Bill Tatt: little rain remains a hot topic in ag industry

Stock and property: Bill Tatt discusses a job opportunity opening, a two day sale in Canowindra and more. Photo: File.

Stock and property: Bill Tatt discusses a job opportunity opening, a two day sale in Canowindra and more. Photo: File.

Week Ending 1/02/19

Dubbo Agents Association (DSSA) are in the process of advertising for a new scale’s foreman following the resignation of the current team leader who has moved on to bigger and better things.

The role involves taking delivery of all cattle coming off the scale constant liaison with the team means good communication skills are essential.

Involvement and a good working relationship with all the saleyard players including Agents, meat buyers, trucking companies and council staff are all part of the brief.

While this may seem to be fairly full-on, a good stockman and communicator will adjust and become organised very quickly.

The successful applicant will earn a very tidy remuneration for a big day in the middle of the week leaving ample time for other activities.

Initial contact is Andrew Peadon President DSSA 0417 278349.


My mate David Smith from David Smith Auctions has asked that the column mention a two-day sale that his company has scheduled for February 9 and 10 at No3 Gaskell Street Canowindra.

The sale on both days commences at 10:00am with viewing from 8:00am. Day one comprises, antique firearms and all the associated armaments, sword etc that goes with these items.

Heavy feeder steers were firm...

Bill Tatt

Day two consists of antiques, royal Doulton and all the paraphernalia that one would expect to find at an exclusive auction such as this.

No doubt David has all the details on line but for those reading this column my advice would be to ring the man on 0409 656289.

Rain or the lack of rain is one of the major talking points when people in our industry meet. Some rainfall totals from the North include 400mm from Cooktown to Ingham with a place Whyanbeel Valley in North Queensland topping out at 766mm.


Most districts from the North Kimberley’s right across the Gulf Country through to Cape York and down the Northern Queensland Coast have received 200mm or better and still raining as this column is written.

The writers main hope is that much of rain manages to make its way into rivers such as the Georgina, Diamantina, Thomson Culgoa, Paroo and some others that will allow the flows to reach the Murray Darling Basin and alleviate some of the problems effecting that river system.

Today Prime Cattle yarding of 3030 was some 700 head more than last day. Young cattle to the trade were slightly cheaper while light feeder steers and heifers were quoted 6c to 12c dearer. Heavy feeder steers were firm selling almost to 300c/kg.

Young restocker cattle were dearer. Grown steers were 15c dearer with the better end coming in at 286c. Best cows reached 220c being 6 to 10c dearer. Bulls reached 241c.