Beaudesert’s cattle market is booming as local producers benefit from a good season and plenty of feed.
Bartholomew and Co yarded about 450 head of cattle for their first Beaudesert Store Sale of the year on 15 January, with Albert River Wines cows and calves selling well for $4100.
An outstanding line-up of feeder and backgrounder steers met hot competition, and weaner steers and heifers reached new levels.
Auctioneer Garth Weatherall said buyers travelled from far and wide to get their hands on quality Beaudesert cattle.
“Cows and calves are creating a lot of demand amongst buyers due to the wonderful season we’ve had and an abundance of feed across the southeast corner,” he said.
“The commitment of producers in the area buying better bulls and aiming to have better stock is making Beaudesert’s market stronger, with the better quality coming through as we move forward.”
He said demand was strong as the region recovered from the crippling drought which came to a head in 2019.
“Due to the high amount of cattle sold through the terrible drought and bushfire times (there were a lot of cattle sold at the end of 2018 and right through 2019) people have been looking to restock,” he said.
“We do advise vendors to take the opportunity to sell some cattle in a wonderful marketplace. When something’s good it’s good. A bird in the hand’s worth two in the bush.”
At the 15 January sale, Pam Moriarty sold Heavy Feeder Steers for $2720 and Steve Moriarty sold his for $2710.
Boorook Partnership sold Feeder Steers for $2560 and David and Patricia Parr sold theirs for $2460.
The Buhle family sold Restocker Steers for $2500 and Vin and Judy Slingsby sold theirs for $2280.
Albert River Wines sold Weaner Steers for $2300, Mt Maroon Grazing sold theirs for $2220 and Keira Farm sold theirs for $2120.
Craig Redgwell sold Replacement Heifers for $2300, Tony and Chantal Ludwig sold theirs for $2200 and the Buhle family sold theirs for $2100.
Des Hirn sold Weaner Heifers for $2040, Mt Maroon Grazing sold theirs for $2040 and Keira Farm sold theirs for $1960.
Albert River Wines sold Cows and Calves for $4100, Munster Brothers sold theirs for $4000 and Paradise Creek Pastoral Co sold theirs for $3750.
Cronk Family Trust sold cows for $2400 and Albert River Wines sold bulls for $3600.
The next Beaudesert Store sale is on 29 January.