Beef production is family-run



Beef production is family-run

Cattle rancher Scott Witherow can trace the connection to his Murmungee property nearly 100 years ago.

Mr. Witherow’s great-grandfather chose him from the original owners, and his grandfather added 270 acres to the original farm, land on which Mr. Witherow now works.

His father inherited the 270-acre property when the original farm was split between him and his two brothers six years ago.

Of the three, Mr Witherow believes his father inherited the finest property.

He plans to take around 65 weaned cattle to the Myrtleford Store cattle sale on Friday, with around a 50/50 split of heifers and steers.

“I hope to get exceptional prices – as any farmer would,” he said.

Mr Witherow is pleased with the quality of the cattle this year – he and his father run a mix of purebred Angus and Shorthorn Angus crossbred cattle.

“We have some decent bloodlines with the bulls, which is working well for us right now,” he said.

Six years ago they switched from selling Hereford cattle to Angus because they were doing better at sales.

“If you can get $10 more per head or $20 per head for the same size beast in the yard, my theory is go for the money,” Mr Witherow said.

Cattle prices have remained consistently high this year – Myrtleford’s weaned cattle sale in March saw 2,050 head of cattle sold for a total gross of $4.65 million, averaging around $2,268.30 dollars per head.

Mr Witherow hopes prices will remain high over the next 12 months, saying strong demand is likely to continue as recent droughts and floods in New South Wales and Queensland have decimated herds and farmers continue to restock.

Some 2,000 cattle will go under the hammer at Friday’s Myrtleford Store livestock sale, which will begin with cows and calves and pregnant females tested from 10.30am at Nutrien Yards, Howell Lane, Myrtleford.

Weaned sales will start around noon at Paull and Scollard Nutrien Yards, Mathesons Lane, Myrtleford.

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