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TAS Country : September 9th 2010
22 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 10, 2010 Farm feature HOME HILL Victory in valley of variety POWER: Bernard Brain of Home Hill, Ouse in one of his pump houses. From Page 17 Margo wrote her thesis about how the media por- trayed the closure of the Ouse hospital. The Brains are about to start lambing on Home Hill, all 1900 of them. Bernard and Margaret's niece Helen looks after the sheep. ''She's brilliant with animals,'' Margaret said. The Brains run Mer- inos for their wool and the castoffs go for fat lambs. They have a herd of 160 Angus and started per- formance recording in 1963. They ran a nucleus herd for a breeding scheme that went from 1973 to 2005. ''Some of the farmers retired and some had to get rid of their cattle because of the drought,'' Bernard said. ''It worked really well once we got into the swing of it. In the early 80s we used to sell a quarter of the cows per year and we topped the market. ''We don't have enough cows now so we use AI and an occasional bull purchase to keep the performance up.'' Bernard was named the best Glaxo poppy grower with the highest return in the state last year. He is about to plant his poppies for the season, and normally plants 26ha. ''We might do a little more this year,'' Bernard said. ''We might direct drill in the next few weeks in a paddock that needs renovating.'' Bernard has been keep- ing temperature data since 1977. He built his own Stevenson screen a weather monitoring sta- tion because he was curi- ous about how hot and cold it got. The nearest weather station was at Bushy Park, not at Ouse. ''There was one period where the frost didn't melt for five days here,'' Bernard said. ''We've had some pretty extreme temperatures. ''The days stay hotter here for longer, that's why the grapes do well. ''We have temperatures lower than coastal areas in the spring and autumn butwemakeupforitin the summer. ''The hottest part of the day is six pm, we don't get the sea breeze until then.'' Margaret said Victoria Valley could be an im- portant part of the Food Bowl of Tasmania. ''We can grow anything if we have the water,'' she said. ''And the Ouse River goes past many farms in our valley.'' Calf class open to all breeds THE beef cattle committee for the 2011 Royal Launces- ton Show has opened the calf class to all breeds. The calf class was run last year as a part of the Murray Grey feature and was such a success that this year any child aged five to 14 years can enter with a calf that has been exhibited alongside its mother in the general clas- ses for all beef breeds. Five year old Sara Wil- kin won the calf class last year leading a Murray Grey calf owned by her grandparents Lyndon and Gail Menegon, Big Park Annabel. Due to her grandparents horse stud commitments Sara will be leading a Murray Grey calf from the Parknook stud of Terry and Rene Harris and is keen to defend her title. Entries are open until 4pm Wednesday October 6. Calves will be divided into two classes; calf born between March 1 and June, 30, 2011 or after July 1, 2011. Strong demand for Jap bullock at Quoiba sale A YARDING of 230 cattle was offered at Quoiba on Wednesday. Another excellent quality line-up of 58 Jap bullocks again sold to a very strong demand. They realised from 172c/kg to a top of 194c/kg. There were extra num- bers in the trade cattle section; this however didn't deter the buyers and prices held fully firm on recent better sales. Jap bullock price of the day was 221c/kg for steer vealers. Best yearling heifers made to 212c/kg. Lighter numbers in the chopper yarding saw best beef cows make to 152c/kg, dairy cows topped at 131c/kg while lightweight bulls cleared to 150c/kg. Bullocks: CT & TM Hayes 194c/kg $1109, MW Hill 192c/kg $1086, MW Bates 190c/kg $1075. Heavy Trade Steers: JJ Bower 203.5c/kg $1021, MW Bates 202c/kg $1026, RF Mott 199c/kg $998. Trade Steers: Lohrey Pastoral 220c/kg $941, RV & PM Frankcombe 212c/kg $873, Karumba P/L 204c/kg $922. Steer Vealers: CT & TM Hayes 221c/kg $888. Heavy heifers: S & M Pep- perell 204c/kg $922, DW Overton 202c/kg $913, Lohrey Pastoral 199c/kg $899. Trade heifers: THB Holdings 212c/kg $873, Lohrey Pastoral 209c/kg $894, MD & TJ Ryan 206c/kg $836. Cows: PA & RM Loane 152c/kg $1003, G Templar 132c/kg $852, BP Braid 131c/kg $783. Bulls: Sheffield School Farm 150c/kg $762, AC & A Mouritz 125c/kg $1077. Spring lambs sell to $120 at Bridgewater THERE was a yarding of 44 cattle, 415 sheep and lambs, 11 pigs and eight calves at this week's Bridgewater market. Two bulls sold from 120c to 140c and 13 Jap ox sold from 170c 190c, most 178c. Trade cattle sold from 175c to 200c, most 180c. Cows sold from 125 to 145 cents. There was a yarding of 398 lambs. A good pen of new season lambs with an estimated dressed weight of 20kg sold for $120. Top price for old season lambs was $130, most heavies $105 to $122. Medium lambs $90 to $100 and light lambs $65 to $85. There was too few mutton to quote. Porkers sold from $140 to $180 most $175. A 15-month saddle- back boar sold for $280. Week-old beef cross calves sold from $77 to $135, lighter $32 to $42. RGM/GRT34910 www.greenham.com.au On behalf of Greenham Tasmania Register now for a free MSA workshop 10am Thursday, September 16 2010 at Winnaleah Football Club. • Analysis of Greeenham Tasmania's compliance to MSA • Understand MSA feedback • Identify compliance issues • Identify performance indicators • Benchmark your results To register your interest please contact Graeme Pretty 0418 505 347 or the plant 03 6452 2704. MSA feedback: The next step Becoming bigger meat-eaters market TALK Richard Bailey SPRING LAMB: MLA ads are pushing lamb consumption. THERE is no doubt about it, the lamb industry is on fire. MLA has just released its latest lamb TV commercial, which reminds all consumers that spring is a perfect time to enjoy juicy, tender and tasty lamb. The commercial will run from September 1 for four weeks in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Tasmania. It is a classy production and there's no shadow of doubt that MLA's lamb promotions over the past five years have had a big influence on consumption in Australia. Roy Morgan weekly household consumption data says in 2009-10, Australians bought 132.19 million serves of fresh meat per week, up 3 per cent on a year ago. The rise was partly attributed to the increase in beef and veal serves, especially during the first half of 2010, as strong demand and the high Australian dollar resulted in more beef targeting the domestic market. Despite record-high lamb prices that influenced the higher retail prices, lamb serves increased slightly in 2009-10 to 22.01 serves. Lamb chops and roasts continued to be the most popular cuts, representing 34 and 26 per cent respectively, of lamb purchased each week. Beef continued to be the most consumed fresh meat in Australia. The report revealed that the share of total weekly fresh meat purchases was 37 per cent for beef, 28.5 per cent chicken, 16.6 per cent lamb and 12.1 per cent pork. It shows, that even with very high lamb prices consumers are still keen to buy lamb. And this is added to the very strong overseas interest in our lamb products. Our main markets, the Middle East (3144 tonnes) and the US (1970 tonnes) both increased 1 per cent year-on-year in August, while exports to China more than doubled to 1783 tonnes -- up 85 per cent over the past three months. We will watch these Chinese figures carefully because as we can see their tonnage is only just short of the US volume and it may continue to improve.
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