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TAS Country : February 24th 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011 Tasmanian Country 13 The Stock Report Good news in store for lamb producers market TALK Richard Bailey ANOTHER week and the news seems to be repetitive -- record prices, strong sheep and beef prices across all categories, and fine-wool prices flying. Store lambs were probably the highlight of the week in Tasmania with a huge sale at Oatlands, where Roberts yarded more than 22,000 lambs, and finishing lambs (going back to the paddock) sold at rates never seen before. About 75 per cent of the 18,500 store lambs were bought by interstate buyers and many made $120 to $140 a head, with very light lambs $100 to $120 a head. All were shorn and in excellent condition, but these prices are still incredible. There were also 3684 crossbred ewe lambs sold, topping at $225, with many making $150 to $200 a head. Most stayed in Tasmania, which is good news for our breeding program. Lamb sales were again very good and last week on the screen there were 3281 lambs sold to processors. Most were trade weights and they made from $130.50 to $169.50 a head, with a large line of 796 lambs at Ross making $144.50 a head. During this week lamb sales were very strong. In Victoria most saleyards reported quotes in the 600c to 660c/kg range, with a top price of $241 a head paid for very heavy lambs at Bendigo on Monday. Just about all these Victorian lambs are shorn and the skin prices just keep going up, with heavy shorn skins quoted at $28 to $32 each and smaller $22 to $27 each. Apparently there is a worldwide shortage of good skins and as a result the Chinese buyers are reluctantly having to pay the higher prices. It is interesting how quickly we get used to a price change. At Killafaddy on Tuesday store buyers were in the market at between $118 and $129 and $100 to $126 for smaller lambs, and we all just smiled and kept walking. We are now used to it. Cattle markets are also holding up well and though the Queensland cattle kill is in full swing it doesn't seem to be affecting the southern Australian prices. The eastern states' cattle slaughter reached its highest level since the middle of May 2009, recording 152,667 head slaughtered for the week ending February 11. This is 21 per cent higher than the same week last year. The increase was mainly in Queensland, where there were 78,790 head killed as some of the backlog of cattle created by flooding and rain earlier in the year were processed. Most good-quality vealers are mak- ing more than 200c/kg, with the real tops being bought by local butchers selling for 210c to 230c/kg liveweight. On Tuesday restockers bought most of the yearling steers at Killa- faddy, where most heifers made 190c to 210c/kg liveweight. Bullock and cow prices are also good and there is some indication that cow prices could improve furth- er because the trim price in the US is good and they are short of product. The other positive in the export beef job is that prices are holding well even though the value of the Aust- ralian dollar is remaining high. Yearlings, vealers in demand THERE was a yarding of 482 cattle, 720 sheep and lambs, 4 pigs and 10 calves at this week's Bridgewater market. A total of 12 bulls sold from 104c to 150c to aver- age 140c. Heavy bullocks sold from 165c to 195c, most for 180c with the heaviest $1427. Yearlings and vealers at- tracted strong interest with lightweight cattle in- creasing 15c per kilo. Heavy yearlings sold for 175c to 208c (most for 200c) and lightweights 200c to 240c (most for 215c). Cows sold from 115c to 140c -- most for 135c. Beef cows in calf sold for $165 to $184 or $900 to $1050 for the best. There were 452 lambs yarded and these sold to steady demand. Heavy lambs sold for $140 to $151, medium lambs sold for $120 to $135 and light lambs sold for $90 to $110. Two tooths fetched $71 to $110. Mutton was in light supply with ewes and wethers making $90 and most sheep $75. Porkers sold at $180 and week-old beef-cross calves sold for $150 to $260. The yarding of 300 store cattle attracted statewide interest . Strong interest at Quoiba sale AN average yarding of 454 lambs at Quoiba on Monday sold to very strong butcher demand. A top of $172 was achieved for best heavyweights and most trade pens sold from $138-$153. Light pens sold from $120-$140 (heavy Lambs $154-$172, medium lambs $142-$152 and light lambs $120-$140). A penning of 94 mutton held recent strong rates where best ewes sold to $100 (heavy mutton $80-$100 and light mutton $60-$75). A heavier yarding of 208 store lambs met very strong restocker demand where a top of $130 was reached with most lines $105-$124 (best lines $95- $130 and secondary lines $42-$62). The 24 porkers offered met firmer demand to top at $290 with most $230-$250 and lighter types selling from $170-$220 (best pork $250-$290 and secondary pork $170-$230). A small offering of 18 calves saw best beef breeds make $280 and friesian bulls to $100 (beef calves $180-$280 and processing calves $25-$60). Lambs: J. J. and D. E. Senior ($172), K. M. Saltmarsh ($171), A. G. Miles ($171), T. and C. F. Boutcher ($170), J. M. and S. A. Richards ($170). Mutton: N. S. Brock Pty Ltd ($100), W. D. Braid ($92), P. J. and S. L. Fisher ($91), M. H. and J. E. Gully ($81) and G. Richards ($75). Butchers keen on steer vealers AN average yarding of 273 fat cattle was offered at Quoiba on Wednesday, with prices 5c-10c dearer on most lines. Jap ox met a stronger market, with a top price of 198c/kg and better types making 185-195c/kg. Heavy trade steers sold to firm butcher demand, reaching a top of 216c/kg. Local trade steers sold to a top of 223c/kg. Steer vealers met buoyant butcher demand to top at 220c/kg, with better types making 210-216c/kg. Heavy heifers also sold to improved rates to top at 216c/kg, with many 195-205c/kg. Local trade heifers were light in supply and sold to a top of 215c/kg. Heifer vealers topped the day with a peak of 229c/kg. Cows met extra processor competition, making 158c/kg for best beef cows and 155c/kg for best Friesian types. Heavy bulls sold from 130-148c/kg. Bullocks: GW & VL Crawford 196c/kg, $1269; PJ Hodgkinson 198c/kg, $1154; W Anderson 198c/kg, $1191. Heavy trade steers: EM Brooks 216c/kg, $1080; KG Maxwell 216c/kg, $976; St John & S Smith 211c/kg, $991. Trade steers: GJ Johnson 223c/kg, $954; EM Brooks 210c/kg, $903; S Scammell 207c/kg, $898. Steer vealers: KJ & GJ Dawkins, 220c/kg $902; Carl Cox Transport 220c/kg, $818; DG & DJ Martin 215c/kg, $855. Heavy heifers: S & M Pepperell 216c/kg, $1045; AA & CM Applebee 208c/kg, $1015; MS Hingston 202c/kg, $1044. Trade heifers: S & M Pepperell 215c/kg, $941; Levengrove 210c/kg, $806; NH Ritchie 206c/kg, $877. Heifer vealers: AM Frankcombe 229c/kg, $801; Brown & Maney 225c/kg, $819; Carl Cox Transport 203c/kg, $600. Cows: SG Chugg 158c/kg, $1071; HM White 155c/kg, $940; Strathalbyn 155c/kg, $1187. Bulls: Wheso Farm 148c/kg, $1169; PD Cables 130c/kg, $1281; DM & TM Heineke 130c/kg, $1393. Direct Importing agents and Manufactures PH Rob Ikin 6334 5600 or 0408 131 692 • USA manufactured premium pivots, micro pivots & linears • Irtec Quality hardhose irrigators • Electric and Diesel Pump Sets • Pipes and fittings SAVE $$$ Buying direct from us without compromising on Quality & Service 122 Boomers Road Launceston, 7250 www.vdlirrigation.com.au 2042952-110114 6452 2701 www.greenham.com.au Prompt payment always at Greenham What an unbelievable season! I know we keep talking about it, but just when you think it couldn t possibly get any better, it rains again. Grass is still growing and cattle are getting fat. With the widespread availability of feed farmers all over the eastern seaboard are rebuilding their herds, making it harder to source cattle this year than in the past. One of the issues is that the higher prices and perfect growing conditions are leading many farmers to chase increased numbers by putting bulls over heifers that would normally have gone on to the fat market. The signs are that this cattle shortage will continue for some time. OFF THE HIGHS AT HOME The domestic market has come off the highs of January but meat is still more expensive than before Christmas, and I don t foresee much change while cattle prices remain where they are. Demand for good quality meat is still high but increased supply from the northern states as flood affected abattoirs come back on stream is softening demand for the poorer qualities -- there s plenty of steer and cow beef around at the moment. PROMOTION PAYS Our high quality, branded Tasmanian beef is still in very good demand and we haven t had to discount much at all. It again underscores the importance of branding and promotion, and maintaining high standards. JAPAN SLIDING BUT STILL ABOVE DECEMBER The Japanese market is sliding with both chilled and frozen beef dropping on a weekly basis since the end of January. Trimmings are still in short supply but with Queensland s production drought over we are seeing prices settle at close to US equivalents. Chilled prices for March look to be lower than February but that still puts them above the December level. FOOT AND MOUTH CHANGING KOREAN HABITS Korea is following in Japan on the downward slope. The Koreans are taking a wait and see approach at the moment and offering less for Australian product even though demand for our chilled beef is quite good. The foot and mouth outbreak is making consumers wary and supermarkets are looking to replace some domestic lines with Australian product. That might be positive for the future. STEADY AS SHE GOES IN THE US Steady is the operative word in the US with very little changing in any direction over the past few weeks. Frozen stocks are still fairly low and domestic supplies are currently very low, which means they continue to look for imports to make up the shortfall. On that basis steady also describes the outlook for the short to medium term. Peter Greenham Greenham s Corner From the Manager, Peter Greenham You can sell to us liveweight at: • Smithton Greenham Plant, Mon--Fri, 9am--noon • Osmaston 670 Osmaston Rd, Mon, 9am--noon • Howth Kennaglen, Tues, 9am--noon • Ringarooma 69 East Maurice Rd, Wed, 9am--noon Like to know more? 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