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TAS Country : December 16th 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010 Tasmanian Country 5 in there with flock pays off LOOKING UP: More to come says auctioneer Phillip Brazendale. TURN AROUND: Prices averaged just over $100 for a yarding of 4017 sheep. Pictures: JENNIFER CRAWLEY HAPPY: Bangor farmers Ian and Fay Chugg. GOOD TUCKER: Lambs were well grown and well fed. lambs fetched. The Chuggs sold most of their lambs a month ago for a pretty good price and will start another mob. The Chuggs have a 265ha property called Greenville Rises. ''We try and do it as easy as poss- ible,'' Ian said. They run about 150 head of Angus cattle. They said they had to get out of the house because they were ''going mad with the rain.'' ''It's soaking wet at home,'' Ian said. ''We've got two paddocks to bale and we can't get near them.'' Auctioneer Phillip Brazendale told the size- able Oatlands crowd that the small lambs were the first drafts of mobs and there was ''more to come''. ''These lambs will be worth every penny if the market holds up,'' Mr Brazendale said. Derwent Valley farmers Jan and Terry Lane were very happy with the price they got for their lambs. ''They were well grown and are in good nick,'' Mrs Lane said. ''There's all this good tucker about.'' Cancelled last year be- cause of lack of numbers, the Oatlands lamb sale will be a permanent fixture in the sale calender, Mr Corn- ish said. ''It suits a lot of people to wean their lambs straight off their mothers, put them on the truck and bring them to the sale,'' he said. ''It also suits the traders, the people who buy in lambs, they can get them and have control of their growth a lot earlier instead of leaving it to the third week in January, the second Roberts lamb sale. ''We sort of revert back to Phil Lester and the predicament that people were in three years ago, how depressing it was, but for those people who stuck with it and had faith, it's paid off. Meanwhile the Chuggs had packed a picnic lunch to have on the shores of Lake Dulverton. Ian's mum and dad used to live in the little green and white cottage on the other side of the lake. ''We have a picnic and look across at the cottage,'' Fay said. Producers cash in as ewe numbers build KAROLIN MacGREGOR AUSTRALIA'S prime lamb industry is booming, and the latest Meat and Livestock Australia's sur- vey shows producers are cashing in. Record lamb and sheep prices in many parts of the country over the past year have been a boost for the industry and many pro- ducers want to increase their production. The MLA Lamb Survey shows that 45 pe recent of the country's producers plan to increase their ewes numbers during 2011. About 1900 producers, including 67 from Tas- mania, completed the sur- vey in in October. Seasonal conditions have also given producers more confidence -- 62 per cent said conditions were above average in October. Torrential rain during the past few weeks may have dented that confi- dence a little, but very few parts of the country still are in the grip of drought. The survey revealed that as of October 31 there were 39.9 million breeding ewes in the country, with pure Merinos making up about 51 per cent. The next biggest group was first-cross Merino and Border Leicester ewes, with 18 per cent. The growing popularity of the Dorper sheep was also evident -- they made up 3 per cent of ewes. Australia's lamb popu- lation was 35.2 million head in October, of which 38 per cent were pure Merinos. New South Wales has the most pure Merino lambs, with 32 per cent of the total, followed by West- ern Australia with 28 per cent and Victoria 15 per cent. Second-cross lambs were the next biggest group with 21 per cent of the population. Most of these lambs were out of first-cross Mer- ino ewes mated to either White Suffolk or Poll Dor- set rams. First-cross lambs ac- count for 20 per cent of the lamb population. In strong market con- ditions, producers are ex- pected to sell 14.8 million lambs between November and February. Second-cross lambs will make up 33 per cent of this and first-cross 21 per cent. Pure Merino lambs are expected to make up about 13 per cent of lamb sales. The overall lamb mark- ing rate across the country between July and October was 97 per cent. Tasmania had the second-highest marking rate of 104 per cent, and was just behind Victoria, which had 106 per cent. Rural Development Services 4/29 Elizabeth St, Hobart, 7000 PH: 6231 9033 www.ruraldevelopmentservices.com Rural Development Services is pleased to announce the release of 2 new reports 1. Farmer Decision Making -- Why Farmers Diversify RIRDC has published RDS's research report Reasons Why Farmers Diversify -- Northern Midlands Tasmania. This study of farm diversification in the Northern Midlands of Tasmania draws out the complex factors that influence decision making about change. Read more at: www.ruraldevelopmentservices.com 2. Carbon Farming through Farm Forestry Private Forests Tasmania has released RDS's research into Tasmanian landholders' understanding and perceptions of the carbon economy. The report examines landholders' potential role in reducing or offsetting carbon emissions. Read more at: www.ruraldevelopmentservices.com For more information contact Don Defenderfer at RDS on 6231 9033 2019212-101217
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