THE drought in northern New South Wales coupled with a very ordinary prime market does not bode well for the iconic western district weaner sales.
Hamilton Stock Agents Association president, Warren Clark said the normal buying strength comes from the north and they are experiencing an absolutely terrible season.
“I think the support from the north will be very, very minimal this year,” Mr Clark said.
“All reports indicate that this year’s sales will be tough. I would be pleasantly surprised and terribly pleased if I am proved wrong.”
While the northern cattlemen have a feed shortage, this isn’t the case in southern Victoria and this could be the silver lining in the otherwise gloomy forecast.
“It is a great year to take a bit of a punt and value add,” Mr Clark said.
“I think the calves will be well and truly viable as there is that much feed around. If we get a good general break in the north, this cattle market will explode. The trouble is that it is crystal ball gazing on when it’s going to happen.”
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, January 4, 2014.