Having survived the tough years of 2017, 2018 and 2019, 2020 has given Onslow the seasonal conditions one dreams of - near perfect.
Cattle prices have kept an unprecedented momentum in 2020.
Many clients saw weaner prices rise to $1,300 then to $1,500 and as winter crops came in even higher prices were received.
Cow prices continued to rise with many lots making $2,000 or better.
Onslow benefitted from several years of feeding and were able to sell yearling steers for $1,760 and the same aged heifers for $1,560.
This year numbers are down owing to earlier drought conditions.
World markets are forever changing as countries experience depressed times.
Agriculture is still one of the soundest investments as the world still needs food and fibre.
This year all bulls have been born in drought conditions, consequently they were all weaned early - down to two-and-a-half months.
After three years of drought feeding one finds several ways of survival.
Onslow were able to find programs that worked at realistic costs by purchasing oaten hay, wheaten straw, barley hay and canola hay and silage and balanced the weaners with nuts.
Initially Onslow had a considerable amount of silage which proved excellent for keeping the conception results high.
Quality water is paramount during the summer period.
Doug Tozer said some of the strategies for drought survival are wean early, do not let cattle get too low in condition, shut up stock in selected paddocks, buy in feed early if possible and try to relax by talking to others.
This year Onslow's draft of Industry Bulls will be sold via Video Auction, along with an Auction Plus Sale on August, 25 at 2.30pm at "Glenarchy" Berthong Road, Cootamundra.
At this stage they will be COVID-19 registering and compliant and the display area and sale barn will be acceptable.
Inspection of sale bulls are welcome prior to the sale day.
- Contact Doug Tozer on 0427407335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time.