Buoyant times for farmers
PORTLAND district beef farmers are starting to spend money in the community again as cattle prices remain buoyant.
South West Farmers Livestock principal Michael Goldby said the current season was “up there with the best” throughout the shire and predicted cattle prices would stabilise after Christmas at just below last year’s record high levels.
“Mind you, they are coming off some dreadful low years so the wheels had to turn and their luck change at some time,” he said.
“The high prices means there is a flow-on effect to the local community.
“The farmers are spending money on improved farm infrastructure such as fencing and cattle yards so hardwares are the beneficiaries, improved pastures such as fertilisers from Vickery Brothers, and they will employ people to do odd jobs for them.”