A YARDING of cattle almost equal to the biggest numbers ever assembled at a Sullivan Livestock sale in Gympie greeted buyers at Monday's cattle sale at the Gympie Saleyards.
Almost 2000 head of cattle were knocked down during the day with 700 head of quality export stock offered before almost 1300 head of store cattle were sold, with a total yarding of 1984 head sold.
Sullivan stock salesman Bill Nolan said the market for all cattle was "extremely good" with cattle drawn from a wide area as far north as Rosedale and Bundaberg and south to Maleny and Conondale as well as from the South Burnett and Gympie area.
He said the almost record yarding along with prices offered and the great start to the 2012 season all augured well for cattle producers in this area.
"Prices were fully firm on the extreme rates that were being paid before Christmas," Mr Nolan said.
"The 700 head of works cattle were prime for the export market and the almost 1300 head of store cattle were eagerly sought by buyers. Among the store cattle, 105 cows and calves offered were in great demand."
Mr Nolan said farmers were still restocking after last year with cattlemen from right across the Wide Bay and Burnett areas buying.
It was expected that cattle prices would remain high for at least the next few months.
"I can't see any reason for prices not to remain firm in the short term, particularly the way the season is and following the great rain of the last few days," he said.
"This rain will help everyone in the industry... last week they had a lot of rain in the Stanthorpe, Roma to Longreach area of the west, some having over 100mm.
"This rain has not only been on the coast but it has fallen in the west as well and the rain out there will make it hard for processors to get cattle out."
Mr Nolan said the rain this week meant producers would have plenty of feed and the quality of cattle would remain. "It is a very good start to the year, big numbers of cattle, equal to our biggest sales, and the quality was very, very good, the cattle offered being a credit to the producers," he said.
"We sold as good a quality meatworks cows as you would want to see. Top quality brahman, droughtmaster and charbray cows all met spirited bidding.
"There was a full ring of buyers, a big crowd of people showing interest for the first sale of the year."
Mr Nolan said the day started early for the Sullivan Livestock team and finished late due to the demand for cattle and the size of the yarding.
The next Sullivan works and store sale is on Monday, January 30, and another big yarding is expected.
How it stacks up
- Almost record yarding of 1984 head
- Prices remain firm on last year's extreme rates.
- Cows and calves sell to a top of $1150.
- 700 head of export quality works cattle.
- 1300 head of store cattle sought by restockers and feedlotters.
- Cattle drawn from across Wide Bay and Burnett region.