I was talking with Ian Lovegrove, Australian Livestock Markets Association, Northern Representative at Rockhampton this week. Ian said the ALMA Annual Conference was shaping up well, with Rockhampton hosting this year’s conference. The conference starts with a Meet and Greet on Tuesday July 25 in the evening and continues through to 27th with a dinner on that night. Ian can be contacted on 0418 458 280
Roma Livestock Agents Assoc have booked 3392 steers, 2474 heifers, 760 cows and 87 cows and calves for this week’s store sale. After last week’s outstanding sale with the draft of JS Grazing Co and other top quality Maranoa cattle, the market should hold at reasonable rates for quality lines at this week’s sale.
Rainfall from the Territory through to the Queensland coast has been patchy over the past couple of weeks, however some useful falls have been recorded over the cropping areas, and any oat growers who received useful rain will now be able to put stock on oats in the coming weeks, with the secondary roots now being able to take hold.
Ryan Dellit, Graham Henderson & Co, Dalby reported a reduced yarding of 3803 at Dalby last week. Heavy steers and bullocks improved slightly, averaging 2c/kg dearer. Cows to processors met a firm market, with plainer cows returning to the paddock increasing in value. Medium and heavy weight feeder steers sold to dearer rates, gaining 2-4c/kg. Medium weight heifers to feed showed the biggest gains of up to 20c/kg. Small numbers of lightweight store cattle were penned. Lightweight steers improved up to 10c/kg, with heifers also showing some improvement.
Top quotes of the sale: A/c Russellvale Partnership, Kaimkillenbun, Charolais cows 236c for $2027p/head. IM and SR Bassingthwaighte, Jingi Jingi, Jandowae, Charbray steers 294c for $1813p/hd. Ted and Pat Wanka, Philton, Dalby, Simmental cross feeder heifers 324c for $1236 p/hd
Steve Gaff, Landmark, Alice Springs, reported an outstanding line-up of 3100 milk and 2 tooth cattle at Alice Springs Show Sale on July 6 at Roe Creek Saleyards. Quality was high which showcased the quality of cattle herds in Central Australia. Top price for steers was 340c for black Bally steers a/c Fogarty family, Lucy Creek Station.
Steve said a strong panel of buyers attended with cattle going into central and southern NSW and Queensland with strong support from South Australia. This sale was the last lap on the selling catwalk for well respected agent Doc Cunningham, Trailco, who yarded 500 head for the sale. Trailco sold an outstanding run of Shorthorn steers from Yamba Station from 360-446kg to average 405kg for an average of 300c. Landmark sold a handy line of 587 Droughtmaster steers a/c Murray Downs that averaged 298kg with a top price of 324c. Steve said Trailco sold a line of 194 Shorthorn heifers a/c Yamba Station to a top of 306c and averaged 289c for 314kg. Steve has been appointed manager of Landmark Alice Springs as of October. He can be contacted on 0417 157 707.