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TAS Country : March 10th 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011 Tasmanian Country 3 NewsWeaner wonderland READY: Roberts agents prepare the line-up for yesterday's big weaner sale at Powranna in the northern Midlands. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Interest intense in huge sale KAROLIN MacGREGOR THOUSANDS of young cattle went under the hammer at Powranna yester- day as the state's annual weaner sale season got under way. About 3700 calves from the Midlands and North-East were sold at the state's first major weaner sale for the year at the Roberts Powranna selling complex. Roberts livestock manager Warren Johnston said it was hoped strong local and intersstate demand would push up prices at sales this year. ''It's hard to tell at this stage what's going to happen, but we've had some good reports from recent mainland sales, so we're expecting a lot of local demand and strong mainland interest,'' he said. With some of the best seasonal conditions for years in many parts of the country, Mr Johnston said it was hoped buyers would be out in force as the sales season progressed. ''We've had quite a few mainland inquiries, so we'd expect to see a number of mainland buyers coming over,'' he said. With record summer rains in many parts of the state, Mr Johnston said this year's calves were top quality. ''We've been out sorting calves this morning and the quality is looking very good,'' he said. ''I'd say most of the calves would be between 20kg to 30kg heavier than last year.'' Mr Johnston said the strength of the export market should also help put a solid floor in the market. ''The export market is as good as it's been for quite a while . . . there are some really good contracts out there at the moment, so that should give producers the confidence to go out and buy calves,'' he said. ''A lot of those calves that would normally be going back out into the paddock are going on export ship- ments, so we're not seeing a surplus of calves this year.'' Stronger demand for beef has led to exports from Australia rising by 24 per cent compared with the same time last year, despite the high value of the Australian dollar. The next major weaner sale is at the Elders Powranna yards on March 17, followed by another Roberts sale at Powranna on March 24. On March 25, buyers will head south for the Shoobridge family's annual on- property sale at Cleveland Pastoral near Ouse. Extinosad Pour-On is Australia's No. 1 lice control for sheep. Knockdown control of lice Kills resistant strains1 Can be used off-shears or long wool Nil wool WHP and minimal ESI Low volume, water based formulation For more information contact your reseller or Elanco. Dead fast. Dead easy. 1800 226 324 www.elanco.com.au 1BF9001 *Elanco , Extinosad and the diagonal colour bar are trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company. EAH2003
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