Time to buy young in ‘best season ever’ says farmer
PINNING down Stanthorpe cattleman Trevor Wren during a cattle sale is a little like trying to harness the wind with a straw hat.
The Granite Belt local was in shopping mode during a recent Tuesday auction buying quality weaners - "mainly blacks" - to take advantage of an exceptional season.
"We have country on the southern side of Stanthorpe. My family has been there for 104 years and this is the best season I have ever seen," Mr Wren said.
The third generation of his clan to run a mixed livestock and farming operation, he describes himself as "an opportunist".
"I buy weaners and my preference is for mainly blacks, although we have had some Charolais at times," he said.
"It all depends on prices."
Now knee-high in quality feed, he was looking for young cattle in the 250-280kg range that he could develop on predominantly improved pasture in 12 months.
"I like to sell them around 380-500kg again depending on the market," Mr Wren said.
"This year we are in a very good position going into winter, but we wouldn't turn down another inch of rain about now."
And while this seasoned cattleman was comfortable investing in young livestock at reasonable prices, he was hoping to see prices lift for heavier cattle.
"The catch is I have finished cattle ready to sell in a few weeks so I would like to see a firm market," he said.
"But in all honesty, sometimes I think you lose, sometimes you have a win.
"When cattle are ready to go you have to sell them.
"So maybe buying weaners cheaper now will put me in a better position next year."