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Prime time at the saleyards

News Article Date: 
Friday, 16 January 2015

If you’re in the business of raising and selling cattle, now is a good time.

Prices at the Warrnambool Livestock Exchange are comfortably up on last year, as are the numbers yarded.

Saleyards Manager Paul White puts the healthy prices down to growing demand, weather conditions and, of course, the public auction system of the saleyards.

“We’re up 12,450 cattle on the same time last year, with the year-to-date figure currently in excess of 44,000,” Mr White said.

“It’s a welcome change.”

A comparison of prices per head from 2014 to 2015 reveals a striking increase in returns.

The average price per head at the sale on January 8 last year was $732, at the sale on January 7 this year the average jumped to $911.

“The increase of 24 per cent is dramatic and I can’t recall a similar jump in price in my 16 years at the saleyards,” Mr White said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Figures from the same sales showed the average cents per kilogram went from 140c to 180c.

“Top bullocks were recently $2.29 per kilogram out to $1,719 per head,” Mr White said.

“Top cows were $2 a kilogram out to $1830 per head.

“The agents are working hard and a big thankyou to farmers who are choosing the returns offered by the saleyards system of selling.”

In recent years work has been undertaken that has improved conditions for livestock at the yards.

Non-bruise gates and panels have been installed along with rubber flooring in the most-used pens. Sawdust is used in the concrete yards and all yards are supplied with water.

“We’ve hosted visits by Animal Angels and we’re working with agents to ensure that pens are not over-crowded.

“We have an animal welfare officer and we’ll continue to consider ways in which we can improve conditions for animals.”

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