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TAS Country : August 26th 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010 Tasmanian Country 19 Stock Report ENCOURAGEMENT: Frank Archer, on his property Landfall, wants young people to consider a career in the beef industry. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Beefy gift puts hooks into future KAROLIN MacGREGOR TASMANIAN butchers and meat buyers will have the chance to help promote the beef industry to young people by bidding on a steer at this year's Sheffield Hoof and Hook Compe- tition carcass auction. The Archer family from Landfall has donated two steers to the competition this year, and proceeds from the carcass sale from one of the steers will be given to the Australian Beef Industry Foundation. The steers will be broken in and prepared by students at Sheffield School. Feed for the ABIF steer has been donated by Ruralco. It may not be all that well known in Tasmania, but the ABIF plays an important role in encouraging young people to take up a career in the beef industry. The foundation is now headed up by Frank Archer from Landfall, who was named chair- man at the organisation's annual meeting in April. Originally formed in 2001, the foundation was initially called the Angus Education and Research Foundation and is funded through industry support. Each year the foundation offers scholarships to young people interested in a career in agriculture, specifically the beef industry. The University of Illinois scholarship is presented to the winner of the Angus Youth National Judging Competition and is open to participants from 21-30. The scholarship provides the opportunity for the young person to spend a semester studying meat and animal science in Illinois. The winner will also receive airfares and $2000 to pay for travel and accommodation expenses, and has the chance to visit major shows and beef events. A second scholarship offering the chance for the participant to spend time studying at the Michigan State University is also available. Mr Archer said because of the organisation's beginnings with the Angus breed, there was a perception the scholarships were only available to young people associated with that breed, but this was not the case. ''Anyone can apply, it doesn't matter what breed you're involved with,'' he said. ''It's a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants a career in the beef industry to gain some exposure to things they wouldn't see in their own country and to make some really good contacts.'' Mr Archer said the scholarships provided a valuable insight into beef production in the US, which is completely different to Australia. ''If you want to learn more about beef production, the US is the place to go,'' he said. Mr Archer said many past winners of the scholarship had gone on to have rewarding careers in the beef industry. ''The experiences they get out of the scholar- ship can be the start of a really good career in the beef industry, and that's what it's all about,'' he said. ''It's critical we attract and inspire young people to get involved in the beef industry because if we don't it's going to be a really big problem for the industry.'' Mr Archer said he would encourage young Tasmanians who meet the age requirements to apply for the scholarships. Landfall has been a long-time supporter of the foundation, and after donating more than $50,000 over the years has been named a benefactor of the organisation. To find out more about the scholarships, log on to www.beeffoundation.com.au Rain has Tassie poised to spring into action market TALK Richard Bailey IT'S almost spring and much of the state is very wet, while the Southern Midlands and Derwent Valley are still in need of good follow-up rains. Providing we don't get a windy September, there will be a very good early spring throughout the North, and as a result restock- ers will keep a very strong presence in both sheep and cattle markets. With very good rains throughout much of Victoria and New South Wales, it won't be that easy for Tasmanian buyers to bring store stock into the state at reasonable rates, as seems to happen most years. No doubt some will buy new-season store lambs over the next few weeks, and it will be interesting to see what sort of money they will have to pay. Both trade cattle and lamb markets continue to fly along because they are starting to get to that shortage-of-supply stage. As has happened in recent weeks, cattle numbers at both Bridgewater and Killafaddy have been low, so by the time Quoiba came along on Wednesday demand was extreme, with a top price of 235c/kg paid for some supplementary-fed yearling heifers, and quite a number of trade cattle making more than 200c/kg. Plainer cattle made 175c-185c/kg liveweight. There are very few yearlings selling under 170c/kg in the local saleyards, and most are making 185c-195c/kg liveweight. Lamb prices are also still very strong, with many lambs making more than 500c/kg dres- sed weight as supply tightens locally as old lambs start to run out and any number of new- season lambs are still some months away. Victorian and NSW lamb markets are still very strong, with most new-season lambs at Bendigo this week quoted at 520c-560c/kg and old lambs 460c-540c/kg. It is interesting to note that the NLRS is quoting new-season skin at $14-$17, with very light making $10-$12 each. A good news story comes from MLA, which reports that beef exports to the Middle East posted a 58 per cent increase year-on-year to 11,623 tonnes for the year to July. Egypt and Jordan contributed the biggest volume increases, with the main cuts going to Egypt being carcasses, forequarters and legs for use in a variety of dishes, including kebab-style ''kofta''. Main cuts into Jordan are topside/inside. Allenfields Poll Hereford Stud from Gawler held its annual bull sale at Quoiba on Wednesday, with the Allen family achieving its best ever results. 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