Buyers flock in for Miriam Vale cattle sale after delays
THE silver anniversary Miriam Vale cattle sale and show was delayed three months, but it paid off.
Initially postponed due to drought conditions, a spate of wet weather also stood in the way of the 25th celebrations.
However, according to Ray Taylor, property salesman with Landmark Rockhampton, sellers benefited from the delay.
"The market was declining a few month ago with the drought," he said.
"But due to the recent rains it's lifted the market up again and we are in a good place."
Mr Taylor was the impetus behind the start of the sale, along with former Miriam Vale Shire chairman John Bell, 25 years ago.
Since the start of the Miriam Vale cattle sale, the saleyards were rebuilt specifically to suit the purpose.
"Now they are first-class yards made of principally steel."
About 200 buyers flocked from as far as Gympie, Dingo, Biloela and Blackwater to attend the sale of 350 steer and 250 heifers.
Charlie Prizeman along with wife Desley parted with the best pen of Brahman weaner steer they have ever reared at the show.
The Gladstone legend, who has been a grazier for 39 years, sold his champion Brahman at $470 a head, a price he agreed was reasonable for the current market.
"For almost 40 years I've been breeding and now that I've just got it right, I'm getting out," he said.
"Without a doubt they are the best weaner steer I've ever had."
The Targinnie residents and former car dealership owners are selling off their entire livestock supply.
Mr Prizeman said the only place to put his champion steer was Miriam Vale saleyards.
"I won't sell anywhere else," he said.
Mr Prizeman said in excellent market conditions he would've expected his cattle to reach a price of $520 a steer.
Although there were no surprises in the Prizeman's taking home Champion Pen Steers, local graziers were well represented in the Miriam Vale Show.
Reserve Pen Steers were awarded to John Roylance, and the Reserve Pen Heifers also belonged to Mr Roylance.
Champion Pen Steers were determined to belong to Bill and Sue Roffey, as did the first place for Number Three Heifers.
The Roylances also took the title of first place for Number Four Heifers and Number Four Steers.
Second placing for Number Four heifers went to M and D Hansell, with J and T Bode following in third place.
Charlie and Desley Prizeman also took home the coveted first place for Number Four Steers, in lucky pen number 23.
Number Three Steers were a contest between C J Bayliss and G D Bell and Sons, with Bell and Sons taking out first place, and Bayliss both second and third.
Judge Tony Donnelly said he took into account the temperament, colouring, muscle tone, weight and softness when considering the results.
Walking the saleyards to determine a winner is a fine art Mr Donnelly has mastered to an "hour or two".