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TAS Country : November 18th 2010
22 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 19, 2010 The Stock Report GOOD GROWTH: Strong rainfall has meant grass is high but silage harvests have been delayed. Soggy start to silage season KAROLIN MacGREGOR WET weather is causing major delays as Tasmania's silage season gets under way. Rain in northern parts of the state in recent weeks has boosted pasture growth, but wet and humid weather is delaying harvesting of many silage crops. Contractors in some areas, including the Circular Head district, say some paddocks are still too wet to drive on without getting bogged. In the North-East, Derby farmer and contractor Dale Lester said it could be a bumper silage and hay season if the weather conditions improved. ''It's definitely looking a lot better than last year,'' he said. ''There's grass as far as you can see up here.'' Mr Lester said they had baled about 450 bales last week, but so far the weather had not been ideal for harvesting. ''It's just been way too wet, but the next few days are supposed to be fine, so we'll be right into it,'' he said. Mr Lester said about 28mm of rain had fallen in the district over the weekend, topping up already moist soils. ''While we keep getting this rain it will keep growing,'' he said. ''Looking at the amount of grass around, it could be a pretty good season.'' Deloraine-based contractor Danny Saltmarsh said the situation was similar in his area. ''It was looking pretty good, but it's stayed wet for so long that if we can't get enough done quickly enough, then the quality will start to be affected,'' he said. Mr Saltmarsh normally does about 4500 bales of silage a year and said if conditions dried out in the next week or so things would get very busy. ''We started on time in about mid- October, but the rain has meant we've only been able to do small amounts at a time on the higher ground,'' he said. Contractor Tony French from Carrick said the rains had helped thicken up pastures in his region, but the weather was frustrating. ''There's more grass around now than there was, it wasn't looking too good for a while there,'' he said. Mr French said if weather conditions improved, it should be an ''average'' year in his area. ''It always seems to average out in the end,'' he said. ''I find I always do more bales in a bad year than a good one because in a bad year people will bale everything in sight.'' Smithton contractor Marcus Laing said while conditions in the North-West were still very wet, it was shaping up to be a good season. ''A lot of the paddocks we just can't get on them at the moment, they're still too wet and we'd just be getting bogged,'' he said. ''I've done some silage and we'll hopefully do a bit more next week. We've had remarkable growth this year.'' On his own property, Mr Laing has already done his first cut of silage and is preparing for a second cut, all within four weeks. About 65mm of rain fell in the region three weeks ago and Mr Laing said last weekend's fall of about 28mm had kept things wet. ''We're still planting turnips and we'll probably be harvesting silage at the same time,'' he said. Mr Laing said despite the wet conditions, excellent pasture growth meant there should not be a shortage of silage and hay this year. ROBERTS WOOL REPORT AWEX MPG Summary 17th of November Current Change 12 Mths Ago 3 Year Ave EMI 1033 1 849 867 17 1726 62 1218 1340 18 1579 42 1133 1239 18.5 1468 47 1069 1160 19 1284 1 1010 1076 19.5 1151 -8 946 995 20 1040 -26 893 926 21 1008 -19 869 888 22 960 -2 842 863 23 915 -10 800 843 24 848 18 759 796 25 759 0 679 679 26 676 -3 587 613 28 486 -1 438 459 30 438 2 374 391 MC 647 4 560 540 Wool prices soar as flock size falls PRICES for wool, lamb, mutton and breeding ewes are recording spectacular rises, but the one dampener is that the size of the Aust- ralian flock has continued to fall. Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates put this year's June 30 closing flock at 67.7 million head, five million down on last year and at its lowest in more than 100 years. NSW and Western Aust- ralia recorded the biggest drops. The smaller flock and reduced wool supply are two reasons why the wool market rose above 1000 cents last week, as Chinese and European processors scrambled for supplies. The AWEX Eastern Mar- ket Indicator rose 42c for the week to close at 1032c/kg, its highest level since January 2008. For Chinese proces- sors who buy in US dollars, it has been their dearest ever Australian market. The lift in wool prices is also being assisted by re- kindled retail demand not only for wool but for natural fibres. Australian Council of Wool Exporters and Proces- sors secretary Peter Morgan said wool was ''fol- lowing cotton, which had risen 40 per cent in eight weeks''. Italian processors and ap- parel manufacturers who specialise in superfine wool have also returned to the market. The Weekly Times Broad market sheepish WOOL sales were conducted in Melbourne and Sydney this week. Fine wool continues to get dearer, but 19 and broader seemed to find a level and some categories eased for the first time in six weeks. If you have sold wool in the past month and have been happy with the prices received then do something about making sure you get some of this for next year and the year after that as well. Do your budgets and speak to your local wool representative about the ways you can protect your income in the future. Sales continue next week in the Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle. ERIC HUTCHINSON 2025661-101119 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 LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! 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