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Cattle market's optimistic picture painted

An optimistic picture has been painted for Clermont’s cattle market with one agent adamant demand for beef to increase.

Isaac Regional Council’s cattle saleyards staged a solid May Store and Prime Sale in Clermont.

Clermont combined agents sold 410 head of cattle, mainly from Aramac and Nebo, on Wednesday, May 10.

Isaac Regional Councillor Dale Appleton said Wayne Smith from family-run business Rosedale sold five cows and five calves at the sale, describing it as a record result.

“It’s amazing to see our local producers get good prices like this,” Cr Appleton said.

“Cattle producers in the Isaac region contribute $212 million a year to the beef industry, with agriculture the largest number of registered businesses in the district.”

With all producers happy with the results, Hoch and Wilkinson partner Jake Passfield said it was a solid sale with good quality steers in particular in demand.

The current market trends are looking quite positive with some good quality lines of young weaner sold to high demand.

“There is a slight softening in the overall market due to supply and demand,” Mr Passfield said.

“Seems to be a fair supply of cattle on the market at present but as that lessens, demand should increase.”   

Highlights, provided by Hoch and Wilkinson, from the May Store and Prime Sale:

  • The Salmond Family “Lestree Downs” Clermont sold Brahman heifers to 240c/kgs for 458kgs to come back at $1102.
  • Martina Hoch “Lake Huffer” Aramac sold Euro X Cows to 220c/kgs for 615kgs to return $1354 and the draft of feeder steers reached 317c/kg for 451kgs $1430.  
  • Rob and Colleen Sturtzel sold Simmental X weaner steers 302kgs for 363c/kg to make $1096.
  • Michael Borg “Calveston” Clermont sold EU Gelbvieh X Steers 385c/kgs for 267kgs to come back at $1031.
  • The Finger family “Hillview” Clermont sold Simmental X heifers 220kgs for 320c/kg to return $705.

Sales at the Clermont Saleyards take place on the second Wednesday of each month. 

For a full list of sale dates visit or call Council’s 24/7 Customer Service Centre on 1300 472 227. 



A selection of images from the sale are available to download from Dropbox here:


Image 1: Local producers gather to inspect the stock at Isaac Regional Council’s Clermont saleyards.

Image 2: A R Scott buys five cows and five calves from Wayne Smith’s pen.

Image 3: Wayne Smith from family-run business Rosedale.

Image 4: Hoch and Wilkinson’s Tony Hoch and Jake Passfield at Clermont cattle sale yards.

Image 5: Isaac Regional Councillor Dale Appleton’s cattle from Native Bee station up for sale with prospective sellers inspecting the stock

Images 6-8: Nikalae and Braelin Janke.

Image 9: Lorraine O'Shannessy, Tom Robertson, Michael Borg, Bruce Wilby and Ian O'Shannessy.

Image 10: Hoch and Wilkinson’s John Wilkinson, Tony Hoch and Jake Passfield.

Image 11: Isaac Regional Councillor Dale Appleton and Wayne Smith having a cuppa at the May Store and Prime Sale.

Image 12: Hoch and Wilkinson partner Jake Passfield.

Image 13: Jack Currant enjoying a social visit as he reminisces about his time in the cattle business.

Image 14: Hoch and Wilkinson’s Jake Passfield and Tony Hoch.


For further information contact:
Isaac Regional Council PR & Media Officer                          0437 297 839



16 May 2017