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TAS Country : January 13th 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012 Tasmanian Country 9 2044177-120113 For full details of Clearing Sales, Wool and Livestock Market Reports visit our website www.robertsltd.com.au Hobart 6235 1444 Launceston 6391 6555 Smithton 6452 2511 Burnie 6424 8271 Light luncheon available at Saleyards OATLANDS LAMB SALE Thursday January 19 at 12.30 7000 LAMBS 7000 Lambs Rosehill 700 Border Leicester x lambs, shorn Wenlock 600 White Suffolk x Merino lambs, shorn St Peters Pass 500 BL Merino x wether lambs, Dec shorn Spring Valley 450 BL Merino x wether lambs, Dec shorn, 6 in 1 vacc Dundee 300 Suffolk x lambs, shorn Motherlords 300 Border Leicester x lambs Apsley Park 300 White Suffolk x lambs, unshorn Brooklands 250 BL Merino x wether lambs, Dec shorn Little Plains 250 Corriedale wether lambs, Jan shorn Surveyors Bay 250 BL Texel 2nd x wether lambs, unshorn, 5 in 1, OJD vacc, ABC points 3 Shawfield 250 Crossbred lambs, shorn Lauriston 220 White Suffolk & Suffolk x lambs, shorn, drenched 2 x 6 in 1 & B12 Montlea 200 Suffolk x lambs, drenched 2 x 6 in 1 & B12 Mayfield 200 White Suffolk x Merino lambs, shorn, 6 in 1 vacc Greenfields 200 White Suffolk x lambs Fairhaven 200 Suffolk 2nd x lambs, shorn, 6 in 1 vacc Tea Tree 150 Crossbred lambs Lambs continued Levendale 100 BL x Merino wether lambs, shorn Belmont Gretna 100 Suffolk x Merino lambs, shorn The Strip 80 White Suffolk x Merino lambs, shorn, 6 in 1 vacc & B12 Fairleigh 70 Suffolk 2nd x, shorn, 6 in 1 vacc Pleasant View 70 BL x Merino wether lambs, shorn Upsndowns 40 Crossbred lambs, shorn Blue Horizon 40 Hampshire Down 2nd x lambs, unshorn Coombend 400 Merino lambs MS, unshorn, OJD vacc, 6 in 1 with Selium & B12 Ewe Surveyors Bay 150 BL Texel 2nd x ewe lambs, unshorn, 5 in 1, OJD vacc, ABC points 3 Rams Hillwoodville 9 Border Leicester rams 1 yrs All sheep to be accompanied by National Livestock vendor Declaration & Animal Health Statement Please deliver lambs to saleyard by 9.00am on day of sale Enquires: John Denholm 0418 122422 Philip Brazendale 0418 123798 Peter Skinner 0418 146997 Brian Peacock 0408 146057 Daryl Cornish 0408 143095 Drew Skinner 0408 130809 The Stock Report ROBERTS WOOL REPORT AWEX MPG Summary January 11, 2012 Current Change 12 mths ago 3-year av EMI 1219 22 1014 967 17 1688 0 1717 1440 18 1558 10 1567 1379 18.5 1510 17 1422 1284 19 1477 20 1243 1182 19.5 1447 10 1102 1087 20 1403 17 1013 1008 21 1345 3 981 975 22 1300 20 937 946 23 1233 31 901 912 24 1100 0 831 841 25 000 7 3 5 26 769 5 662 662 28 612 3 485 514 30 545 -8 443 456 MC 697 7 650 582 Year opens on good note WOOL REPORT Eric Hutchinson THE wool market has opened the year on a posi- tive note with gains across the board in Merino qual- ity.The gains this week, when measured in US dol- lars, were even more im- pressive as we have seen the Australian dollar strengthening since the last wool sales, held before Christmas. Solid gains in Mel- bourne at Tuesday's open- ing were consolidated yes- terday in the three interstate centres, with prices again rising by 10c to 20c. The week saw 94 per cent of the offering sold, indicating a willingness from growers to accept the current levels or perhaps concerns about price direc- tion in the medium term. When you look at the prices being paid for the medium micron Merino types, why would you hesi- tate to be a seller at current prices? For example, a pro- ductive 20/21/22 micron sheep cutting 7kgs can eas- ily net over $70 of wool per head, which when com- bined with the value of sheep and lambs makes for a really good unit cur- rently. If the price of mutton and lamb eased from the current levels I feel certain there would be a willin- gness to run dry sheep again, given the returns available from wool at present --- particularly given the surplus feed available. NZ stud Merino trip: Last week I gave a contact number for Ken Arnold that was incorrect. The phone number for register- ing interest in the NZ trip is 6381 1216. Choosing bulls to boost fertility KAROLIN MacGREGOR HERD FERTILITY: A number of factors were identified. A STUDY into dairy herd fertility has shown Aust- ralian Breeding Values data can assist in breed- ing more fertile cows. The study analysed data from 74 herds over a 10-year period from 2000 to 2009 to determine which factors can influ- ence herd fertility. The study revealed that one of the factors was the selection of bulls for their ability to breed more fer- tile daughters. Bulls with higher ABVs for daughter-fertility ac- hieved a 13 per cent high- er six-week in-calf rate compared with lower- ranked bulls. Michelle Axford, from the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS), said the study results had shown that it was worthwhile considering the ABVs for daughter-fertility when selecting bulls. Other factors influenc- ing overall herd fertility include higher milk pro- tein concentration, the age of the cow and longer intervals between calving and the mating start date. Ms Axford said there were several things far- mers could to improve herd fertility. ''First, make sure you choose bulls from the Good Bulls Guide with an ABV for daughter- fertility of more than 100,'' she said. ''This is an indication of the bull's genetic potential to sire daugh- ters with higher-than- average fertility.'' Ms Axford said se- men fertility was an- other factor farmers needed to be aware of and that they should check the fertility values of all bulls on their short list. ''Semen fertility is an indicator of the bull's semen to get cows in calf,'' Ms Ax- ford said. The ADHIS web- site features a list of the semen values for bulls with more than 400 matings. Most bulls have a value between plus or minus 2.5 per cent, so farmers are advised to avoid using bulls with the lower fer- tility values. Using adequate straws to cover the number of replacement heifers re- quired for the herd in three years is also seen as essential. Ms Axford said the rec- ommended amount was six semen straws for every heifer needed.
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