Bill Tatt: rumours swirl that central west abattoir may be sold

Stock and Property: Bill Tatt discusses the NSW heatwave, the public holiday due to the Australia Day long weekend and more in his latest column. Photo: File.
Stock and Property: Bill Tatt discusses the NSW heatwave, the public holiday due to the Australia Day long weekend and more in his latest column. Photo: File.

Week Ending 18/01/19

Dubbo agents saw sheep and lamb numbers almost double to 37,000 head for their sale on Monday, January 14, 2019.

No doubt this substantial increase in supply will test the resources of processors but having said that prices at Troy last sale were very solid indeed.

Once again vendors should be aware that on January, 28 the state has a holiday to celebrate Australia Day which falls on Saturday, 26.

As the column has mentioned time and time again, the last thing the industry needs particularly in times of drought is another short processing week.

Numbers always tend to be bigger either side of the public holidays as vendors see one more selling option removed.

The chatter on the street is that the original abattoirs located between Binnaway and Coonabarabran has been sold.

This rumour has circulated many times in recent years since the facility last operated and we hope that this time there is more substance than on previous occasions.

For small communities like ours the employment opportunities alone are enormous. Tradie vehicles have certainly been on site and my information is that they have secured a manager for the shed.

For small communities like ours the employment opportunities alone are enormous.

Bill Tatt

The week commencing Monday, January 14 was one of extreme heat which also saw a considerable softening across the board in the cattle market.

All centres reported increased numbers, some doubling in turn over which to some extent caused the slide. Here at Dubbo numbers only rose from 3500 to 3700 head.

ALSO MAKING NEWS:

Roma in Queensland for the opening sale of 2019 reportedly had a yarding of 10,000 cattle.

Dave Henry and Daniel McCullough, two very good men with Rural Co in the north west have parted company with the ‘mother Ship.’

I’m not sure what Daniel’s plans are but the talk is that Dave is going to relocate to Darwin and be involved in the live cattle trade. Rural Co will sorely miss both men who are in the top echelon of our industry when good agents are discussed.