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TAS Country : December 16th 2010
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, December 17, 2010 News Hanging Lamb prices continue to rise as buyers from all over the state converged on the Oatlands December lamb sale, reports Jennifer Crawley You wouldn't think three years ago that we would be getting these sort of prices, and be in the position we are in.' ''IT really is fantastic,'' Roberts representative and Southern Midlands sheep farmer Daryl Cornish said. ''You wouldn't think three years ago that we would be getting these sort of prices, and be in the position we are in. ''We've had good seasons, it's wonderful, just an absolute wonderful recovery.'' The total yarding of sheep was 4017 and prices averaged just over $100. The highest price paid was $110 for Jan and Terry Lane's Westfield White Suffolk composite rams out of Corriedale ewes. The shorn lambs were bought by Deloraine far- mer R.G. Hewitt, a regular buyer at Oatlands, who fattens about 1700 lambs a year. Two more Lane pens sold for $107 each to friend Phillip Jones of Broadmar- sh. ''Rain has buggered up the other states' prices and they are going to increase after Christmas,'' Mr Jones said. Mr Cornish said there would be money in the lambs, if only a small margin. And skins were selling for $20 a kilo. ''They've got to keep their lambs till they are 20 to 25 kilos, they have to make sure they finish them properly and get them up to good weights,'' he said. Australian sheep num- bers have been in decline for 20 years. Drought re- duced the national flock down to 67.7 million head. Farmers who kept a nucleus flock want to maintain or increase their numbers after the good seasons, Mr Cornish said. ''Those people who loo- ked after their breeding stock in those drought years are now the ones who are out of the deep end a lot quicker,'' he said. ''There's people around the district who spent huge amounts of money on grain through those dry periods and kept their numbers up. ''A lot of others couldn't afford to pay that sort of money for grain or couldn't justify it. ''They sold their stock and the numbers have gone right down.'' Mr Cornish said a client, Phil Lester of the Braes, sold 370 lambs for an aver- age price of about $100. ''Three years ago Phil was standing at his place when the sun was eclipsed by a dust storm,'' Mr Corn- ish said. ''He said to me then 'I reckon that was my low point in my career,' and yesterday at the lamb sale at Oatlands was the high point in his career.'' Ian and Fay Chugg made the two-hour trip from Bangor near Lilydale to Oatlands to see how much Why is Australia moving to digital TV? To improve your viewing experience • There are many new channels, plus your current free-to-air favourites • Digital TV can offer better sound and picture quality • You can watch movies and TV in widescreen To embrace worldwide developments in technology • Overseas programs are increasingly made in digital format only • Australia will join those nations who have already switched or are currently switching, including the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand To free up broadcast space for exciting new services • It's costly and inefficient to broadcast both analog and digital signals • Turning off the analog signals will free up space for more wireless services Advertisement Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra Want more information? 1800 20 10 13 www.australia.gov.au/digitalready Contact the Digital Switchover Taskforce:
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