SUCCESFUL SALE: Ian and Joy Macallister with grandson Ben Whip.
SUCCESFUL SALE: Ian and Joy Macallister with grandson Ben Whip. Rory Hession

First Roma saleyards store sale a success

ROMA saleyards was bustling with excitement on Tuesday as the first store sale for 2017 got under way.

Ian and Joy Macallister, owners of Institutional Investment at Roma downs, said they had a substantial sale to make at the saleyards.

"Our sale on offer today was 600 Angus cross bread steers and 100 heifers," Mr Macallister said. "We were very optimistic coming in that it would be a good sale as we've both looked after them very closely."

Ian and Joy Macallister's entire sale sold for more than $690,000 and marked one of the strongest of the day.

Mr Macallister said such a strong sale was a direct result of a good season for the cattle industry last year.

"The market has been very strong, much stronger than we have seen before," he said.

"We had a later season than we normally would which meant we have increased what we have brought to the saleyards."

Increased rainfall said Mr Macallister also had a significant impact on the success of their sale.

"We've had a lot of rain which meant we could feed our stock much longer," he said.

"And what we have seen today is that has made a significant difference to what we could offer buyers today."

Roma saleyards store sales will resume twice a week as scheduled.



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