Clearing sale a warning
ONE door closes and another opens - that's the way long-term dairy farmers Roy Rodaau and son Clinton are looking at the future.
The Rodaaus held a clearing sale on March 22, with auctioneer John Cochrane selling 480 head of prime dairy cattle, along with the machinery.
"The auction was great. I was happy for a number of reasons," Mr Cochrane said.
"We had very good people to work with and that's a big, big part of it.
"They were very, very good cows, very well-bred cows and everybody wanted them.
"About nine cows stayed locally and the rest went to Victoria, New South Wales, Beaudesert, Boona, southern and northern Downs.
"We had a number of people who could not come because on the day it was flooding.
"People from Miriam Vale who wanted to come could not make it.
"Some heifers went overseas."
The clearing sale was the biggest the Cochranes have done in one day.
That they were all sold confirmed Mr Cochrane's opinion of the quality of the herd.
"I do not think you would find a better farmer than the Roddau family.
"They do everything to the best of their ability - and that's very, very good.
"They are people who understand the market and made the decision to get out," Mr Cochrane said.
"I was honoured to be given the job (of auctioneer).
After the March 22 clearance sale, it was business as usual for the Roddau family, as the cows were not collected for a few days.
Clinton Roddau said the sale was "not too bad" but he was looking forward to organising his beef venture.
"John and Margaret (Cochrane) did a really good job of organising it," Clinton said.
"There were no hiccups."
The family has also purchased trucks and they have been hauling gravel and top soil within the region "when it's not raining".
"I miss the cows but I'm looking forward to seeing how the beef venture turns out."
The family will continue to grow ginger and has 10 acres of the spice planted.
They are certified seed ginger growers for Buderim Ginger.
Clinton was recovering from the flu when The Gympie Times caught up with him.
He joked that he no sooner he got out of dairying than he became sick.
The Roddau Kia Ora farm has been in the family since 1921 with Roy and his wife Bonn
ie going into dairying in 1991 when he was getting 58.9 cents a litre.
He said the $1 per litre milk that was being sold in supermarkets was not only killing the dairy industry, it was the reason the family decided to get out of dairying.
"There's no money in dairying anymore," he said before the clearance sale.
"We are not getting out because we don't want to dairy.
"I've been talking about it for 18 months and I told Parmalat and Premium Milk that if there was a downward pressure in prices, I would go.
"They chose not to listen."
Mr Roddau said with the cost of producing a litre of milk at 54 cents and farmers being paid 52 cents per litre, dairy farmers could not keep going.