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TAS Country : November 18th 2010
18 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 19, 2010 The Stock Report EFFICIENCY: The robotic rotary will milk up to 90 cows an hour. Dairy sector takes revolutionary tack REVOLUTIONARY: The technology is a quantum leap forward. AUSTRALIA got a glimpse of the future of large-scale dairying last week as the world's first robotic rotary was unveiled. The 16-bail prototype robotic rotary was on show at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, at Camden in New South Wales, ahead of its commercial launch in Germany. The prototype is a collaboration between Australian dairy industry research program FutureDairy, DeLaval, the University of Sydney, Dairy Australia and the NSW Government. The 24-bail robotic rotary will be able to milk up to 90 cows an hour or herds of up to 800 cows without the assistance of a human operator. Dairy Australia managing director Ian Halliday described the technology as a ''quantum leap'' forward for the dairy industry. FutureDairy chairman Shirley Harlock said it was a major step toward addressing two key challenges facing the industry -- the availability of labour, and the lifestyle associated with dairying. Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said the Government had provided $218 million in funding for Australian research and development corporations last financial year. Mr Ludwig said research and development was a ''key pillar'' driving the rural sector. However, he would not speculate about how the research and development projects would be funded if the recommended cuts by the Productivity Commission went ahead. ''I'm not going to speculate about a Government response to a report that has not yet been completed,'' Mr Ludwig said. A limited commercial release of the robotic rotary will be available next year. The Weekly Times Winter prices hold to buck spring trend market TALK Richard Bailey THERE is good news on the cattle scene with prices holding up well, even with more numbers about in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. At this time of the year we usually see that greater supply means cheaper prices, but so far this spring that hasn't happened, with trade prices holding the rates seen late in the winter. In Tasmanian saleyards, cattle num- bers have been very low and most good-quality yearlings are making 180c to 200c/kg, with an odd sale between 200c and 210c/kg. At Killafad- dy on Tuesday most made 180c to 205c/kg, with averages hovering about 186c/kg liveweight. In Victoria yearlings are selling to a similar trend and there are good numbers of vealers about. At Paken- ham on Monday most B-muscle vealers sold from 205c to 220c/kg, while the others made 185c to 225c/kg. Even with the high Australian dollar, export cattle have held their prices well, with most Victorian bull- ocks selling for 172c to 182c/kg, while at Killafaddy there were 28 bullocks yarded this week and medium weights made 172c to 191c/kg and heavy pens fetched 170c to 184c/kg and topped at $1394 a head. At Quoiba there were 36 bullocks yarded and most made 170c to 178c/kg live. Cow prices are also holding well and at Pakenham on Tuesday best beef cows made 145c to 163c/kg, while lighter and leaner types made 105c to 140c/kg. There are very few cows coming into Tasmanian yards at the moment and most heavy cows are selling for 125c to 135c/kg, while restockers are happy to pay 115c to 130c/kg for lighter types. With the season very good through most of eastern Australia, it is difficult to predict where prices will be in a couple of months, but there is one thing for sure -- they will come to the market with more weight (and prob- ably fat) than in recent years. The very good season is also having an effect on how many store lambs are coming to the market. MLA reports that the availability of restocker lambs (under 16kg) throughout Australia so far this spring is 15 per cent less year- on-year with most doing so well that they are being sold to the trade at higher weights. The NLRS reports that as a result there has been an 82 per cent increase in lambs 16-22kg being bought by restockers which in turn is making it very difficult for wholesalers and supermarkets to buy light trade or light side lambs. At Ballarat this week restockers paid $96 to $119 for lambs over 16kg and $88 to $97 for lambs estimated to weigh under 16kg dressed weight. At Quoiba the few score new-season lambs made $87 to $100 a head, and at Killafaddy there were 83 very small new lambs that sold for $68 to $82 a head to go back to the paddock. 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