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TAS Country : April 21st 2011
20 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 22, 2011 The Stock Report Hopes dashed for prime lamb boost FLOCK rebuilding and a sharp lift in wool prices have dashed hopes of a boost in prime lamb pro- duction, according to the latest sheep and wool sur- vey. The survey of 2226 sheep producers, conducted in February and com- missioned by Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Inno- vation, found 44 per cent wanted to increase ewe numbers, a result compar- able to the October survey results. However, in October, when 84 per cent of pro- ducers indicated they in- tended to increase or main- tain their lamb turn-off, this intention rate has now dropped to 76 per cent. Typical of the trend to boost flock numbers is South Australian Jim Hunt, of Mundalla, who was in the Melbourne last week for the sale of his wool. ''I've quit 240 head of cattle and I want to boost my Merino ewe numbers to 3000 head. Sheep are definitely the way to go,'' Mr Hunt said, after selling wool for his best prices in 23 years. The survey results con- firm the downturn in lamb and sheep slaughterings. In the seven months to the end of January, the Australian Bureau of Stat- istics reported that lamb slaughter was down 8 per cent while the sheep slaughter was down 27 per cent. These trends defy MLA's half-yearly projections in February with forecasts of a 7.3 per cent lift in lamb slaughtering for this calen- dar year and a 14.7 per cent lift in sheep slaughterings. Noticeable also in the survey results was an in- creased trend to maintain or lift wether numbers. In a reaction to the rise in wool prices, and the improved feed availability, 41 per cent of respondents said they would be main- taining or lifting their wether numbers. In October, the wether response was 32 per cent. The February survey was conducted against a background of improved seasonal conditions in all states except Western Australia. The latest survey results coincide with ABS revis- ing the national flock up- wards. ABS is now reporting the 2010-11 opening sheep numbers at 68.1 million sheep, up 400,000 on its previous report. The discrepancy was in NSW, where the opening flock has risen to 24.4 million sheep. Based on the latest esti- mates by the Australian Wool Production Forecast- ing Committee, the extra 400,000 sheep could add another two to three mil- lion kilograms to the natio- nal clip The Weekly Times ON SHOW: Young cattle handler Brock Murfett shows his style in the showring. Grey the only way for young handler KAROLIN MacGREGOR GREY is the only way to go for Brock Murfett who has been awarded the 2010-2011 Tasmanian Murray Grey Youth Aggregate Award. The 12-year-old from Wynyard has beaten competitors from across the state to take home the annual award. Run by the Tasmanian Murray Grey Breed Promotion Group, the aggregate award rewards young competitors who are doing their bit to promote Murray Greys during the show season. To be eligible participants must nominate themselves at the beginning of the show season and complete a log sheet of their performance at each show. Brock has been awarded a trip to the National Murray Grey Show and Sale at Wodonga where he will participate in the Woodbourne Murray Grey Youth Ambassador Awards. He has also received one-year Murray Grey Youth membership. Brock has grown up with Murray Greys at his family's Murfield Murray Grey Stud. Throughout the season he showed the family's heifer Murfield Pepper in five of the six junior cattle handler competitions he entered. Brock's skills as a junior handler saw him place in the top four on five occasions and also earned him a win in his age group at the Royal Launceston Show. At Wynyard Show, where Murray Greys were the feature breed, Brock earned a second place in his junior handler class and came third in the finals. He also competed with Pepper as part of the feature event. While he loves the showing side of things, Brock also takes a keen interest in the family's stud and follows the breeding of their stud cattle closely. During the ambassador competition at Wodonga, Brock will participate in a number of competition sections. The sections focus on public speaking, auctioneering, carcase judging, livestock assessment, ring craft and safety. The ambassador competition is open to all young cattle enthusiasts under 30 years of age. Prizes include a six-week overseas study tour in New Zealand, entry to the South Australian Junior Heifer Expo, an educational grant of $500 and the opportunity to win a Murray Grey youth heifer. 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