TOP WEANERS: Massive sale of more than 2000 cattle
SOME of the highest quality cattle the Clarence Valley has produced was on sale yesterday, as over 2000 head of cattle were yarded in the annual feature weaner sale at Grafton Saleyards.
Farrell McCrohon livestock agent David Farrell said the sale had drawn a large crowd of potential buyers and onlookers.
"There were a lot of new faces there, there were a lot of phone calls prior to the sale and some good enquiries from buyers," he said.
"It was encouraging to have those enquiries, especially for a big yarding like we had yesterday."
Mr Farrell said the buyers were attracted by the high standard of cattle on sale.
"It was probably some of the best weaners we've seen here for quite some time," he said.
"The genetics in the Clarence Valley are getting better, I think producers are getting smarter in how they breed cattle as well so all those things contribute to a better animal."
Local producer Fiona Leviny said she was proud the Clarence Valley was producing quality cattle that could match anything in Australia.
"I walked through the back of the saleyard and saw the 2000 head of weaners, and it had to be some of the best quality I'd seen in one sale in a long time," she said.
"We've had problems with the quality in the past because of the flooding and different cycles of the season and people haven't been able to hang on to their cattle, but this has been a great season so people have been able to actually stick to their routine of how they want to produce cattle.
"Now we have a perfect weaner sale, where breeders have been able to produce these lovely weaners that people from all over Australia will come and buy from our Clarence Valley, so it was very exciting."
Ray Donovan livestock agent Mitch Donovan said the market has experienced a lull in the past month, with other weaner sales around the state putting some pressure on the market.
"From the top of the market the price has probably come back around 40c from what we were seeing in February and March. We've had some widespread rain just in the nick of time for this sale, and there's talk of more rain, so it should keep it pretty firm and if the rain keeps coming the market price should stay where it is or keep going up," he said.
"It was a big day, and it seems like everyone in the valley was excited too."