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TAS Country : October 28th 2010
18 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 29, 2010 The Stock Report Trade, export cattle popular at Killafaddy ACTION STATIONS: Roberts auctioneer Rob Hogarth listens for bids at Killafaddy. RICHARD BAILEY THERE was a slightly larger yarding of 185 trade and export cattle at Kil- lafaddy on Tuesday, 30 more than last week. The quality was good in the trade section, with yearling steers selling for 175c to 189c/kg, while res- tockers paid 169c to 194c/kg, or $595 to $786 a head. Most yearling heifers made 170c to 198c/kg, while restockers paid 169c to 182c/kg or $583 to $725 a head. There were not enough grown steers or bullocks to quote, but there was a good selection of 64 cows and medium and heavy pens made 125c to 145c/kg, with averages similar to last week. Restockers bought about a third of the cows at 119c to 128c/kg, or $536 to $676 a head. There was a very good- quality line-up of 370 new- season lambs and barely enough old lambs to war- rant a quote. All lambs sold to very strong competition, with the few heavy pens (over 22kg) making $127 to $135, trade $109 to $116 and lighter $80 to $104 a head, with most of these light lambs heading back to the paddock. New-season skins are be- ing quoted between $17 and $18.50 each. There was a better selec- tion of just over 800 mut- ton, and with both regular exporters keen for their share the market was very strong, with trade sheep making $67 to $80, lighter $51 to $60 and very light $44 a head. Weather forecast difficult to gauge BIG WET: Flooding in the Northern Midlands in August. KAROLIN MacGREGOR THE weather bureau's latest seaso- nal outlook does not paint a clear picture for Tasmania over the next three months. Released this week, the outlook for November to January is predicting a 55 per cent chance of above-average rainfall for the state's northern and eastern areas, while the rest of the state has about a 50 per cent chance of above-average or below-average falls. In contrast, the bureau says there is a 75 per cent chance of above- average rainfall for northeastern New South Wales over the next three months and a 60 per cent chance of above-average falls across much of Victoria, as the current La Nina weather pattern takes affect. Maximum temperatures outlooks for Tasmania are also fairly neutral over the next three months, except for a small area in the state's central district and the far North-West tip. In those areas the bureau says there is a 65 per cent chance of exceeding average temperatures. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association dairy council chairman Andrew Lester said so far conditions were looking favourable for the state's dairy producers. ''It's not looking too bad at the moment,'' he said. ''They're predicting some more rain for Saturday, so if we can get some good falls it will set us up for a good spring.'' Mr Lester said a dry spell about four weeks ago did cause concerns, but reasonable rains since then had kept the pastures growing. ''It's been a little bit cold for the grass to really get going,'' he said. ''We've still been getting a few frosts, but once it warms up if we can keep getting these rains it should be a good season.'' Mr Lester said some farmers were now starting to harvest silage in his district at Ringarooma. ''When they had all that snow in Hobart the ground temperature up here dropped back to 10C, but it's come up again now,'' he said. The weather bureau says tempera- tures in southern Queensland and northern NSW are expected to be cooler than average, with only a 20 per cent chance of exceeding average daytime temperatures in those areas over the next three months. Prompt payment always at Greenham 6452 2701 www.greenham.com.au The weather has been very kind lately. But we still need more warm weather and some follow up rain to make it a perfect spring. We ve seen some really good cattle sent in to the works lately, with good weights and cover, so this could be just the beginning. Store prices are still very high and Tassie prices are holding longer than we have seen for the past few years. Into November we should see prices for store cattle subside and prime cattle will follow. JAPANESE TRADING FIRM Prices in Japan have been steady with some frozen beef climbing higher in the past few weeks. There is still resistance to higher chilled prices and some packers are willing to accept the same US$ value -- even though the A$ price is dropping with the exchange rate. This is making it hard to hold or increase A$ product prices. So export cattle prices have fallen dramatically on the mainland in the past week. Chilled beef demand should increase during November and buyers will increase their purchase of frozen beef to fill the gap in northern products in January--February shipment periods. This should keep prices firm for the rest of the year. GREAT OUTLOOK IN THE US This market is looking much stronger than last month. Pattie formers have been taking advantage of cheap 90 CL from their own domestic kills, but have realised that they cannot formulate quality burgers with all fresh domestic beef. They need frozen beef from Australia and New Zealand to make the right formula. This is a great outcome for Australian beef. The outlook for prices in this market is good with the only negative being the weakness of the US dollar. WORKING HARD TO MEET LOCAL DEMAND Our domestic production is increasing at this time of the year. There seems to be a shortage of some cuts and others are in plentiful supply. Prices have lifted lately on loins, knuckles and topsides which is surprising for this time. Following our two week shutdown we haven t been able to get enough meat in front of our customers, but this should settle down over the next month as we get our supply flow back and we can match demand again. PLANT RENOVATIONS MEAN FULL STEAM AHEAD We shut the plant down on September 3 and opened again on September 20. We were able to renovate the entire boning room to give us more room and a better flow for premium beef production. New machines and new rooms will accommodate future growth. We have now reached the same kill level that we were on before shutdown, and will be working on increasing the kill to 420 head per day. This is very exciting for the Circular Head region as it means more jobs and a secure future for the plant. We will be having our Open Day on the November 27 to celebrate so please contact your buyer for details. Peter Greenham Greenham s Corner From the Manager, Peter Greenham You can sell to us liveweight at: • Smithton Greenham Plant, Mon--Fri, 9am--noon • Osmaston 670 Osmaston Rd, Mon, 9am--noon • Howth Kennaglen, Tues, 9am--noon • Ringarooma 69 East Maurice Rd, Wed, 9am--noon Like to know more? Then just ring: Elliot Mainwaring Circular Head 6456 1300 0419 131 458 Nick Strickland Central / N-W 6433 3230 0417 335 843 Ian Millen Central East/North-East 6344 8915 0408 133 685 Ron Crack King Island 0400 895 133 Michael Ardle South 0428 134 122 Wayne Oliver Statewide 6362 3682 0419 358 441 Cade Ebdon Statewide 0409 437 950 Graeme Pretty Livestock Controller 0418 505 347 RGM/GRT35025 For Sale 25 Stud Angus heifers ready to join $750 10 Angus XFriesian heifers ready to join POA 8 Friesian bulls 2 y.o. (Fairvale) POA Ph. Peter Collins 0427 547 145 90 Friesian cows Autumn calving POA Qty Jersey bulls POA Ph. Frank Steers 0418 141 081 40 Friesian cows calving March/April PTIC $1200 35 Friesian and FriesianXJsy heifers running with Jersey bull $700 Qty Jersey and Friesian bulls Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 2 Friesian bulls Ph. Greg Duke 0407 882 595 Wanted to Buy 30 Angus cows (good line) with Autumn calves and PTIC Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 20 Red Angus cows with calves and/or PTIC Ph. Greg Duke 0407 882 595 CHOPPER COWS AND BULLS (BEEF OR DAIRY) Ph. all agents. GST may apply. For a competative price on all livestock Phone a Vicstock Agent First. 2000418-101029 Tasmania
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