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TAS Country : December 2nd 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010 Tasmanian Country 19 Stock Report A little ray of sunshine at Deloraine PRESTIGIOUS AWARD: Kurrajong Shield winner Kelvin Haberle, of Caveside. SHOW OF STRENGTH: Hayley Sheehan from Waterford Limousins with Waterford Coal Miner, the Supreme Champion Bull at the Deloraine Show. BEST IN THE BUSINESS: Champion Handler in the beef section Abbey Hay. AFTER being affected by rain in the past two years, the weather gods finally smiled on last weekend's Deloraine Show. Organisers were pleased with good crowds and a full beef section at the show. ''The interbreed junior pairs had eight breeds in the ring,'' said Deloraine cattle steward Fiona Gleeson. Waterford Limousins had a successful show, taking out the Supreme Champion Female and Su- preme Champion Bull. ''The handlers in both the dairy section and the beef section did a fabulous job with their animals,'' Ms Gleeson said. Abbey Hay won the Champion Handler in the beef section, and Liam Rad- ford was Champion Hand- ler in the dairy section. The Kurrajong Shield is awarded each year to the best group of dairy cattle at Deloraine. Kelvin Haberle, from Caveside, was the winner of the shield this year. Show secretary Joy McGregor said about 2000 people attended this year's show. ''All gate takings will go back into the show so- ciety to continue to up- grade the buildings and facilities at the show- ground,'' she said. Swift weighs up EU SWIFT Australia has cal- led for higher uptake of producer accreditation, in a bid to supply the bur- geoning EU market. The company, Aust- ralia's biggest feedlot oper- ator, is paying a premium of 215c/kg for EU-eligible steers. Accredited cattle, weigh- ing 400-500kg liveweight, will form the basis of Swift's giant feedlot aquisi- tion, Riverina Beef, in southern NSW. Swift Australia feedlot manager Michael Doyle said EU-accredited cattle were ''a nice fit'' with Ri- verina Beef's 53,000-animal feedlot and abattoir. ''We are keen to see EU- accredited properties and businesses specialising in producing cattle for this market,'' Mr Doyle said. Swift took over the Yanco-based operation in September from the Japanese-owned Itoham Mitsubishi Corporation. Mr Doyle said Swift had rebuilt numbers at Yanco to 21,000 cattle and was pushing towards 50,000 cattle. With Itoham retaining the Rockdale Beef brand, the renamed Riverina Beef is killing 515 cattle a day. Riverina Beef is paying up to 215c/kg for straight Angus steers, weighing 400-450kg, and EU-eligible steers.The Weekly Times Ram demand as industry prospers KAROLIN MacGREGOR SIRES of maternal breeds have been highly sought after during the past few weeks as studs across the state held their annual spring ram sales. Roberts stud stock manager Tim Woodham said demand at maternal breed ram sales had been similar to the recent terminal sire sales with both markets improving on the back of the booming prime lamb industry. At the Heazlewood family's Melton Park Border Leicester sale, 25 rams were sold making a top price of $900 and averaging $600. The top price ram was bought by Frank and Debbie Davey from Blessington. The couple purchased another four rams to bring their average price to $780. The Grace family from Flinders Island were also volume buyers taking home 12 rams for an average price of $600. At the Archer family's Quamby Corriedale sale, 28 rams were sold to a top price of $950. The sale average was $676. P. C. Headlam purchased the top priced ram and three others to pay an average price of $725. At Don Dennis' Fairfield Corriedale sale, nine rams were sold making an average price of $511 and topping at $600. The Viney family from Summershall purchased the top priced ram, while the Taylor family from Cressy bought four rams averaging $500. At Peter and Claire Blackwood's Blackwood Performance Corriedale sale, 12 rams were sold averaging $804 and topping at $900. The Bond family from the Eastfield property bought five rams while P. C. Headlam purchased four rams averag- ing $712. At Andrew Nicolson's Streanshalh Corriedale sale, 10 rams were sold making an average price of $570 and topping at $800. P. S. Burbury and Son from Wood- bury was one of the sale's biggest volume buyers taking home six rams averaging $616. At Bill Scott-Young's Palmerston Coopworth sale, 84 rams were sold for a particularly impressive average of $1044. The top priced ram was purchased by the Downie family from Dungrove for $2200. Fingal property Benham was one of the biggest volume buyers purchasing 13 rams for an average price of $930. The Walker family from Meander Rise bought eight rams for $762. 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