Ben and Sandra Passmore at the Murray Grey sale at Allora on Saturday.
Ben and Sandra Passmore at the Murray Grey sale at Allora on Saturday. Gerard Walsh

Perfect time for a cow sale

MATTHEW Grayson was pleased with the 95% clearance of females at George and Fuhrmann Murray Grey sale at the Allora Showgrounds on Saturday.

Mr Grayson was one of the auctioneers at the sale and said the top priced cow and calf from the Martin family Sixpence Park stud at Tenterfield made $3500.

“There were buyers from as far as the Sunshine Coast to Laidley and most Darling Downs centres,” Mr Grayson said.

“We offered 25 females and four bulls. All bulls were passed in but negotiations are continuing.”

The sale on Saturday was the second annual Murray Grey sale his company had conducted.

“The June date is ideal leading into the bull sale season,” he said.

“The market was definitely better than last year and it is certainly something we are building on.”

Mr Grayson said his company had six stud sales planned in the next three months in the Warwick, Tenterfield and Casino area.

“There is definitely good interest. The cattle market was buoyant in summer due to the season and there is nothing surer than the sales will go well.”

He said there was little impact on prices or interest due to the recent ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia.

“Any impact will be down the track when a lot of the northern cattle grow out to bullocks,” Mr Grayson said.

“I think they will get the live cattle trade to Indonesia up again. There are only a few abattoirs like the ones shown on television. They say a lot are up to Australian standards.”

Tenterfield breeder Linda Martin, of Sixpence Park, offered a bull, two cows and calves, and a heifer at Allora.

She said the bull weighed 975kg at 21 months of age.

“Murray Grey cattle have a great temperament, weight for age and doing ability as well as easy calving,” Ms Martin said.

Clifton primary producer Ben Passmore was an interested observer at the Allora sale.

“We are into Limousin cattle but we are interested to see how the commercials go,” Mr Passmore said.

He said the current beef industry environment wasn't too good after the ban of live exports to Indonesia.

“It (the ban) is having an impact, mainly on the bullock market,” he said.

“It is going to get worse.”



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