All Cattle Must Go

Todays edition of The Weekly Times predicts a record sale of beef cattle will take place this week as the season begins to bite and feed costs rise.
calendar icon 28 March 2007
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More than 22,000 cattle are listed and ready for sale at 10 Victorian and Southern NSW store markets.

A sell-off of this scale has previously been unprecedented for an Autumn, a season that usually sees a market winding down after a summer flourish of weaners and breeding females.

Mick Lumby, from the Wodonga Saleyards, said agents expected more than 5500 cattle tomorrow and a record March yarding for the centre.

"We've never had numbers like it at this time of the year," he said.

Wodonga has already sold more than 8000 store cattle this month, and that figure is expected to double by tomorrow's yarding. Eclipsing even 2003's sale figures when drought hit cattle farmers sold 10,144.

"We've just passed St Patrick's Day without rain and that's a key date for some people so they are selling stock," he said.

"If we get to the next key date, Anzac Day, without a good rain that will be another signal for people to sell."

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