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TAS Country : October 14th 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010 Tasmanian Country 21 The Stock Report STREET ART: A passerby looks at a mob of sheep grazing on temporary turf put down in Savile Row, London. Picture: AFP FASHION STATEMENT: Shepherds in traditional English farming garb walk behind a flock of sheep in Savile Row. Picture: AP Mobs rule as sheep invade' Savile Row TWO mobs of sheep were grazing in London's fashionable Savile Row this week to promote the natural advantages of wool. The sheep --- a British Bowmont mob of Merino origins and a carpet-wool breed --- were there to promote the start of the five-year Campaign for Wool, endorsed by Prince Charles. Australian Wool Innovation has committed $150,000 to the first year of the campaign, which is also being supported by New Zealand and South African producers, the British Wool Marketing Board and key UK retailers and brands. More than 90 retailers of apparels and interiors spanning 400 stores across the UK were participating in Wool Week, which runs until Sunday. Speaking from London, AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough said he hoped the campaign signalled a turnaround in the fortunes for wool. Mr McCullough said the campaign was expected to grow next year to include the US, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Japan and Korea and work alongside AWI's other marketing campaigns in key markets.The Weekly Times Lamb export numbers fall IT is interesting to see the September lamb export figures, just released by MLA. Australian lamb exports fell 17 per cent year- on-year in September as tight supplies con- tinued to restrict export availability. Total shipments for the nine months to September were 110,793 tonnes, which is 7 per cent less than the same period in 2009, but higher than the 2005-09 average of 110,501 tonnes. The Middle East was the only major market to take an increase in exports in September, up 17 per cent on September 2009 at 4293 tonnes --- the highest monthly total on record for the region. Exports to greater China were steady at 1998 tonnes, while volumes to other large markets of the US and EU fell 40 per cent and 30 per cent to 1724 tonnes and 1142 tonnes respectively. The lingering effect of the financial crisis is also reflected in these figures, while the Middle East and China economies have registered strong growth. It is interesting to me to see these figures because it wasn't that long ago that the US took a big share of our lamb exports, and now they are ranking third after the Middle East and China, which is a very healthy sign. And to add to the ''big three'', there are many other growing lamb markets. While still on lambs, the eastern states' slaughter level for September was down 19 per cent on the same month last year, with seasonal conditions probably the main reason. Most of the lamb numbers at this time of the year are in northern Victoria and mid to southern New South Wales. Most of these areas have experienced a very good season, so producers are prepared to put a bit more weight into their lambs. Consistent wet weather has also slowed the flow of lambs into the markets and to the works. It is always a bit of a guessing game at this time of the year, but one can expect a big influx of lambs over the next two months and this will make it interesting price-wise. The level of the Australian dollar will also have some effect, but all indications are that demand for Australian lamb overseas is very strong. Locally we have had a little hiccup in the lamb market, with both regular exporters inactive for the past couple of weeks. As a result prices for trade and heavy lambs have fallen up to $20 a head. However, this is expected to be fairly short- term because we will shortly see some better numbers of new-season lambs, which will attract extra competition. It is usually well into November before we see large numbers, but this year may be slightly different, with Midlands farmers needing to sell because of their season and others maybe taking advantage of very good prices to sell a little earlier than usual. We will have to wait and see! $2.5m facelift for Greenhams REVAMP: Greenhams plant manager Travis Turnbull and quality assurance manager Wayne Bradfield. A $2.5 MILLION reno- vation of meat processor Greenhams' Smithton fac- tory has been completed, with jobs for factory wor- kers expected to rise from 150 to 170. The renovations started in June. They were part- funded by a grant from the North-West and Northern Tasmania Innovation and Investment Fund. Greenhams manager Peter Greenham said the original factory had the capacity to kill 400 cattle. ''The old chillers have been knocked out and the capacity upgraded to 550 carcasses, but that doesn't mean we are killing at capacity,'' Mr Greenham said. ''We are aiming for up to 450 animals.'' The boning room was shut down while old equip- ment was pulled out. Mr Greenham said mod- ern streamline equipment had been installed, replac- ing the more physical prac- tices of the past. ''We have gone from manual handling and very labour intensive with lots of lifting to a lot smoother practice with conveyor belts,'' he said. Mr Greenham said staff took a while to get used to the new-look boning and slicing room. ''The first couple of weeks were a little bit rocky,'' he said. ''Small things that we hadn't thought of in the construction cropped up, but it's all working well now.'' Production has in- creased over the past week and numbers should be up to 420 within a month. Greenhams are quietly confident they will achieve and keep the numbers. ''We've got a lot of far- mers supporting us,'' Mr Greenham said. POLL DORSETS THE PERFECT COMBINATION Have you been watching the Lamb Market? Join the swing to Poll Dorsets "The Market Toppers" STILL NUMBER 1 www.polldorset.org.au For Sale 25 stud Angus heifers 12-14 m.o. POA 1 Red Angus X Simmental bull 3 y.o. $2,000 Ph. Peter Collins 0427 547 145 40 Friesian cows 2-5 y.o. calving from March PTIC POA 13 Friesian heifers 18-20 m.o. ready to be joined POA Qty Jersey and Friesian bulls 4 Murray Grey bulls from $1200 Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 35 Hereford X Angus cows with calves at foot 1-2m.o. POA Ph. Frank Steers 0418 141 081 Qty Friesian and Jersey bulls Ph. Greg Duke 0407 882 595 Wanted to Buy 100 Xbred dairy heifers 20 Friesian cows in milk Ph. Frank Steers 0418 141 081 or Kurtis Grey 0428 562 718 50 Angus heifers or young cows PTIC Ph. Adam Crawford 0400 550 412 30 young Angus cows with Autumn calves at foot and PTIC Store Cattle - Murray Grey, Angus and Hereford Steers and heifers from 250 - 350kg offering up to $2 per kg live on farm will consider both small and large lots Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 or Peter Collins 0427 547 145 GST may apply. For a competative price on all livestock Phone a Vicstock Agent First. 2000414-101015 Tasmania
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