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TAS Country : December 9th 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010 Tasmanian Country 19 Stock Report Quality cattle lines meet strong demand A LIGHTER yarding of 153 cattle came forward at Quoiba on Wednesday. Trade cattle made up the bulk of the numbers, with top quality lines meeting a strong demand, steer vealers topped the day at 217c/kg, while yearling heifers realised to 205c/kg. Secondary lines held stable while restockers were very prominent on suitable types. Cows and processing cattle held simi- lar rates. Beef cows made to 132c/kg. Bullocks: Mareeba Trust 170c/kg $1006, NR & BJ Down- ward 165c/kg $1016, Martin P/L 165c/kg $1102. Heavy Trade Steers: TJ & CM Bennett 195c/kg $924, CJ Murfett 193c/kg $941, CS & N Ray 190c/kg $980. Trade Steers: CS & N Ray 210c/kg $978, CJ Murfet 195c/kg $861, GJ & TS Glover 194c/kg $764. Steer Vealers: Cluan Home- stead 217c/kg $772, D Buttrose 215c/kg $847, Sumik Family Trust 212c/kg $886. Heavy heifers: JH McMil- lan 193c/kg $910, Orbridge Es- tate 191c/kg $886,S&M Pepperell 191c/kg $886. Trade heifers: Orbridge Es- tate 205c/kg $873, Allenfields 199c/kg $843, RW & GM Rad- ford 195c/kg $842. Heifer Vealers: Sumik Family Trust 197c/kg $811, NR & BJ Downward 196c/kg $729, J Croswell 190c/kg $752. Cows: KG & S Coy 132c/kg $815, J Crosswell 130.5c/kg $681, B Mulchay 130c/kg $751. Bulls: D & J Heger 131c/kg $925, D W Harding 130c/kg $925, L W Gee 125c/kg $895. Bridgewater Jap ox to 181c THERE was a yarding of 95 cattle and 1167 sheep and lambs at this week's Bridg- ewater market. Six bulls fetched 95 to 119c. Twenty-five Jap ox from 580kg to 860kg fetched 145c to 181c. Vealers topped the sale at 218c or $828 with 10 selling to a 210c average. Other yearling cattle fetched 165 to 200c, most at 190c. Heifers over 500kg fetched 135c-170c and cows 100c-140. A scant 290 new season lambs forced prices to a top of $150 for shorn lambs; other heavies made $125-$140, medium $105-$120, light $95- $105. Hoggets topped at $125, heavies $100-$110, medium $85-$95 and wool types $30-$70. Two-tooths made $40-$94. Of 360 mutton of- fered, ewes made to $95, wethers $91, and lights $25- $40. Vealers pull good rates on back of heavy rain market TALK Richard Bailey MORE rain during the week in Tasmania, plus big rains throughout Victoria and NSW have certainly set up a great grass season. Unfortunately the very heavy rain and flooding has caused drama for fruit and grain growers particularly across northern Victoria and southern NSW. Locally the extra rain has had an effect on cattle numbers coming into the market with only 110 yarded at Killafaddy, 95 at Bridgewater and 153 at Quoiba. That meant there were very good sales in the trade cattle section with a number of vealers and yearlings selling for more than 200c/kg. A very good pen of new season vealers sold at Killafaddy for 210c-220c/kg while yearlings made 182c to a top of 225c/kg liveweight. It was a real surprise to see the drop in numbers given it is now December and prices for trade cattle have held up remarkably well. The consensus seems to be that producers have plenty of grass and will keep their cattle and put more weight onto them. I only hope the price doesn't drop too far as supply through the eastern states increases. I think it would be fair to say that the prices seen this week were driven by local butchers (because of small numbers) and not the major processors. So when numbers improve we will probably see a quick correction. The lamb prices in Victoria were even stronger this week and on Wednesday trade lambs at Hamilton were quoted at 480c-530c/kg with heavyweights nudging 510c/kg dressed weight. This meant that trade weight 3 score lambs made $106-$140, heavy 4 scores $135-$158 and an extra heavyweight pen $116.20/head. Lamb numbers were down considerably because of the heavy rain but the market has been great for this time of the year. In Tasmania, lamb sales have been good and heavy lambs at Quoiba made $135-$150, trade $124-$139 and lighter $100-$123/head. The top price at Bridgewater was $150 for an outstanding pen of shorn lambs. Most heavy lambs at Bridgewater made $125-$142, trade $105-$120 and lighter $95-$105/head. It was a similar story at Killafaddy with restockers putting a very strong floor in the market paying $106-$114/head for lambs over 16kg and $85-$104 for lambs under 16kg dressed weight. Needless to say, it makes it very difficult for wholesalers to buy light side and light trade lambs and if they do, they are paying $107-$114/head to get a share. Meanwhile, reports from the MLA indicate that Australian lamb exports for the 11 months to November were 7 per cent lower year-on- year at 141,413 tonnes. During this time, the largest export desti- nation was the Middle East, which increased 1 per cent on last year to 33,414 tonnes. This was ahead of the US (traditionally the largest market for Australian lamb exports) which fell 12 per cent to 31,185 tonnes. MLA's North Africa manager Lachlan Bow- tell believes the market is still growing. ''While they are not immune to high prices, there is a lot of wealth in the region and with a growing middle class and changes to the way they prepare and eat meals, there is an increased demand for a premium product,'' he said. Come in spinners at Tassie wool sale ERIC HUTCHINSON THE traditional Tasman- ian December sale was held by separation in Mel- bourne on Tuesday. Competition from Euro- pean and Chinese interests, supported by orders from Japanese spinners, ensured a solid sale, with 94 per cent cleared after negotiation of passed-in lines. One disappointing aspect is the very small difference between the best style and average style in superfine (18.5 and finer) types. How- ever, the overall level for all Merino types is much bet- ter than 12 months ago and gives producers far better returns from the wool part of a sheep enterprise. Exporters are generally positive about prices in the next six months, with at least some expecting vol- umes to drop off in the new year and prices to increase significantly. The key issue for sus- taining these levels will be how successful weavers and knitters are in passing on these higher levels for next season to retailers. This is a question that at this point we don't know the answer to, but at least it will not just be wool but also competing fibres such as cotton and synthetics that will be asking for higher prices next season. Strong demand for heavyweight lambs A HEAVIER yarding of 574 lambs came forward at Quoiba on Monday. Heavyweight lambs open- ed to a strong demand and this trend continued for all weights and grades right throughout the sale. Prices were fully firm to slightly better on recent sales. Heavy lambs made $135-$150, medium lambs $124-$139 and light lambs $100-$123. A heavier supply of 504 mutton met local and inter- state competition. Heavy mutton made $60-$113 and light mutton $20-$70. A heavier offering of 50 porkers saw all grades sell to an easier trend. Best pork made $225-$275, secondary pork $150-$220 and store pigs $80-$115. Lambs: RJ Moncrieff $150; WM McMullen $150; DG Shepheard $150; WS & EB Sharman $147; NJ & CA Bellinger $146; G & J Connors $141. Mutton: Veensgarth Partnership (ewes) $113; Little & Sons $102; HTR Cresswell & Co $101; SR Baldock $99; Bingley & Sushames $93; DM Barker $90. For Sale 26 Jersey heifers due Feb - Mar to Jersey, Good line Qty lines of Spring calving heifers due Jul/Aug/Sep will be PTIC, mainly to Jersey All types dairy bulls mixed ages Ph. Frank Steers 0418 141 081 Qty Friesian bulls $2,000 9 White Suffolk rams 16 mths $600 - $800 Ph. Peter Collins 0427 547 145 40 Friesian cows calving from 1 March to Friesian PTIC 3 Murray Grey bulls 20 -24 mths 10 stud Murray Grey heifers ready to join, registered Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 40 Friesian heifers calving Feb 2011 2 Friesian bulls / 2 Jersey bulls Ph. Greg Duke 0407 882 595 Wanted to Buy Beef cows and calves - Murray Grey and Angus Store Cattle - British bred heifers and steers Xbred dairy heifers from 4 -15 mths Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 Ph. Peter Collins 0427 547 145 Friesian cows in milk or calving up until end Jan 2011 Ph. Adam Crawford 0400 550 412 EXPORT ORDERS AVAILABLE - ALL AGES Contact your local Vicstock Agent for details GST may apply. Phone a Vicstock Agent First. 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