Weaner sale turns over $1.3 million

MORE THAN $1.3 million changed hands at Casino Regional Livestock Exchange yesterday when 2300 weaners went under the hammer at the 35th Annual Two Day Weaner Sale.

Top Hereford weaner steers made $730 each, while the top 10 Hereford weaner heifers made $680.

Top growers steers made $860.

Buyers travelled from Warwick, Dubbo, Walcha and Victoria to buy, according to George and Fuhrmann Real Estate auctioneer Darren Perkins.

“Competition was very strong and there were big crowds,” Mr Perkins said.

Today, at day two of the sale, it is expected millions more will be spent when as many as 7000 weaners are yarded.

And while the number of cattle being sold is not a record, the saleyards had not seen so many cattle move through for it for 10 to 15 years, Mr Perkins said.

“It has been a huge event,” he said.

The cattle from as far away as Woodenbong, Grafton and Murwillumbah began being trucked in from 11am Wednesday by as many as 400 B-double and ‘body trucks’.

The sale has required considerable logistical planning with so many cattle being yarded.

“Our main concern while the animals are here is their welfare,” Mr Perkins said.

“We make sure they are fed and watered properly.”

Mr Perkins said dry weather conditions had been very good for the sale.



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