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TAS Country : September 9th 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010 Tasmanian Country 9 News First-sale jitters turn to excitement KAROLIN MacGREGOR UNDER HAMMER: One of 16 bulls offered at the first Entally Forest Angus on-farm sale. A GOOD crowd of about 50 buyers turned out for the first Entally Forest Angus on property auction on Wednesday. Stud owners Dimity and Michael Hirst offered 16 bulls at their first on- farm sale. Top-price bull of the sale was lot three, which sold for $5000 to Westmore Pastoral. Second-top price was lot six, which sold for $4500 to P.J. McShane from the Red Rock property at Avoca, who also bought lot 16 for $2000. Fourteen bulls were sold on the day for an average price of $2767. Mrs Hirst said she was absolutely thrilled with the sale results. ''I was very nervous because you never know how it's all going to go, but to see so many people there bidding on our bulls was absolutely fantastic,'' she said. ''I am thrilled and quite humbled actually, because some of the guys that came along really know their cattle, so to see them there supporting the sale was wonderful.'' Other successful buyers at the sale included Rod Thirkell-Johnston from Cressy who bought lot four for $3750, R.S. and R.M. Woodiwiss and Royston from Sunnyside who bought lot two for $3500 and A.M. and D.M. Rattray and Son from Herrick who purchased lot eight for $3000. Buyers came from New Norfolk in the south to Legerwood and Waterhouse in the northeast. Mrs Hirst said running her first sale had been a learning experience. ''I wasn't sure how it would go because I am doing something a bit different and the other studs have been around for so long and are so well established,'' she said. ''It's definitely given my confidence a boost now though and next time I think I'll be more excited about it than nervous.'' Mrs Hirst said preparing all her cattle for sale on the one day had involved some management changes. ''I've certainly learned a lot from it and now I know how things work and what we have to do,'' Mrs Hirst said. Roberts rails at contract loss JENNIFER CRAWLEY ROBERTS Limited is fuming over the loss of a contract to supply Tasmanian Coles supermarkets with local lamb. The livestock company claims Coles will import lamb from interstate to make up the shortfall --- a claim Coles denies. Roberts agents were told last week their supply of as many as 160 lambs a week would no longer be required from next week. Agent Peter Skinner said he had been supplying lambs to Coles on a weekly basis for years. ''It's a blow for us because I was selling Coles between 7000 and 8000 lambs a year,'' he said. Coles spokesman Jim Cooper ac- knowledged that boxed lamb was being used by the supermarket but said it was not lamb from the mainland. ''We had a number of agents deliver- ing direct to stores,'' Mr Cooper said. ''In order to better manage quality standards we have changed our lamb deliveries to stores, and they are now centralised though our distribution centres.'' Mr Cooper said Longford processor Swift Australia had become the sole supplier of beef and lamb to Coles in Tasmania. ''It's still going to be sourced from Tasmanian growers,'' he said. ''It's just a change of how it's delivered to stores. ''It's not mainland lamb, it's Tasman- ian lamb.'' Mr Cooper said 95 per cent of lamb sold in Tasmanian Coles stores was Tasmanian. Livestock commentator Richard Bailey said that of the 8197 lambs slaughtered in Tasmania last week, between 200 and 300 went to Coles, the rest were exported to America and Middle East and Japan. ''They don't handle a lot of lambs,'' Mr Bailey said. Mr Skinner said the loss of the contract meant less competition in the Tasmanian marketplace. ''It's certainly a blow losing that market for our lambs here,'' he said. ''It's another 12, 13 or 14,000 lambs that we've got to find another home for out of Tassie.'' Burnie livestock agent Mark Webb said he supplied 150 lambs a week to Coles. Mr Webb said he has been told Swift still required his supply. He said he had no proof that Coles was bringing in boxed lamb from the mainland. He said Swift would have to buy extra lambs within the Coles specifi- cations. ''Those specs are less than what are required for export lambs,'' Mr Webb said. Mr Webb said still will be able to supply Swift with lambs within a specified weight range and fat score.
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