Cattle farmers take advantage of strong market

AFTER a tough 18 months, cattle farmers were able to take advantage of a stronger market at the Coolabunia Saleyards Weaner sale on Friday.

Breeders Murray and Bronwyn Lord said it was a welcome change after the tough season.

"A lot of people have had a very, very tough summer and we're very thankful that cattle market has bounced back," Mr Lord said.

The Lord's sold their Champion Pen of Steers for $2.70 per kg, as well as a further two pens of heifers for $2.20 per kg.

Mr Lord said the region had experienced one of its driest Summers in 14 years and cattle was selling for almost half the price a year ago.

"We get a season like we've had, it's been very hard on people with calves and cows," he said.

"A heifer weighing 300kg, you know, there's $300 difference."

Mr Lord said the weather conditions were not only to blame.

"Producers have really copped it with the ban on the live export and lot of those northern cattle came down to the south and effected our market and it was a breaking point for a lot of people and it's good to see most people have had a little bit of rain," he said.

"It's still critical for a lot of people and water is a big issue, but most people have got some grass, especially in the south east and the South Burnett - but it's a different story for the north west of the state."

Mr Lord said that although the area had suffered a horrific season, it was good to see the market was on an upward spiral.

"It's been a very tough eighteen months in the cattle market and it's just nice to present some nice calves and get rewarded for it," he said.

"We've been told that the cattle market is going to go from strength to strength in the next 18 months to two years from now and you've gotta be in it to win it, I guess."

Topics:  agriculture cattle coolabunia saleyards farming kingaroy south burnett

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