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TAS Country : November 25th 2010
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 26, 2010 News FIELD DAY: Former cricketer Glenn McGrath. McGrath to tour Midlands properties SHEEP and cricket lovers will have a field day when cricketing great Glenn McGrath tours four iconic Midlands properties as part of the Macquarie Ri- ver Field Day next month. The former Australian Test cricketer will be chaperoned by Elders northern manager Stephen Caswell, who has never met the cricketer and knows nothing about the game. ''They say he's a very nice bloke and he gives a good talk,'' Mr Caswell said. McGrath will visit the properties Barton and Mt Vernon before stopping for lunch at the Bennett family property Ashby Estate near Ross, where the best pre- pared clip of the state for the year will be announced. An auction of signed cricket bats and balls will be held after lunch, with all proceeds going to the McGrath Foundation. McGrath is a guest at a cricket function in the state the following day. ''We thought it was an opportune time to bring him here to promote the field day,'' Mr Caswell said. McGrath is no stranger to bush living. Mr Caswell said the McGrath family owned a property in outback New South Wales and were good customers of Elders. The final stop for McGrath will be at Winton, to unveil a plaque celebrat- ing 175 years of the Winton Saxon Stud. Mr Caswell said the aim of the Macquarie River Field Day was to celebrate and profile Tasmanian wool breed studs. ''Over the past few years we've seen depressed prices,'' he said. ''We've had five dry years in the drought- declared Midlands, East Coast, South-East and Der- went Valley. 'The sheep flock has been decimated and there has been a swing to cross- breeds, composites and cropping. ''Elders wants to pro- mote the benefits of the wool breeds and sheep gen- erally.'' There are six studs open on the field day. Macquarie River Field Day preview: Pages 24-25 Ram sales run hot in post-drought lamb boom From Page 3 ''When you look at lambs that are averaging $130 a head, it's only eight orsolambstopayforaramata $1000 average,'' he said. ''Everything that's female and mate-able I think will be joined this year, because when you've got lambs three months old and not very big making $80 plus, it's pretty good money.'' Southdowns, one of the country's older breeds, are also making a comeback. Mr Woodham said the breed's reputation for easy lambing was making it highly sought after. ''If I had another 150 Southdown rams I could sell them easily,'' he said. Mr Woodham said the boom- ing market for sheepmeat was a case of supply and demand. ''When you think we're down 120 million sheep from what we had in the 1970s, it all comes back to the numbers,'' he said. Despite the high demand for terminal sire breeds, Mr Woodham expected Merino rams also to be sought at upcoming sales as pro- ducers rebuild their flocks. ''We really need the Merino guys to keep putting some ewes back to Merinos, because we have to keep that flock base,'' he said. Sale details: Page 15 For more information talk to your Pfizer Sheep Product Specialist on 1800 335 374. *Erysipelas is one of a number of causes of arthritis in sheep. 1. Graham Lean & Associates (2009). Cost benefit analysis of Eryvac in commercial sheep flocks. Pfizer data on file. If you ve seen arthritis in your lambs this season, unfortunately there s nothing you can do about it now. But you can prepare yourself for next season. Vaccinating your ewes pre-lambing can protect your lambs from Erysipelas* arthritis, which leaves them with painful and swollen joints, lameness and depression, all of which lead to hefty production losses. Economic modelling has shown that vaccination with Eryvac makes economic sense. Protecting your lambs from Erysipelas can improve your profits by up to 85 cents per DSE in prime lamb flocks and 59 cents per DSE in wool flocks.1 So stop Erysipelas arthritis crippling your profits and protect your flock with Eryvac . Arthritis cripples your profits Sheep Health. Performance. Growth. www.pfizeranimalhealth.com.au Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd. 38--42 Wharf Road, West Ryde NSW 2114. Registered trademark of Pfizer. Freecall: 1800 335 374 PAL0275/TC
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