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TAS Country : February 24th 2011
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 25, 2011 The Stock Report 2076715-110225 See it in action at the SOUTHERN FARMING SYSTEMS FIELD DAY 11th March Phone Philip or Ruth Paterson on 0428 583320 www.moretonhill.com The HE-VA Disc Roller is a High-speed, high output ma- chine for farms with many hectares of work to cover in a short space of time. Sheep bonanza Store lamb prices soared to record new levels at Oatlands last week where more than 22,000 sheep went under the hammer. By Karolin MacGregor A LARGE contingent of interstate buyers pushed store lamb prices to an average of $135 a head. Roberts livestock man- ager Warren Johnston said it was the highest average price seen for store lambs at a major Tasmanian sale. ''To see an average like that across a yarding of that size is absolutely fantastic,'' he said. ''It's nice to see all those producers who stuck with sheep when it was really tough finally getting some good re- turns.'' Extremely strong com- petition for 3684 ewe lambs on offer helped push up the average. The Morrison family from St Peters Pass cel- ebrated 50 consecutive years of selling at Oat- lands in the best possible way when a pen of their border leicester merino cross ewe lambs earned the sale's highest price of $225 a head. ''I think it was prob- ably one of the strongest markets we've seen for a long time,'' Mr Johnston said. ''I don't think we've seen a larger range of mainland buyers at a sale before.'' The quality and num- ber of the lambs on offer saw a contingent of buyers from north and central Victoria and South Australia, which combined with strong lo- cal demand put a solid floor in the market. About 60 per cent of the lambs were purchased by mainland buyers. Mr Johnston said the buoyant fat lamb market had given both local and mainland buyers confi- dence. ''With the market con- ditions at the moment people are confident they can go out and buy lambs now to fatten for the winter market later when there won't be as many around and they'll make good money on them,'' he said. Mr Johnston said a general shortage of store sheep in mainland states, combined with the youn- ger age of the Tasmanian lambs, meant locally- bred store sheep could be used to fill supply gaps by mainland purchasers. Across the sale yard last Thursday there were a lot of comments about the high quality of the lambs on offer. ''You've got to remem- ber that most of these lambs were born into a pretty tough season in a lot of those Midland areas in late winter when it was very dry,'' Mr Johnston said. ''When you looked across the yarding, though, it was a very even line of lambs and the producers have done a fantastic job to present them like that.'' In the ewe lamb sec- tion other sale highlights included a line of border leicester merino cross ewes from the Isles fam- ily's Spring Valley prop- erty at Oatlands which sold for $215 a head and border leicester prime samm ewes from the Walch family's Gretna property, Corran, which made $210 a head. In the fattening lamb section, it was Phillip Scott from Nahweehan at Tunnack that topped the market selling a line of shorn suffolk lambs for $187 a head. A pen of dorset cross lambs from D Thompson from Handroyd at York Plains was sold for $168 a head. The Weeding family from Weedington at Oat- lands also had a good sale, selling a shorn suf- folk cross lambs for $146 a head and shorn border leicester merino cross lambs for $136. Mr Johnston said with very few pens making under $100 a head, pro- ducers had plenty to smile about. Sitting pretty in Ugg-ly situation UGG boots and a severe shortage of sheep have pushed sheepskin prices to record levels, says Mel- bourne exporter John Knox. This week, the National Livestock Reporting Ser- vice was quoting $34 for large lamb skins at the Bendigo sale. But Mr Knox, head of Knox International, said the prices were much high- er than being quoted. ''We are paying any- thing from $30 to $36 for an average-size lamb skin,'' he said. Mr Knox also quoted $25 for shorn lamb skins with only a quarter to half an inch of wool. These prices are more than double what they were 12 months ago. China continued to be the main buyer, where demand for Ugg boots was driving the market. The good news coincides with the release of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia's five-year stra- tegic plan. Objectives in the plan include increasing ewe numbers by three mil- lion to 45 million by 2015. The Weekly Times Suzuki Australia Pty. Ltd. Limited is recalling selected units of the above models. 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