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TAS Country : September 23rd 2010
Big cut in yards looms under rationalisation JENNIFER CRAWLEY CHANGE: Warren Johnston THERE are no plans to refurbish Tasmanian saleyards in the wake of a $400 million overhaul of 20 yards interstate. Saleyards owner Roberts Ltd says it is confident about the future of their saleyards but warn the number of yards could be cut to two or even one for the whole of the state. Superannuation investment company Pali- sade Ltd said it was overhauling 20 yards from Rockhampton to Ballarat to improve its re- gional infrastructure portfolio. Roberts livestock manager Warren Johnston said Tasmanian yards would disappear be- cause of declining sheep and cattle numbers but the one or two remaining would be state-of-the- art super selling centres. ''There will be rationalisation,'' Mr Johnston said. ''But our saleyards will be the benchmark and the pricesetter for all sheep and cattle markets. ''Tasmania will have only one or maybe two saleyard selling centres, which will be state-of- the art and have all the facilities that the mainland saleyards have.'' Roberts own Bridgewater, Powranna, Smith- ton, Flinders Island, Scotsdale, Bothwell and Quioba saleyards. Another, Killafaddy, is coun- cil owned. Elders own a Powranna yard. Elders Tasmania boss Colin Cook agreed with Mr Johnston. ''Tasmania cannot support the number of saleyards it has now,'' Mr Cook said. ''The Tasmanian landscape has changed with the number of butchers shrinking and a lot of slaughter business goes direct to the processors.'' Roberts will sell larger numbers of livestock statewide and attract interstate processing competition on a weekly basis, Mr Johnston said. ''Buyers like Herds, Hardwicks and Wagstaff will come to our weekly sales,'' he said. ''There will be a central yard that will accommodate the south and the north and one maybe on the north-west coast.'' He predicted a five-year timeframe for the rationalisation. Killaffady saleyard was used as a store facility for farmers who sold stock that did not fit processors' and butchers' specifications, Mr Cook said. ''They might have a herd or a flock that are 80 per cent right to go to the processors but they use the saleyard for the tail end they still want to get rid of,'' he said. ''Powranna is alive and well and we will see more store cattle going through, especially now that the scales are there.'' The Stock Report Friday, September 24, 2010 Tasmanian Country 15 DONE DEAL: Ed Archer, from the Landfall Angus stud, with the buyer of the top-priced bull, North-East breeder Dennis Creese. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR What a load of bull at sales KAROLIN MacGREGOR BUYERS were out in force at this year's spring Angus bull sales. Strong sales of breeding heifers at the autumn calf sales led to an increase in demand for bulls at recent sales. Roberts' stud stock manager Tim Woodham said the increase in demand for bulls, especially for heifer joinings, had pushed up prices. The spring sales kicked off at the Echo Cottage Stud, where a complete clearance of 12 bulls was achieved. Top price of the sale was $6500, paid by Roy Freeman, from Stonehouse Grazing at Lemont. Mr Freeman also bought the second top- priced bull for $4250. Bulls at the Echo Cottage sale averaged $3375. There was also good competition at Ferdie Foster's Rosedale Stud, where 28 bulls sold to a top of $6500, averaging $3340. The top-priced bull was bought by Frank Youl, from the Barton property. The second top-priced bull was bought by Webb Mining from Richmond for $5250. Andrew McShane, from Stockman at Melton Mowbray, was one of the sale's biggest volume buyers, taking home five bulls averaging $2650. Bill Gibson, from Scone at Perth, bought three bulls averaging $3083. Last Thursday buyers moved to the Richmond Hill Stud sale, where seven of the eight bulls offered were sold. The average price was $2200, and the top-priced bull was bought by G. Nicklason, from Pyengana, for $3000. Mr Nicklason also bought the second top- priced bull for $2500. The Archer family from Landfall Stud also had a successful sale, with 47 of the 48 bulls offered selling for an average of $4680. The top price was $8000, paid by Acelands, of Whitemore. The sale's second top price of $7000 was achieved twice, once for Lot 9, bought by K. Hayward from Victoria, and for Lot 33, bought by the McQueen family from Flinders Island. MDR Cameron from Chudleigh was one of the sale's biggest buyers, taking home four bulls for an average price of $4333. Fingal Pastoral also bought four bulls averaging $3937, and Boobyalla Pastoral from the state's North-East bought four bulls averaging $4687. 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