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TAS Country : March 31st 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011 Tasmanian Country 15 Cleveland sale hits top note HOARSE TRADING: Roberts agents hard at work during last week's Cleveland cattle sale. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR BACK FOR MORE: There were many repeat buyers in the crowd. A booming cattle market has produced the Shoobridge family's best ever sale at their property Cleveland in the state's south. Our last top sale was in 2006 and they topped at $700, so this is quite a bit higher than that.' BUYERS from across the state flocked to the annual Cleveland Pastoral on-farm sale at Ouse last Friday. The continuing demand for store cattle pushed prices to a new level for the family, which sold about 1200 home-bred cattle, in- cluding 800 steers and 400 heifers. Tom Shoobridge said they were thrilled with the sale result. ''That would be our top sale,'' he said. ''Our last top sale was in 2006 and they topped at $700, so this is quite a bit higher than that.'' The top-priced pen of Angus steers sold for $845 a head, while the top Angus Hereford cross steers made $820 a head. ''The thing about this sale was they just kept going and didn't seem to drop off much as we went through,'' Mr Shoobridge said. Heifers were also in demand. The top pen of Angus Heifers sold for $735 a head. Mr Shoobridge said there were a number of repeat buyers at the sale, including Wodonga-based agents Corcorcan and Parker, who also purchased a selection of cattle. ''We do get quite a few repeat buyers, so it's good to see they're coming back year after year,'' he said. Most of the cattle sold were between six and seven months old. Roberts southern livestock man- ager John Denholm said across the sale, steers averaged about $735 a head and heifers $620. ''It was a terrific sale,'' he said. ''There were a lot of northwest buyers there and a few also went over the water,'' he said. ''The cattle penned up really well and they looked very good, especially the steers.'' Mr Shoobridge said the addition of Banquet Angus genetics to their cow herd about six years ago was beginning to pay off. ''When you start using new genetics it takes a while for it to flow through, but we're starting to see that now,'' he said. ''What we're trying to produce is moderate-framed, easy-doing cat- tle that grow really well.'' Mr Shoobridge said after an exceptionally dry winter last year, seasonal conditions had improved significantly through spring. ''We had a good spring and then it just seemed to hang on through summer,'' he said. As a result of the improved season, Mr Shoobridge estimated that this year's calves were about 25kg heavier than average. The family runs about 1600 breeding cows and have kept about 400 replacement heifers from last year's drop. Buyers will head south again next week when about 6000 calves will go under the hammer at the annual Bothwell cattle sale. Mr Denholm said there had already been a significant number of inquiries from mainland pur- chasers about the sale. The Stock Report 2033468-110401 www.elders.com.au Phone: 6332 2302 FORTHCOMING EVENTS F F e ai & h g a h ea e i i .e de .c m.a e ec a Se ice and Sa e Id: • Smi h n Sa e Mon 4th April 11.30 am • Ki afadd Sa e - Tu e s 5th April • andfa ng Gene c Sa e c n (In c nj nc n i h R be d) Friday 8th April at 12 noon • Ma ananga S ff k E e Sa e (Id: S196415) Friday 8th April at 1 pm Evandale • W db n ng Sa e (Id: S196417) Tuesday 12th April, 11am Cressy Offe ing 35 a i ng B Catalogues Available • anna Ca f Sa e Thursday 28th April at 11 am • Shang i- a He ef d He ef d B Sa e Wednesday 4th May, 11 am, East Ridgley A/c: GA & PM Clarke 18-24 month old bulls Catalogues Available (Id: S196578) • W db n M a G e Sa e (Id: S196419) Monday 9th May, 11.30 am Cressy 33 big ng egi e ed b 12 Ma e fema e - magni cen ma n 22 feminine e g n heife 6 ng c mme cia heife . Sale bulls with outstanding Breedplan figures - some with highest EMA in the breed for the year Mature females have magnificent calves at foot Ca a g e ai ab e LIVESTOCK
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