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TAS Country : September 9th 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010 Tasmanian Country 19 The Stock Report STL1105776 Order at www.aaatags.com or Ph: 0419 608 570 Lowest cost NLIS approved sheep ear tags direct from the manufacturer to you! bridge in troubled days BRISK: Part of the big crowd at the Roberts' store spring auction at Bridgewater. Not all farmers came to buy, however, with many just at the auction to check out the prices. Pictures: JENNIFER CRAWLEY Mervyn Zantuck, 84, of Colebrook, has been attending Bridgewater for 50 years, but said he was ''just a looker'' this time. ''I'm here to check out the prices,'' said Mr Zantuck, who runs 30 Hereford cows and calves and 60 breeding ewes on two properties at Colebrook and Campania. Mr Zantuck said the Craigbourne Dam flooded 16ha of his father's 112ha farm. '' Dad said why stand in the way of progress,'' Mr Zantuck said. Scott Reardon usually sells at Roberts' Bothwell sale. He bought his Hereford Santa crosses from Both- well to Bridgewater for the auction ''just for a change''. His cattle were said to have ''out- standing temperament'' by Mr Brazendale before taking bids. Mr Reardon, who runs 174 year- lings and 250 breeding cows, said he was happy with the price. Gerald Stokes, who owns the 400ha Noble Farm property at Sorell, was at Bridgewater to see what prices the cattle fetched to help him decide the best way to go. Mr Stokes said he has fewer stock but plenty of hay on Noble Park. ''It all depends on the weather,'' Mr Stokes said. ''If we get the rain we'll keep them and fatten them. There's no start in the grass because there's been no rain.'' The rain last month was the first rain Mr Stokes had all winter. Last weekend's downpour has come just in time for the southern farmer. Pat Cook came from Ulverstone in the North-West to the store sale. Mr Cook said he had been coming to Bridgewater every year for ''a lot of years''. ''I've operated for years in this game,'' Mr Cook said, adding he was surprised by the condition of the cattle, saying they looked well. ''They've had it rough down here and the cows have hardened off a bit,'' said Mr Cook, who runs fatteners on a grazing property at Castra. ''There's no cattle about,'' he said. ''They might be very dear. They've eaten all the cows so we don't get no calves.'' Curly Denholm agreed with Mr Cook. ''It's a pretty blunt way of putting it but that's exactly what's happened,'' he said. There had been an exodus of cows out of the south again in the last few months, he said. ''People just haven't had the feed for them because it's been so dry.'' The bell rang and buyers slowly surged toward the first pen. Antici- pation was in the air as Mr Brazen- dale began the sale. ''No need to preach about the season, you know what has hap- pened,'' he said. 2014450-100903 Spring Bull Sale 2010 On Property September 16th At 11am 2 Year Old HBR Angus Bulls Ready For Work AM and NH Free / Excellent Structure And Temperament EBV s Available / Low Birth Weight Over 50 Years Experience Breeding Stud Angus Cattle For a catalogue or prior inspection please contact us on Max 0428973348 Derryn 0438348045 260 Liffey RD Bishopsbourne Email: email@example.com Roberts: Tim Woodham: 0418 323 425 - Jock Gibson: 0418 133 595
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