Keeping stock of seasons
CATTLEMEN Peter Mulcahy and Harry Galea live less than 50km from each other, but they are miles apart when it comes to seasonal outlook.
Mr Mulcahy, from Old Koreelah, was at the cattle sale looking to buy breeders as part of plans to rebuild his herd.
In contrast Mr Galea, who has a property at Legume, was in the early stages of de-stocking.
When asked by the Bush Tele if they could have nutted out an agreement, which solved both issues before reaching the saleyards, they laughed.
"I am in the market for Angus or Brangus breeders - black cattle," Mr Mulcahy said.
While his good-natured mate admitted his sale offering was a "definite mix" breed-wise of yearling cattle and old cows.
Mr Galea was selling stock to reduce numbers on his 242ha (600ac) of breeding country where he measured just 11.5mm last week.
"The biggest fall we have had since the middle of the year was 38mm and that was more than a month ago," he said.
"So it will be good to get numbers down.
"We really don't have the feed to do anything else.
"I held onto my young cattle last year instead of selling, so I am really having to offload numbers now."
Near the opposite end of the spectrum, Mr Mulcahy is focused on increasing his breeder numbers after going into the winter lightly stocked.
"I guess you could say we are in a good position," he said.
"We have plenty of feed and there are plenty of quality store cattle coming onto the market.
"We have breeder country and we sell our weaners in autumn and this year that worked for us, because the market was firm and there was still rain around then."
Both landholders acknowledged the season had been erratic with spring rainfall figures varying significantly across their region.