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TAS Country : February 16th 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012 Tasmanian Country 21 The Stock Report Steers top the day at $219c/kg ANOTHER average yarding of 218 cattle was offered at Quoiba on Wednesday. Most sales were similar to recent weeks, with heavy trade steers 5c to 8c dearer. The few bullocks offered sold a top of $194c/kg, heavy trade steers topped the day at 219c/kg. The few steer vealers offered saw selected types sell from 210c to 218c/kg, with most 185c to 195c/kg. Heifer vealers were light in supply, with the best selling for 218c/kg. Heavy beef cows held recent rates, topping at 145c/kg with dairy and light types making from 120c to 135c/kg. Best heavy bulls sold to 152c/kg. Feature sales: BULLOCKS: DL & AL Rogers, 194c/kg- $1129; C Hill, 193c/kg-$1165; MD & HC Rundle, 192c/kg-$1098. HEAVY TRADE STEERS: Alcoona, 219c/kg-$989; AJ Williams & Sons, 205c/kg- $1053; MW Bates, 200c/kg-$988. TRADE STEERS: BG & TA Britt, 218c/kg-$906; DL & AL Rogers, 199c/kg- $891. STEER VEALERS: SG Barber, 218c/kg- $841; CJ & DB Suna, 211c/kg-$886; Muddy Flats, 204c/kg-$840. HEAVY HEIFERS: C Hill, 200c/kg-$956; J Dennett, 196c/kg-$897; JT Hawley, 194c/kg-$880. TRADE HEIFERS: JT Hawley, 200c/kg- $828; J Dennett, 200c/kg-$892; P Cox, 198c/kg-$839. HEIFER VEALERS: AJ Williams & Sons, 218c/kg-$771; CT Davey, 217c/kg-$677; CJ & DB Suna, 202c/kg-$763. COWS: BG & TA Britt, 145c/kg-$1052; AJ Williams & Sons, 144c/kg-$1241; BR How, 142c/kg-$1170. BULLS: LB & TA Avery, 152c/kg-$1161. Get meat in Merino thinking BRIAN CLANCY MERINO BOOST: Dr Alex Ball believes merinos have a strong future. THE saying goes: ''What you see is what you get.'' Though that is not always the case for Merino rams, according to Alex Ball, who is the head of Meat and Livestock of Australia's sheep research and development. ''Eighty per cent of the most import- ant breeding traits for wool and meat we can't see in a Merino,'' Dr Ball told producers at a northeast Merino forum in Victoria last week. ''Things you can't see are often the most important maternal traits -- repro- duction rates, mothering performance, fat and muscle and internal parasite resistance.'' In an address on what lay ahead for the sheep industry, particularly mer- inos, Dr Ball defined the future of the Merino as ''a maternal breed with wool capabilities''. But he said much needed to be done in the breeding program of the Merino, which accounted for 78 per cent of national ewe numbers. ''Simply, you need to get meat into your thinking,'' he said. ''Don't worry about what they are called. Worry about what they do. ''Eating quality really depends on how you manage a flock.'' On the production of prime lamb from Merinos, Dr Ball said Merino lamb carcases on average were 2kg lighter, yielding 2 per cent and averag- ing 40c/kg less than first- and second- cross lambs. All of these differences equated to a return of $18 less than from crossbred lambs. But Dr Ball was confident Merinos could bridge that gap through manage- ment and breeding. These include lifting lambing per- centages to 130 per cent and aiming for carcase weight of 25kg by eight to 10 months old. ''Growth rates of 500g a day are achievable,'' he said. Merino lamb marking percentages are consistently 20-30 per cent lower than with crossbreds. ''Between scanning and marking, there is a 35 per cent loss of lambs from Merino ewes. We need to address those losses,'' he said. On eating quality or tenderness, research had shown the Merino could often outscore the terminal and ma- ternal breeds. But he said breeders had to pay attention to muscling and fat cover, which assisted in the flavour and eating quality. ''Too much leanness is like eating cardboard,'' he said. Dr Ball said fat cover was critical in boosting fertility. He even went so far as to suggest that in future Merino rams without positive breeding values for both fat and eye muscle ''should have their throats cut''. Dr Ball said the sheep-meat returns should not be ignored by those Merino breeders wanting to focus only on wool. Even with running wethers for wool, the sheep meat return still represented 35 per cent of returns. Dr Ball said the future for the Merino breed looked promising and also fore- casting wider interest from cereal producers wanting to return to sheep. 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