As a beef producer and a lover of beef in all its form some figures released by ABARE late last year are cause for some concern and a certain degree of reflection is needed.
Beef has been pushed into third place in terms of kilos consumed in our domestic market. According to the latest chart, chicken is way out in front with 45/3kg per head of population with pig meat at 27.9kg and beef marginally less at 27.7kg per head.
MLA thinks the changing face of our population is a major contributor with increasing numbers of people from overseas rapidly changing the demographic mix of our homeland.
Beef strategist need to continually remind consumers that not only is beef healthy and nutritional but also quick and convenient to prepare. Pork and chicken both are cheaper than beef at the moment and market research shows that “price” is still the primary driver of fresh meat consumption in this country.
The 5th Annual Dubbo Pure Bred Poultry Club Auction was held on Saturday, May 6 at Dubbo Showground. This sale is a major fundraiser for the Westhaven Association and the Dubbo Poultry Club.
This concept has gone from strength to strength in five years and must now surely be ranked as one of the premier Poultry events on the national calendar. An outstanding catalogue, probably the best ever saw birds entered from Benalla (Vic) in the South to Dalby (QLD) in the north and virtually all points in between. Buyers were from everywhere with 164 registrations, in a crowd estimated to exceed 300 people.
Successful purchasers came from as far afield as Perth, Port Lincoln and Dalby just to highlight a few, who travelled incredible distances. Mr and Mrs George Norman from Benalla topped the sale with a trio of large Black Australorps realising $950.00, their second trio was not far behind coming in at $925.00, three large Blue Orpington Pullets sold to local Dubbo schoolgirl Georgia Brown for $520.00, a trio of outstanding Gold Laced Wyandotte’s found a new home in Perth with first time attendee Jane Buchanan, both buyer and birds were home in Perth by dark the following day thanks to Qantas Airways.
In the report handed to the column there are far too many people to mention by name but they know who did the work and the very best thing about the sale is that people within the Poultry industry know who to thank.
Two people who should be applauded are Angus Barlow and Bert Hewitt. Bert as usual donated all proceeds from all his lots to Westhaven and helped Angus with sale organisation and selling. Angus and Bert are the current Auctioneers for the poultry Sale at the Royal Easter Show and take it from me they both have few peers in this side of our industry.
Angus with others no doubt worked the phones tirelessly leading up to the sale, thus creating the interest that led to such an outstanding result.
Dubbo agents after a strong beef showing last week when 8500 cattle were sold in two days, had a more relaxed day this Thursday, May 11, agents scanned 3470 mixed cattle with most pens receiving better competition than originally expected.
Secondary cattle were well supplied and many lines are starting to show the effect of winter.