Comment: Buoyant times for cattle market to start 2021

THERE'S been a lot of talk about borders border closures in recent times, especially in terms of dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, one thing is for sure. Border uncertainty certainly didn't dampen the spirits at a run of weaner sales in Victoria.

The sales have been labelled as the "most expensive ever" which is indicative of low numbers and the fact Australia's beef cattle prices have been in good shape for quite a while.

In terms of averages the weaner sales achieved a whopping 500c/kg average. This is something that would almost be considered unheard of if it was flagged five years ago.

A decent season, good crop yields and confidence has fuelled restocker purchasing motivation.

And while people admit the prices are at "dizzy highs" they continue to buy. And the restocking cattle are making their way throughout Australia to hopefully rebuild the beef herd.

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THERE'S still uncertainty about how the rural calendar of events will shape up for 2021.

While there were hopes for an improvement in COVID-19 restrictions there's still uncertainty as to whether some country shows and industry events will get the go-ahead.

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A DEAD lamb, found dumped at Wiradjuri Reserve near Wagga, has highlighted how important the Rural Crime Prevention Team is for agriculture and the greater community.

The gruesome discovery of a lamb in a plastic container has shown the illegal activity, stock theft and biosecurity issues that are occurring in this region.

The person who found this dead lamb posted on social media and the issue attracted a lot of concern.

The Rural Crime Prevention Team is investigating.

The issue also highlights the importance of National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) tags and using correct and current Property Identification Code (PIC).

It is not only something that is important in reducing rural crime, it's vital for industry tracing and protecting the biosecurity of Australia's valuable agricultural sector.

People who disrespect this system are putting livelihoods and primary industries in jeopardy.

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