I caught up with Roma Saleyards manager Paul Klar the Roma Saleyards this week, who told me the temporary carpark has been completed and will be sealed.
The truck hard stand parking area has been completed but isn’t open yet awaiting the removal of the overhead powerlines running through the hardstand area.
Upgrading of the main entrance is due to start next week with a temporary access being constructed on the southern side of the yards, while the main entrance is being upgraded.
United Petroleum construction contractors are on site setting up barriers and are due to start construction next week on the new roadhouse facility.
The roadhouse will be a step in the right direction for all concerned at the biggest cattle selling centre in Australia. For many years now, road train operators and all cattle transport operators have had to do the best they could in relation to finding fuel and somewhere to park, to enable them to have a shower and meal, and if time permits, a rest.
The bull selling season is in full swing at the moment and from all reports, the quality bulls are selling well but at rates below last year. It will be interesting to see how the clearance rates compare with last year, with seasonal conditions in very ordinary shape over much of the state.
Toowoomba agents yarded 828 at this week’s sale, up 320 on last week. The market was quoted as mainly firm, with light steers 328c/kg and feed steers 315c.
Roma agents have booked 6143 cattle for this week’s sale, an increase of 2000 on last week’s sale which saw values hold firm to a shade dearer.
Ryan Dellit, Graham Henderson & Co, Dalby reported an increased yarding at last week’s sale of 4943 head. The market for export grades, heavy steers and bullocks was firm on previous rates.
Cows to processors sold to slightly dearer on selected lines, with cows returning to the paddock, averaging 12c/kg dearer.
Feeder operators remained active in the market with medium and heavy weight steers to feed, slightly dearer. Good numbers of store cattle were penned for the second round. Lightwight young cattle sold close to firm on last week’s levels.
Matt Beard, Landmark, Emerald, reported that 630 store steers and 825 store heifers are booked for this week’s store sale and 245 prime cattle will be sold before the stores.
Matt said the Clermont Beef Bull Sale will be held on Tuesday September 19 with an 11am start at the Clermont Saleyards, featuring 83 Grey Brahman bulls and 11 Red Brahman bulls.
He said that the Bar H Wagyu Bull Sale will be held on Friday October 6 and will be an online sale only via AuctionsPlus. Contact Matt for further details.