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Cattle industry is at a climax, but where will it go next?

Rise of cattle prices has made headlines for the past year, and it just keeps on going.
Rise of cattle prices has made headlines for the past year, and it just keeps on going. Anastassia Perets

"The bigger the boom, the bigger the bust."

That's what local cattle farmer Lindsay Titmash said in light of recent beef price hikes.

In the 108 years that Lindsay Titmarsh's family has run cattle on its Tandora property, nothing has compared to the current cattle prices.

Mr Titmarsh may be 68-years-old, but the century statement is one he is comfortable making.

Lindsay Titmarsh is a fifth generation cattle farmer.
Lindsay Titmarsh is a fifth generation cattle farmer. Eliza Wheeler

"It's never been anything like this before," he said.

"The overall price for cattle is about 720c/kg right now, but about two years ago it was about the 300c/kg mark."

Specialising in selling wieners, he sold a truck load and received up to 1200c/kg per head a couple of months back.

"Even since we sold those wieners in May, the prices have gone up still," he said.

"It's getting dangerous territory because the bigger the boom, the bigger the bust."

About 100 head of his wieners were too small in May, so are getting ready to hit the saleyard next month.

While Mr Titmarsh is used to the unpredictable changes within the cattle industry, he is taking advantage of it while it lasts.

"The past 18 months have been the best in Tandora in a long time in terms of weather for cattle," he said.

"It's been unbelievable.

"There's never been a winter like this in my memory.

"But the four years before that, it was the worst drought in history."

Topics:  agriculture cattle cattle prices fraser coast


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