Record $1.3m spent at Casino cattle sale
By DOMINIC FEAIN firstname.lastname@example.org THE Casino saleyards looked more like a bovine Big Day Out yesterday as 2300 store cattle went under the auctioneers’ hammer, raising a record $1.3 million.
Pens were full to bursting as buyers descended from as far a field as south-east Queensland and western New South Wales looking to restock after years of drought and decimated herd numbers.
Some flood-affected local producers have been forced to sell, while others have been holding back weaners waiting for the price to improve.
Darren Perkins, from George and Fuhrmann auctioneers, described the sale as an outstanding line-up of grower steers, weaners and breeders.
“This is the biggest February sale we’ve seen for eight years,” Mr Perkins said.
“It’s a combination of the rain and market forces which has changed the season outlook.
“Prices are good and the market is strong, which is a great relief after a tough few years.
“We’ve been very fortunate the rains didn’t continue after the recent floods.”
Even the usually laconic cockies, from as far west as Coonamble and Gunnedah, couldn’t hide their smiles as they surveyed the stock.
The outstanding quality prompted one buyer to suggest the cattle looked like they were ‘going to show rather than sale’.
With fresh feed in the paddocks, Bingara grazier Clint Langan was looking for ‘a few extra grower steers’.
“Our numbers aren’t too bad because we’ve been hand-feeding,” he said.
“Depending on prices we might pick up 70 to 80 – maybe a B-double load.”