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TAS Country : April 14th 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011 Tasmanian Country 7 News IMPRESSIVE: An Angus bull on show at the Woodbourn sale. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Breeders thrilled at Angus sales KAROLIN MacGREGOR Continued Page 22 A RECORD-setting Angus Week has given Tasmanian breeders plenty to smile about after bull and female sales across the state's north this week. Robert stud stock manager Tim Wood- ham said average prices during the week had reached new levels, fuelled by strong demand from local and mainland pur- chasers. ''It's the best Angus Week we've ever had,'' Mr Woodham said. ''The whole cattle industry is just oozing confidence at the moment.'' During the week, a clearance rate of 89 per cent meant 282 bulls were sold for an average price of $5158. Mr Woodham said this was a lift in clearances of about 10 per cent and a price jump of about $1100 a bull compared to last year. ''All parts of the industry are going pretty well at the moment so everyone had the confidence to go out and buy cattle,'' he said. The week got off to a flying start at Peter Hughes's Cluden Newry stud near Longford on Monday morning where 43 of the 45 bulls on offer were sold. The bulls made an average of $6244 and topped at $13,000. The top-priced bull (lot 14) was pur- chased by Doug Collins from King Angus Beef on King Island. Two bulls made the second top price of $12,000. They were bought by Tony Seymour from Marchington Angus and John Cleeland from King Isle Farms who bought another bull for $11,000. Fred Perry from King Island bought three bulls at the sale averaging $5333 and Brunsdon Park at Wagga purchased four bulls averaging $3875. Later in the day, buyers went to the Archer family's Landfall stud where 93 bulls were sold averaging $5750. The top-priced bull (lot 16) was bought by Denis Ginn from Yancowinna Angus in Victoria for $14,000. Mr Ginn bought another bull for $11,500. Meanwhile, G. and B. Lindsay from Bracknell bought lot 10 for $12,000 and lot 38 was bought by Everton House at Evandale for $12,000. Some of the sale's bigger volume pur- chasers were M. C. and L. F. McQueen from Flinders Island who bought five bulls averaging $3100 and F. C. Roland from Woodstock in NSW who bought three bulls averaging $6916. Manuka Pastoral from King Island bought three bulls averaging $8666. The Archers also offered a selection of 15 joined heifers. They averaged $2817. The top-priced heifer made $6250. It was bought by John Cleeland from King Island who also purchased 12 heifers. The average heifer price was more than $3020. Government silent on cuts to quarantine JENNIFER CRAWLEY THE State Government will not comment on ac- cusations from an anony- mous group about drastic cuts planned for Quaran- tine Tasmania in the forth- coming State Budget. An unsigned letter de- tailing the proposed cuts was sent to media outlets around the state by a group called The Friends of Quar- antine. The group said measures in the Budget included outsourcing the state's fruit fly trapping program, retrenching eight quarantine officers and cutting $700,000 from the quarantine budget. Matthew Sullivan, spokesman for Primary In- dustries and Water Minis- ter Bryan Green, said the minister would not not comment on matters re- lated to the State Budget before it is released. The budget is expected to be released on June 16. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment spo- keswoman Penny Sale said the group had not made contact with the depart- ment about their concerns. The Friends of Quaran- tine said information about the cuts came from ''good sources within the State Government''. Mr Sullivan said he did not know where the group obtained their infor- mation. ''The only well-placed source is [Premier and] Treasurer Lara Giddings,'' he said. ''I don't think they have been talking to her.'' The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is looking for more than 29,000 community-minded people to fill Census Collector positions. August 9 is Census night. This is your chance to join a dedicated team working to improve communities and ight the way orward or Austra ia. Census Co ectors de iver and co ect Census orms to and rom a househo ds in their area. Let us shed a little more light on these jobs... • Co ector jobs are part time home based e ib e and wi invo ve evening and weekend work. • Co ectors are re uired or work between u y and 8 September 0 . • Co ectors must have their own te ephone a secure vehic e and storage area in their home. • Co ectors wi earn around $ 8 per hour p us a • Co ectors must be Austra ian citizens or have per or a other speci c Co ector duties visit the web Applications open 9 April 2011 and close 5 May 20 You can apply online at abs.gov.au/census or by calling 1800 420 182 2011 Census Australia @2011Census CensusAustralia owances. manent residency. bsite be ow. 11. For a brighter future Join the Census Team in a job that lights the way forward for your community. Opportunity knocks. AG43357
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