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TAS Country : March 31st 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011 Tasmanian Country 19 Snoopies with nose for the business From Page 17 Mr Hatten said there were clear import requirements for all fresh produce brought into the state. The major distribution centres for fresh produce, including Costa Logistics at Spreyton, are inspected at least twice a week. During inspections quarantine officers will look at a minimum of 600 individual pieces of produce from a consignment. Mr Hatten said the visual inspection of product packaging and produce to look for possible damage or insects was also a vital part of Quarantine Tasmania's activities. ''The bigger companies know the require- ments and there aren't normally too many problems, but we still have to do regular checks,'' he said. Quarantine officers are regularly rotated between different sites. Mr Hatten said tropical fruits and other products such as tomatoes and chillies caused the most problems when it came to inspecting for pests. If quarantine officers find any insects in a consignment, a sample is taken and the whole pallet is shrink-wrapped immediately to pre- vent any insects escaping. Mr Hatten said the sample was then sent to an entomologist to be identified. ''Most of the time it will be an insect that's endemic to Tasmanian and is not considered a quarantine threat, but we wait until we get the official identification before we'll release the products,'' he said. ''We always work on a worst-case scenario. ''Once we get the official identification we know whether we have to eradicate of not.'' A specially designed quarantine inspection station, which includes a well-lit bench area, is compulsory in each major import depot. Each quarantine officer carries an inspection kit, which includes a scalpel, magnifying glass and a selection of tweezers to properly inspect fruit and vegetables. New officers are put through a mentoring process where they work alongside more experienced officers while learning the ropes. As well as looking after regular fresh produce imports, quarantine officers in the North-West are also responsible for inspecting grain imports and livestock. At the wharf it is also a requirement that incoming containers are inspected to make sure they are not carrying any plant material or dirt that could cause problems. The Stock ReportTassie weaner sales awash with success market TALK Richard Bailey UNIT: William Shoobridge, 2, with dad Tom, mum Elise and baby brother Benjamin at the family's Cleveland cattle sale. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR THE third of the annual weaner calf sales was held last Thursday, this time by Roberts, and it was one of the wettest cattle sales I have ever attended. It was a tremendous effort by the Roberts staff, truck drivers and all others concerned to get the cattle to and from the yards in such conditions. The sale went very well, with the steers averaging $775 and the heifers $678 a head, with only about 20 per cent being bought by interstate buyers. The best steer calves made $870 to $960 a head, while the top end of the heifers sold for $690 to $885 a head. On Friday buyers headed to the Cleveland sale, where all calves were in excellent condition and sold to recent firm rates. The heavy rain through much of the North of the state has caused damage to many crops, but from a grazing point of view it sets up a terrific autumn and early winter. Unfortunately parts of the South and the Derwent Valley didn't get the heavy rains, but they got enough for a start to the autumn and let's hope that continues. What an extraordinary year we are having, with almost all livestock prices at record highs, wool prices at the best levels for more than a decade, and a great season through most of the state. It is rare when they are all good together! Last week the Eastern States Young Cattle Indicator reached 417.5c/kg, which eclipsed the previous record set in August 2005. By Thurs- day it reached 420.75c/kg, which is 73.7c/kg higher than for the same time last year. The general supply chain is light-on at the moment, with more rains in Queensland interrupting stock movement. The positive to all this is that our exports are good even though we have a record high dollar compared with the US dollar and high against the yen. When the value of our currency is corrected it will put our export industry in a good position. One of our emerging export markets for both beef and sheep meats is China, so it is interesting to see that meat prices in that country have increased significantly over the past few months, with February figures show- ing sheep meat prices 17 per cent higher than for the same month last year and beef prices 6 per cent higher than February 2010. It will be interesting to see how big our meat trade with China becomes over the next five years. On current trends, one would imagine that they may become one of our biggest clients in a very short period of time. This market gives Australian exporters another string to their bow, which is always important when looking for overseas clients. Quoiba steers fetch to 194c A SLIGHTLY heavier yarding of 280 cattle was offered at Quoiba on Wednesday. Jap bullocks opened to a stronger export de- mand with crossbred and heavy weights making from 189c/kg to 194c/kg while the lighter end sold from 196c/kg to top at 213.5c/kg. Trade cattle also met a dearer trend, restockers operating strongly, par- ticularly in the steer yarding. Steer vealers topped the day at 237c/kg while best yearling heifers top- ped at 227c/kg. An offering of 71 cows and processing cattle fol- lowed the same pattern, best beef cows topping at 170c/kg. Light weight bulls sold to 160c/kg. Bullocks: JR Fowler & Son 213.5 C/kg $1212, PA & JM Brown 213 C/kg $1205, KD Franks 213 C/kg $1252. Heavy Trade Steers: JR Fowler & Son 221c/kg $1038, AJ & HM McNeill 219c/kg $1086, GJ Johnson 218c/kg $1124. Trade Steers: B G&T A Britt 232c/kg $1006, GJ John- son 230c/kg $929, BM & CS Doonan 222c/kg $976. Steer Vealers: D&BWal- ters 237c/kg $886, RC Braid 235c/kg $874, QC & PRA Davies 232c/kg $853. Heavy heifers: BG & TA Britt 224c/kg $1155, S & M Pepperell 222c/kg $1158, Coo- per Lamprey 210c/kg $991. Trade heifers: BM&CS Doonan 227c/kg $871, MD & TJ Ryan 227c/kg $885, BG & TA Britt 221c/kg $994. Heifer Vealers: GW John- son 225c/kg $868, JA & SJ Cameron 225c/kg $684, JM & RD Duff 220c/kg $880. Cows: Last Bros 170c/kg $1088, CM Duff 167c/kg $1382, BG & TA Britt 165c/kg $1117. Bulls: PK Thompson 160c/kg $1142, RB & JM Ben- nett 160c/kg $1132. Rates ease for lamb A YARDING of 870 lambs met reduced competition at Quoiba on Monday. There were fewer heavy weight pens and these topped $176. (Heavy Lambs $156-$176, medium Lambs $149-$165, light Lambs $136-$148) A very light penning of mutton also saw rates at an easier level. (Heavy mutton $ 79-$95, light Mutton $ 20-$58 An offering of 226 store sheep saw young cross bred breeding ewes fetch to 182.50, while better lines of store lambs sold to a firm demand. (Best lines $102- $133, secondary Lines $52-$100) A total 21 porkers were yarded, heavy weight quality pigs maintained recent values, while ligh- ter and secondary lines were harder to sell. (Best pork $230-$280, secondary Pork $170-$210) A line-up of 49 bobby calves saw best beef calves sell from $160 to top at $260, processing calves $10-$40 Lambs: Woodburn Pas- toral $176, Forthville $172, AE Last $170, DRJ Hayes $170, RW & SH Wise $167, Berakah P/L $166. Mutton: AJ Keft $95, DD & RM Kirkham $95, D &LVanNorden$94,SJ& DMDick$94,PM&VL Sharp $86, DC Jones $85. To be offered on Friday April 15, at 9am EST A/c Panshanger Estate Scopus Smithton Annual Angus Production Cow Sale, EU Accredited, BCTAS 1 Johnes tested 150 Angus Cows, 3-6 yrs, Lawsons Angus Bloodlines, calving July-Sept 2011 Freight Costs: Ex Tas to 100km radius from Melbourne: $85 per head + GST, subject to loads Assessment catalogue & pictorial viewing of herd at www.auctionsplus.com.au Enquiries: Ian Richards 0458 130 596 Warren Johnston 0419 326 348 Nick Towns 0419 373 602 Vendor -- George Mills (03) 6397 6500 2007792-110401
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