THERE were plenty of smiles down at the Elders Toowoomba saleyards this week, but Wayne Schefe's may well have been the biggest.
After a tough start to the year and well below average rainfall, things are looking up at Rockview, his 809ha Cooyar property.
So much, in fact, that he was stoked to pick up a pen of angus steers at 432c/kg at this week's sale, one of the top prices for the day.
Mr Schefe said the farm currently ran about 400-450 head, which was down on his usual stocking numbers, so he was pleased to get more stock back in the paddocks.
"We're down in numbers at the moment; it was very tough for a while but it's come good now,” he said.
"We just need some run-off water because the dams are dry, but we're definitely happy and we'll see what the cyclone brings.
"It was a very good result.”
Mr Schefe was up against two other producers keen to get hold of the tidy pen of steers and said his local agent had done a top job of the sale.
He said it would be straight back to work on the farm as he prepared to harvest cereal hay, but he was hedging his bets and aiming to cut it after the cyclone-related weather passed.
"I've got a good crop to cut at the moment and I've just planted 80 acres (32ha) of oats for hay and got a beautiful strike on all of it,” he said.
"It's looking pretty good.”
Elders Toowoomba territory sales manager Mark Gersekowski said it was a strong week at the saleyards, with slightly better numbers thanks to the rain.
Along with the slightly higher numbers penned, there were some significantly stronger prices than in recent weeks, particularly among the restocker vealer heifers, which made 10-20c on last week's prices.
Mr Gersekowski said exporters were up by 5-10c and there were generally strong prices across the board.
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