Yard­ings dou­ble at Roma sa­le­yards in past month

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Front Page - CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER Cas­san­[email protected]­ral­weekly.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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