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TAS Country : December 2nd 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010 Tasmanian Country 23 Stock Report Plenty of interest in top-quality heifers A YARDING of 194 cattle came forward at Quoiba on Wednesday. Twenty Jap bullocks met a similar demand, with best lighter weights making to 179c/kg. Heifers dominated the numbers in the trade cattle section. Overall prices re- mained unchanged, with top-quality lines selling to a good demand, while re- stockers put a solid floor in the market for suitable run-on types. Yearling heifers topped at 216c/kg, while steer vealers made to 213c/kg. Cow numbers were again down, with rates unchanged on recent sales. Best beef cows realised to 131c/kg. Bulls topped at 125c/kg. Bullocks: AW Young Hold- ings 179.5c/kg, $1019; AJ Enterp- rices 178c/kg, $1035; N Purton 176c/kg, $1010. Heavy trade steers: BG & TA Britt 187c/kg, $875; GJ Johnson 186c/kg, $915; Scott Ag Contract- ing 185c/kg, $925. Trade steers: DL Ortner 204c/kg, $873; GD & CR Duniam 195c/kg, $842; GJ Johnson 192c/kg, $775. Steer vealers: CT Davey PTY LTD 213c/kg, $834; IA & CF Pease 202c/kg, $799. Heavy heifers: Orbridge Es- tate 184c/kg, $861; F & S Wood- ward 180c/kg, $900; D Press 175c/kg, $871. Trade heifers: DL Ortner 216c/kg, $803; Orbridge Estate 198c/kg, $863; JT Hawley 195c/kg, $776. Heifer vealers: J & S Cam- eron 195c/kg, $760c/kg. Cows: J & S Cameron 130c/kg, $832; GW & AR Duff 130c/kg, $850; IA & CF Pease 130c/kg, $835. Bulls: GW & AR Duff 125c/kg, $1025; KA Appleby 121c/kg, $975. Strong contest for Quoiba lamb THERE was a very light offering of 263 lambs at Quoiba on Monday. Heavyweight and trade lambs sold to much better compe- tition, lighter weights held fully firm. Best lambs topped at $152.50 (Heavy Lambs $ 134-$152.5, Me- dium Lambs $ 128-$135, Light Lambs $ 108-$121) A light penning of mutton sold to a slightly stronger market. What was available sold from $60 to $92. A penning of 139 mainly 2nd x store lambs sold to a very strong demand making from $90 to a top of $106.50. A line of 4 yr Border Merino x ewes also sold well clearing to $130. A lighter yarding of 35 porkers once again sold to a very firm market. (Best Pork $240 -$330, Secon- dary Pork $185-$235, Store Pigs $50 -$90) New Seasons Lambs: AJ Holdings $152.50, AV & M Spillane $146, JT & AL McCormack $146, MH & MJ Duff $145, PL & AE Richards $142, TS Rutherford $139, Westfield Estate (ewes) $92, PJ & MJ Atkinson $85 Milk vealers a season first RICHARD BAILEY THERE was a similar total number of 245 trade and export cattle yarded at Killafaddy on Tuesday with more grown steers and bullocks and less cows. There was a good quality yarding of trade cattle and for the first time this season there some milk vealers and these sold well making 184c-210c/ kg liveweight. Most yearling averages were 4c-8c/ kg cheaper although the best were fully firm. Restockers also bought three quarters of the yearling steers paying 179c-200c/kg or $705-$926/head. Most yearling steers bought by the trade made 177c-194c/kg and the heifers 170c-203c/kg with averages at 181c/kg live. There was a very good selection of 84 bullocks and the medium weights (500-600 kg) sold for 170c-186c/kg while heavy bullocks fetched 165c-170c/kg and topped at $1326/head. There was a much smaller yarding of 35 cows and heavy pens met a similar market making 125c-135c/kg. Restockers bought the rest for 115c-129c/kg or $472-$649/head. There was a good quality selection of 520 new season lambs and they all sold to a stronger market following the small numbers at Quoiba the day before. Heavy lambs made $120-$141, trade $114-$126 and a few light trade lambs $105-$108/head. Most lamb skins are also attracting strong competition being quoted be- tween $19 and $21 each with an odd quote even higher. Mutton hits record in spring surge The market (for mutton) is there and the processors wouldn't be paying these prices if they weren't getting something out of it.' A SPRING resurgence in mutton has pushed prices to record levels for Novem- ber. Prices have jumped during the past month as processors and producers go head to head for numbers. The national mutton indicator finished last week at 412c/kg carcass weight. But in Victorian saleyards, it rose as high as 456c/kg, narrowing the gap between mut- ton and heavy lambs to just 11c/kg. Mutton is now 124c/kg carcass weight dearer than the same time last year. Much of this is about numbers. The National Livestock Reporting Ser- vice said all saleyards were recording smaller yardings for the year, with total sheep throughput down 30 per cent . The only exception was Mt Gambier, in South Australia, where numbers were up. ''Mutton prices tracked at historically high levels between June and mid- September, frequently surpassing 400c/kg carcass weight, before declining to aver- age 319c/kg carcass weight in mid- October,'' a spokesman said. ''Since then, mutton prices have made another surge on the back of strong restocker demand, following further rain, and with the opportunity for crop and stubble grazing arising.'' Restocker demand has lifted ewe prices from 316c/kg to 380c/kg in a month. The impact on wether prices has not been so dramatic, but even these have risen, from 348c/kg to 372c/kg, in the past month. Monday's Bendigo market was smaller due to rain but the 4000 sheep still sold to ''red hot'' demand, according to Rodwells Bendigo livestock manager Mick Crapper. And he believes the mutton prices are sustainable. ''The market (for mutton) is there and the processors wouldn't be paying these prices if they weren't getting something out of it,'' Mr Crapper said. ''Add to that the fact that numbers aren't there and don't look like building up for a while, and there's no reason why mutton prices can't remain this good.'' Mr Crapper said high winter mutton prices were a given, but the strength of the demand had become evident when spring numbers came on to the market. ''We haven't seen these high spring mutton prices before, but we haven't seen it hold on so well for lambs either,'' he said. On Monday, crossbred ewes weighing 24kg and more made up to $130 while Merinos made to $135. This was ''cheap'' in comparison with lighter sheep, Mr Crapper said. ''Nothing really sold under $80-$100 and it's these lighter sheep which are really making the money,'' he said. Prompt payment always at Greenham 6452 2701 www.greenham.com.au I know I keep saying it every month, but what a wonderful season! And it looks like the rain hasn t gone yet. I m sure there are many who would like to see a bit of fine weather, but from our point of view it s great with cattle coming through the plant in such good condition. Our customers are commenting on the quality of the product, and grading results are up, along with weights. Just remember there can be too much of a good thing, and we will discount over fat and overweight cattle. If they don t meet our customers expectations, we have no choice. BRIGHTER IN JAPAN BUT DANGER LOOMS The market is moving a little in the right direction. Japan s frozen beef stocks are short, and they are also running hand to mouth on chilled stocks. If northern Australia slows down over the next six weeks during the wet season, we should see more upside. The one worry on the horizon is the possible opening of the market to US cattle over 21 months (up to 30 months). This would give the US much wider access and we would certainly see a fall on certain cuts. Tongues, briskets and barbecue items would take the biggest hit and this would really affect Australian grain fed exports. But the grass fed side wouldn t escape entirely either because the lower price for tongues and briskets would knock a hole in offal returns. For example, tongues in the US are $2 per kilo, while we re currently getting $12 in Japan. KOREA STILL SLOW Korea is still very slow and only taking the needed traditional items. Import prices are higher than their domestic prices at present but it s only temporary while they stock up for the Lunar New Year in February. Christmas sales are building up. It isn t just the increased demand -- the supply line needs to ensure it has enough stock to carry through until the New Year. Cube rolls, tenderloin and rumps are in good demand but chucks and other winter cuts a very slow which makes it very hard to balance the body at this time of year. But somehow we always seem to get through. OPEN DAY A GREAT SUCCESS Our open day at the plant last Saturday was very successful. It was a great opportunity for our domestic wholesalers to talk to our proud farmer suppliers and develop a better understanding of each other s position. We strongly believe in the importance of partnerships right through the supply chain. We re all in this together, and if we work well together everybody wins. Peter Greenham Greenham s Corner From the Manager, Peter Greenham You can sell to us liveweight at: • Smithton Greenham Plant, Mon--Fri, 9am--noon • Osmaston 670 Osmaston Rd, Mon, 9am--noon • Howth Kennaglen, Tues, 9am--noon • Ringarooma 69 East Maurice Rd, Wed, 9am--noon Like to know more? Then just ring: Cade Ebdon Circular Head 0409 437 950 Nick Strickland Central / N-W 6433 3230 0417 335 843 Ian Millen Central East/North-East 6344 8915 0408 133 685 Ron Crack King Island 0400 895 133 Michael Ardle South 0428 134 122 Wayne Oliver Statewide 6362 3682 0419 358 441 Graeme Pretty Livestock Controller 0418 505 347 RGM/GRT35086
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