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TAS Country : February 17th 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011 MERCURY --- 13 ,:0.3,$18,1:,1:,:0.3 C ya n M ag e n taY ello w Bla ck + The Stock Report PIONEER: Preolenna Calf Club member Stan Cox. Picture: BRUCE MOUNSTER Stan stands by calf club's opportunities JENNIFER CRAWLEY Our little calf club was the first club in Tasmania that got this big one going out at Carrick.' STAN Cox, 93, was a member of the first calf club in Tasmania at the Preolenna School in the State's North-West. ''We used to get a calf that was just weaned from the mother and reared it,'' Mr Cox said. ''Two or three farmers from Preolenna used to come down to the schoolground and have a look at the calves and tell us how we were going and what we could do to improve them. ''They would give points on the best calf of the day, we'd have a bit of a do where we'd just muck around with the calves, and someone would present a prize.'' Mr Cox grew up on a mixed farm and grew potatoes and peas. He also had a few cows. Mr Cox walked a mile to school with his brothers and sisters. ''My father was very strict,'' he said. ''I played hooky one day and decided never to play it again. ''I got home at two instead of three and of course the stick came out.'' The family took on share farming on land between Nabageena and Edith Creek. Mr Cox moved to Launceston in 1937 and remembers how hard it was getting work. ''In those days it was practically impossible to get a decent sort of job,'' Mr Cox said. ''Some weeks I didn't get enough pay to pay my board.'' Mr Cox worked as a salesman selling products door-to-door. He walked the streets of Trevallyn carrying two suitcases filled with jellies, vanilla essence, mustard and cosmetics. Mr Cox went back to farming soon after his stint as a salesman and milked cows at St Leonards. ''You had to take what you could get back then,'' he said. Mr Cox joined the army when World War II broke out. ''I went and told mum and she said there was nothing she could do about it because I'd already joined,'' he said. Mr Cox spent the next five years at war where he fought as a Rat of Tobruk. He returned to Tasmania, got married, had two children and worked as a boilermaker/welder. Mr Cox said he had tried over the years to raise the profile of the Preolenna Calf Club. ''Our little calf club was the first club in Tasmania that got this big one going out at Carrick,'' he said. ''Clubs like ours are a good thing for young people. ''They give participants an interest and they keep the youngsters of the streets,'' he said. Tale of a store lamb exodus market TALK Richard Bailey IT is always interesting to look at statistics and see what we can learn from them. The Tasmanian slaughter figures (courtesy of the National Livestock Reporting Service) for the past few months make interesting reading, in particular the lamb kill. During November, December, January and half of February, the lamb kill has been 18-27 per cent down on the same period of the previous 12 months, which in real numbers is about 1500 lambs a week fewer being killed in Tasmania. There are probably two reasons. First, many producers are enjoying an unbelievable season and prices have kept climbing, so many have kept lambs to put more weight on them. Second, sheep numbers in general are lower and as a result there are fewer lambs about. In recent years, there have been more lambs bought as stores in the early spring from here and interstate than this year. In fact, I doubt if there were any store lambs brought into the state this season. This would account for a fair bit of the drop. Lambs have been bought by Victorian meat companies, but I not sure the number is many more than in recent years. However, interstate buyers have bought a large number of store lambs out of Tasmania, with many using Auctions Plus as their vehicle. Next week we will have the Oatlands lamb sale report, which is likely to show another exodus of store lambs. This flood of store lambs out of the state will have a big effect on the autumn and winter kill numbers. Cattle numbers are different, with slaughter levels 10-15 per cent higher each week compared with the previous 12 months. There are actually reports of cattle being shipped into the state to be processed, and with the additions at the Greenham Smithton works there is definitely more kill room for cattle in Tasmania. It is also interesting comparing this week's prices at Killafaddy with the same sale 12 months ago. Trade cattle worked out about 380c/kg this week compared with 288c/kg dressed weight a year ago. Bullocks were 332c/kg compared with 255c/kg, and cows (only a handful) 280c/kg compared with 224c/kg a year ago. Trade lamb prices were about 550c/kg this week compared with 445c/kg, and skins were also much higher. The other great news of the week was the very successful sale of Tasmanian wool in Mel- bourne. Though it appears that 19-micron and finer really sold well, it also appears that most wool sold to very strong competition. I reckon there are some relieved sheep farmers out there right now, after many horror seasons and poor wool prices for more than a decade. POLL DORSETS THE PERFECT COMBINATION STILL NUMBER 1 THE FINISHERS CHOICE TRIPLE COMBINATION DRENCH FOR SHEEP www.polldorset.org.au James Clutterbuck, "Summerhill Farms" Hagley. Finishing up to 5000 lambs annually. "With our lamb trading enterprise we see a variety of breeds enter our finishing system. Poll Dorset sired lambs consistantly produce high yielding carcases with rapid growth." 1300 553 779 www.nowbuildings.com.au wholesale division 12mx18mx4.2m(40'x60'x14') High quality buildings ex Launceston $ Stake in bull like no other JENNIFER CRAWLEY BERNARD Atkins has a share in a bull whose price tag matches its bulk. Vic Stock's Atkins is part owner of the $20,500 Monterey Engine Driver E32, recently bought from the Monterey Murray Grey stud in West- ern Australia. North-West Tasmanian Camgrove Murray Grey Stud owner John Young has a half-share in the bull. This gives him possession plus there are five other shareholders set up by Livestock company Vic Stock. Shareholders get a semen share of 200 straws. Engine Driver is a massive beast with an EBV to match, Mr Atkins says, adding'' He's had one of the biggest growths within Breedplan.'' His EBV at birth was +5.2, his milk was +6, 200th day weight was +38, 400th day weight was +63, 600th day +90, and his mature weight is +99. Ema was =2.4, ''that's where the scotch fillet comes from,'' Mr Atkins said. At 22½ of age Engine Driver weighed 962 kilos on the day of the sale. ''This bull was a good hundred kilos heavier than any other bull his age at the sale,'' Mr Atkins said. ''He is structurally perfect, he's a bull that will put more weight into cattle, he has enough bone without being over boned, he's carrying a lot of red meat, that's what the industry's all about, red meat. He is perfectly done. ''It's been hard over there with the drought and he's been fed but this is exciting genetics coming to Tasmania. ''I'm calling him the super sire.''
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