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WELCOME to the first of my
Wool Report columns.
It's a pleasure to be able to
provide another perspective to
Tasmanian wool growers. The
aim is to not just tell you what
the market has done, but also
Sales resumed from the
three-week recess on a predict-
ably underwhelming note on
Tuesday, with Melbourne the
only centre selling.
Exporters chose to sit on
the fence and no one was will-
ing to set the market on fine
and medium types, with 23 and
finer drifting five to 10 cents.
On the second day, there
was some more direction, with
18 and finer picking up most
losses incurred the day before.
We have heard a lot about
crossbred wool selling at his-
toric highs. Lots of 28 and 30
micron rose 14 and 19 cents re-
spectively on the first two days
this week, but why?
The answer is women's
fashion. These two-micron
ranges are used widely in
heavy, woven fabrics for over-
coats, so there is real demand.
This is coupled with one
Chinese exporter having a
dream run, fuelling this bull
market from September. From
all reports, if this operator
stopped tomorrow, another
exporter would fill the void.
In saying that, history dic-
tates prices cannot go up for-
ever, so it's an excellent
opportunity to lock in some
forward quantity at limited dis-
count to the spot market.
We have been asked a lot
this week about the Australian
dollar. Since it is trading at
rates not seen for four or five
years against the US dollar,
why haven't we seen the equiv-
alent rise in the market?
One main reason is that we
are in the middle of a dramatic
downward trend. Until it is
properly broken, anyone trad-
ing in the US currency will
tread very cautiously.
Since July last year, the
Australian dollar has dropped
about 14 per cent, equating to
an Eastern Market Indicator
movement of about 150c/kg.
For the larger Chinese trad-
ers dealing in hundreds of ton-
nes, this drop is alarming. The
positive is, once the currency
stabilises, we would hope to see
some market upside.
Another national offering
of more than 55,000 bales is
rostered for next week and will
put pressure on the market.
We have seen higher-than-
average clearance rates over
recent months, so the question
is whether there will be
enough wool to go around in
February and March.
Rob Calvert is wool manager at
Study shows OJD strikes all sheep breeds
A NEW study has quashed the
belief that some sheep breeds
are more susceptible to Ovine
Johne's Disease than others.
The study, by the University
of Sydney, found of the breeds
tested, none were resistant to
the disease but some breeds
developed clinical signs later
Senior lecturer of veterin-
ary science Douglas Begg said
the 14-month study in 2012-
2013 included Merino, Border
Leicester, Poll Dorset and Suf-
folk-Merino first-cross sheep.
There were 41 lambs of the
same age from each breed,
with 36 exposed to the same
dose of the bacterium that
He said the study found all
breeds developed infection and
disease, but there was a big dif-
ference in the number of ani-
mals from each breed that had
developed clinical disease by
the end of the trial.
"The Merino and Suffolk-
Merino had a greater pro-
portion of sheep with clinical
disease than the Poll Dorset or
Border Leicester," he said.
Dr Begg said about 44 per
cent of the Merino, 36 per cent
of the Suffolk-Merino and 11
per cent of the Border Leices-
ter and Poll Dorset sheep de-
veloped clinical OJD, which
resulted in them losing weight.
"All breeds of sheep we test-
ed are susceptible to Johne's
disease but some breeds take
longer for the disease to be-
He said that had the trial
been longer, he expected more
of the Poll Dorsets and Border
Leicesters to have succumbed
to the clinical disease.
The study also found many
more sheep had the infection
but did not develop visible
signs with infection rate from
45 per cent to 75 per cent.
--The Weekly Times
Hard work pays off at sale showing
THE Taylor family of Kenilworth in
Campbell Town prepared 2500 sheep for
last week's fifth annual production sale,
conducted by Elders.
Auctioneer David Talbot commended
the vendors for their efforts, saying the
way the sheep were presented proved
their work was worth it.
The Merino offering consisted of 1730
Mount Vernon bloodlines with the 2013
drop Merino ewes selling to a top of $80,
CFA ewes to $70 and unshorn lambs to
$95 with the 1057 White Suffolk lambs
selling to $96.
The volume buyer of the day was PC
Boyd of Glendessary, Evandale, who
bought 510 sheep to $80.
Also last week, Elders conducted the
third annual Tasmanian Lambpro
Primeline Maternal Ram Genetics sale at
The video sale was also interfaced
through Auctions Plus and it met with
spirited bidding from established and new
purchasers from within Tasmania as well
as from interstate.
The demand resulted in a total
clearance of 41 selected sires, which sold
to a top price of $2000 to average $1507.
The volume buyer of the day was
Iveridge Estate at Cressy, which bought
seven rams priced up to $1700. The top-
priced ram at $2000 was bought by DRF
& MD Locke of Wirruna in Holbrook,
NSW. The second-highest price of $1900
was paid by local operations Stony Head
Pastoral of Beechford and Strathroy
Estate of Breadalbane.
Auctioneer Ross Milne said the sale
was set to keep growing as demand for
prime line sires was rising.
Mr Milne said local producers had
been taking advantage of the exceptional
offering at the sale, with a total of 24 rams
going to Tasmanian buyers.
SALE TIME: Vendor David Taylor with baby Rupert, ewe buyer Virginia Hobart and Damien Whiteley from Elders.
Heavy lambs maintain prices
AN average yarding of 515
lambs were penned at Roberts'
Quoiba sale this week.
Prices for the heavy lines
held recent strong rates to top
Medium and lighter types
of lambs sold to slightly easier
rates than in recent weeks.
The 45 mutton offered this
week were mainly smaller lines
and sold to a top quote of $60.
The 205 store lambs met re-
cent strong restocker demand,
topping at $90 for best lines
with small types selling for $40
A light offering of 18 pork-
ers sold to a top price of
LAMBS: JA&SJ Cameron $147, K & J
Baker $144, PK Hodgetts $142, Per-
fect Pork $135, NJ Webberley $132
MUTTON: M O'Donnell $60, R & C
Sharman $57, Bingley & Sushames
Only best of few cattle hold firm
THE opening for 2015 saw just
112 cattle at Roberts' Quoiba
sale, mostly trade steers and
heifers and vealers.
Prices for quality pens held
pre-Christmas prices while
processing types and unfin-
ished pens were again softer.
JAP OX: Brian Last 193c/kg $1169,
DA & LV Mason 192c/kg $1140, Bare
Hill 190c/kg $1075. HEAVY TRADE
STEERS: MD&HC Rundle 203c/kg
$998, Verne O G'Williams 201c/kg
$1101, PP&KF Day 200c/kg $1032.
TRADE STEERS: Bare Hill 188c/kg
$853, PL Jackson 182c/kg $815. STEER
VEALERS: MJ&PJ Fielding 224c/kg
$981, CA Richardson & Son 223c/kg
$842, BA Terrey 217c/kg $881.
HEAVY HEIFERS: VO G'Williams
211c/kg $1017, Peter Cox 196c/kg
$968, Selwyn A Harding 192c/kg $883.
TRADE HEIFERS: Selwyn A Harding
218c/kg $906, Peter Cox 208c/kg
$848, GV,MG,OM&DR Wilson 197c/
kg $764. HEIFER VEALERS: MJ & PJ
Fielding 222c/kg $822, Anne Wessel-
son 206c/kg $655,BATerrey 200c/kg
$716. COWS: A&EM Bosveld 125c/kg
$785, Rebekkah Rundle 119c/kg $664.
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