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.