Warwick Cattle Sale crowd defies cold
FROSTS and early winter conditions across the Southern Downs resulted in large numbers of cattle yarded at the Warwick Cattle Sale yesterday.
Residents in the Rose City woke yesterday morning to a chilly minus 0.6 degrees and areas of frost, but it wasn't enough to keep the crowds and more than 1600 cattle from the sale.
Buyers and sellers rugged up and defied the cool weather, as the market started to look a little brighter after a bleak sale last week.
Manager of George and Fuhrmann Warwick, Matthew Grayson, said while the markets had slipped last week, prices stabilised yesterday.
"There's been big numbers about leading into winter," he said.
"The frosts mean feed will go and that's why people are selling now."
The early cold weather had a number of people a little concerned at yesterday's sale, including Clifton property owner Julia Simmons.
"It's cold a bit early - we had our first frost this morning," Mrs Simmons said.
"The frost means the pastures won't be growing and we're not going to have a lot of grass in winter."
If her Clifton property didn't receive more rain, Mrs Simmons said she might have to sell cattle.
"We're selling off cattle at next week's sale," she said.
"I'm hoping it will go okay. The market is better than it was."
There is some good news for sellers such as Mrs Simmons, with livestock agents predicting the market will strengthen in coming weeks as the pre-winter sell-off slows.
Mr Grayson said he saw prices heading back to where they were after the heavy rains last month.
"Prices will get dearer heading into the next few weeks," he said.
"In another month the market will strengthen."
The weather could still play some role in the cattle markets as the seasons continued to change.
While temperatures in the past week were far from the record May low of minus 5 degrees in 2006, Bureau of Meterology forecaster Chris Joseph said they were far below average.
For more news on the cattle markets grab your copy of the Rural Weekly in Friday's Daily News.