Strong competition at Coolabunia

Coolabunia yarding delivers buying opportunity for Mobbs family

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Buying opportunity: Brendan Mobbs, Windsor Park, Nanango, with his father Rhett Mobbs, Alma, Bell, and Midge Thompson, Aussie Land and Livestock. Picture: Tina Torrens.

Buying opportunity: Brendan Mobbs, Windsor Park, Nanango, with his father Rhett Mobbs, Alma, Bell, and Midge Thompson, Aussie Land and Livestock. Picture: Tina Torrens.

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The larger slaughter cattle sold to similar rates, but the market for lighter weaners and backgrounding cattle was significantly stronger with competition from locals, Western Downs and NSW buyers.

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Selling agents Aussie Land & Livestock yarded 340 quality cattle at the Coolabunia Saleyards on Tuesday.

The larger slaughter cattle sold to similar rates, but the market for lighter weaners and backgrounding cattle was significantly stronger with competition from locals, Western Downs and NSW buyers.

Bell district cattleman Rhett Mobbs, Alma, together with son Brendan, Windsor Park, Nanango, were active buying 29 Angus cow and calf units.

Mr Mobbs was restocking breeders for his Bell country and paid to $1700/unit and averaged $1650.

"I believe in buying cattle whenever there is a good season. It doesn't necessarily mean that you're having a good season, as long as somewhere is having a good season, you can make money out of buying cattle, reselling and trading on," Mr Mobbs said.

"Midge Thompson and James Bredhauer of Aussie Land & Livestock are very reliable agents and they conduct the sales here at Coolabunia, which I regularly attend."

Mr Mobbs runs 600 head of backgrounding and trade cattle and relocated from western Queensland district four years ago.

Mr Bredhauer said he and Mr Mobbs had known each other since they had left school.

"Our Dads used to do business with trading sheep and cattle at Charleville," Mr Bredhauer said.

"It's nice that two and now three generations of families are still conducting rural business together."

Mr Bredhauer said there was a good line of Droughtmaster weaner cattle from the Brisbane Valley, which saw very good rates. The weaner steers sold to average 454.2c/kg and $830/head across the entire run and were bought by a local buyer.

The same vendors offered good heifers, which sold to NSW interests and had an average across the lot of 382.2c/$720. A good run of Santa steers from Nanango averaged 424.2c/$1051, heavier weaner Santa steers averaged 396.2c/$1058. The same Santa heifers made 362.2c/$1011.

"Overall we had a very good sale and terrific buying support from local areas, the Western Downs and a couple of NSW interests," Mr Bredhauer said.

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