GALLERY: Clermont cattle sale kicks off with fresh feel
HE started out his grazing career with just a 5200-hectare property handed down from his uncle.
Now it's grown to 194,200 hectares and Isaac Regional Councillor and cattle producer Dale Appleton says it's great to see young families coming into the market for the first time, just like he did.
"New producers starting out are no different to me. If they put their mind to it, it can all be done.”
And it seems as if they are putting their minds to it, with the Clermont cattle market off to a strong start.
The first Prime and Store Sale of the year held on February 15 had 800 head of cattle sold at the Clermont saleyards from local producers.
Isaac cattle producers contribute about $212 million a year to the beef industry, with agriculture making up the largest number of registered businesses in the region.
Hoch and Wilkinson partner Jake Passfield said the prices were very good.
"Quoted prices of the day were feeder steers, which made up to 324c/kg, and weaner steers that made up to 343c/kg,” he said.
"Cattle weights this year aren't too bad due to the winter rain, but the season's beginning to shorten up.
"Most people have had a little start with some summer rain, but are looking for a bit more for their growing season.”
Sales at the Clermont Saleyards take place on the second Wednesday of each month.