Saleyards experience huge cattle sales
THE ROMA Saleyards has enjoyed a bumper week of cattle sales, pumping close to $12million into the local economy based on forecasts.
Tuesday alone, sold over 12,000 head of stock but this figure was expected to rise after today's sales.
Councillor Peter Flynn said that the large numbers of cattle turnover this week can be attributed to the drought gripping the southwest.
"Conditions out in the western regions are very dry and people are looking to sell to re-stockers but obviously the Roma Saleyards are proving to be a popular place to sell cattle.”
"The indications are that their will be fairly big numbers with most Tuesday sales aiming for 8000 head of cattle.
"These figures prove the agricultural industry is still the biggest turnover industry in this region and is a big boost to the economy in the Maranoa.
Cr Flynn said he was surprised at the health of stock given the current climate.
"Considering the drought, the condition of the cattle, were very good with the problems they have faced in the last three or four months.”