SOUTH Gippsland beef producers can expect to see a bit more of Bill Burton at the saleyards locally.

A buyer for Mort and Co, principally for such Queensland locations as Toowoomba, Dalby and Millmerran, Bill is involved in the establishment of a new feedlot for Morts at Wangaratta, featuring Angus steers.

It’s a welcome development, notwithstanding the relative scarcity of cattle at the moment.

There could hardly be a more prominent name in Australian agricultural than ‘Mort’, stretching right back to 1838, when the firm was originally established as an auctioneering and brokering business focusing on selling wool.

Mort and Co developed into a leading pastoral house over the ensuing years until a series of merges through the ‘60s, ‘70s and’ 80s turned it into Elder Smith Goldsbrough Mort & Co, and ultimately Elders.

Great-great-great nephew of founder, Thomas Mort, Charlie Mort is now in the process of re-establishing the Mort name in agriculture. Mr Burton was pleased with his purchases on a big day at Leongatha VLE Saleyards last Friday, one of several feedlot buyers from firms in Qld, NSW, Victoria and SA.