STEEL Supplies has donated a cattle crush as the major prize of the 2019 NSW Beef Spectacular Feedback Trial in celebration of the event’s 10th year.
On board for the second consecutive year, Steel Supplies first joined the list of sponsors for brand awareness, product exposure and give back to the industry.
Steel Supplies director Shane Robinson, Wagga Wagga, said it is a private company that likes to show their support of important industry relevant programs such as the trial.
“It provides us with an chance to showcase what we have on offer throughout the state," he said.
Offering a wide range of livestock products including portable and permanent panels, loading ramps and sheep races, the business is well equipped to provide producers with the equipment they need on farm.
Mr Robinson said sales had been right back this year due to the drought and producers needing to spend money on keeping livestock alive. “There is not a lot of stock about and sales reflect that – we have been right back this year. We are probably 20 per cent down on normal years,” he said.
“Feeders including round bale feeders and grain feeders have sold well, but we are right back on sales of livestock handlers.”
Steel Supplies offers quality products at budget prices.
“Customers look at the prices and think it’s too cheap to be as good as other brands. They are surprised when they see the quality of our products,” he said.
Mr Robinson believes it is crucial to use information from the feedback trial to ensure producers are looking at how they can improve their businesses to be more efficient.
“It is important to know how to be more profitable,” he said. “Using the data presented from the trial, farmers can make informed decision to improve their bottom lines.”
The business offers a range of services including personalisation of products, including made to order gates.
It has five locations across southern NSW including Wagga Wagga, Bomen, Deniliquin, Coolamon and Dubbo. The Bomen branch is in a prime location for sheep and cattle producers to drop in on their way home from the sale yards.
Mr Robinson hopes producers see the name as a sponsor and look into the business for all their rural needs. “Through sponsoring the trial we hope to draw people in and expand our customer base," he said.
The winners of the 2019 NSW Beef Spectacular Feedback Trial will be announced during the event’s 10th anniversary dinner and presentation night at the Mercure Wagga Wagga on February 1.