NOT only is the VLE Leongatha Saleyards a proven performer when it comes to getting the best market prices available, whether it’s for store cattle, trade, export or breeder cattle, it’s also a good place to check the pulse of the industry.
Agents, buyers and sellers meet to talk trends and availability and in recent weeks, a lot of the interest has been about where the rain has fallen and where it’s needed.
From the extremes of some farmers declaring they couldn’t have scripted the winter and early autumn better to others saying that rain is desperately needed; the consensus is that rainfall has been incredibly patchy.
Most of South Gippsland is well set up, with heaps of grass and many farmers launching into silage making, but there are some areas in dire need of rain including Yanakie and the country east and west of Yarram.
It’s not that some good rain in the next few weeks couldn’t set things right but the calls for rain are starting to reach a crescendo at the saleyards, where prices and rainfall has been all the talk lately.