Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Dorrigo Market Beefs Up; Bidding Wars Push Up Prices for Region's Cattle Producers

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Dorrigo Market Beefs Up; Bidding Wars Push Up Prices for Region's Cattle Producers

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HI to you all and guess what? Bullocks made $2.01 per kilo live weight at Dorrigo on Wednesday and I was a losing bidder for an abattoir I buy for in the south. I couldn't believe it but it was bound to happen with a new buyer from another abattoir turning up. We got into a bidding war straight up. You have never seen so many graziers with grins as big as saucers. Another meat company I buy for bought heavy cows for $1.73 per kilo live weight. Wow, what a sale! The big talk is no one has ever seen a market like it ever.

The Dorrigo sale was so hot in price that yearlings to kill made $2.17 for the heifer portion and $2.18 per kilo live weight for steers. Vealers over 200kg made $2.48 per kilo live weight with vealers under 200kg topping at $2.69 per kilo live weight. The two agents at Dorrigo between them yarded 440 head plus 25 poddy calves in the calf sale. One class of cattle I thought were strong was the light veal between 100kg and 150kg live weight topping a massive $3.25 per kilo.

I spoke to old mate of mine a Stuart Kelly of Dorrigo Livestock and Property, who originally came from Queensland a after the sale and he said he had never seen a sale like it. Stuart said he had seen some good times in pricing at Roma in the past but it was a top result for the township of Dorrigo and its community. The talk of the town a few years ago was that the saleyard could be closing but I reckon no one is thinking that now. Dorrigo has been a hot spot for a good sale for some time now.

One of the local identities is the saleyard manager, a[approximately]Cappsey' as he is known. He wears a ten-gallon cowboy hat and looks a bit like Wyatt Earp out of a cowboy movie. Cappsey runs a top-notch show and, yes, he's a good bloke to go with it. I'm told that in summary 440 head cattle at this sale averaged $2 per kilo live weight and realized an average price per head of $730. …

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