Cash for chooks: Billy Walker-Sayer.
Cash for chooks: Billy Walker-Sayer.

Poultry sale proves profitable

WHEN Billy Walker-Sayer grows up he wants to breed cattle, but for now the 11-year-old is content earning his pocket money from poultry.

The Swanfels youngster sells his chooks through Warwick’s pig and calf sale about five times a year.

He said sales of the feathered variety were generally profitable.

“I think the best price I have got this year for my chooks was $28 for one hen,” Billy said.

“Actually it’s probably the best price I have ever got for a single chook.”

The Scots PGC College student was on hand for yesterday’s sale but he insisted this week he was purely in spectator mode.

“I think I prefer cattle and that is definitely what I want to do when I grow up.”

Ducks topped the poultry line up at this week’s sale at $18 per head.

Calf numbers were back with the top beef vealers making $80 to $118, while trade calves sold to $150.

McDougall and sons’ agent David McIvor said pig numbers were also back with heavy porkers selling to $190, while heavy back fatteners made $270 to $282.

While store pigs sold from $32 to $54.

Out in the auction yard auctioneering centred on an early model quad bike which sold for a hefty $450, while Lucerne hay made $7.50 a square bale and a sizeable pile of brand new doors went for $170.



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