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TAS Country : February 23rd 2012
18 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 24, 2012 The Stock Report Mainland buyers help underpin lamb market KAROLIN MacGREGOR RIGHT: Roberts agents on the job at the Oatlands lamb sale last week. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR A LARGE crowd of buyers turned out for the last major lamb sale of the season at Oatlands last week. Just over 16,000 sheep went under the hammer during Thursday's sale including 5500 ewe lambs and 10,600 store lambs. Roberts southern livestock assistant manager Philip Brazendale said while competition was not as strong for ewe lambs, store lambs prices improved compared with the previous sale. Mr Brazendale said across the yarding, store lamb prices were up by $10-$15 head. ''Overall we were very pleased with the sale,'' Mr Brazendale said. ''Following the last sale, which was a pretty restrictive market, we were anticipating things could be a bit the same, but because of the larger numbers we were able to attract interest from the mainland, which really helped to underpin the market.'' Buyers from the state's north and northwest as well as two major Victorian buyers were active during the sale. The top-priced ewe lambs at the sale brought $170 a head, paid for a line of border merino ewes from Rosehill Pastoral. A line of border merino ewe lambs from St Peters Pass made $155 a head, while PS Burbury and Son's east friesian corriedale ewe lambs made $140 a head. Mr Brazendale said most ewe lambs at the sale sold from $110 to $125 a head. ''We were a little disappointed with the ewe lamb market, but last year's ewe lamb market was exceptional,'' he said. ''There just wasn't quite as much interest in ewe lambs as we were expecting and overall I think prices were probably down by about $20 a head.'' In the store lamb section, it was a line of lambs from Jones River Co that made the sale's top price of $98 a head. Brookdale partners sold lambs for $92 a head, while not far behind was a line of lambs from Torhill Pastoral, which sold for $91 a head. GJ & SJ Scott sold lambs for $90. Mr Brazendale said store lambs at the sale made on average of $75-$85 a head. ''It does show confidence in the fat lamb market and producers buying store lambs now are obviously anticipating that things will improve and hopefully it will,'' he said. Mr Brazendale said 3000-4000 lambs went to mainland purchasers. The next major sheep sale at Oatlands will be a merino and crossbred ewe sale on Thursday, March 1. Smaller cattle yarding at Kilafaddy saleyard RICHARD BAILEY THERE was a much smal- ler total yarding of 115 trade and export cattle (90 less) at Killafaddy on Tuesday. The competition for top quality vealers was very strong with most making 220c to 237c/kg and the rest 206c to 215c/kg. The trade paid 172c to 187c/kg for yearling heifers while restockers bought most of the year- ling steers for 193c to 205c/kg or $770 to $866/head. There were 35 grown steers and bullocks and all met a similar market with the steers making 175c to 187c/kg and heavy bull- ocks (over 600 kg) 172c to 185c/kg liveweight. There were only 19 cows and heavy pens made 125c to 148c/kg (av. 138c/kg). There was an extremely small penning of prime lambs with very few heavy pens and no extra heavy lambs (over 24 kg). All prices were similar to slightly better than last week with heavy lambs making $110 to $117, trade $100 to $109 and light trade $80 to $90/head. There was also a selection of very light lambs that suited the Middle East market and these made $55 to $65/head. Classing course closure a blow to wool industry KAROLIN MacGREGOR THE closure of Tasmania's only wool-classing course is a major blow to the state's wool industry. State Government budgetary cuts are be- lieved to be behind the course closure, which means young people want- ing to enter the industry may be forced to travel interstate for training. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association wool council chairman Rod Thirkell-Johnston said wool classers played a vital role in the state's wool industry and it was essen- tial that training for up- and-coming wool classers was available. ''I knew numbers were getting low, but having access to this type of train- ing is absolutely essential,'' he said. ''A lot of the wool class- ers aren't getting any younger and we need new people coming into the industry.'' Mr Thirkell-Johnston said it was an issue the TFGA wool council could not ignore. ''We'll have to take this on and hopefully if the course can't be run here there will be some other arrangements that can be made where young people can travel to the mainland and complete the course over there with the help of Government funding.'' 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