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TAS Country : June 23rd 2011
16 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 24, 2011 The Stock Report Tassie woolgrowers take ultimate national honour From Page 3 ''We had really good season with consistent feed right through, so the clip looked very good, the ten- sile strength was excellent and there was very little dust,'' he said. ''It was a fantastic year and I think this one is going to be equally as good.'' Judges of the New Eng- land award were im- pressed with the Glen Stuart clip and said 80 per cent of the wool was valued into the best types category, describing it as beautiful, stylish and sound wool. New England Wool southern regional man- ager Andrew Raeber said it was obvious the amount of care and attention that had gone into preparing each line of the Glen Stuart wool clip. ''The evenness of the crimp and the staple length in each line was truly amazing when you con- sider the variability that can exist across a clip,'' he said. ''It was a pleasure to value and a pleasure to buy (New England Wool pur- chased over 60 per cent of the clip).'' The Phillips also won the Tasmanian Regional Award for the second time. New England Wool man- aging director Andrew Blanch said the Phillips had been knocking at the door of the competition for many years as finalists and regional winners and this time they had finally won the top honour. ''Their win is a reflection of the fact that producing fine wool is a life long passion, so much so that just over a decade ago the couple relocated their stud from Victoria to Dedding- ton in the hope of produc- ing even better wool,'' he said. ''The gamble paid off and the superior genetics in their merino flock have thrived in the Tasmanian environment.'' As part of the award the Phillips were presented with length of fabric and have also won a trip to Italy next year to visit two spin- ning and weaving mills. Mr Raeber said it was also good to see a producer from another part of the country winnning the award. ''It is also pleasing to finally see the top award being taken away from those New Englanders,'' he said. Second place in the com- petition went to the Pitt- man family from the Glenburnie Partnership at Walcha in NSW, while third place went to the Cameron family from Guy- ra and the Thomas family from Wallangarra. Elder considers legal action ELDERS is considering taking legal action against the Federal Government over its ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia. Despite having an ISO- accredited feedlot and abat- toir, the company said the action was necessary to save the agribusiness giant's growing live cattle trade. Elders managing direc- tor Malcolm Jackman said he could not get a clear picture of exactly what Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig expected from El- ders or the wider industry following the ban. ''They simply can't tell us what the satisfactory arrangements are,'' Mr Jackman said. He warned that the big- gest and most immediate threat facing Australia's live export industry was permits from Indonesia, which he said were not issued annually, or indefi- nitely, but rolled over on a quarterly basis. ''The current permits ex- pire next week, and Aust- ralian producers will be the losers if they are not renewed,'' Mr Jackman said. Elders and other com- panies such as the Aust- ralian Agricultural Com- pany said the decision to suspend live exports to Indonesia had had a sig- nificant impact. AACo has 45,000 cattle ready for shipment to In- donesia, some with Elders, which it must now con- tinue to feed or return to its properties to be re- mustered at a future date. A media campaign by the Northern Territory Government features one station family already $253,000 out of pocket over its mustering and pre-sale costs for cattle which would have sold through Elders. Weekly Times Good gain in small wool offering WOOL REPORT Eric Hutchinson THE wool market this week has posted 3.5 per cent gains in a small offering of 16.5 micron and finer, 17 to 18 micron was fully firm, 18.5 to 19.5 continued to trade cheaper as has been the case for the past two weeks losing 1.5 per cent and 20 micron and broader (including the cross- breds) sold in sellers favour. Certainly encouraging to see the quotes for fine wool reflecting what we have suspected based on spasmodic sales of this micron range we have been making on Wooltrade (internet selling sys- tem) in the past few weeks. Included this week is a chart showing the historic basis be- tween 21 micron merino wool both 28 and 30 micron crossbred wool. Not exactly sure what we should draw from this, but either the price of the broader end needs to rise significantly or the price of medium micron Merino wool is ''over cooked'' and due for a pull back. Markets always return to their long-term averages and relativi- ties, overshoot the mark and then correct again. I find it difficult to see reasons why this time will be any differ- ent to what has always happened in the past. Given that medium micron Merino types are, in A$, at near 20 year highs and off the scale in US$ as supply comes back on line in the early spring months, for mine the most likely scenario is for this part of the market to fall. Pesticides use defended FARMERS have branded a petition calling for an overhaul of Aust- ralian pesticide laws a scare cam- paign. Consumer, health and environ- mental groups have started a pet- ition expressing concern about the way pesticides were regulated and the implications for human health and the environment. A joint statement by Choice, the National Toxics Network, the Pub- lic Health Association of Australia and World Wide Fund for Nature- Australia claimed more than 80 pesticides registered in Australia were no longer authorised in Euro- pe because of the risks they posed to human health or the environment. ''At least 17 pesticides are su- spected carcinogens and 48 have been flagged as potential endo- crine disruptors,'' it said. ''Eight chemicals have been un- der review by the Australian regulator for more than 13 years, some up to 15 years.'' National Farmers' Federation vice-president Duncan Fraser said the campaign was misleading and Australian food producers did not use ''unsafe pesticides''. ''Agricultural chemicals sold in Australia are subject to a world- class scientific risk assessment by the APVMA that regulates how and where these chemicals can be used,'' Mr Fraser said. ''The Federal Government has already committed to a review of the chemical assessment and regu- lation system in Australia, and this campaign is undermining this process by providing misleading and inaccurate information to the public.'' AusVeg public affairs manager William Churchill said the al- liance with alarmist activist groups had weakened the position of Choice as an independent auth- ority on consumer issues. ''Choice has chosen to ignore the facts regarding registration of chemicals in this country,'' Mr Churchill said. ''The facts being that products registered in this country are subjected to rigorous, science- based risk assessments.'' He said the statement was an attempt to undermine consumer confidence in safely grown veg- etables. Australian Pesticides and Vet- erinary Medicines Authority spokesman Simon Cubit said the claims were a beat-up, given a government review was under way. Choice communications di- rector Christopher Zinn said the response from farming groups was ''entirely predictable''. Weekly Times GST may apply, all prices quoted are GST Exclusive 15 cross bred ewes due to lamb mid Aug on Danny Slater 0437 302 266 ****** Kelpie cross Smith eld Pups Amelia Sco 0427 394 808 ****** Round bales of lucerne hay, Cressy area $40 Stephen Caswell 0457 746 379 ****** 2 AI Friesian cows calved March, in full produc on, herd recording gures and breeding history available 6 spring calving AI Friesian cows, big frame well bred, full history available Gerard Gelston 0407 681 161 riday 15th ly 2011 A c Glenmillton Pty td & thers To be held on property Cressy, Approved utside Entries nly Da id albot 0409 899 950 illa addy, esday 28th ne 2011 LIVESTOCK 2011208-110624 C G S S C SA S P S AC Y SA www.elders.com.au Phone: 6332 2302 2029257-110624 JBS AUSTRALIA All types of Livestock required for processing at our Longford & Devonport Plants JBS is pleased to announce that Gavin Coombe has been appointed as livestock buyer in the North West Coast region. Any enquiries please call Gavin on 0437 228 536 For a competitive price ring our Livestock Buyers today JBS Australia Tasmanian Livestock Team Tom Archer Livestock Manager M 0419 310 701 Allan Boyce Livestock Buyer M 0419 310 698 Mathew Bosworth Livestock Buyer M 0438 912 161 Gavin Coombe Livestock Buyer M 0437 228 536 JBS Australia would like to thank producers for their continued support.
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