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TAS Country : November 4th 2010
18 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 5, 2010 The Stock Report Export prices on an even keel TAKING A TRIP: Dairy cattle are prepared for export to Japan. IT doesn't seem to matter what level the Australian dollars sits at compared with the US dollar -- export cow prices seem be stable, if not a bit better, in some eastern states saleyards. Lack of supply seems to be the main reason for this. In Tasmanian yards most good- quality beef cows are making between 130c and 145c/kg, which means that many heavy cows are fetching $800 to $1000 a head, which is great money for that old cow who has done her bit for mankind! We are also seeing some very strong restocker interest. For example, at Killafaddy this week they paid 107c to 128c/kg or $433 to $674 a head for suitable types, which is putting a very strong floor in the market. In Victoria most heavy beef cows are making 140c to 160c/kg and leaner types 120c to 138c/kg, with most work- ing out about 300c/kg dressed weight in the saleyard. It is interesting to note that in Victoria these good saleyard prices have been going for some months, but the over-the-hooks cow prices have been sitting about 275c/kg. Locally there is a shortage of trade cattle in our saleyards and I am hearing that supply direct to the works is also quiet, but one would expect this to change over the next few weeks as the spring progresses. One word of warning for those holding cattle back to put more weight on them: just be careful that they don't blow the ''too fat'' budget, because if they do the penalties will more than compen- sate for the extra weight they have added. The lamb markets are ticking away very well, with new-season lambs in Tasmania selling very well in the saleyards. At Killafad- dy on Tuesday heavy lambs sold for $121 to $130 and trade lambs $115 to $125 a head. In Victoria, both Ballarat and Hamilton are about to come to life and over the next two or three weeks we can expect about 40,000 lambs at each centre. It will be interesting to see what sort of pressure that puts on prices. This week at Ballarat most heavy lambs were quoted at 460c/kg and trade 470c to 485c/kg, which was $4 to $6 a head better than last week. This is very good money for lambs straight off their mothers at this time of the year. Some exporters and supermarket chains have released forward contract lamb prices and they vary a lot. One major exporter with works in four states is offering 400c/kg for delivery through November and De- cember, then 440c/kg starting the first week in January. And one major supermarket has released forward contracts for late December at 480c/kg. One would think there would be plenty of space in the early contracts at 400c/kg, but the later prices give producers a very good safety net. There are also some good mutton contracts floating about at 320c to 340c/kg, once again a very good budget- ing figure. It may be a good time to talk to your agent or livestock buyers to see what is available here in Tassie. Aussie wool supplies take a seasonal hit WOOL supplies are strug- gling, according to the latest test data from the Australian Wool Testing Authority. National throughput for October was down 3.9 per cent, dashing hopes that this year's receivals would catch up following the wet- weather shearing delays of July to September. In the first four months of the current selling season, receivals were down 7.3 per cent. Victoria is the least- affected state where recei- vals or test throughputs were down 3.6 per cent. Drought-affected West- ern Australia was the most affected state for October, with an 8.4 per cent fall. In September the Aust- ralian Production Forecast- ing Committee estimated this year's clip would be 340 million kilograms and on a par with last season's 343mkg. The committee was counting on increased fleece weights due to im- proved seasonal conditions to counter any further drop in numbers of sheep shorn. And while the improved seasonal conditions have lifted fleece yields, staple lengths and strengths at the same time as reducing the quantities of false superfine or hungerfine wool, it is becoming apparent the sheep numbers might be a lot lower than the official June 30 closing flock of 70 million head. Elders wool technical manager Col Donohoe said Elders' receivals were like- ly to peak for the season in the next two sales. AWEX has rostered a relatively high 49,900 bales for this week, with a similar quantity for next week. Last week's sharp lift in the market, which saw the AWEX's Eastern Market Indicator close at 949c/kg clean, is expected to flush out any wool being held on farm and in brokers' stores. A feature of the sales was the strong competitive bid- ding between the Italian and Chinese processors, with India also prominent. Viterra was clearly the major buyer accounting for 7000 bales or 14 per cent of the offerings. 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