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Cattle prices expected to dip during winter months

COOLABUNIA SALEYARD: Livestock agent Bill Steffensen says weather is the biggest hurdle for cattle farmers in the colder months.
COOLABUNIA SALEYARD: Livestock agent Bill Steffensen says weather is the biggest hurdle for cattle farmers in the colder months. Kate Darvall

COOLABUNIA'S prime and store sale sold to a good market but livestock agent Bill Steffensen said it was now time to brace for the cooler months.

"Traditionally prices do ease back a bit at the start of winter through to spring," Mr Steffensen said.

"Weather will be our biggest hurdle," he said.

He said cooler weather and frost posed a real threat to the market.

"The lesser quality cattle are the first to cheapen up as soon as the weather stops going with you," he said.

"You just have to get through the winter months."

Although winter was here, Mr Steffensen said quality cattle sold to very good rates at the sale on Tuesday.

"The feeder cattle and the trade cattle did create a lot of interest," he said.

"The cows sold to a very good market as well, getting $2/kg."

Mr Steffensen said the market now depended on rainfall over the coming months.

"If we get some more rain it would really alleviate some problems," he said.

"It'll help the winter feeds that are planted and give the paddocks a boost to keep the cattle going."

He said a prolonged dry snap for the South Burnett would put the quality of beef at risk.

"It would take most of the goodness out of the grass," he said.

"Once the goodness goes out we have to feed a supplementary feed to our cattle to keep them going.

"That's when prices start easing."

However Mr Steffensen said good things were in store for the industry on the other side of winter.

"We just have to get through the winter months and the market picks up again," he said.

"Then good cattle are usually really well sought after."

SALE SCHEDULE

  • There will be a weaner sale at the Coolabunia Saleyard today at 8.30am.
  • The next Coolabunia prime and store sale will be Tuesday, June 16, at noon.
  • Cattle producers are reminded to book their cattle early so buyers can be notified.
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Topics:  agriculture, beef, cattle, cattle sales, coolabunia, farming, graziers, south burnett, winter


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