Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Northern Territory Government, Media Release, 28 July 2021
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade’s annual cow sale will be taking place next month to sell cattle bred for northern Australia’s conditions and markets.
The auction will see 100 Brahman and 50 Tropical Composite on offer next Wednesday, 4 August.
Holding the auction online at auctionsplus.com.au ensures that COVID-19 health and safety measures can be met.
The online sales of the highly fertile and climatically adapted cows also ensures these cattle are available to buyers from across northern Australia, despite any border closures. The annual bull sale held earlier this month attracted interest from the industry across the Northern Territory, as well as Western Australia.
The bull sale in July 2021 saw 71 Brahmans and Tropical Composites auctioned off on the day, while 92 bulls were bought at the annual sale in 2020.
The cows being offered for sale are from the same breeding program as the bulls, with the online sales being managed by AuctionsPlus and a full catalogue provided by Elders.
The department has been running breeding programs for about 30 years as part of a focus on supporting cattle production in the region.
The programs have been focused on selecting traits relevant to Northern Territory environmental conditions and live export production systems, including fertility, functionality and adaptation.
Quotes from the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade’s Executive Director Agriculture, Phil Hausler:
“The sale of these livestock means that cattle producers can benefit from the 30 years of selective breeding programs being carried out at our research farms.
“Supporting beef cattle production is an important ongoing focus for the department, and the sale of these cows helps do that.
“We want to help this industry grow and diversify, so that it can continue its strong economic contribution to our regional communities across the Territory.
“We’re focused on helping cultivate the cattle industry by ensuring this supply of quality livestock. Herd selection in 2021 can influence genetic makeup, performance and profitability for the next decade, so we want to support our industry growth as much as we can.”
More information about the department’s research and development projects to support the livestock industry can be found online: https://industry.nt.gov.au/industries/primary-industry/livestock-industries-project-listing
Further details on the Northern Territory Government’s support for agribusiness in the Katherine region are available on the website: https://industry.nt.gov.au/industries/primary-industry/agriculture/agricultural-developments/katherine-logistics-and-agribusiness-hub