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TAS Country : November 25th 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010 Tasmanian Country 19 The Stock Report New-season vealers a hit THERE was a yarding of 80 cattle, 1486 sheep and lambs and nine pigs at this week's Bridgewater stock sale. Four bulls sold from 106c to 139c. Jap ox sold from 170c to 175c, with most mak- ing 175c. The first draft of new- season vealers were on offer with a weight range of 350kg to 415kg. These sold to very good local butcher shop competition. Steer calves sold from 208c to 214c and heifer calves 196c to 200c to average 205c/kg. All other yearling cat- tle sold from 160c to 188c, most making 175c. Cows sold from 115c to 135c, with most making 130c. There was a small yarding of 180 new- season lambs, not enough to satisfy demand. Prices improved, with the best selling at $135 and lightweight lambs not selling under $100. Best old-season lambs made $100 to $110, me- dium $85 to $95 and light $65 to $80. Wool lambs sold for $50 to $77, with most making $65. Two-tooths made $45 to $80. There was a heavier yarding of 780 mutton and the market was again very strong. Best ewes made $100, and best wethers made $100, with most making $75 to $85. Light sheep sold for $10 to $30. Porkers sold from $180 to $200 and slips $77. INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Andy Madigan says agents are taught skills they can use throughout their careers. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR Workshop provides auction action info KAROLIN MacGREGOR GOOD auctioneering is a unique skill and Tasmanian livestock agents were given some valuable training at an auctioneers' workshop in the state's North last week. About nine agents took part in the Australian Livestock and Property Agents workshop at the Roberts Powranna saleyards, where they were taught how to use their voices effectively to prevent voice strain and remain in the industry long-term. Speech therapist Eliza Galvin was on hand to give the agents pointers on how to improve their auctioneering and voice techniques. After some initial voice exercises, participants were given the chance to test their skills in a mock auction using some cattle borrowed from the Tasmania Feedlot. ALPA chief executive Andy Madigan said the school provided an ideal opportunity for agents to learn vital skills that they could use throughout their careers. The ALPA representatives also staged an industry-awareness day last week to update agents and companies about the latest developments affecting the livestock marketing industry. Mr Madigan said topics such as occupational health and safety, animal welfare and food safety were issues agents and companies needed to be informed about. ''Occupational health and safety is very important and there is a big responsibility for employers to make sure they provide a safe work environment,'' he said. Mr Madigan said modern technology, including mobile phones with camera and internet capabilities, meant animal welfare was under closer scrutiny than ever. ''Unfortunately there are a small number of producers who try to use the saleyards as a dumping ground for their problems, and that is something the industry needs to be on the lookout for,'' he said. ''As an industry, there is a chain of responsibility and that starts from transport from the property to the animals being delivered to the processor or another property.'' Mr Madigan said while the majority of farmers looked after their animals extremely well, it was important that the industry was aware of the possible implications of public perceptions. ''If people who do not know about rural matters see something which could be perceived as animal cruelty, it could have the potential to stop them eating and buying meat, which impacts on the whole industry,'' he said. Mr Madigan said food safety and livestock traceability were other important issues. He said it was vital that producers' agents and companies maintained traceability for both sheep and cattle. ''It can take up to two years for producers to get their cattle ready for sale, so why not spend an extra 10 minutes making sure they're tagged correctly and all the paperwork is done,'' Mr Madigan said. He said the association supported the ''visually read'' tagging system for sheep with year-of-birth colours, but said the system needed a nationwide approach. Ovine Johne's Disease was also discussed during the information day. Mr Madigan said the incidence of the disease was increasing and producers needed to be proactive. ''People need to start vaccinating because the disease is spreading,'' he said. ''And the best way to control it is to vaccinate. ''It's an insurance policy against the disease.'' The Tasmanian information day is one of several being held throughout the country. 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