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TAS Country : September 29th 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011 Tasmanian Country 17 The Stock Report Trade cattle numbers down THERE was a very small total yarding of 90 trade and export cattle at Killafaddy on Tuesday. The yarding was 90 less than last week and there were very few good-quality yearlings available. With small numbers some buyers didn't operate and prices were cheaper in most cases, with most yearlings selling for 189c to 215c/kg liveweight. There were 30 grown steers and bullocks, with almost all the bull- ocks weighing under 600kg. The market was fully firm to 4c/kg dearer, with most making 194c to 201c/kg, while restockers paid 185c to 203c/kg for suitable types. There were only 23 cows and most were light dairy types. All sold well, with heavy beef cows making 147c to 149c/kg, while restockers paid 124c to 149c/kg or $440 to $568 a head for suitable cows to run on. There was a smaller yarding of just over 800 lambs, with some excellent drafts of heavy and extra heavy lambs available. The market was $10 to $15 a head cheaper, with only one exporter active and trade buyers more selective. Extra heavy lambs sold for $136 to $140, heavy lambs $114 to $140, trade lambs $100 to $114 and light trade $98 to $102 a head. Lighter one- and two-score lambs, which would be suitable for the Middle East trade, sold for $70 to $90 a head. RICHARD BAILEY Mixed results at Quoiba sale A LIGHTER yarding of 667 lambs were penned at Quoiba on Monday. Included were 134 new season lambs and these sold to a similar market, making from $124 to a top of $150. Old season lambs over all met an easier trend: heavy, $130 to $140; me- dium, $110 to $134; light, $90 to $110. Mutton numbers were again light but rates were at recent better levels, making from $50 to $86. There was another light supply of store lambs which proved harder to sell, making from $60 to $70. A very light offering of only 11 porkers saw prices improve considerably. All pork sold $217.50 to $265. Store pigs were in demand making from $77.50 to $147.50 The sale saw 48 bobby calves penned. Beef calves were again well sought after, selling from $150 to $300. Processing calves made $7 to $40 NEW SEASON LAMBS: Little & Sons $150, Berakah Ltd $149, Linden Ltd $137, Viewmont Ltd $137, Vi- ewbanks $136, Brumaurtol- isa $135. OLD SEASON LAMBS: GA & EM Cole $140,K&J Baker $140, IJ & LA Char- leston $138, G & J Connors $135, DH & JF Rockliff $135, Bare Hill $134. MUTTON: PP & KF Day $86,RWDowe$84,A&A Mourtiz $80,G&JConnors $76, SR & RF Saltmarsh $70, BW Lawrence $70. Tassie takes a walk on the mild side JENNIFER CRAWLEY TASMANIAN farmers experienced below-average rainfall in the North and East and average rainfall in the West this month. This was in stark contrast to June and August, when heavy rainfall flood- ed North-East rivers and properties. Minimum and maximum tempera- tures were close to average but tending to the warm side in September, up to one degree warmer than average. Weather bureau meteorologist Lorien Martin said anything could happen in Tasmania at any time during the year. Snow and hail were predicted in some parts of the state yesterday. ''We had snow to low levels for several days in September last year,'' Ms Martin said. She said September was not ''excit- ing'' when it came to the weather. ''There were no records set, and no significant weather events compared to June and July,'' Ms Martin said. Sunshine is important and growers will be happy that the average daily sunshine recorded for Hobart in Sep- tember was 7.5 hours. The long-term average is 6.3 hours. Long-term forecasting predicts a greater likelihood of below-average rainfall and above-average tempera- tures from October to December. Northern Midlands farmer Nick Tay- lor grows irrigated crops and breeds Merinos on his Nile River property. He said he has had real problems with waterlogging in his winter crops. ''Wheat has really suffered, yield is down because of that by half,'' Mr Taylor said. ''Our winter poppies have suffered. A wet winter is not really good for that much. We prefer a dry winter.'' He said it was not uncommon to get a wet winter in two or three out of every 10 years, but said the Nile ran very low in dry years. ''The rain's been good for water in the river,'' Mr Taylor said. ''All the storages would be full across the North of the state -- they'll have enough irrigation for a year or two.'' Meat prices slashed Supermarket steps up price war FAMILIES are set to save hun- dreds of dollars a year on meat bills in the latest supermarket price war. Coles has taken the butcher's knife to its own brand sausages, mince, steak and chops, slicing prices by as much as $7 a kilo at its stores nationwide from yester- day. The grocery giant, battling with Woolworths for market share, describes the discounts as the biggest since the milk price wars started in January. Rivals are expected to react to the markdowns, which trim the cost of mince, thin sausages, lamb and pork chops, and casser- ole and rump steak by 11-28 per cent. Coles merchandise director John Durkan insisted the chain would absorb the cost of price cuts to protect suppliers. ''Like our customers, we care about Australian farmers and are committed to working with them to bring customers the very best Australian meat and produce,'' he said. Coles has come under attack from dairy farmers worried the price stoush that slashed house brand milk to $1 a litre will kill the industry. Coles is also beefing up its ''no added hormones'' meat market- ing despite previous Australian Cattle Council claims that con- sumers were being needlessly frightened. Mr Durkan said Coles had lowered more than 6000 private label and branded prices since its Down Down campaign launch last year. The company rejects claims it is squeezing farmers or financing cheaper staples through higher petrol or other grocery prices. Coles spokesman Jon Church said the latest cuts could save families hundreds of dollars. ''The mince saving alone, if you buy half a kilo a week, is almost $50 per year,'' he said. Some consumer advocates fear supermarket brand discounts will lead to less choice and price competition, and more market dominance by Coles and POLL DORSETS STR L S O. TER L S RE Setting the Industry Benchmark for Prime Lamb www.polldorset.org.au e e e m 2012218-110930 For Sale 25 Autumn born Xbred dairy heifers 10 Autumn Xbred cows calving March 2012, 3 yo 8 Friesian heifers calving Feb 2012 Qty Friesian and Jersey bulls, all ages 60 Murray Grey heifers calving March 2012 to Murray Grey, these are an outstanding line 1 Murray Grey bull, well bred 3 yo 2 Angus bulls 3 yo Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 20 Angus and Hereford X Fsn heifers calving Nov to Angus Ph. Anthony McDougall 0438 502 188 Machinery and Sundries For Sale Case MX 100C 100 h.p. with loader, forks (x 2), bucket and soft hands $40,000 + GST John Deer 3350 100 h.p. $19,000 + GST Mazda with hurdles 18 tray $7,500 + GST Nuckey feed wagon 2 y.o. $8,000 + GST Yamaha Grizzly 450 2 y.o. with spray unit $8,000 + GST 07 Grizzly 4WD $5,000 + GST Hay Rake Swad Row Krone 300 bales hay (Circular Head) $40 + GST 400 bales hay (Deloraine) $30 + GST 2 x Cab Tractors (1x 4WD) 35 H.P. Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 Due to excellent sales, we require more listings, phone the Vicstock Agent in your area for prompt attention. www.vicstock.com.au Tasmania 2059798-110930 Bernard Atkins .............................. 0417 593 158 Tony Wootton ............................... 0407 823 142 Peter Collins ................................. 0427 547 145 Haydn Bean ................................. 0438 678 206 Adam Crawford .......................... 0400 550 412 Anthony McDougall ....................0438 502 188 (North West ) (North West ) (North)(North)(North East) (South) EXPORT - WANTED TO BUY Holstein Friesian heifers from 100 - 300kg Holstein Friesian heifers 1 week - 4 weeks old BUYING NOW - TOP PRICES PAID. On farm prices, no testing. Forward contracts available. Let your Vicstock agent quote a price now. Your Dairy Specialist Team
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