State of the season: 2022 starts strongly as cattle market opens with a bang

 

Eric Barker and James Nason, Beef Central (Australia)

11/01/2022

 

MANY areas of cattle country have started the new year with the best summer growing seasons in years, but critically some regions are also again looking for more rain after a month of hot and dry conditions.

 

Where it is good it is very, very good, with grass brimming to Land Cruiser windscreens fuelling continued strong demand from the many restockers without the cattle numbers required to keep in front of the grass they have on offer.

 

Spurred on by that demand the 2022 cattle market opened with a bang at Roma today where young weaner steers and heifers set new Roma saleyard records of 895.2c/kg and 806.2c/kg respectively this morning.

 

Beef Central has been talking to leading agents across the eastern states this morning to gain a snapshot of how seasonal conditions are shaping up across key cattle producing regions leading into the new year.

 

Broadly speaking, the big picture summary from those conversations is that conditions are generally very good in Central and Southern Queensland and the New England Tablelands and Central West regions of NSW, while paddocks are drying out fast in the Northern Territory, North West Qld and NSW north west slopes.

 

There have also been numerous reports emerging of cattle being affected with three-day sickness in Southern Queensland in particular, which we will report on in a follow up article tomorrow.

 

More detailed summaries for a number of regions follow:

 

North Western Qld, NT drying out fast ...

 

CQ – great start to summer growing season ...

 

Western Downs – ‘it is amazing’ ...

 

Maranoa and SW Qld ‘in pretty good state’ ...

 

NSW north-west slopes also looking for rain ...

 

Big season in Central West NSW ...

 

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