Back in Gracemere saleyards after extended break

Agent Joel Dawson and Trevor Bradford, from St Lawrence, at CQLX.
Agent Joel Dawson and Trevor Bradford, from St Lawrence, at CQLX. Allan Reinikka

KILLARNEY Station, St Lawrence, was in the midst of Cyclone Debbie's wrath, but Trevor Bradford says he and his family were let off easy.

The 16,000-hectare property has months of fencing repairs ahead of it before stock work can begin again with its 2500 head of cattle.

With fences and paddocks out of action, Trevor made the trip to the first Gracemere sale since Cyclone Debbie and the Rockhampton floods to check out the market and take a break from the fencing.

"I just mainly wanted a break from our fencing,” Trevor said.

"We're fortunate, we didn't lose much stock that I know of, but other than that we're just going to be fencing for a couple of months. We have to do all of that sort of stuff before we even start our stock work, but it's good to keep your finger on the pulse and know what's happening.”

Trevor said coming off a four-week break, the market looked exceptionally strong, which was a positive sign.

"For the last 18 months or so the markets been pretty good. Before that it was a fair struggle, the industry was very hard to make ends meet for what you were getting for your product,” he said.

"You were producing a good product but you still weren't getting much money for it.

"But now you're getting a decent return and you can start putting a bit of infrastructure back in.”

Joel Dawson, from Brian Dawson Auctions in Rockhampton, was one of the agents in the yards on Friday when the sales started back.

"The market started back very strong. It's been four weeks since we've had a sale here at Gracemere, just with the floods and the cyclone and also Easter,” he said.

"The weather affected people in the respect that we were unable to run sales. People were unable to get cattle out, with the flood we couldn't get cattle into the saleyards.

"It has affected a lot of graziers who sell cattle week in and week out that weren't able to run their normal operations.”

However there is always a silver lining in every cloud.

With the rain comes lifts in the market.

"It has also lifted the market again, with the people who were a bit unsure whether they were going to get their rainfall for the year,” Joel said.

"A lot of areas have got that rainfall now and it gives everyone a bit of confidence going into the rest of the year.

"Honestly our market was as strong as it has been six months ago, the market has been very good for a long time.

"The fact that we hadn't had the rain, the market was starting to come back a bit and there was a correction because it was so high. But now with this this bit of extra rain the market has kicked again and it is as strong as it was about six months ago.”

Topics:  cattle sale cyclone debbie gracemere rockhampton flood st lawrence

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