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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010 Tasmanian Country 19 The Stock Report British caution on GM bid THE peak body for agricul- ture in the UK says a plan to scrap the zero-tolerance policy on GM material in imported animal feed will not work. The EU Commission is discussing a proposal to allow traces of genetically modified material in feed that has been approved in the exporting country, in a bid to avoid a repeat of a problem when US soybeans were turned away after traces of GM were found. However, National Far- mers Union chief science adviser Helen Ferrier said it was unclear what level of contamination would be allowed. The Weekly Times 2034805-101022 Succession and Estate Planning A Seminar for Farmers Sponsored by: Friday 26 November 2010 5.00 - 7.30pm Empire Hotel, Deloraine FREE by RSVP to 6223 8899 or email@example.com What a season of contrasts STRONG DEMAND: Australian live sheep exports surged in August, increasing 90 per cent year-on-year to 431,724 head. WITH spring in full swing, there are a lot of farmers with plenty of grass with not enough mouths to eat it, and on the other hand there are parts of the state that are still very dry. The season in southwestern Australia is also very dry and in places in drought conditions, which means the sheep yard- ings have increased dramati- cally. And as has been men- tioned over the past few weeks, there are big numbers of lambs and breeding ewes being bought by eastern state buyers. Australian live sheep exports surged in August, increasing 90 per cent year-on-year to 431,724 head. The worsening drought in Western Australia contributed to higher turnoff, with the num- ber of live sheep exported from that state in August rising 198 per cent to 315,677 head. For the first eight months of 2010 live exports were down 13 per cent on the same time in 2009. Demand from the Middle East remained strong, with willing buyers maintaining relatively high prices for sheep, which is certainly good news for the farmers in Western Australia. One would think that as supply tightens in the west, the boats will come to Adelaide and Portland more frequently, and this will put a good floor in the mutton market. While the level of the Aust- ralian dollar is starting to have an effect on beef exports, it is encouraging to see that exports to Indonesia during September jumped 48 per cent year-on-year to set a monthly record of 6,485 tonnes. Australian beef exports to Indonesia during January to September increased 5 per cent to set a record for the period of 36,249 tonnes. The very good season through much of the North of Tasmania has seen some very strong interest in store cattle. At Killafaddy on Tuesday there were about 250 head yard- ed, and I witnessed an ex- tremely strong sale with compe- tition from all across the North of the state. I am told that that the regular Quoiba store cattle sales have also been very strong, and though the prime market is only just, the confidence shown by restockers and feeders is very strong. Anyone with a lot of spring feed has to make a decision between store cattle, store lambs (of which there are still small numbers) or harvest the grass for silage or hay. On Tuesday, I saw well-bred heifers weighing about 280 to 300kg make $600, while many lighter steers and heifers made between $400 and $550 a head. It will probably be another few weeks before there are any number of store new-season lambs about, and one would imagine that the prices will range from $70 to $90 a head, with the idea of turning them into $120 to $130 a head by Christmas or thereabouts. All this means that there are some interesting decisions to be made! POLL DORSETS THE PERFECT COMBINATION STILL NUMBER 1 THE PRODUCERS CHOICE TRIPLE COMBINATION DRENCH FOR SHEEP www.polldorset.org.au Martin Dumaresq Mt Ireh, Longford "We have been using Poll Dorsets Rams for over 20 years. They have a great ability to do well and recover even in tough conditions and then grade to our heavy market specifications." DAIRY LIVESTOCK FOR SALE Jersey Bulls $850 - $1100 Large qty of autumn calving cows $1300 - $1500 Peter Korpershoek 0438 583 108 Kent Tyson 0428 318 272 DAIRY LIVESTOCK WANTED Yearling Heifers to mate. Price to fit. 40 recently calved spring cows, prefer x-bred. POA Peter Korpershoek 0438 583 108 Kent Tyson 0428 318 272 10A Marlborough Street, Longford Ph: 03 6391 2811 Fax: 03 6391 2209 1-3 Rubicon St, Smithton Ph: 03 6452 1034 Fax: 6452 1089 www.landmark.com.au MERCHANDISE 30% off all Daviesway Clothing -- while stocks last. Clearance on Coprice, Dogpro & Bonnie Dog Foods. Call Landmark Smithton on 6452 1034. Are you signed up for our rewards program? www.landmark.com.au/landmark-rewards CATTLE AGISTMENT Weight gain agistment available, Deloraine area Kent Tyson 0428 318 272 2049405-101022
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