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TAS Country : December 2nd 2010
22 Tasmanian Country Friday, December 3, 2010 Stock Report Program a dairy good idea for students KAROLIN MacGREGOR LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Cows Create Careers co-ordinator Mary Ann Hortle in Burnie with students, from left, Krystal Causby (Yolla High), Brody Jackson (Ulverstone High), Shannon Nicolle (Sheffield High), Alexander Poke (Smithton High), Mariah Buckby (Circular Head Christian), Alyssa Marmion (Burnie High), Rebecca Buxton (Latrobe High), Rochelle Guilbert (St Brendan-Shaw) and Sommer French (Penguin High). Picture: CHRIS KIDD HUNDREDS of Tasmanian school students have attended two presen- tation days in the state's North after another successful Cows Create Ca- reers program. Now in its third year, the program is designed to highlight agricultural career opportunities in the dairy industry. About 500 students from 14 schools in the North and North-West took part. Around the country Cows Create Careers was delivered to 179 school and involved more than 6000 students. Tasmanian regional co-ordinator Mary Ann Hortle said the feedback from students and teachers involved with the program was very positive. ''I think for teachers that it's some- thing that can be used right across the curriculum and not just in agriculture classes,'' she said. The six-week program involves schools taking two calves for a three- week period and requires the students to learn how to care for and monitor the calves while they are at the school. Local farmers who loan the calves are also involved and visit the school to teach students the correct way to feed and care for the animals. A dairy industry advocate is also involved with each school to intro- duce the project and give the students advice about possible career path- ways and training opportunities with- in the dairy industry. The students then work in teams of four or five and prepare a data show presentation, research poster and a letter and report for the dairy farmer and industry advocate. This work is then submitted to Cows Create Careers and assessed by the National Centre for Dairy Edu- cation. The students also complete two evaluation forms, one at the begin- ning of the program and one at the end to see how much they have learned. A regional awards presentation day is also held in each area. ''The schools that get the most value out of the program are the ones that use it right across the curriculum in everything from maths right through to science and language,'' Ms Hortle said She said feedback from farmers involved with the project was also positive. ''Farmers get to see young people being enthusiastic about agriculture through this program and I think most realise that it's something that's for the long term,'' Ms Hortle said. ''As well as that, they get back some very quiet and well-handled calves.'' Presentation days were held in Burnie and Launceston this week. In Burnie, first prize in the junior section went to the St Brendan-Shaw College team the Jersey Girls, made up of Georgia Williams, Rochelle Guilbert, Sarah Crawford and Nikki Burton. In the senior section, the Burnie High School team, also called the Jersey Girls, took out first place. Team members were Jenna Haas, Lauren Robertson, Jess Matthews, Rhiannon Sayer and Alyssa Mar- mion. In Launceston, first place in the junior section was won by the Camp- bell Town District High School team the Cowinators (Hannah Whitney, Kye Johns, Adrian Longstaff, Laura King-Greg and Adrian Cameron). The senior prize was won by the Deloraine High School team the Fla- min' Cows (Chris Cooke, Josh Flowers, Jared Barlog, Shaun Vidler and Kyle Howe-Williams). Bumper season delivers raft of selling options market TALK Richard Bailey I WONDER whether we have ever seen all livestock prices, skin prices and such a season at this time of the year, I doubt it. The season, particularly in the north of the state, is as good as you would ever want and as a result, producers can manage when they sell their stock and at what weight. Farmers also have a dilemma -- what to feed their grass to or deciding whether it is more cost effective to cut it into hay or silage. Many are buying cattle to feed on and at Killafaddy on Tuesday we saw three quarters of the yearling steers being bought to go back to the paddock. Most wanted plenty of weight and paid 179c-200c/kg or $705-$926/head. It is no secret that recent store sales have seen some extraordinary results with very few cattle working out less than 200c/kg and lighter calves closer to 300c/kg liveweight. It is a grass market and the options are not that great -- you can't buy old sheep for less than $50 or $60/head and they are very light, while better types are selling for $70-$100/head. Store lambs are also selling very well with most making $85-$105/head. On Tuesday, a line of shorn lambs made $94.50/head. Trade cattle prices are going along pretty well with most at Killafaddy averaging 340c/kg this week which compares with 305c/kg this week last year. Bullocks worked out at 305c/kg compared to 270c/kg twelve months ago. While cow prices have dropped a bit over the past few week, they are averaging 255c/kg compared with 222c/kg last year at Killafaddy. Australian beef imports into China during September increased by 243 per cent compared with the same period last year, reaching a new 4643-tonne record. Strong consumer demand and reduced dom- estic supplies contributed to the surge in beef imports. During the calendar year to September, China imported a record 17,677 tonnes of beef. Australia continued to be the main (94 per cent) supplier of quality chilled beef imports into the market. Meanwhile, lamb prices continued to im- prove in Victoria with most quoted between 460c and 500c/kg which is great money at this time of the year. What makes it even better is the fact that most skins are being quoted between $19 and $22 each for heavy lambs. And numbers are really starting to escalate with 70,000 penned at Hamilton during two sales and almost 40,000 at Ballarat. Cattle clarification sought IMPROVED access, clarity on weight restrictions and a plan for the future are the key issues Australian live cattle exporters are hoping to resolve with a new authority in Indonesia. Representatives for Australian cattle pro- ducers and live exporters met last week with Indon- esia's new director-general of livestock, Prabowo R. Catturose. LiveCorp chief executive Cameron Hall described the meeting with Dr Prabowo as positive for both exporters and pro- ducers. PREVIEWS OF RAMS FRIDAY 3rd DECEMBER FROM 10am (03)63811154 0409811150 0418130155 0418130046 Frank Chester: Andrew Calvert: Bob Barrenger: Contact: 2014113-101126
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