A record dry January in some parts of the Upper and Richmond and Clarence Valleys forced vendors into a buyers’ market this week at Casino, where 1337 head were yarded on day two of the special store sale. Steers and heifers sold better than expected according to many, with feeders reaching a top of $1588.
Steers averaged 237.5c/kg or $685 and reached a top of 280.2c/kg.
Bindaree Beef, Inverell, led the charge with founder, octogenarian, and Tweed Valley native John McDonald waving them down, including a pen of 19 Santa/ Cross, two-tooth, from producer John Fitzhenry, Richmond Hill via Lismore, who supplied creep-fed, two tooth Santa cross at 400kg and received 266c/kg or $1064.
"I was very happy with the price," he said.
Poll Hereford from David Whitney, Old Bonalbo, were also bought by Bindaree with Mr McDonald paying 260c/kg for a pen of two tooth, 475kg to return $1235, which made the same money at eight cents a kilo less for the four-tooth, 490kg..
"We're dry at the moment," he said. "Water is the big thing. Our previous driest January was 2002 with 3mm of rain. This year we got 1.5mm in January and only 4mm in mid December. Our Kikuyu is grey and looks the worst ever for this time of year."
Department of Primary Industries were in the market for steers going onto pasture and feed trials at Wollongbar Station, with North Coast farm manager Dave Bennett doing the bidding, paying 280c/kg for Brangus from the McNamara family and 260c/kg for Brangus from the Bulmer Family, "Weona" Leeville via Casino.
Brad Stenzel, Marcelford Meats, Churchill, Qld purchased 60 head ready to kill and another 30 handy feeders which will go on grain at Warrill View, west of Beaudesert, paying 278c/kg for Brangus.
"I thought the quality was good," he said. "Prices were fair considering the market."
Geoff and Nick Jarrett, Bangalow, sold 11 month old Brahman/ Angus weaners, 333kg, for 256c/kg going to the Rippon family, Casino.
“I put out about 160kg a week worth of grain for 40 calves as a creep-feed supplement,” he said. “These steers made about 46c/kg more than their sisters which I sold on Wednesday.”
Noel Rippon also paid 248c/kg for Brahman cross and 220c/kg for Brangus, sending them to Tuckean Island on the lower Richmond.
Santa Gertrudis steers from Bill Croker sold to Tarnya Smith, Caniaba, for 248c/kg.
John Johnston, Tunglebung Creek, sold Angus with Emu Park blood for 262c/kg and another for 256c/kg to the DPI trials at Wollongbar.
Heifers averaged 193.6c/kg or $442 and reached a top of 240c/kg and $756.
Mark and Paul Carleton, Ulmarra, purchased 20 Angus heifers from Cobram Farms, Caniaba, for 234c/kg and will finish them at home on forage sorghum and Kikuyu before being sold through Mark’s South Grafton butchery.
Rod Botfield, Mummulgum, sold Palgrove Charolais over Charbray heifers for 230c/kg going to Guyra through Blake O'Reilly, Ray White, where last week’s storms restored some late season confidence.
Day two of the Casino special store sale as hosted by Ramsay and Bulmer with T&W McCormack.