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TAS Country : April 14th 2011
22 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 15, 2011 Breeders thrilled at Angus sales From Page 7 ON Tuesday morning, the sale action moved to Charles and Janet Wallace's Woodbourn property near Cressy where strong competition from buyers resulted in the complete clearance of all 34 bulls and the week's top average price of $6294. The top price of the sale was $11,500 for lot 4 which was bought by Nick Dennis from Fairfield at Cressy. John Cooper from Happy Valley on Flinders Island bought the sale's second top-priced bull for $10,000. Some of the bigger volume buyers at the sale were W. and C. Von Bibra from Beaufront who bought four bulls averag- ing $6125 and Formosa Estate which purchased three bulls averaging $6500. In the afternoon, buyers went to the Chale sale where 25 bulls were sold topping at $7500 twice. Top-priced bulls were bought by Ian Dickenson from the Blessington property Elverton and Nabowla Properties. Barnbougle Beef purchased four bulls averaging $4000. At Ferdie Foster's Rosedale sale, 52 bulls were sold making an average price of $4135. The top price of $9000 was achieved three times, the bulls bought by the Weeding family from Okehampton, the Scott family from Dunedin and the Downie family from Dungrove. The McShane family from Stockman purchased eight bull averaging $4250 and Ian Dickenson bought five bull for an average of $3150. At Wednesday's Tamaroo sale, the wet conditions did little to deter buyers who bough 10 bulls at an average of $3275 and a top of $4500. The top-priced bull (lot 10) was bought by the Greg Bryant Family Trust from Cressy. The second top-priced bull was bought by Surveyors Bay for $4250. All 16 bulls at the Ironstone Creek sale were sold fetching an average price of $3145 The sale's top-priced bull was bought by Surveyors Bay for $5500. Strong competition continued at the Richmond Hill bull sale where nine bulls were sold averaging $3027. The top price of $4250 was achieved twice. The bulls were bought by V. G. Spencer from Bracknell and P. and J. Hoare from Wesley Vale. During the afternoon, about 530 com- mercial females also went under the hammer and fierce competition from local buyers produced some impressive aver- ages. In the cow section, 230 females were offered topping at $1350 and averaging $1061. Mitchell Investments bought the top- priced cows from Junction Farm. The sale's second top-priced cows were from Nigel Campbell's Kinloch property. They were sold for $1325 to Shene Pastoral. The third top price went to a line of three-year-old cows from Chiswick. They were also purchased by Shene Pastoral. In the heifer section, 300 heifers were sold averaging $1219. The top-priced pen of 10 heifers from Kinloch were sold for $1525 to R. J. and S. A. Clarke. The second top-priced heifers from the Downie family's property Dungrove made $1450. The Stock Report Cattle up, lamb easier THERE was a yarding of 170 cattle, 1440 sheep and lambs, four pigs and 13 calves at this week's Bridgewater market. Prices for all cattle im- proved while lambs eased by $10 per head on last week's sale. There was another good- quality yarding of 60 bull- ocks on offer. They sold from 196c to 212c with most 207c. Heavy steers sold from 210 to 215c while yearlings sold to a top of 228c, most 220c. Heavy heifers averaged 195c and light cattle sold from 220c to 230c. Cows were 125 to 164c and light cows 47 to 116c. The top lamb price was $169. Most heavies were $150 to $160, medium $115 to $145, light $80 to $110, and very light $60 to $80. Competition was strong for mutton. Best wethers were $105, best ewes $120, most sheep $95 to $105. Porkers sold from $160 to $170, week-old beef cross calves $130 to $250, and Friesian calves $20 to $130. Awash with wonder weaners QUALITY ASSURED: The weaner calf sale at Bothwell. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE market TALK Richard Bailey The quality of the calves at Bothwell was exceptional, with almost all being straight-bred Angus or Herefords, and most born and bred in the Central Highlands.' IT was another interesting week, with an excellent weaner calf sale at Bothwell, then torrential rain during the week. The quality of the calves at Bothwell was exceptional, with almost all being straight-bred Angus or Herefords, and most born and bred in the Central Highlands. Competition was strong, with only about 25 per cent bought by interstate buyers, the rest ending up mainly on the North-West Coast, where most will be backgrounded for one of the feedlots. Probably the most concerning part was that most of the best and heaviest heifers were bought by Victorian and New South Wales buyers, with most going into a breeding program. This left few to sup- plement the Tasmanian breeding program, which one would hope to be in the rebuilding phase. The heavy rain through much of the state has certainly set up an excellent autumn and early winter for much of the Midlands. However, I have heard of areas where the soil is saturated, which is going to make for a very long winter unless they get some respite over the next few weeks. Our thoughts also go out to the dairy farmers and vegetable growers who have suffered big financial losses because of the recent rains. There are stories of a lot of milk being tipped out because tankers couldn't get to the farms to cart the milk. On a positive note, much of the Mid- lands areas around Oatlands received about 50mm or more. This has come just at the right time because the clovers and grasses had shot from previous rains but were in need of this follow-up. It should be enough to set up a good winter. Now to the lamb market, and the MLA reports that the weekly lamb slaughter during March was 13 per cent higher year- on-year and a modest 1 per cent higher than the five-year average. Lamb turnoff in the eastern states was 25 per cent above February, with high prices enticing additional supplies. Aust- ralian lamb exports increased 4 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2011 to 34,090 tonnes. The US took the greatest volumes in the first three months to reach 8659 tonnes, ahead of two fast-growing markets, the Middle East at 6924 tonnes and greater China at 6331 tonnes. It will be an interesting month ahead for the lamb market, with at least one exporter closed for a period, and there is no doubt that the margins for the others are pretty tight. Supply may be OK for a few weeks, but it will be tight during the early winter months. Established in 1973, Australian Rural Exports Pty Ltd (AUSTREX) is a leading Australian livestock export company based in Brisbane, Queensland. AUSTREX exports to all the major markets worldwide. Forging a strong reputation internationally for integrity, quality and reliability, AUSTREX has a long and recognised history in exporting beef cattle (both for breeding and fattening), dairy cattle, sheep, goats, horses and genetics. A global trading house, AUSTREX is one of the largest livestock export businesses in the world, with operations also in Russia, China, USA, Uruguay, Turkey, Indonesia and New Zealand. AUSTREX has consistently sourced quality livestock from Tasmania year after year, meeting our growing demand for export to our worldwide markets. In line with our current expansion and the continued demand for quality livestock we are pleased to welcome, a Tasmanian born and bred local, Ebony Bannister to our team. Ebony looks forward to meeting all our long term suppliers and being the on ground support in welcoming new producers to the ever expanding AUSTREX live export trade. Ebony is more than happy to discuss any future livestock export options with the Tasmanian producers. www.austrex.com.au 2089590-110415
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