John Carige checks out what’s on the market at the CQLX complex during the first cattle sale of the year at Gracemere yesterday.
John Carige checks out what’s on the market at the CQLX complex during the first cattle sale of the year at Gracemere yesterday. CHRIS ISON CI

Rain and wife bring John to sale

AFTER just surviving with recent rainfall, Biloela grazier John Carige was selecting carefully at Gracemere’s sale yesterday.

“We had some relief from the rain and we were fortunate compared to some,” Mr Carige said in the midst of the sale.

Although Mr Carige, who owns Sundale property at Biloela, picked up 12 head of cattle, he admitted the real reason he came to the sale was so his wife could go shopping in Rockhampton.

Mr Carige said the prices were “very dear” but the sale gave him a feel of what’s out there in the market at the moment.

He bought four steers and eight cows.

Mr Carige has lived in Biloela for the past 30 years and although he was lucky enough to see some falls, he would continue to pray for rain.

“We have mainly fattening cattle but breed a few. We need more rain,” he said.

He said if the wet season lasted, he would return to Rockhampton for future sales, as well as his regular visits to the Biloela and Moura sales.

“The day started off fairly soft but there have been some dear cattle, almost unrealistically dear for me.”



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