The steers sold to 318c/kg, reaching a top of $1129 to average $1031.