Sale goers relish the rain
VINCE McConville has tipped 50mm out of the gauge in the past five days and says the rain should kick-start spring for local farmers.
“Most people really needed the rain,” the Swan Creek landholder explained.
Not that everyone was entirely happy with the way it fell.
Out Yangan way, Anthony McConville’s brother Pat lost power on the family dairy farm during Tuesday night’s storm.
“Pat didn’t finish milking until a little after midnight, so it was a long night for him,” Anthony explained.
Most conversations around the yards at Warwick’s pig and calf sale yesterday centred on the upside of this week’s wet weather.
Goomburra’s John Bradfield measured 30mm on Saturday and another 5mm on Tuesday.
“It was terrific rain and we needed it badly on our barley crop,” he said.
“Our rye grass is irrigated so its doing fine, but the barley had really dried out in the past few weeks.”
Trevor Mason, from Allora, said in total he had received about 50mm of rain in three falls.
“I think everyone was starting to look for rain, this will make for a great spring if it stays warm,” Mr Mason said.
McDougall and Son livestock agent Dennis Bourke said the rain had helped bolster the seasonal outlook for landholders.
“But the rain certainly didn’t make prices any cheaper this week,” Mr Bourke said.
“Yet overall I think they were very similar to last week.”
He said heavy vealers had topped the market at $450, while heavy trade calves sold from $180 to $198.
“Beef rearer calves sold to $196, while lighter trade calves made from $55 to $78,” Mr Bourke said. “And side calves sold from $20 to $34. So very similar to our recent sales.”
Pig prices also remained on a par with last week’s Lyon St sale.
“Quality sows sold to a top of $300 and bacon pigs made from $244 to $250,” Mr Bourke said.
At the other end of the market weight-wise, lighter pork sold to a high of $178 and grower pig prices ranged from $130 to $140.
“Weaner pigs rates were also on a par with last sale, selling for $48 to $52.”
Out the back, pig and calf sale regulars reported the price for poultry was up slightly as a result of a limited supply.
Yvonne Whitbread left her Millmerran home early to experience her first Lyons St sale.
“I bought day-old meat chickens for my grandchildren for $2 each,” she said.
“Regular day-old chicks were selling for $6 each, so I think I got a good buy.”
Stanthorpe’s Elizabeth Petrovic spent $10 per head on two young roosters destined for the soup pot.
“They were a little more expensive, because there were not many,” she explained.
Pig and calf prices
Heavy vealers sold to $450
Beef rearer calves ranged from $140 to $196
Quality sows sold for $300
Grower pigs made $130 to $140
Weaner pigs went for $48 to $52.