Jacob Gross at the cattle sales last week.
Jacob Gross at the cattle sales last week.

Cattle producers sing out for rain

CATTLE farmers have their fingers crossed some rain will make its way to the region soon and deliver a welcome boost to the industry.

Tenterfield couple Brian and Robin Kelly unloaded some beasts at the Warwick cattle sales last week and said conditions made it anyone's guess as to what was ahead.

"With this drier weather it really is a buyer's market," Mr Kelly said.

Although the market was unpredictable at times, Mr Kelly said it made for more interesting work that way. "It's also more of a challenge than a stable market and the quality is up and down," he said.

Mr Kelly, who has been in the industry all his life, said he was hoping some rainy weather was on its way.

"The prices are back up a little bit now but what happens now all depends on the weather mostly."

Warwick farmer Terry Kelly agreed it was time for a downpour and he added he didn't think we would have to wait too long.

"There is a lot of unfinished stock here (at the cattle sales) but it's nothing a good rain won't fix," he said.

"Rodeo time is nearly here and we always get some rain at that time of the year."

Jessica Magoo, Kerry Penfold and Carmela Hewson wait for the men to finish at the cattle sales so they can go shopping.
Jessica Magoo, Kerry Penfold and Carmela Hewson wait for the men to finish at the cattle sales so they can go shopping.

 

 

Laurel and Simon Cuyten and Milton Rippingale catch up at the Warwick cattle sales last Tuesday.
Laurel and Simon Cuyten and Milton Rippingale catch up at the Warwick cattle sales last Tuesday.
BUYER’S MARKET: Tenterfield couple Brian and Robin Kelly were happy with the prices at the cattle sales last week.
BUYER’S MARKET: Tenterfield couple Brian and Robin Kelly were happy with the prices at the cattle sales last week. Kerri Burns-Taylor


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