LIMOUSIN stud bull sale Le Martres at Albury has fallen victim to the floods and been postponed.
Stud principal Leon Martin was due to hold his first bull sale via video auction on his Table Top property tomorrow at 1pm.
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Mr Martin said the excessive rainfall in the past 48 hours had resulted in the sale postponed until March 15 at 1.10pm.
“The amount of water is making travelling dangerous for people on the roads,’’ he said.
Across the border at the Wodonga special store sale today, cattle producers were keeping a nervous eye skywards and on the strong prices.
The weather was the hot topic while restockers went head to head on all categories of cattle with the prospect of a bumper autumn ahead.
Kiewa valley beef producer Jack Hicks tipped 64mm out of his rain gauge overnight on his Running Creek farm.
“That gave us 110mm for the week,’’ Mr Hicks said.
“I have cows and young calves on the river flats but the Kiewa River is still well within its banks.’’
Ray Shea, of Barfold, welcomed 46mm yesterday as a follow up to the 78mm for the week.
“The first 78mm soaked in beautifully and this follow up rain is really tremendous,’’ Mr Shea said.
“This is a general widespread rain and it will have to have a positive impact.’’
Wodonga auctioneer Trevor Parker battled heavy rain through most of the 2400 head sale.
“This rain will mean a hell of a lot to the cattle industry over a very big area,’’ Mr Parker said.
Beechworth beef producer Judy Griffiths said 54mm overnight helped top up the 84mm received during the week.
“It’s really good – the phalaris will just boom away,’’ Mrs Griffiths said.
Julie Pearce, of Dederang, measured 88mm overnight on top of 91mm for the week.
“We are on the river flats and are keeping a watch on the Kiewa River at the moment,’’ she said.
“But I think we are pretty safe.’’
Alan Brewer, of Koetong, said 75mm overnight and 60mm for the week would set up his cattle enterprise for autumn.
“It will sweeten the ground up,’’ Mr Brewer said.
Wodonga livestock transport operator Graeme Simmonds managed to deliver 480 head for the sale out of the North East valleys.
But, Mr Simmonds, said trucking cattle to their end destination points could be a head ache.
“My first load is to Cootamundra and it is only tray trucks so far,’’ he said.
“I’m very nervous about today – there are no B doubles out and I’m being selective.’’
Upper Murray cattle buyer Robert Newnham is looking forward to getting heifers home after receiving 100mm over the past three days.
He said the rain would result in a great autumn for the region.
Peter Hellema, of Lilliput Wines of Rutherglen, said his 200mm had come at the worst-possible time.
"It bucketed and bucketed down,'' he said.
Grape harvest, due to get under way today, has now been delayed 10 days to a fortnight.
"That's if there's anything left to pick,'' Mr Hellema said. "Who knows what they are going to look like.''
Yarrawonga olive grower Franc Vodusek said it was the biggest rain he had seen in 50 years.
His family's Rich Glen olive grove had so far received 240mm.
"And it's just not letting up,'' Mr Vodusek said.
"We've seen big rain before, but this is unbelievable.''
Paul Dahlenburg, winemaker at Baileys of Glenrowan, said harvest had been pushed back a couple of days because of the rain but "the stuff we have in fermenting looks fantastic''.
Fruit grower Alan Stiles at Glenrowan, south of Wangaratta, said he had received 195mm of rain from Sunday until 9am Thursday.
However, the rain wasn't going to affect his avocado crop.
"The avocados don't mind getting wet,'' Mr Stiles said.
However, more rain is forecast for the region this weekend.
"We aren't floating away yet,'' he said.
"It has cleared now, but more rain is forecast for the weekend
About 150mm of rain has fallen at Myrtleford since Sunday.
According to livestock agent Dan Ivone, from Paull and Scollard, "another inch (25mm) would have fallen since this morning''.
"The gates on Buffalo Dam have just been opened, and the Ovens River has broken its banks at Myrtleford,'' Mr Ivone said.
"The next three or four hours we will see the water rise I think.
"All the small creeks that flow into the Ovens have broken their banks.''
Mr Ivone said another 50-100mm was forecast for the weekend.
"Most of the fruit up here has been picked. The blueberries and raspberries have finished. The kiwi fruit still needs to be picked, and the (growers) only started picking the hops this week, so this rain would be bothering them,'' he said.