Yards hive of activity for sale

THE Biggenden liveweight cattle sales were a hive of activity on Monday as plenty of residents flocked to the saleyards.

Despite a small yarding of 450 head — after 250 expected cattle were not yarded because of the wet weather — there were plenty of spectators, including school children.

There were smiles all round as graziers compared rainfalls and how the countryside has been transformed with brimming dams and plentiful grass again.

However, many of the cattle on offer were still showing the effects of the long dry spell, a reminder that good rain does not mean fat cattle immediately.

Burnett Livestock and Realty auctioneer Matt Curtis said many people were keen to see how the market opened for the year.

“Prices were consistent with the last sale in 2009,” he said.

“I think the store market will improve as the benefit of the recent rains flows through, but the Aussie dollar is too high to see much improvement in the export market at present.”

Mr Curtis said the firm’s special female store sale postponed in November due to the drought would now be held on February 18.



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