Livestock Market Update: Feeder calf sale season starts soon
Uncertainty around dairy beef recedes as M bovis risk becomes better understood.
This year’s feeder calf sale season starts shortly, beginning in Waikato, where significant quantities of calves are likely to go through the sales over the next two months.
With risks associated with M bovis now better understood, the uncertainty around dairy beef that has prevailed over the past two years should be less evident this year.
Rearers ready to take Friesian bull calves and beef cross bulls and heifers through the coming months or beyond will have plenty of young stock to choose from, which is a positive as the red meat industry depends on their efforts to keep the beef supply chain operating effectively.
Large yardings are also expected for sales in Taranaki and Manawatu, where two sales per week will roll through at the same complexes. Bay of Plenty and Northland sales also influence the availability of calves coming to the market.
In the South Island feeder calf sales in Canterbury, Otago and Southland will be the main focus. We also facilitate paddock sales straight from farmers’ sheds when opportunity arises.
For anyone uncertain about the business risk associated with rearing feeder calves or in doubt about feed availability, PGG Wrightson can assist to negotiate forward contracts linking rearers to farmers seeking to take on stock from 100 kilograms and beyond, either to finish them or take them to the next step.