Bill Tatt: Public deserve the truth to live shipment story

Stock and property: Bill Tatt (pictured) discusses summer storms, cattle sales and more in his latest column. Photo: File.

Stock and property: Bill Tatt (pictured) discusses summer storms, cattle sales and more in his latest column. Photo: File.

Week Commencing 25/01/19

Once again parts of our region have been hit by savage thunder storms causing untold damage to townships and the farming community whilst neighbours down the road have received no such rain events.

Such are the native of summer storms.

The Daily Telegraph on January,17 had a two-page spread detailing some of the very questionable conduct relating to the major story of last year concerning the horrible photography of the suffering endured by a particular shipment of live sheep from Australia to the Middle East.

From the article it was suggested that some organisations may have actually paid people on the boat to make this entire scenario more horrifying than it actually was.

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The writer has no idea if this was the case, but the general public is entitled to know the truth of the matter and be advised what was real and what was not.

When live cattle shipments were halted under a previous labour government and brought the northern cattle industry to their collective knee, we may wish to learn if similar underhand tactics were used at this time.

Dubbo agents for Thursday, January 24 came forward with a neat 1000 head less at 2500 than the previous week.

... the general public is entitled to know the truth of the matter and be advised what was real and what was not.

Bill Tatt

All major selling centres reported a decline in number during the week with a couple of centres reporting entries to have declined by as many as 2000 head. Markets overall showed signs of slight strength across the board.

Most northern export abattoirs appear to have plenty of ‘over the hook’ cattle on hand certainly for the next two to three weeks. Last Monday Dubbo saw sheep and lamb numbers reduce by half when totals fell just over 20,000 head.

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The overall market gathered some momentum as the day progressed to finish the day with a dearer trend evident for both lambs and mutton.

Todays prime cattle sale on January, 24 saw increased restocker and feedlot interest with additional buyers attending from Scone, Merriwa and other parts of the Hunter.

The Troy complex still had a high percentage of very plain cattle, many of which originated form the western reaches of the state.

The market at the better end was stronger with the very plain cattle still hard to shift.

The best pens of heavy well-bred feeder steers sold well above 300c/kg and even this price has been a long time coming.

This type of sale result augurs well for the future if we ever receive a general widespread rain event.