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TAS Country : September 16th 2010
22 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 17, 2010 The Stock Report Good competition for lamb A TOTAL 482 lambs were yarded at Quoiba on Monday, including 95 new season's lambs. They sold exceptionally well -- topping at $145.50. Heavy weight old season's lambs met a slightly easier demand, making from $125 to $146. Medium lambs ($118 to $130) and lighter lambs ($93 to $115) held recent firm rates. A light yarding of mutton again sold to good solid values. Heavy mutton was $61 to $95, light mutton $30 to $57. Light numbers in the store lamb section saw very good competition for what was available, making from $65 to $97. Pork numbers were also lighter with a total of 38 heavier porkers sold to dearer rates, while lighter weight remained unchanged. Best pork was $230 to $290, secondary $175 to $225. A penning of 121 bobby calves saw beef types sell to very good calf-rearer demand. Beef calves were $70 to $227.50 and processing calves $5 to $30. New season lambs: Little & Sons $145.50; D Aylett & Sons $142; BJ Aylett $142; Brumaur- tolisa $138. Old season's lambs: G & J Connors $146; Cluan Homestead $141; RG Huett P/L $141; Chaplin Bros $140; Craigie Bros $138; IJ & LA Charleston $138. Mutton: GF & DM Marshall (Ewe) $98; ND & SD Bingham (Ewe) $90; PJ & SL Fisher $80; Viewbanks P/L $80; D Aylett & Sons $80. Grain-fed cattle top $2 a kilo THERE was a yarding of 68 cattle, 700 sheep and lambs, five pigs and 16 calves at this week's Bridgewater market. Jap ox sold from 170c to 190c most 183c. Heavy steers sold from 185c to 189c . Trade cattle were of good quality, most grain-fattened, and they topped at $2 per kilo liveweight. The balance were in the range of 170c to 192c, most 185c . Cows and heifers sold from 125c to 150c. Heavy Friesian steers sold at 160c or $1250. There was a yarding of 400 lambs but no new-season lambs on offer. Top price was $122, with most heavies $105 to $115, medium $90 to $100 and light $48 to $85. There was 300 mutton yarded. Best ewes drew $95 for very heavy Corriedales. Most mutton was $55 to $70. Porkers sold from $182 to $194. Week-old beef calves were $30 to $80 and week-old Friesians $20 to $25. Japan's demand for beef at a halt TASMANIA'S Powranna Feedlot is on an official go-slow, a victim of Japan's strug- gling economy. Owned by Aeon Company, Japan's largest retailer, Powranna will operate at 66 per cent capacity until further notice. Managing director Andrew Thompson returned from Japan last week and said the economy there ''is doing it very tough''. ''Our beef is aimed at the medium to high-end of the market and Aeon doesn't want any more of that right now,'' Mr Thompson said. ''They are hoping that in six months, things will start to pick up.'' Powranna feeds between 180 and 200 days and produces exclusively Angus beef marketed in Japan as Tasmanian Angus. The feedlot, which has a capacity of 13,500 head, will be capped at 9000 head until the Japanese market improves. Leading feedlot back Coles bar GOOD DECISION: David and Sandy Maconochie, of Hopkins Rivers, say segregation for HGP-use is nothing new AUSTRALIA's beef industry would be far better off if every processor and retailer behaved like Coles, according to a leading lotfeeder. Colestock supplier Sandy Maconochie, of Hopkins River in Victoria, says none of the proces- sors he has dealt with can match the supermarket chain for pricing, payments and contract dealings. If the supermarkets weren't there, cattle prices and the East- ern Young Cattle Indicator would be 10c/kg under the current rates, Mr Maconochie said. ''I suspect it is a tall-poppy thing,'' he said. Hopkins River supplies the re- tailer with product for its pre- mium MSA-graded Coles Finest and Coles Butcher ranges. Mr Maconochie said he was annoyed by the criticism Coles had copped over its decision to move away from cattle treated with hormone growth promotants. He said there had been an over- reaction to the decision. ''Segregation for the use of HGPs is nothing new,'' he said. ''Every producer selling cattle has to declare whether or not their cattle have been treated with HGPs.'' He said he no longer used HGPs, and believed their impact on southern cattle had been over- stated. Mr Maconochie said, from his experience, the liveweight gain with HGPs was 10-15 per cent, or $10-$20 on a 220kg carcass. It was not the 25-30 per cent weight gains many claimed. He said he could understand Meat and Livestock Australia's concerns the Coles decision could create a public perception that HGPs were undesirable. But HGPs increased ossification in cattle, which reduced the ten- derness, Mr Maconochie said. He said experience from the Hopkins River feedlot found HGP- free cattle tended to produce an additional marbling score, which improved taste. But despite Mr Maconochie's defence of the supermarket chain, its HGP decision has angered northern cattlemen, including the Australian Beef Association. ABA chairman Brad Bellinger said the decision would cost beef producers at least $20 million a year in lower cattle prices. Mr Bellinger said HGPs in- creased the growth rate and car- cass yield of the average domestic trade steer by about $50. He said use of HGPs was not detrimental to human health, and banning them would not improve eating quality. ''The Coles ban on HGP will needlessly undermine consumer confidence and the local and inter- national reputation of Australian beef,'' he said. For Sale 50 quality Murray Grey heifers ready to mate (can be sold in lots to suit) POA 2 well bred Friesian bulls $1500 7 well bred Murray Grey heifers on point of calving $950 Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 3 South Devon bulls 2-3 y.o. POA Ph. Peter Collins 0427 547 145 4 Friesian bulls and 6 Jersey Bulls POA Ph. Greg Duke 0407 882 595 Wanted to Buy Qty Dairy Xbred heifers 12-15 mths old Ph. Frank Steers 0418 141 081 Friesian heifers 1 wk - 24 wks of age, top prices offered, payment on day of sale Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 Qty store cattle, steers and heifers - Angus, Murray Grey, Hereford (or their crosses) from 200 - 400kg $2 per kg live on farm Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 Ph. Peter Collins 0427 547 145 Ph. Greg Duke 0407 882 595 Ph. Adam Crawford 0400 550 412 Choppers - cows and bulls TOP PRICES OFFERED Ph. All Vicstock agents for current prices GST may apply. PHONE A VICSTOCK AGENT FIRST 2000365-100917 2003402-100917 A/C KANANGA GRAZING 40 STEERS 530 KG 40 STEERS 475KG 22 STEERS 450 KG Steers are mostly Angus & Black Baldies, odd Hereford. Rising 2yo in fresh to forward condition. Outstanding quality, quite to handle, highly recommended. A/C VENDOR 20 ANGUS STEERS 20 M/GREY & H/FORD STEERS Approx 450kg, rising 2yo in forward condition. Well handled, highly recommended. A/C BREEDER 6 POLL HEREFORD YLG STEERS 430KG 8 POLL HEREFORD YLG STEERS 340KG EU accredited, well grown and in forward to prime condition. Quite,well handled cattle. FURTHER ENTRIES INVITED ENQUIRIES CRAIG WALDRON 0419 197 296 RUSSELL COWAN 0418 346 339 MIKE BUCKBY 0418 174 980 ATTENTION BULLOCK FINISHERS SPECIAL AUCTIONS PLUS GROWN STEER SALE FRIDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER @10AM EASTERN STATES
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