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TAS Country : January 27th 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011 Tasmanian Country 19 The Stock Report Tasmanian Holstein exhibit proves to be udderly awesome DAIRY QUEEN: Lindsay and Lisa Thompson, from Bracknell, with their Australian grand champion. TASMANIAN Holstein breeders clinched the top prize at Inter- national Dairy Week's 20th anniver- sary show in Victoria. Crowds packed the Tatura Pav- ilion last Thursday to see Fairvale Morty Lady 51 sashed supreme Holstein exhibit and, a short time later, Australian grand champion. Owned by Lisa, Lindsay, Sandra and Cameron Thompson and Matt Templeton at Bracknell, the five- year-old had a ''phenomenal'' udder when she was bought from a local breeder as a two-year-old. ''We always knew she had a lot of potential,'' Lisa said. ''She has developed so well since her last calf, it's unbelievable.'' Before the show, Fairvale Morty Lady 51 had been mated to Stanley Cup and last week returned home to Tasmania. It was an amazing week for everyone involved with the Aust- ralian grand champion animal. Fairvale Morty Lady 51 was one of five animals that travelled for 18 hours, including a boat trip, to Tatura. She was joined by Jersey exhibit winner Riverside Renaissance Ivy II and a calf that sold for $21,000 at the Semex Spectacular Sale on Wednesday night. Holstein judge Brian Leslie said the supreme Holstein exhibit had balance, ''dairyness'' and strength. ''I think she's one of the most balanced cows I have come across,'' he said. ''She wrote the rule book for what udders are supposed to look like.'' He also complimented the inter- mediate champion, Cairnhill Da- mian Leader, bred by the Zanders family from Kialla near Shepparton, saying she was one of the best two- year-olds in milk he had seen any- where in the world. Meanwhile, organisers were ''very happy'' with the crowds and compe- tition at the week-long event, es- pecially considering the floods in Victoria and Queensland. IDW director Mr Leslie agreed with spectators' comments that this year's show was ''buoyant'' and said he hoped International Dairy Week provided ''something else'' for exhibitors to focus on for a few days. A great addition to the IDW program this year was a perform- ance by Australian country music superstar Lee Kernaghan. An ambassador for the Aussie Helpers Children's Fund, along with Ruralco and OSKA, he performed his new single and some old favour- ites before the charity auction and Holstein sale on Wednesday night. Tallies showed the total money raised during IDW for the Aussie Helpers Children's Fund was $17,500. This included three lots of em- bryos donated by Semex. The Weekly Times Price rises superfine for producers AUSTRALIAN wool prices last week rose to their highest level in eight years. Australian Wool Inno- vation said it was caused by a ''collision of increasing retail demand and raw wool supply concerns''. The AWEX benchmark Eastern Market Indicator last week closed at 1191c/kg clean -- a jump of 39c/kg on the previous week and up 160c/kg on pre-Christmas rates. Superfine wools -- 17- and 18-micron types -- recorded the best rises in eight years, with Melbourne sale indi- cators up 22 and 18 per cent respectively. AWI market intelligence manager Paul Swan said there were reports of in- creased retail demand for wool in such key markets as Italy and Japan. But last week's rise mas- ked a volatile market, which saw the EMI hit 1242c/kg on Wednesday be- fore falling 51c/kg the next day. Most of Thursday's buy- ing was left to local ex- porters/traders as distinct from the Chinese indent buyers, who declared ruling prices too high. Indent buyers pay the ruling prices for immediate delivery. Dr Swan said it was too early to tell what impact the present prices would have on downstream processors, and whether prices were sustainable. ''Our job is to ensure sustainable demand for wool product,'' he said. However, Dr Swan said wool as a fibre was alone with its price rises. The latest revival in superfine prices was wel- comed by the Australian Superfine Woolgrowers As- sociation. The Weekly Times Joy over beefed-up prices market TALK Richard Bailey IT was another exciting week, with cattle prices showing some stability at the higher levels seen over the past couple of weeks. Most over-the-hooks prices have also risen sub- stantially in the past week. In local saleyards most good-quality trade cattle have been making more than 200c/kg and at Quoiba there have been top prices of more than 220c/kg. On Tuesday at Killafad- dy, where there were more numbers than last week, most top-quality vealers made 200c to 218c/kg, with averages about 205c/kg liveweight. There is strong restock- er competition on all young cattle and at Killa- faddy this week they paid 200c to 219c/kg, or $624 to $827 a head, for steer vealers and 196c to 208c/kg, or $670 to $975 a head, for yearling steers. All store cattle sold in the saleyards are attract- ing strong competition, and with the calf sales not far away I can imagine we are in for some very interesting times. If New South Wales and Victoria dry out, one can expect many of the wean- ers to get a boat trip across Bass Straight. While on the subject of weaner calf sales, reports out of the recent Victorian sales indicate that weaned calves are selling at a pre- mium, and in general calves with the most infor- mation displayed on their card make the most money. Big buyers in the recent sales have been major beef exporter J.B. Swift and major supermarket chains, which are all buying to put into their feedlots. As a result these buyers are saying they prefer weaned calves because they are much easier to transport. For all producers selling weaners over the next few months, it may be worth some thought and cer- tainly a discussion with your agent. If we end up with very strong interstate competition, one can only assume that these buyers will be keen to buy weaned calves that also have their weights displayed, which will make travelling stock to areas as far away as northern NSW a much simpler process. On a totally different subject, a new iphone app has been launched to help shoppers track down Australian-made and grown products. Browsers of the free ''Australian Made, Australian Grown'' app can search a virtual shopping mall stocked with locally produced mer- chandise. Meanwhile, I wonder how many price rises will be blamed on the floods. I was in a major super- market this week and found that truss tomatoes were $9.90/kg after last week being less than $4/kg. I thought to myself ''It must be the floods'', but then looked at the label and found that the tom- atoes came from Granton in southern Tasmania! Record lamb prices at Quoiba From page 18 Several lines of mixed age cross bred ewes were well sought after making from $82.50 to a top of $150. There was very keen interest also for the few store lambs available. Best lines: $102 - $102.50. Secondary Lines $64 - $93. Thirty porkers were yard- ed. Unfortunately these sold to a lesser demand to be up to $10 easier on recent sales. Best pork: $200 - $237.50. Secondary Pork $165 - $195. Lambs: GB Elmer $168. AC Elmer $166. TG & JE Eddington $166. SR & KF Saltmarsh $166. JT & AL McCormack $164. JA & VC Lillico $164. Mutton: Capelands (ewes) $100. TJ & KL Badcock (ewes) $91. JA & VC Lillico (ewes) $90. RJ & SM Mc- Kenzie (wethers) $90. S Scammel (ewes) $90. KJ & SM Heazlewood (ewes) $90. SWIFT AUSTRALIA All types of Livestock required for processing at our Longford & Devonport Plants For a competative price ring our Livestock Buyers today 2054551-110121 Swift Australia Tasmanian Livestock Team Tom Archer Livestock Manager M 0419 310 701 Allan Boyce Livestock Buyer M 0419 310 698 Mathew Bosworth Livestock Buyer M 0438 912 161 Rohan Hadley Livestock Buyer M 0437 228 536 Jacob Last Livestock Buyer M 0458 921 397 Swift would like to thank producers for their continued support. 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