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TAS Country : January 27th 2011
16 Tasmanian Country Friday, January 28, 2011 The Stock Report Oatlands sale a big hit for GOTCHA: Tony Fehlberg rescues a runaway sheep at the Oatlands sale. JENNIFER CRAWLEY IT was back to business for producers at the Roberts annual Oatlands sheep and lamb sale last week. More than 9100 lambs went under the hammer on a day perfect for selling -- not too hot with a gentle breeze. ''It was exceptional,'' Roberts' John Denholm said. ''A lot of people have got a lot of grass that they're hell bent on feeding to something,'' Mr Denholm said. ''Cattle are terribly dear and are not a good alternative. ''Lambs are a good short term fix. ''This is the year of the livestock producer . . . it's their turn.'' Mr Denholm said people were more inclined to breed lambs and onsell rather than fatten them. ''The fat price is behind the store price and that's going to happen to store cattle,'' he said. ''It's going to be an interesting time.'' Mr Denholm said sheep producers were in ''uncharted waters'' with a shortage of sheep Australia-wide. ''This is a set of circumstances we've never had before,'' he said. ''There's lots of grass, a shortage of stock and now the floods and the unknown losses associated with that. ''Until the waters go we won't know how many cows and sheep are left in Australia.'' The sheep came from all over, just like the buyers who snapped up large lots to take back to Victoria and South Australia. Auctioneer Phillip Brazendale said the lambs on offer were a very good line-up. ''Today is a wonderful opportunity to put some lines of lambs together,'' Mr Brazendale said. ''This is a bonny pen of lambs,'' he said of the first pen after the bidding started. Retired Tunnack sheep farmer and shearer Neville Carter, 86, was there to see the action. Born in Adaminaby, NSW, Mr Carter married and settled down on his property Fairhaven when he was 25-years-old. He said he was thinking of the mainland farmers affected by flood. ''Poor buggers,'' Mr Carter said. ''A decade-long drought, now they're drowning.'' Lindy Eastley and her mum Dianne Huett made the trip from Deloraine to restock their fat lambs for winter. The pair normally runs between 1800 and 2000 lambs which do well on the green grass in the Meander Valley. The Huetts intend to sell to the export market this year but normally sell to the local market including Woolworths and Swift. The sale was held off so Victorian father and son Graham and Shane Trotter from Ballarat could attend. The Trotters bought 2000 sheep. Graham said competition for lambs was ''really hot'' on the mainland, with little suckers at Bendigo selling for $115 and store lambs for $120. ''There's a lot of competition over there with no sheep,'' Mr Trotter said. Pontville farmer Tony Fehlberg was quick off his feet to catch the $128 lamb that attempted to escape. ''Too expensive to lose,'' Mr Fehlberg said. Hoo roo to bars, no bull BULLBARS could eventu- ally disappear from Aust- ralian cars if international standards are adopted here. Australian Automotive Marketing Association executive director Stuart Charity said Australia was obliged to consider stan- dards which had stopped bullbar sales in Europe. Australia is a signatory to a UN agreement which aims to harmonise vehicle designs around the world and so needed to consider standards that had made it ''nearly impossible'' to manufacture bullbars in Europe, he said. The Department of Infra- structure has released a document for public con- sultation on bullbar stan- dards. ''If adopted in full, it will spell the end of the bullbar in Australia,'' Mr Charity said. ''Europe has far less ani- mal strikes than we do.'' Meat man recognised for his marrow MOTIVATED: Brett Hall is a leader in the red meat industry. TASMANIAN red meat industry leader Brett Hall has been chosen to take part in next year's pres- tigious Australian Rural Leader- ship Foundation program. It involves more than eight weeks of training around Aust- ralia and overseas over a period of 17 months from next May. Mr Hall, who runs Angus cattle, merino sheep and grows cereal crops on his midlands Montlea and southern highlands Bronte properties, will be one of about 35 participants in the program. One of Tasmania's leading lights in rural politics and former presi- dent of the National Farmers' Federation, the late John All- wright, was one of the founders of the program in 1992. It was established to respond to the emerging challenges for rural, regional and remote Australia. It has been successful in creating a network of leaders with commit- ment, strategic thinking and nego- tiating skills at national and inter- national level. Mr Hall is chair of the TFGA Meat Council, chair of the South- ern Australia Meat Research Council, a member of the Red Meat Targets Committee, the Tas- manian National Livestock Identi- fication System Advisory Com- mittee and a trustee of the Tasmanian Beef Industry Trust. He said he was motivated to apply for the program because of the increasingly complex role that farmers had in public life and dealings with governments, lobby- ists and the media ''These days there are simply too many issues for individuals to tackle alone,'' Mr Hall said. ''We need to collaborate with other organisations to address the increasing range of issues and to provide maximum benefit to our membership. ''We need representation from people who are motivated, well- trained and strategic in their thinking so that we can adapt quickly to change. Farmers need to get involved to make change from within, rather than just identify what is wrong with the current situation.'' Mr Hall said food security was looming as the big issue yet it was not uppermost in the thoughts of most people or governments. ''Our challenge is to raise the awareness of the problem and put in place the framework that will be needed to solve the situation,'' he said. TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said people such as Brett Hall served as an inspiration to other farmers to seize the opportunity to make a difference. 2031662-110128 POWRANNA LAMB SALE Preliminary No ce W 16t bru r t 1 m Alr vi 3000 Bri Br L mb Entries Invited Anthony Sco 0418 581 785 David Talbot 0409 899 950 Greg Harris 0409 799 960 www.elders.com.au Phone: 6332 2302 ORT COMIN E ENTS BRAC NELL CLEARIN SALE ill f S l - T es 1st ebr ary Smit to S l -- Mon 7th ebr ary 11 30 am S ci l Stor C l S l t ill f S l T es 15st ebr ary Y lgoo M ri o R m S l , Ro T ur 10t bru r En : Stephen as ell 0457 746 379 Tony Bradfield 0417 524 655 Ben Gr bb 0419 515 783 Do You o Your Ovi (S ) Jo St tu ? 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