George and Fuhrmann managing director Darren Perkins at the Casino saleyards before the big weaner sale over the next two days.
George and Fuhrmann managing director Darren Perkins at the Casino saleyards before the big weaner sale over the next two days. David Nielsen

Cattle sale may be best in years

IF YOU have ever wondered where the beef you buy in the supermarket comes from then a visit to the Casino saleyards may hold the answer.

The 35th Annual Two Day Weaner and Grower Steers Sale will be held today and tomorrow where over 7000 head of cattle will be sold to farmers, exporters and corporations with contracts to provide meat to supermarkets in Australia and overseas.

Managing director of George & Fuhrmann Real Estate, and also one of six auctioneers Darren Perkins, said it will be a huge event.

“It’s not a record number of cattle for our sales,” he said.

“But is a record for the last 10 to 15 years.”

Weaners are classed as calves, and have been weaned from their mother and are usually around the seven to 10 months of age.

The sale will also include grower steers which can range from 12 months to two years old.

“This is a good time of year to have the sale,” Mr Perkins said.

“As it is usually dry, otherwise it would be difficult to manage.”

Trucking in that many head of cattle is no mean feat and Mr Perkins estimates that from 11am yesterday until tomorrow morning, 300 to 400 B-double and ‘body trucks’ will have entered and unloaded their cargo through the saleyard gates.

“Our main concern while the animals are here is their welfare,” Mr Perkins said. “We make sure they are fed and watered properly.”

Day one will see 1500 Hereford weaner steers and heifers and 700 growing steers go under the hammer.

This will be followed by day two where 5000 further head of cattle will be sold.

“The animals come from all areas in the Northern Rivers,” Mr Perkins said.

Cattle are being trucked in as far afield as Woodenbong, Grafton and the Tweed/Murwillumbah area.

Mr Perkins is happy with the quality of the animals that are to be sold and believes the price is good at the moment.

“We are expecting to have sold $3 million worth of livestock by the end of the two days.” he said.

Once sold, the weaners and steers will go to properties across Victoria, Queensland and Northwest NSW before eventually being exported overseas or ending up on shelves in supermarkets or the local butcher.

The figures

7200 head of cattle to be sold.

300-400 trucks to move all cattle

$3 million dollars worth of stock expected to be sold.



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