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TAS Country : April 14th 2011
18 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 15, 2011 The Stock Report BOTHWELL WEANER SALE ENTHUSIASM: David Newitt, left, and Paul Marshall. After all the rough days farmers have endured in recent years, last week's annual Roberts weaner sale at Bothwell seemed to make the pain worthwhile. By Jennifer Crawley CLOSE EYE: Bruce Stewart from the Dunlop Park stud. Bothwell STALWART: Ian Downie from Dungrove at Bothwell BRILLIANT sunshine matched brilliant prices as a large crowd surged through rows, bidding on livestock at the Roberts weaner sale at Bothwell. It took five auctioneers three and half hours to auction 6000 head of cattle at what has been declared the biggest one-agent, one-day sale in the Southern Hemisphere. However, Roberts state livestock manager Warren Johnston said today's sale at Gunnedah in NSW could trump the Bothwell event. ''But we've got to be pretty close to the top of the tree,'' Mr Johnston said. ''Bothwell's a unique place, it's a small town but it's on the map. It's been a fair draw to get these 6000 here.'' Mainland buyers mixed with farmers from the North-West Coast and King Island while the canteen ladies ran out of bread and made an emergency trip to town for fresh supplies while old-timers sat in the shade. The Bothwell weaner sale is Tasmania's premier mountain calf sale. ''There are some southern cattle here but a lot of them have come out of the mountains and have been bred up in the snow,'' Mr Johnston said. Cattle from the Huon Valley, the Southern Midlands and the Central Highlands were trucked to the saleyards the night before the sale. ''It's the biggest sale I've been to in 42 years,'' leading Roberts auctioneer Philip Brazendale said. Mr Brazendale auctioned the first row of 72 pens before handing over to the next auctioneer. ''Welcome to Bothwell on a magnificent day,'' he told the hushed crowd. ''We will start with the steers then move to the heifers then onto the smaller steers and heifers. ''The carriers have done a magnificent job to get the cattle here. ''They have worked through the night and it has been a wonderful effort. ''The cattle are a credit to the vendors -- you won't see any better in Australia. ''This is a magnificent line-up of stock and they are here for your genuine competition.'' The first pen of 20 cows from Glen Vale at Bushy Park sold for $1130 each to a bidder from the North-West Coast. The bidder, representing G. K. Hall from Moriarty, bought the first three pens. A total of 1378 cattle were bought by mainland buyers. The average price for cattle sold at Bothwell was $735. Three pens of EU-accredited cattle from Clover Dale at Ouse went to a stud farm in NSW. Mainland agent Keith Murphy said that ''even when things are tough it's pretty good at Bothwell''. ''A lot of the calves over there (on the mainland) have been sold,'' Mr Murphy said. ''This is the only sale down here and Powranna has had a fair go.''
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