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TAS Country : November 11th 2010
20 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 12, 2010 The Stock Report Dairy industry plan launch THE new Tasmanian Dairy Industry Strategic Plan will be launched at Smithton on November 19. The plan has been devel- oped by farmers, processors, service provider and govern- ment representatives, the TFGA, Dairy Australia and DairyTas. DairyTas boss Mark Smith said the new plan had a greater focus on supply chain relationships. ''It focuses on farmers and their issues, but also on securing greater support and involvement along the supply chain,'' Mr Smith said. He said the plan targeted a 25 per cent growth in milk production to 860 million litres by 2015. The launch is at the Circular Head Community Centre, Nel- son St, Smithton, from 11am- 12.30pm on November 19. Plenty of action at Bridgewater THERE was a yarding of 90 cattle, 1373 sheep and lambs and 14 pigs at this week's Bridgewater sale. Three bulls sold from 120c to 130c. Jap ox sold from 170c to 175c, with most making 172c. Heavy steers topped at 180c, with most making 175c. Trade cattle attracted good competition, with most selling from 180c to 200c, with a top price of 210c. Cows topped at 135c, with all good-quality cows selling from 125c to 130c. Light cows sold from 52c to 105c. A yarding of 190 new- season lambs sold to a very buoyant market. Top price was $133, with several pens over $120. Lightweight new- season lambs sold from $80 to $95. Old-season lambs sold to a top of $127, with several pens selling from $100 to $110. Medium lambs made $85 to $95, with wool lambs and small British breeds selling from $30 to $65. Two-tooths sold from $50 to $91. There were 780 old- season lambs on offer. The yarding of 360 mutton sold to excellent competition. Best weth- ers made $90, best ewes $76, most sheep made $65 to $75, and light sheep $20 to $30. Porkers sold from $154 to $210, with most $185 baconers making $140. Natural fibres fighting back WOOL REPORT Eric Hutchinson THE following article was published by the Inter- national Wool Textile Or- ganisation (IWTO) and con- cerns specifically carpets. However, the issues they raise and are addressing through this process is of relevance to all sectors us- ing natural fibres. Be it interior textiles used in of- fices or even apparel, it is important that wool has testing procedures that do not discriminate and favour synthetic fibres. Remember, we seem to live in world where we want everything to be as homogeneous as possible. Extruded poly-propelyne is easy to measure and comes out metre after metre exact- ly the same, and is sub- sequently much easier to set standards for when com- pared with a natural fibre produced on the back of a sheep living in the great outdoors. Oh, by the way, wool was dearer again at sales this week in Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle. The IWTO article says: ''Research results by using floor trial data showed cur- rent testing systems have biases against wool and in favour of synthetic fibres in relation to practical per- formance on the floor. ''With the support of key wool and testing organis- ations, an IWTO taskforce led by IWTO adviser Klaus Steimann drafted a stan- dard for classification of wool carpets based on well- established systems used in wool quality systems for more than 20 years and successfully argued that wool-rich carpets should be classified in separate sys- tem to that used for prod- ucts made with synthetic and other fibres at a recent combined meeting of CEN and ISO standards groups. ''The proposed standard had previously been circu- lated to the key industry groups and key wool and testing organisations and received their endorsement. It is the first time that the harmony of the wool bodies achieved a united approach which will have a much better chance to be im- plemented. ''While considerable effort had been made by delegates from countries with strong wool markets to introduce different test procedures for wool products for some time, the strength of the unified wool support made the dif- ference at the meeting of CEN [European Committee for Standardisation] and ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] textile floor coverings groups in Gent on the 22nd of October. ''The meeting agreed that CEN will introduce a new work item to develop a standard system specifically for the classification of wool carpets at the next CEN technical committee meet- ing in December this year. ''This is a major step forward, which means that carpets containing more than 80 per cent wool will be classified according to ap- propriate testing systems and not forced to comply with tests developed to suit the properties of non-wool products. Non-wool prod- ucts will be classified in a separate system. ''ISO will commence par- allel work following the preliminary CEN work and shorten the timescale for introduction of the ISO stan- dard. A realistic timeframe for introducing new norms at CEN and ISO is between two and three years.'' ROBERTS WOOL REPORT AWEX MPG Summary 10th of November Current Change 12 Mths Ago 3 Year Ave EMI 1015 25 855 867 17 1628 25 1218 1340 18 1506 65 1144 1239 18.5 1390 39 1076 1160 19 1273 42 1022 1076 19.5 1147 18 982 995 20 1044 4 911 926 21 1016 24 881 888 22 950 9 843 863 23 916 22 813 843 24 825 -3 765 796 25 759 4 679 679 26 677 10 594 613 28 487 2 449 459 30 433 11 372 391 MC 651 22 564 540 TOP JOB: John Ballard Refined' ambitions for new Elders chief ELDERS will become a more refined agribusiness company under the leadership of its new chairman. Elders' chairman, John Ballard, who officially took over from long- serving chairman Stephen Gerlach last month, was the chief executive of another major agribusiness company, Southcorp, until the Fosters takeover in 2005. Mr Ballard assumes the role after what he describes as a ''tumultuous'' two years for Elders. In an attempt to restructure the business the company last month sold its 40 per cent stake in Rural Bank in a $165 million deal, and earlier this year sold its insurance arm for $176 million. The business has also divested its managed investment scheme arm, ITC, to Tasmanian company Gunns last year. ''We are no longer a conglomerate, we are an agribusiness company,'' Mr Ballard said. He said he believed the company was poised to take advantage of the good season and the more streamlined business. The Weekly Times BEEF LIVESTOCK WANTED Lines of store cattle. Mike Buckby 0408 174 980 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 DAIRY LIVESTOCK FOR SALE Friesian bulls, yearlings and mature bulls $1000-$1500 3 Hereford bulls. $1300 1 Murray-Grey Bull $1250 Jersey Bulls $850 - $1100 Large qty of autumn calving cows $1300 - $1500 30 Autumn calving cross bred heifers calving 20th March onwards $1250 60 2 yo crossbred heifers calving 1st April $1250 Peter Korpershoek 0438 583 108 Kent Tyson 0428 318 272 DAIRY LIVESTOCK WANTED 30 Friesian / Friesian Cross Cows in milk $1200 - $1500 depending on quality Unjoined Cross-bred heifers fit to mate. 40 in-milk cows, prefer x-bred. $1300 - $1600 depending on quality China calves 100kg no blood tests. Pick up on same day as selection. $900 Peter Korpershoek 0438 583 108 Kent Tyson 0428 318 272 SHEEP WANTED 1000+ British Bred store lambs wanted. Orders waiting to fill. Russell Cowan 0418 346 339 CATTLE AGISTMENT Weight gain agistment available, Deloraine area Kent Tyson 0428 318 272 2049428-101112 BEEF LIVESTOCK FOR SALE Small line of cows with calves at foot. $1300 Mike Buckby 0408 174 980 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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