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TAS Country : March 3rd 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011 Tasmanian Country 11 The Stock Report Strong rates for jap ox THERE was a yarding of 128 cattle, 996 sheep and lambs, five pigs and six calves at Bridgewater this week. Three bulls sold from 110c-146c. There was a good quality yarding of 43 jap ox on offer and these sold at strong rates. Top price was 195c for 540kg and an extra heavy bullock of 910kg sold for 155c or $1410. Most bullocks were 187c. Yearling cattle sold from 185c to 212c, most around 200c. Cows sold from 120 to 150c. There were 405 lambs penned and they were in strong demand, es- pecially light lambs. Top price was $152 with most heavies $140 to $150, medium $125 to $135, and light $100 to $120. Two tooths sold from $80 to $122. There were 532 sheep yarded. Best wethers were $110 and best ewes $104. Most sheep went for $90 to $95, and light sheep $50 to $60. Porkers sold from $180 to $198 and week-old beef cross calves $135 to $240, most $210. Records keep on tumbling market TALK Richard Bailey One can only hope that the local feeders and backgrounders see enough confidence in the job to be able to match the mainland prices.' WE have had another exciting week, with lamb prices hitting new highs and beef prices fully firm -- and in the case of local trade cattle a few cents higher. There was a top price of $194 a head for lambs at Killafaddy on Tuesday. That followed a sale on Auctions Plus last week of $188 for a line of 123 lambs. This week's Killafaddy sale was the strongest I have ever seen, with heavy pens making $153 to $194, trade $136 to $157 and light trade $124 to $141 a head. Victorian markets were $4 to $5 a head dearer, with most lambs quoted in the 620c to 660c/kg range. Over-the-hooks lamb quotes have also risen, with prices of about 580c/kg achievable, which is just extraordinary for any time of the year, let alone now. The store lamb prices are also very high, which is making buying light trade or light side lambs very difficult for wholesalers. As a result, word has it that there is some consumer resistance to the current wholesale price of lamb, and it will be interesting to see where this leads. Restockers and feeders are pushing the interstate young cattle market to higher levels, with feeders in particular finding it difficult to source any number of well-bred cattle. Next Thursday is the first of the annual weaner calf sales, with more than 3000 to be yarded. One can expect strong competition, with interstate buyers likely to be here in force because the season through most of Victoria and New South Wales is very good, with plenty of feed and the prospect of an excellent autumn. One can only hope that the local feeders and backgrounders see enough confidence in the job to be able to match the mainland prices, because if there is a large number of calves shipped across the strait, local beef works will find it tough going in the next 12 to 18 months. It was interesting to read that Aust- ralia's live export trade was worth more than $1 billion in 2010, despite a 15 per cent fall in total exports to 3.9 million head of cattle, sheep and goats. This a very large export income, with 873,573 cattle, 2.98 million sheep and 81,895 goats exported last year. Though much of this doesn't directly affect Tasmanian producers, the total flow-on effect does because obviously if all these stock were processed in Australia there would be some major pressure put on our markets. The other good news on the beef front was the fact that Australian exports to Korea from February 1-21 totalled 10,661 tonnes, up from 7505 tonnes for the same period last year. This is excellent news after the latest foot-and-mouth outbreak in November put a scare through beef consumers in Korea. Solid demand for trade cattle A LIGHTER yarding of 211 cattle was offered at Quoi- ba on Wednesday. A pen- ning of 25 Jap bullocks opened at slightly dearer levels with heavyweights making from 180c/kg to top 191c/kg, while lighter bullocks were 197c/kg to a top of 208c/kg. Lighter numbers in the trade cattle section saw competition very strong for all classes. Bullocks: T. W, M. J. and P. J. McDermott -- 208c/kg ($1322), B. I. McIntosh -- 205c/kg ($1217) andR.O.andJ.R.Lee-- 205c/kg ($1209). Heavy Trade Steers: M. D. and H. C. Rundle -- 225c/kg ($1080), C. J. Mur- tfet -- 221c/kg ($1043) and B. G. and T. A. Britt -- 215c/kg ($1135). Trade Steers: K. Murfet -- 225c/kg ($967), T. Murfet -- 225c/kg ($927) and J. M. and J. A. Frankcombe -- 215c/kg ($933). Steer Vealers: Dornauf Dairies -- 233c/kg ($880), D. F. and W. P. Cameron -- 232c/kg ($941) and B. G. and T. A. Britt -- 231c/kg ($891). Heavy heifers: S. and M. Pepperell -- 224c/kg ($1097), B. G. and T. A. Britt -- 221c/kg ($1021) and R. O. P. and J. R. Lee -- 200c/kg ($1152). Trade heifers: J. A. and S. J. Cameron -- 232c/kg ($960), S. and M. Pepperell -- 224c/kg ($1008) and B. G. and T. A. Britt -- 221c/kg ($972). Heifer Vealers: N. D. and S. D. Bingham -- 229c/kg ($632), Dornauf Dairies -- 228c/kg ($816) and Berry and Maxfield -- 226c/kg ($881). RECORD: Lambs produced their best market yet at Killafaddy Trade cattle battle at Killafaddy RICHARD BAILEY THERE was a much reduced yarding of 163 trade and export cattle at Killafaddy on Tuesday (50 fewer than last week) with most of the difference being in grown steers and bullocks. With fewer trade cattle and some extra local and interstate competition most prices were 5c to 10c/kg higher with most vealers selling from 200c to 225c/kg while the majority of yearlings made 190c to 223c/kg liveweight. Restockers paid 209c to 219c/kg or $723 to $854/head for vealer steers. There were only 20 grown steers and bullocks which is the lowest number for many weeks and most bullocks sold for 179c to 182c/kg with grown steers up to 190c/kg. There were 44 cows yarded and over half were bought by restockers who paid 131c to 138c/kg or $622 to $765/head while the best beef cows sold for 130c to 145c/kg liveweight. There was a similar number of almost 1,000 lambs penned and we saw the best market ever seen at this centre with very strong competition from both regular exporters, a Queensland wholesaler and all local buyers. Heavy lambs sold from $153 to $194, trade lambs $136 to $157 and light trade $124 to $141/head. Restockers paid $114 to $135/head for suitable lambs. There were few mutton and a top of $130/head achieved for trade ewes with a good skin was a record for sheep sold to processors. Most trade sheep made $80 to $130, lighter $60 to $70 and very light $40 to $45/head. Prices pushed higher at Quoiba sale A TOTAL of 550 lambs was offered at Quoiba on Monday as local and interstate support pushed prices for all classes to very strong levels. Best heavy lambs topped at $175 (heavy lambs $150-$175, medium lambs $140-$156 and light lambs $103- $138). CFA cross-bred ewes made up the bulk of the mutton yarding and most were purchased by mainland oper- ations at slightly dearer rates (heavy mutton $84-$105 and light mutton $20-$41). A mixed selection of cross-bred breeding ewes made from $132.50 to a top of $190, while the few store lambs available met a very strong demand once again (best lines $114-$135 and secondary lines $90-$97). With only 10 porkers yarded, prices were $5 to $10 a head dearer (best pork $215-$252.50 and store pigs $77.50). A yarding of 25 bobby calves saw calf rearers pay from $200 to $245 for beef types. Friesians made from $40 to $125. Lambs: R. W. and S. H. Wise ($175), A. L. and H. M. Huett ($174), Alcoona P/L ($174), S. R. and R. F. and T. J. Saltmarsh ($171), I. D. Febey ($170) and S. W. and K. Lamprey ($169). Mutton: Gaunts Holdings ($105), K. J. and J. W. Treloar ($105), D. W. Woodhouse ($105), J. A. Tatlow ($104), K. W. Leonard ($104) and C. and J. Terrey ($102). For Sale 45 yearling Xbred dairy heifers 30 Xbred dairy heifers 6 mo Ph. Peter Collins 0427 547 145 13 Friesian cows calving from 1/3/11 7 Xbred dairy heifers calving from 1/4/11 Qty Jersey bulls Ph. Frank Steers 0418 141 081 Qty Jersey bulls 1 - 2 yo Qty Friesian bulls 1 - 2 yo Ph. Greg Duke 0407 882 595 12 Xbred dairy heifers 2.5 y.o. calving from 1/3/11 to Jersey 200 Xbred dairy heifers calving from 1/8/11 to Jersey Qty Jersey bulls Murray Grey bulls - stud and commercial Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 Wanted to Buy British bred store cattle - steers and heifers Choppers - cows and bulls Ph. your local Vicstock Agent for a competative price Tasmania 2056313-110304 NEW EXPORT ORDER (Protocol applies) Friesian heifers from 180kg and upwards Jersey heifers from 180kg and upwards Ph. your local Vicstock agent for full details and competative prices GST may apply. Phone a Vicstock Agent First. Bernard Atkins .............................. 0417 593 158 Frank Steers .................................. 0418 141 081 Adam Crawford .......................... 0400 550 412 Peter Collins ................................. 0427 547 145 Kurtis Grey.................................... 0428 562 718 Greg Duke ................................... 0407 882 595 (North West / State Manager) (North) (North West) (Export Co-ordinator) (North East) (South) Position Vacant A position exists for a commission agent in the Deloraine/Westbury area. Send resume to Bernard Atkins, State Manager of Vicstock, Email email@example.com or Fax (03) 64581455 Applications close on Friday 11/3/11
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