George and Fuhrmann auctioneer David O’Reilly at work during the weaner sale at the Casino saleyards yesterday.
George and Fuhrmann auctioneer David O’Reilly at work during the weaner sale at the Casino saleyards yesterday. DAVID NIELSEN

Cattle sale brings joy to farmers

ABOUT 6400 head of cattle were sold at the Casino cattle yards during the past two days – and the broad smiles on producers’ faces showed they were happy with the prices their stock was fetching.

Thursday’s sale of 2300 weaners at the Casino Regional Livestock Exchange saw more than $1.3 million change hands, and yesterday 4100 head were sold for $2.4 million – a total of $3.7 million.

It was the largest offering at the Annual Two Day Weaner Sale in more than a decade.

One holding of 200 animals went for an average of $700 each.

Ron Dean of Clifton Pines, Bonalbo, scored the top prices for the day with his 110 simmental-Hereford cross cattle, which averaged $730, the top fetching $790.

Prices were up about $50 on last year, he said.

“The season’s been great since Christmas because of the rain,” Mr Dean said.

George and Furhmann Real Estate Auctioneer Darren Perkins said all the stock was in exceptional condition this year and vendors were to be congratulated on the quality of their offerings.

“It just proves that as well as being the biggest sale, we also have the best weaners in the country, “Mr Perkins said.

All breeders, buyers and sellers spoken to agreed on the high quality of the livestock presented and said prices had been ‘excellent’.

Greg Smith, who has 20 hectares at Cumbalum, sold 20 Hereford weaners and said he was ‘more than happy’ with the price he got.

He thought the price was up about $40 on last year.

The cattle were in such good condition this year because of all the rain in the region he said.

“You can never complain about the rain. It’s our lifeblood.”

Mr Smith was looking to pick up another 20 beasts to take home, but was waiting for the right price.

Scarcity of supply bought a large number of buyers from Roma in Queensland to Victoria who had to work hard for what they wanted.

Brian Jolley of Riverina Farm at Wagga Wagga, waited the full two days to get the 200kg to 230kg cattle he was after. He thought prices were about $80 up on last year.

A lot of buyers were ‘repeats’, Mr Perkins said, coming back for the same weaners year after year.

– Ron Dean



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