THE impact of the missing wet season this year has flowed into the saleyards with 11,750 head booked for the Roma store sale on Tuesday, the majority of them from drought stricken western properties.
It is set to be the biggest offering for 2018 following last week’s yarding of just 3809 head while the week before only 5395 were yarded.
This time last year 4456 head were sold with top prices around the 400c/kg.
The team at Ray White Rural Roma have more than 2000 head to sell themselves with large lines from the western region.
At least 300 steers and 140 heifers from Santa cross breeding will be on offer from a Richmond producer while another 140 heifers and 85 steers are coming from Winton.
A large line of Charbray steers and heifers are booked in from Jericho along with 170 Droughtmaster cross EU accredited steers from Muttaburra.
Ray White Rural Roma agent Rob Wildermuth said a large number of cattle were being offloaded this week given the isolated rainfall that many were hoping for at the start of February.
“It could be a case they were held over from last week hoping to get more rain and it never happened,” he said.
“In that western country the rain out there was very patchy.”
MAA will kick off selling with 920 Charbray steers among their run. TopX Roma have 80 Santa cross weaner steers along with mixed breed store condition steers.
Elders have 137 Santa/Red Brahman steers weighing 300-400kg while GDL have 205 Angus cross steers.
Watkins & Co have a run of Angus steers and heifers from local producers, JS Grazing.
PJH have young Santa cows and calves from Greenhills, Tambo available with Landmark offering 461 Santa steers weighing 400-500kg.