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TAS Country : August 11th 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011 Tasmanian Country 19 The Stock Report Plan comes to bear GOOD EARLY RESULTS: Steven Highlands inserts an oestrus synchronising device into one of the 2000 cows included in the trial. AS part of the largest and most extensive trial of its kind ever undertaken in this country, Angus Australia is participating in a Beef Information Nucleus program which is showing good pregnancy rates for the first year. The program, overseen by Meat and Livestock Australia, also in- cludes smaller scale trials involving Charolais, Hereford, Brahman and Limousin. Bob Dent, from Angus Australia, says the six-year project involving five Angus herds interstate will collect data on pregnancy, growth, carcase performance and feed con- version rates, as well as DNA data. ''We want to build a massive database of information and a pool of results that we can call on for years to come,'' Mr Dent said. ''While we are doing that, we will progeny test up to 40 bulls per year for three joinings to hopefully ident- ify bulls whose calves perform in a range of commercially important traits, tested under Australian con- ditions for our markets. ''The trial's first year data is emerging, with top line results show- ing better than expected pregnancy rates. These results will be of great interest to beef producers looking to increase pregnancy rates and streamline their breeding programs.'' All up, 2000 cows and heifers in commercial Angus herds in NSW and Victoria are taking part in the trial. As well as this, 35-40 Angus bulls are being used in each herd, with a target of about 50 cows per sire. An oestrus synchronisation protocol has been utilised in each herd to ensure that a tight calving pattern is achieved. Bayer Animal Health, a division of Bayer Australia Ltd, is sponsoring the trial by providing the synchron- isation products. These include Cue-Mate, an intra-vaginal device that releases progesterone to synchronise oestrus and a cutting- edge hormone treatment which helps stimulate follicle development for a larger, more dominant follicle. First-year pregnancy rates in all five herds have exceeded initial expectations. ''Our objective was to achieve a 50 per cent pregnancy rate. That herds at all five sites achieved better than expected pregnancy rates in this first year augers well for the rest of the trial,'' Mr Dent said. Overall pregnancy rates in all five herds were 57.4 per cent for cows and 57.9 per cent for heifers. Ben Thompson, brand manager at Bayer Animal Health, said the herds used the process as part of their synchronisation and Fixed Time Artificial Insemination protocol. ''I envisage that beef producers, and, in our particular case, Angus producers, will be interested in what this trial achieves,'' Mr Thompson said. ''An important aspect of this will be how utilising oestrus synchronis- ation can positively influence breed- ing outcomes. ''While the benefits of using FTAI are known to a growing number of commercially-focused beef pro- ducers, a trial that produces figures like these will encourage more and more to investigate how this breed- ing protocol is to their advantage.'' 2012742-110812 Look to us for all your farming needs Landmark Smithton 1-3 Rubicon St Smithton 6452 1034 Landmark Longford 10A Marlborough St Longford 6391 2811 landmark.com.au EXPORT DAIRY HEIFERS WANTED FOR LANDMARK GLOBAL EXPORTS Kent Tyson 0428 318 272 DAIRY LIVESTOCK FOR SALE Kent Tyson 0428 318 272 • Complete herd 141 cows. Friesian and some cross-bred. 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There was a yarding of 35 cattle, 742 sheep and lambs, five pigs and 21 calves. Cattle prices re- mained strong. Jap ox sold 170c to 174c, trade 180c to 190c, light year- lings 200 to 232c, most 220c. Lambs eased up to $10 per head on the stronger market of last week. Top price was $144, most $120, light $75 to $105. Two-tooths and mut- ton sold to a strong mar- ket. Porkers sold from $180 to $190 and week-old An- gus Friesian calves $75 to $175, most $170. Week-old Jersey-cross calves sold from $15 to $24. CATTLE: S Griggs S 174-$1000, S 170-$1049, S 192-$864; Nicholls Exca- vation Y/ H 232-$812, Y/ H 224-$761; R&F Windsor Y/ S 218-$839; Nicholls Excavation C 135-$796; A Duncombe C 135- $1022; T McCauley 135-$661. LAMBS: K&J Gangell $144, AL Fehlberg $125, P&S Bignell $127, DT Bresnehan$129, G&V Skeggs $120, P&J Sto- kes$121, St Peters Pass $119, Springhill Pastoral 2T$90,CGunn&Son2T $89, DT Bresnehan W 95, J Hull W $73. PORKERS: K R Grier- son $180 to $190. Break causes uncertainty WOOL REPORT Eric Hutchinson SALES have resumed after a three-week break, which in itself is ridiculous in this day and age. The world embroiled in debt is sending financial markets into panic and no- one knew where the price of wool was going to open. The result understanda- bly, given the uncertainty, was a volatile and softer opening. Markets like transparency and this is hangover from the days when Europe dominated the buying of raw wool in Australia was once justi- fied and relevant. But today this is not the case is now irrelevant and should be changed! The the market opened cheaper, with the medium Merino qualities most im- pacted, the fine wool less so and the crossbred types were actually dearer due to the lower Australian dol- lar.Encouragingly, there was support found once the lower base was dis- covered and established. There were small gains posted on Wednesday after the falls on Tuesday. Forward markets, alth- ough lower, were well bid for in the nearer months as concerns over supply still linger. Bidding for October and December delivery was solid and still provides growers with an oppor- tunity to lock in prices for later this season. ROBERTS WOOL REPORT AWEX MPG Summary July 13, 2011 Current Change 12 mths ago 3-year av EMI 1312 -49 873 929 17 2261 -52 1237 1410 18 1867 -87 1149 1340 18.5 1731 -69 1093 1244 19 1605 -40 1036 1138 19.5 1524 -55 965 1041 20 1454 -44 933 962 21 1381 -68 918 929 22 1330 -73 912 904 23 1231 -56 894 878 24 1040 -57 818 817 25 873 -25 717 713 26 835 -16 628 641 28 679 11 453 495 30 624 15 402 434 MC 768 -24 590 582
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