Prime sales to reduce to once a fortnight
WEEKLY prime sales will be abandoned in favour of a fortnightly sale at Roma, starting from next week.
The change is a reflection of the current conditions around the regions, and numbers of prime (fat) cattle have halved in the past 12 months.
"Because of the drought, the numbers at our Thursday fat cattle sales have been quite low for a considerable period of time, and the Roma Agents' Association approached council with the thought of having those sales reduced to fortnightly for the rest of the financial year," Maranoa councillor Peter Flynn said.
Selling cattle is a numbers game and agents have been aware of the dropping numbers on Thursdays for some time.
"We had an agents' meeting and spoke about how there is that uncertainty every week about how many cattle would come through," AJ Riley, from Ray White Rural Roma, said.
"We've seen the numbers go down over the past year, and this year has been noticeable.
"You need about 300 to put on a sale so, by going fortnightly, we can guarantee buyers that there will be a sale."
While the downturn has affected the prime sales in Roma, Tuesday store sales continue to roar.
"Our biggest sales are still going ahead, and going very strongly; at the most recent Tuesday sale, we had about 2300 head of cattle," Cr Flynn said.