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TAS Country : December 23rd 2010
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, December 24, 2010 Stock Report Weather eye on meat market market TALK Richard Bailey I believe that it is disappointing that neither Coles nor Woolworths have kept their promise to label Tasmanian meat as such.' WHAT an incredible year, the year of 2010! All livestock prices are higher than when we star- ted, most of the country is having an outstanding year although some will have to wait until the floods subside and many of our export markets have grown despite a very high exchange rate. The incredible floods through the eastern states and more recently part of the west have taken a bit of the shine off many vegetable and fruit growers' bottom line and one can only be amazed that parts of NSW that have been in drought for almost a decade are now recovering from some of the worst floods seen through these regions. The Eastern States Young Cattle Indicator started the year at 307c/kg and ended last week at 390.5c/kg with tight sup- plies putting pressure on the market plus the sur- plus feed situation which is encouraging producers to add more weight to their cattle. It must be said that this indicator level is way above any southern states over-the-hooks prices with Victorian and Tas- manian prices sitting around 350c/kg for vealers and 315c to 330c/kg for most year- lings. In Tasmania we have seen a big switch to sell- ing young cattle on an MSA grading grid which in most cases gives pro- ducers an extra 10c/kg dressed weight and this has become a big winner for our local meatworks as they build market share in lucrative capital city markets up and down the east coast of Australia. Export cattle prices are significantly higher than at the beginning of the year and this is surpris- ing given that the Aust- ralian currency has in- creased to almost parity with the $US during the past few months. It goes to show what supply and demand will do to prices and from what one can read all major beef exporting countries have exported less beef during 2010 which has caused price rises in countries such as Russia who usually like to buy cheaper cuts. Even the big numbers of lambs in South Aust- ralia and Victoria haven't stopped the lamb indi- cators finishing the year over 500c/kg dressed weight which is unbeliev- able money for this time of the year. The biggest change is the fact that markets like the Middle East and Asia/ China are taking more lamb and in fact during 2010 the Middle East will be Australia's largest ex- port market replacing the US which has tradition- ally been our largest lamb market. Mutton prices have been high right through the year and as we near the end most mutton indi- cators are sitting between 430c and 480c/kg and while the national flock remains so low, it is hard to see exporters getting much respite in this area. It has been a great year for livestock producers and one gets the feeling that there is some flock and herd rebuilding tak- ing place. Although with cull sheep and cows mak- ing such good money it is very tempting to quit old stock rather than get an- other lamb or calf . I believe that it is disap- pointing that neither Coles nor Woolworths have kept their promise to label Tasmanian meat as such. Coles released a press statement earlier in the year that they would and then Woolworths used the TFGA Annual Conference to assure the members that they would label all Tasmanian meat. When pressed on radio for a time frame, they said it was being done ''as we speak''. I think that was in September. No doubt they are still speaking. One would also hope that the TFGA would be putting pressure on be- hind the scenes as they are the producers' lobby group. I wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a healthy 2011 and particu- larly thank those in- volved in making my job possible in bringing (I hope) a balanced view on where the livestock in- dustry sits at various times. Buyers hold off on Quoiba cattle A STRAIGHT-THROUGH sale was the way forward at Quoiba on Monday. Sixty-six cattle opened proceedings and with less buyer interest prices strug- gled to hold. Best yearling steers top- ped at 209c/kg. In the pig section 36 porkers sold to easier quotes. Best pork sold from $210 to a top of $280. A penning of 349 lambs finished up the day. Compe- tition was very buoyant for all types with best lambs selling from $134 to $148.50. There was also a light offering of mutton which continued to sell at very firm rates. Most realised from $70 to $100. A line of young cross bred ewes sold from $175 to a top of $195 while store lambs were again in de- mand and most of these made from $79 to $104. Lambs: D & J Hingston PTY LTD $148.50, PD Langmaid $146, Buster Road Estate $142, JM & SA Richards $140, Viewmanks PTY LTD $139, Galton $138. Mutton: PL & AE Richards (ewes) $100, HJ DeBoer $94,G&C Weaver $89, D & N Hoare $88. Bullocks: DL & AL Rogers $1039, JM Hingston $1041. Heavy Trade Steers: DL & AL Rogers $961, MS Hingston $942. Trade Steers: MW & ML Mace $836, CJ Murfet $806. Steer Vealers: PJ & SL Fisher $752. Heavy heifers: AV & G Simp- son $957, KD & JM Lamprey $856. Trade heifers: KD & JM Lam- prey $752, JM Hingston $646. Heifer Vealers: RL Freeman $740. Wanted to Buy 100 Angus cows up to 5 y.o. with Spring calves at foot and rejoined to Angus (or chance mated) 50 Angus heifers joined to Angus for spring calving (or chance mated) Store Cattle - Angus and Murray Greys - heifers and steers small and large lots considered Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 Ph. Peter Collins 0427 547 145 For Sale 190 Xbred heifers to be PTIC due July/Sept Ph. Frank Steers 0418 141 081 20 Friesian heifers and 45 Xbred dairy heifers all due March on Ph. Kurtis Grey 0428 562 718 50 Xbred dairy heifers to be PTIC due Sept 1 Friesian Bull (by Toy Story) 2.5 y.o. 1 Murray Grey Bull well bred 20 mo. 1 Angus bull (registered - exceptional stud sire) 21 mo Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 Tasmania GST MAY APPLY. PHONE A VICSTOCK AGENT FIRST Export Wanted - Friesian heifers for Export Immediate delivery on inspection and no blood tests on small calves Will buy from 100kgs up to 180kgs. Good prices paid for quality heifers Ph. your local Vicstock agent for full details 2004664-101224 Bernard Atkins .............................. 0417 593 158 Frank Steers .................................. 0418 141 081 Adam Crawford .......................... 0400 550 412 Peter Collins ................................. 0427 547 145 Kurtis Grey.................................... 0428 562 718 Greg Duke ................................... 0407 882 595 (North West / State Manager) (North) (North West) (Export Co-ordinator) (North East) (South) Thanking all our customers for their loyal support throughout the year, and we look forward to working with existing and new clients in 2011. Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. AUSTREX Established -- 1973 EXPORT HEIFERS WANTED Unjoined Holstein Friesian Heifers Age 7 -- 15 Months 160kg + POA China Protocol applies -- Delivery End January Chance Mated Friesian Heifers -- POA Age17--24mths Joined to Holstein and Jersey Bulls only. China Protocol applies -- Delivery End January Holstein Friesian Heifers -- 100 kg + POA Immediate Delivery -- No Blood Tests EASY SELECTION - LOCAL PEOPLE $ BEST RETURNS $ - TRY US For further information please contact ; • Ebony Bannister - 0418 685676 (TAS) • Michael Buttigeig - 0427 172 403 (All areas) • Wylie Wettenhall - 0428 220 370 (All areas) 2021061-101217 10A Marlborough Street, Longford Ph: 03 6391 2811 Fax: 03 6391 2209 1-3 Rubicon St, Smithton Ph: 03 6452 1034 Fax: 6452 1089 www.landmark.com.au DAIRY LIVESTOCK WANTED China calves 100kg no blood tests. Pick up on same day as selection $950 Peter Korpershoek 0438 583 108 Kent Tyson 0428 318 272 SHEEP WANTED 1000+ British Bred store lambs wanted. Orders waiting to fill. Cross-bred ewes Russell Cowan 0418 346 339 CATTLE AGISTMENT Weight gain agistment available, Deloraine area Kent Tyson 0428 318 272 DAIRY LIVESTOCK FOR SALE Friesian yearling and mature bulls $1000-$1500 Jersey Bulls $850 - $1100 Large qty of autumn calving heifers $1200 Peter Korpershoek 0438 583 108 Kent Tyson 0428 318 272 2027846-101224 Smithton Branch will be closed on Public Holidays only. Longford will close at midday on Friday 24th of December and re-open on Tuesday the 4th of January. M y C r ﬆm s Fr Te L n m r B W r H y & S f N Ye r
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