Exceptional summer thrive has boosted this beef farmer's returns
It looks as if my 2017 returns are turning out to be very similar to last year's which is good news as 2016 was one of the best thriving years I have ever experienced.
Average carcase weights of cattle sold are running about 5kg ahead of last year, but with two slightly lighter loads of cattle still to go I expect to finish very close to last year's average weight of around 331 kg.
In spite of the recent drop in price, the average return per kilo appears to be still a few cents ahead of last year, but with some plainer cattle still to go, this average may drop somewhat.
The moment of truth for seven very plain stores I bought this time last year arrived a few weeks ago when I sent four of them off as part of a load to the factory.
I have always felt that trying to make a living fattening cattle is a serious gamble, so when I bought these seven cattle I took a calculated gamble that they might improve.
While they have grown into very big cattle, unfortunately their conformation has shown no improvement at all.
I was seriously worried all summer at how badly they might actually kill-out,
So I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw their returns.