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KIMBERLEY and Pilbara pastoralists are expected to receive a surge in demand for Indo type feeder steers, with various Northern Territory producers keen to restock their properties ahead of the wet season later this year.
Scott Witham, based at Adelaide River in the NT with developing livestock business, Westcoast Northern Livestock, said with dry conditions prevailing despite a reasonable finish to the last wet season, most store cattle had been shifted off properties and demand was starting to outstrip supply.
“The Victoria Downs area is pretty tight for water and destocking occurred a bit earlier,’’ Scott said.
“Through Mataranka up to Katherine, Darwin River and up to Darwin, restockers are looking towards next season and want to get in early,’’ Scott said.
“Last year there weren’t the numbers around locally, although we do have an oversupply of females that are out of boat spec and, due to the tough conditions, were held. So there are plenty of cattle in the female section if producers want to build.’’
He said after a more traditional dry season, with a record 40 nights with temperatures of less than 20 degrees Celsius experienced recently, producers were hopeful of a similarly typical upcoming wet season.
“Producers are chasing Brahman and Brahman cross feeder steers from 150 kilograms up to 260kg,’’ Scott said.
“These cattle will enter the wet season from late October, going on improved pastures to carry them through from January to the middle of the year.
“Various pastoralists have bought cattle out of the Kimberley, Broome and down to Port Hedland previously and are chasing Indo types from those areas. We have already got a number of orders for good store types.’’
Westcoast Wool & Livestock expanded its livestock services to the Northern Territory earlier this year under the new brand, Westcoast Northern Livestock, which is targeting improved service and increased competition for producers throughout the region.
For further information, Scott can be contacted on 0428 253 080 or 0452 250 321.