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TAS Country : September 23rd 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010 Tasmanian Country 19 The Stock Report AUCTION STATIONS: Auctioneer Greg Harris and keen bidders at the Elders store cattle sale at Killafaddy this week. Sensational season in store for cattle breeders ''AS good as it gets'' is how Elders auctioneer Greg Harris described Tuesday's store cattle sale at Killafaddy. ''No trouble whatsoever,'' he said. ''It's as strong as it's been.'' Mr Harris said the 300 cattle on offer sold for very good prices. He said there were two main reasons for the strength of the sale: the season, and the lack of cattle. ''The grass and the feed and the season where we sit is fantastic, and there's just no numbers after the drought,'' Mr Harris said. ''It's hard to find them --- there'll be enough, but there's certainly no surplus.'' He predicted the strong season would continue for ''quite a while''. ''But the margin there between your store and your fat price isn't real flash,'' Mr Harris said. ''That's just supply and demand, that's how it works.'' Grown cattle were sold for up to $800, and calves up to $700. Export sales up but so is dollar market TALK Richard Bailey SOUTHERN farmers are struggling with an extremely dry season while many places through the north are still wet in the subsoil but it has dried out on top. There are plenty of reports of irrigators working to moisten the top in order to get an even germination. I am told that parts of the Midlands are in almost as much trouble as they were in the drought days of a couple of years ago. One can just hope that they get some consistent rains during the spring to give them some pasture growth. The value of the Australian dollar has hit a two-year high and yesterday morn- ing was sitting over 95c, which is not good news for exporters. Since the start of July the $A has risen 15 per cent against the $US and almost 10 per cent against the Japanese yen, which is a fair margin for the exporters to absorb. It is interesting to note that during that period export beef prices have remained fully firm and so it will be interesting to see if that is a supply-and-demand thing or prices are on the improve in both the US and Japan. Australian beef exports to the Middle East rose 60 per cent year-on-year over January to August. This increase in shipments can largely be attributed to Egypt and Jordan, where volumes were up 571 per cent and 105 per cent respectively. Egypt's demand was mainly for carcass, forequarter, leg and manufacturing cuts, but increased loin cut shipments also suggest a spread from grinding and kofta styles in fast-food outlets, through to some higher-end cuts destined for the res- taurant trade. Increases to Jordan were mainly in manufacturing, topside and thick flank/ knuckle, with a large portion of these cuts re-exported to Iraq and Syria. Australian lamb exports to Southeast Asia and Greater China during August jumped 68 per cent on a year ago, while remaining stable compared with July. As a result of continuing firm demand for lamb hot pot (China) and whole carcasses (Malaysia), lamb exports to the region during the eight months to August reached a record high of 22,959 tonnes. I read there are a few million (or maybe billion) Chinese people who have sud- denly become rich (in money terms) and so if we can just encourage each of them to eat a chop or a steak a day, we will have an extraordinary export market. Do you need help to live independently at home? * Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are here to help. A Centre can: • Provide you with information on local aged & community care services available to suit your needs • Arrange help for carers to take a break from their caring role (respite) To contact your local Centre call Freecall 1800 052 222* To find your nearest shopfront visit www.commcarelink.health.gov.au For emergency respite outside business hours call Freecall 1800 059 059* Carer Advisory and Counselling Service For family carer support and counselling you can contact your state or territory Carers Association on 1800 242 636* adcorp11868
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