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TAS Country : November 11th 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010 Tasmanian Country 21 The Stock Report POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Most Australian cotton farmers are optimistic and anticipating their best crops for years. Cotton tipped for a bumper season AUSTRALIA'S cotton growers look set to have their best season in years as ideal growing conditions and good prices signal a return to grace for the crop. Ten years of drought combined with high world supply levels had made for a tough time for cotton growers, but things have turned around this year. The only hitch has been establishment and the need for some crops to be resown due to the cool spring. And while some growers are anxious about the weather and potential damage from locusts, most are optimistic and anticipating their best crops for years. Production slipped to 133 kilotonnes in the 2009 ginning season, according to figures collated by IBIS World. Now industry analysts are predicting this year's cotton crop could produce close to 520 kilotonnes when the crop is ginned next autumn. It will be sold into a market that is already stretched for cotton, with stocks at a 20-year low and two key production areas, China and Pakistan, losing area due to drought and flood respectively. It means that cotton prices are up, hitting more than $600 a bale during the past month. The high world prices and good growing season have given the industry confidence, according to the National Australia Bank's latest farm survey. NAB agribusiness general manager Khan Horne said the outlook for agribusiness ''surged in the September quarter with the near and medium term outlook very strong''. ''Conditions in the quarter were weaker, but the three-month outlook for agribusiness is currently sitting at its highest level in almost six years,'' Mr Horne said. ''With increasing water allocations and prices pushing past US100c/lb mark in September, confidence in cotton is the highest on record for this survey. ''Prices have increased since then and should remain solid through the next quarter.'' Cotton Grower Services Hillston branch manager Pat McGuiness said Australian growers were hoping for a spell of warm weather. ''We know that prices are excellent and there is water about, but growers are still anxious,'' Mr McGuiness said. ''Most of the cotton crops need heat to get them going and there has been a 25 per cent replant around Hillston due to the current cool and wet weather.'' Mr McGuiness said growers were also concerned about grasshoppers and wanted to get their crops established before having to face the threat of the pest. The Weekly Times www.coopworth.org.au GENETICS AUSTRALIA OFFERING: 92 performance recorded coopworth rams (44 of which are in the top 20% percentile band) SALE BY AUCTION Wednesday 24th November at "Palmerston" Cressy Tasmania at 2pm 2038344-101105 Bill Scott-Young "Palmerston" Cressy 7302 Mob: 0429 978 234 Roberts Ltd Jock Gibson Mob: 0418 133 595 BLACKWOOD PERFORMANCE CORRIEDALES 1ST Open Day Monday 22nd November From 10am on the Property @ Savannah, Cressy GROWTH • FERTILITY • MILK • WOOL 2065890-101112 32 performance corriedale rams Contacts: Peter 0418 134 800 or Claire 0418 976 132 - Home (03) 63 985 255 2119176-101112 For Sale 36 Angus cows (3-4 y.o.) with Spring calves at foot 22 Angus heifers (2 y.o.) with Spring calves at foot 50 Angus heifers unjoined The above cattle are highly recommended - top bloodlines Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 36 Jersey heifers 26 m.o. to calve in March PTIC 15 Xbred dairy heifers calving March 70 Friesian and Xbred cows calving from March Ph. Frank Steers 0418 141 081 or Kurtis Grey 0428 562 718 4 Friesian bulls 2 y.o. well bred Ph. Peter Collins 0427 547 145 3 Jersey bulls and 2 Friesian bulls Ph. Greg Duke 0407 882 595 6 Xbred dairy heifers (calving now) Ph. Adam Crawford 0400 550 412 Wanted to Buy 20 Red Angus cows or heifers Ph. Greg Duke 0407 882 595 150 X Bred Dairy heifers from 3 m.o. -- 15 m.o. Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 WANTED CHOPPER COWS AND BULLS (BEEF OR DAIRY) WANTED FOR EXPORT FRIESIAN HOLESTEIN HEIFERS FOR FULL DETAILS AND THE BEST COMPETATIVE PRICE PHONE YOUR LOCAL VICSTOCK AGENT GST may apply. Tasmania
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