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TAS Country : February 17th 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011 Tasmanian Country 11 The Stock Report Wool sale shift delivers rewards KAROLIN MacGREGOR THE decision to move Tasmania's traditional Launceston Wool Sale to Melbourne has paid off with some of the best prices recorded in years. On Tuesday, strong competition from buyers pushed average prices to levels not recorded in Tasmania for many years, giving growers plenty to smile about. Prices for wool in the 15-18 micron class jumped by about 100 cents a kilogram compared to last week. Just under 8000 bales were sold during Tuesday's sale which grossed more than $14 million. Roberts Wool marketing manager Eric Hutchinson said strong demand, especially for the finer stylish type wool, had injected some much needed confidence into the state's wool industry. ''Moving the sale wasn't something we did willingly but we had to do it and there were some growers that were disappointed,'' he said. ''But after this week I think we can see that it was a good move and the results really speak for themselves.'' Mr Hutchinson said the opportunity to buy large volumes of top quality fine wool proved a major drawcard for buyers especially European compan- ies.New England Wool was one of the sale's bigger purchasers taking home about 9 per cent of the offering. ''There weren't any really outstand- ing prices, but the averages especially for the 17 microns and finer were fantastic,'' Mr Hutchinson said. The sale's top price of $5200 was paid for two bales of 15.2 micron wool from Deddington woolgrowers Carol and Alan Phillips. Mr Hutchinson said most of the finer end of the clip averaged between 2000 and 2200 cents a kilogram. He said the overall average across the whole sale was $1760 a bale. ''When you think about it, at $21 a kilogram, your average fine wool mer- ino is probably cutting over $70 of wool, which is pretty good money,'' he said. Mr Hutchinson said Chinese buyers were also very active at Tuesday sale and bought large volumes of wool. ''There was a lot of competition and that's what we were hoping for,'' he said. ''Out of all the commodities, wool has really been the big mover during the past year and when you combine that with the huge demand for sheep, it's looking fairly positive.'' Tuesday's sale was marketed as a Tasmanian feature sale and Mr Hutchinson said this strategy seems to have worked well. ''There's no question about that,'' he said. ''It was marketed as a Tasmanian offering and that had an impact. ''It was a good catalogue and it's not very often that buyers have the chance to buy wool of this quality in a larger volumes.'' Mr Hutchinson said some Tasman- ian wool producers attended the sale. ''There were about 15 or 16 growers there,'' he said. PLEASED: Will Bennett from the Ashby Merino stud with Elders area sales manager for southern Tasmania, Tony Bradfield, and Jock Nivison from the Yalgoo stud with the top priced ram from last week's sale. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR Demand spurs ram prices KAROLIN MacGREGOR Our wool is getting finer and the yields are not dropping off which is exactly what we were aiming for.' SOLID demand produced some good prices at last week's Ashby-Yalgoo merino ram sale. It is the second on-farm sale for Ashby stud owners Nina and Will Bennett. The couple established a sister stud in conjunction with the Nivison family, who run the well known Yalgoo Merino stud on their property at Walcha in New South Wales. Mr Bennett said he was impressed with the Yalgoo sheeps' performance which is the result of decades of testing in all parts of the country and careful breeding selections. The Bennetts have used 100 per cent Yalgoo genetics to establish their base flock. They now have 300 ewes in the stud. Mr Bennett said performance testing was a new concept in the Tasmanian sheep industry, but had the potential to significantly improve producers' returns. A number of repeat buyers made the trip to the couple's property near Ross after purchasing rams at the inaugural sale last year. The Bennetts sold 25 rams at last week's sale, making an average of $740. The top priced ram was bought by Elders area sales manager for southern Tasmania Tony Bradfield on behalf of Adrian McShane from Broadmarsh property, Heremai. Top price during the sale went to Lot 1 which sold for $1400. Mr McShane also purchased two other rams at the sale. The sale's second top price of $1300 was paid for lot two by the Webster family from Woodbury who also purchased four other rams to average $740. Middle Park Partnership from Oatlands was the sale's biggest volume purchaser taking home seven rams for an average of $685. Effingham was also a significant buyer and took home three rams topping at $1200 and averaging $966 as well as the ND and A Burbury who bought five rams for an average of $660. Mr Bennett said they were pleased with the sale results. ''We're still only a fairly new stud so it takes time, but we're pretty happy,'' he said. ''In our commercial flock we're getting second generation sheep and they're going really well. ''Our wool is getting finer and the yields are not dropping off which is exactly what we were aiming for. ''We're really pleased with how the sheep are performing here, so we're confident they'll be able to go out and do the job for the ram buyers.'' Mr Bennett said performance testing and measurement was the way ram breeding was heading and it was a tool producers could use to both buy rams and manage their flocks. Bullish start to new selling season SOUTHEAST Australia's bull-selling season is off to a flying start. Several studs in South Australia recorded solid averages and clearances last week, with bulls sell- ing to $21,000. Woonallee Simmental stud principal Tom Baker, of Furner in SA, said his average of $5488 for 41 bulls from 43 offered last week exceeded expectations. Prices topped at $21,000. The attention this week turns to Victoria, with re- nowned Hereford studs Red Hill, at Euroa, and Bowmont, at Tatyoon, vy- ing for the spotlight. Allendale Poll Here- fords, at Bordertown, will also offer bulls. Tom Gubbins, from Te Mania Angus, said higher cattle prices should trans- late to improved bull sale results this season. 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