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TAS Country : October 13th 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011 Tasmanian Country 23 The Stock Report Volcano may aid Tassie WOOL REPORT Eric Hutchinson EACH week I send out an email bulletin to wool pro- ducers in Tasmania and a copy of this also goes to a number of customers we have for Tasmanian wool around the globe. Last week I mentioned in passing some statistics I had seen for wool pro- duction forecasts in Argen- tina which suggested a decline of up to 30 per cent in the coming season. This reduction is largely a result of the volcanic ash still spewing out of the Chilean volcano Puyen- hue. The reason for mention- ing this in the first in- stance was to highlight the very fine balance that ex- ists currently between supply and demand for wool fibre and, although this decline in Argentina is a relatively small volume in the scheme of things, it is nevertheless a bullish factor for wool price. A wool colleague of mine from Germany, who had lived for many years in South America, sent me a transcript of a broadcast from the BBC that went into more detail about the ongoing impact this is hav- ing on the lives of people in a very large area, depend- ing on which way the wind is blowing. ''A beautiful blue sky can be transformed in min- utes to a grey fog of ash with a change in the wind direction,'' he said. Much of the normally green and productive pas- ture land is now covered in 50cm of sandy grey ash. Cattle and sheep cannot help but ingest the ash while grazing and the sharp particles eventually result in the death of the animal. The only real option has been to move livestock to other areas, but if animals have already been exposed to the ash many have subsequently died as a re- sult of this. Many farmers have cho- sen to put animals down rather than risk them suf- fering, but the reality is also that many have been unable to justify the cost of agistment or importing alternative feed sources. Patagonia is one of the largest merino wool pro- duction areas in South America and at least three provinces have been affec- ted. The report suggests that some farmers have lost up to 80 per cent of their livestock in this re- gion. Interesting for me is the fact that a few years ago we lost a sock customer in North America due largely to the high Australian dol- lar.The customer finally found an alternative sup- plier in Patagonia and without wanting to benefit from his misfortune made me wonder if we might now be back in business. The impact is under- standably not just restric- ted to the livestock sector and many tourist enterpr- ises have been hit hard by the reduced number of visitors to the areas affec- ted by the disaster. Experts in this field be- lieve it will be at least six years (once the ash stops falling) before the pastures recover and life and these major economic drivers for the region can get back to normal. ROBERTS WOOL REPORT AWEX MPG Summary October 12, 2011 Current Change 12 mths ago 3-year av EMI 1166 2 907 967 17 1694 0 1373 1440 18 1505 -8 1236 1379 18.5 1452 -7 1169 1284 19 1404 4 1076 1182 19.5 1363 5 1001 1087 20 1309 9 962 1008 21 1261 7 938 975 22 1165 3 897 946 23 1057 -1 873 912 24 1005 3 805 841 25 880 0 736 735 26 764 -23 631 662 28 650 -15 450 514 30 625 0 395 456 MC 742 2 597 582 Smaller yarding lifts demand at Killafaddy RICHARD BAILEY THERE was a very small total yarding of 92 trade and export cattle at Kil- lafaddy on Tuesday. That was 50 less than last week, with about one third being cows. With smaller numbers of yearlings prices aver- aged 2c to 5c/kg higher with yearling steers making 190c to 225c/kg and heifers 197c to 213c/kg. Most classes averaged around 205c/kg, live weight. There were only 10 medium weight bull- ocks and they sold from 194c to 196c/kg while a few export heifers made 174c to 189c/kg. There were 31 cows with most being heavy beef cows and all met a strong market. The very best high- yielding cows attracted strong export compe- tition and topped at 171c/kg. Most heavy cows sold from 138c to 171c/kg, medium weights 134c to 150c/kg and restockers paid 125c to 161c/kg or $519 to $680/head for suitable types. There was another small penning of lambs with 81 new season's included. There was one very heavy pen of new lambs that sold for $155 while most made $127 to $135/head. The quality of old season lambs was very poor and the market was fully firm to $2/head dearer. The few heavy pens made $129 to $133, trade $112 to $130 and light trade $100 to $105/head. The lighter 1 and 2 score lambs suitable for the Middle East market made $82 to $96/head. 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