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TAS Country : March 31st 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011 Tasmanian Country 23 BULLISH: Cattle prices over the past few months have been driven up a shortage of cattle, says Ed Archer, inset. It is very important to source genetics from a system that has reached the goals you have set yourself' Go for gold in genetic selection AS Tasmanian Angus week approa- ches commercial cattle producers will contemplate the complex task of choos- ing genetics to complement their cattle enterprise. ''No doubt you have all been inun- dated with colourful brochures in your letterbox trying to highlight a point of difference for a particular stud that would enjoy your business,'' says Ed Archer of Landfall Angus. Cattle prices over the past few months has entered a new era, driven by a shortage of cattle. ''This is not just a shortage in Tasmania or our nation, but it seems to be a global shortage of quality cattle that is driving this market.'' Activity from Russia and Turkey for live export in particular has shown the industry is no longer dictated solely by domestic markets. ''We are an active part of the world protein market like it or not.'' This higher market has had a direct effect on the cost of bulls with many sales realising a 25 per cent increase in the average price of bulls, compared to last year. ''Now more than ever the commer- cial producer has to set some clear goals for their cattle enterprise and select the genetics that are going to meet those goals. ''It is imperative that you purchase genetics that offer value for money and are backed by a program with integ- rity,'' he said. To set cattle enterprise goals, identify the system that best suits the environ- ment that you farm in. This should be the most profitable option as it takes advantage of the environmental assets and will need fewer inputs. ''Your system will dictate your best target market and from this you can set up your herd goals for productivity,'' he said. Consider fertility, growth rates, ma- turity patterns and carcass qualities when targeting the genetics needed to realise the goals most efficiently and cost effectively. Remember your own herd can never genetically out-perform the herd that you source your genetics from, he says. ''You will always be generations behind in the genetic gains that your seedstock producer has reached, so it is very important to source gen- etics from a system that has reached the goals you have set yourself.'' It is important to talk to your seedstock producer and make sure their herd is performing at, or above, the level you have set your goals. Use the tools you have access to --- such as Estimated Breeding Values to help you differentiate genetics. ''After all EBVs are generated from physical measurements so they are the best guide we have when trying to determine how an animal is going to perform and if it will help you achieve your goals. ''You wouldn't buy a tractor with- out knowing the horsepower that it has under the bonnet and you wouldn't buy a tractor from a sale- spersons who doesn't know the horsepower of that tractor. Landfall has set its goals high and continues to work hard to reach them,'' he said. ''We have set new limits again this year in the areas of fertility and carcass performance. ''We continue to measure the performance of our cattle and those that are not helping us reach our goals are no longer used.'' Landfall has a large genetic base to choose from and can help you select genetics to get you to your goals. ''When it comes to purchasing genetics the cheapest rarely offers the greatest value for money. ''There is money to be made from this cattle market and it is important that you take advantage of the position we are in when it comes to this current world protein market.'' Angus Sales Preview Advertising feature 2006527-110401 50 BULLS Monday 11th April at 11.00 am at 678 Pateena Rd, Longford • Growthy, well muscled, grass reared bulls with good carcase figures • IBMS structurally assessed • Veterinary inspected for breeding & structural soundness • Fully vaccinated against BVD & no PI bulls • All bulls pedigree or tested free of AM, NH and CA OPEN DAY: Sunday 10th April 9 am-1 pm Peter Hughes 0429 176 646 Jock Hughes 0417 013 172 2031749-110401 16 BULLS TAMAROO ANGUS BULL SALE TAMAROO ANGUS BULL SALE Wednesday 13th April at 11.00am ~ Roberts Powranna Selling Centre ~ HERD BASED ON CREEKTON BLOODLINES Offering: Sires include: New Design 458N, Ardrossan X15, Design Plus 97, Sultan G041, Right Time 24J, BT Equator 395M, Tamaroo Z48,TSBY60, Landfall Sheen Z692. Selling Agent: ROBERTS LIMITED, Launceston Ph 6337 1595 Fax 6334 1921 Vendors Enquiries: Richard Harvey 0418 544 122 or (03) 6295 1780 (AH); Agent Enquiries: Roberts Agents - Jock Gibson 0418 133 595; Tim Woodham 0418 323 425; Jamie Woolley 0429 149 181
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