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AN average yarding of 248
cattle was offered at this
week's Quoiba prime market.
Prices were on a par with re-
cent weeks with the exemption
of cows which eased in value.
Best heavy steers topped at
218c per kg while trade steers
saw a top of 233c per kg.
The best vealers sold to a
top of 232c per kg.
Trade heifers topped at 221c
Best beef cows sold to a top
of 161c per kg.
Light bulls sold to a top of
129c per kg.
Bullocks: Shaune Jones
218c/kg $1229, MJ & RD
Knowles 202c/kg $1264
Heavy trade steers:
Anita Bellchambers 222c/kg
Trade steers: Anita Bell-
chambers 233c/kg $1039, L
& G Fielding 222c/kg $990
Steer vealers: QC & PRA
Davies 232c/kg $955, WD
Maxwell 230c/kg $786, DG
& DJ Martin 228c/kg $902
Heavy heifers: BL Hays
200c/kg $908, SJ & NM
Bullen 197c/kg $925, FJ &
JA Maxwell 196c/kg $788.
Trade heifers: SD & DM
Foley 221c/kg $976, L Lillico
216c/kg $946, RJ Maxfield
Heifer vealers: DG & DJ
Martin 218c/kg $789, E
Lovas 206c/kg $807.
Cows: RC Cooke 161c/kg
$1072, M Kenzie 152c/kg
$939, AJ Hein 152c/kg
Good news on beef export front
GOOD news on the beef export front
with the February figures released
during the week showing that Austra-
lia shipped 106,054 tonnes of beef and
veal for the month.
This is 6% higher than last year
and the highest February volume on
The US was our biggest customer
taking 37,822 tonnes which is 60%
higher than February 2014 but short
of the monthly record of 47,238 ton-
nes set last September.
Exports to Japan were up 10% and
Canada up 36% but China declined
25% to 9,874 tonnes and Indonesia
29% to 4,306 tonnes. Exports to
Korea were steady at 12,186 tonnes.
MLA reported that "February ex-
ports were boosted by high slaughter
rates, with the NLRS Eastern states
indicative weekly adult slaughter av-
eraging 170,000 head which is up 2%
on February last year.
Interesting to also note that with
the value of the $A sitting around 78c
this year which is 13% less than the
same period in 2014 and one would
have to assume that if it stays around
this level the benefit will be terrific for
all export industries.
I found another interesting article
in a MLA newsletter. They compared
2011 with current day conditions.
In 2011 the Eastern States Young
Cattle Indicator averaged 396c/kg
which was the highest calendar year
average on record.
The cattle kill then was 18% lower
than where we are now and have been
over the past few months with sea-
sonal conditions better in 2011 than
we have now.
During 2015 however, the supply
forces have been against producers,
with high offerings evident of what
have been prolonged dry conditions.
The main factor supporting prices
has been the strong international de-
mand, assisted by a significantly
weaker $A in comparison with 2011.
In 2011 there were very good sum-
mer rains and this caused a much
lower slaughter number and hence
prices were good.
During the first part of 2015 the
supply forces have been against pro-
ducers, with high offerings evident of
what have been prolonged dry condi-
They also say that "looking for-
ward, provided the international
trade environment remains strong
over the coming months, the poten-
tial for cattle prices is significant, es-
pecially if supplies contract back
towards 2011 levels.
A further interesting point is 2011
holds the record for the number of
consecutive sale days when the EYCI
stayed above 400c/kg (38 days), with
the current string now at 35 days and
easily on track to surpass that record.
Powranna kicks off weaner season
ABOUT 3000 cattle went under
the hammer at Powranna yes-
terday kick starting Tasmania's
weaner sales season.
Mainland buyers were out in
force after strong inquiries lead-
ing up to the sale.
Roberts Livestock manager
Warren Johnston said despite
the dry season, the calves were
in excellent condition.
"The quality of the calves
doesn't tend to change much
from year to year and they look
good again this year," he said.
The next sale on the calen-
der will be held by Elders at
Powranna on March 19.
Full results from yester-
day's sale will be included in
next Friday's Tasmanian
QUALITY: Mainland buyers were out in force at Powranna this week
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