$4m of beef cattle to go in sale

UP TO $4 million worth of beef cattle will change hands in a massive special sale being held in Casino.

The 36th Annual Two-Day Weaner and Grower Steers Sale will be held today and tomorrow at the Casino Saleyards, the Lismore Northern Star reports.

The auctioneer’s hammer will fall on 1800 Hereford weaners and 300 grower steers today, while tomorrow up to 4500 European and bos indicus cross will be sold.

Weaners are calves weaned from their mother and aged around 10 months. Grower steers can range in age from 12 months to two years.

Managing director and stock agent for George and Fuhrmann Real Estate, Darren Perkins, said local weaner producers breed especially for this sale.

“The sale has a great reputation with buyers in regards to the cattle performing for other livestock markets,” he said.

Cattle farmer Neville Gibbs has been on his family property at Tuncester since 1948. Though he only has a small number of cattle in the sale, he is hoping for good prices.

“We’ll have to see how we go,” he said.

The cattle are expected to be sold to beef producers in Victoria, Queensland and north-west NSW to be grown out and sold on to export and Australian table markets.

Mr Perkins reports a good volume of buyer inquiries regarding the sale and that numbers and quality are up on account of a good season.

“It is the first time in many years that we’ve seen such a great season all over the bush,

“It has been a long time since 6000 to 6500 head have been offered at this sale,” he said.

General manager of the Santa Gertrudis Breeders’ Australia Association, Martin Pentecost, is bullish about the prospects for Santa Gertrudis and Santa Gertrudis-cross cattle at the sale.

“Santa Gertrudis are the flavour of the month,” he told The Northern Star.

“We are certainly seeing some great results with Santa here, and Santa-cross in feedlots. They are performing very well.

“They are regularly topping the markets around Dalby and Roma and I think they will sell well inCasino.”

The Santa Gertrudis Breeders’ Australia Association and Hereford Australia Limited are two of the sponsors of the sale.



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