SUCCESS STORY: A full show schedule and good weather meant spectator numbers swelled at the Bangalow Show on Saturday.
SUCCESS STORY: A full show schedule and good weather meant spectator numbers swelled at the Bangalow Show on Saturday. Alina Rylko

Farmers buoyed by beef prices at Bangalow Show

IF YOU'RE selling, you're smiling; and if you're buying, you're crying.

That best sums up the cattle market, according to stewards at the 117th Bangalow Show, held on Saturday at the A and I Hall and showground.

Farmers competing with vealers and beef were buoyed by healthy prices, as they vied for ribbons at the popular show.

Chief vealer steward Murray Deane said 56-head from 90-440kg vied for ribbons.

Mr Deane said the show stock reflected a stellar year for Kyogle, Clunes and Coraki farmers, who had enjoyed a mild winter, perfect for young cattle.

Ribbon prizes added to an elated mood among producers.

Faith Tebb and PJ Reardon enjoy the action.
Faith Tebb and PJ Reardon enjoy the action. Alina Rylko

"Cattle with a live weight of 360kgs, they're worth $1300 a head now whereas, two years ago, the same animal was about $700.

"It's not often you have fat cattle and big prices - we only dream of that.

"If you're selling, you're smiling; and if you're buying, you're crying.”

Alf Jarrett of Kyogle won Champion Vealer of the Show.

Beef steward Merrick Blok said 105-head of stud cattle vied for more than 60 ribbons. Poultry, show jumping and horses also attracted large audiences.

Vealer competition judge John Bradfield, head steward Murray Deane and steward Geoff Jarrett keep an eye on competition.
Vealer competition judge John Bradfield, head steward Murray Deane and steward Geoff Jarrett keep an eye on competition. Alina Rylko

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