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TAS Country : February 23rd 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012 Tasmanian Country 21 The Stock Report Lamb market even THERE was a yarding of 130 cattle, 1554 sheep and lambs, five pigs and 19 calves at this week's Bridg- ewater market. Jap ox sold from 166c for extra heavy steers,176c for lighter steers. Trade cattle sold from 178c to 210c most 190c, light steer calves from 205c to 222c. Heavy friesian steers sold from 150c to 172c.Cows sold from 103c to a top of 143c to show an improve- ment of 10c a kilo on last sale. There were only 400 lambs yarded and the mar- ket stayed on an even keel with last week. Top price was $121 with most $100 to $110. Medium lambs $85 to $95 and light lambs $50 to $70. Two tooths sold from $40 to $82 and light $1 to $30. There were 950 mutton yarded and these sold to an easier tendancy from the outset. Most sheep $8 to $12 per head easier than last sale. Best mutton $70 most sheep $40 to $55 light sheep $2 to $25. Porkers sold from $170 to $180 and week-old friesian calves $10 to $62 most $40. Argentinian rebuild helps Oz exports market TALK Richard Bailey REBUILDING: An Argentinian worker shifts a side of beef. A COUPLE of interesting over- seas beef stories to start with this week. Prices for imported Australian frozen 90CL beef trimmings in the US last week increased a further 3c to 208c/lb, the highest level on record. Supporting the imported beef market was the 2c increase in domestic 90CL beef to 212.5c/lb, as the ongoing tight US cow meat supplies have also resulted in record high cattle prices. The cattle futures market this week also increased to an all- time high. MLA report that the US dom- estic beef prices over the next few months will depend on what will happen with US domestic cow slaughter in spring and the over- all trend in fed cattle prices. Due to the current record high calf prices and the dry weather conditions beef cow slaughter in the south is expected to be well below year ago levels. Obviously this is good news for producers selling cows over the next few months as they wean calves for the autumn sales. A lower Australian dollar would also help, but I wouldn't hold tour breath on that one. The Argentinean cattle slaughter for 2011 totalled 10.8 mil- lion cattle, falling 8.7 per cent year-on-year and 32.5 per cent from the 2009 figure. According to the Argentinean Beef Chamber, producers have been encouraged to rebuild herd num- bers decimated by drought conditions in the last few years. Highlighting the intention of producers to rebuild herd num- bers was a noticeable decline in female slaughter, which ac- counted for 39 per cent of the total slaughter, with anything under 43.5 per cent constituting a rebuilding phase. Not only has the drought re- stricted beef production, but government price controls has forced some producers to move away from beef production towards cropping. The fall in production has coincided with a drop in export rankings, with Argentina falling from number four in 2009, to just inside the top 10 for 2011. This is also good for Aust- ralian exporters and in turn producers, as one of the big world beef exporters is shipping less. Trailer gives cows a leg-up to better health HELPING HAND: Veterinarian Khyle Stewart trims a cow's hoofs in the hydraulic lameness trailer at a property in Legerwood. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR KAROLIN MacGREGOR TREATING lame cows has become a whole lot easier at Scottsdale Vet- erinary Service, thanks to a new hydraulic lame- ness trailer. Imported from the US, the trailer is specifically designed to treat lame cows and is one of only two in the state. Business owner and veterinarian Khyle Stew- art said before the trailer arrived late last year, treating lame cows was always a difficult job. ''It normally means ty- ingonelegupatatimeto try and trim them and getting knocked about, so it wasn't much fun,'' he said. ''A lot of farmers don't have the facilities to get to all four legs, either, so that made things even more difficult.'' The new trailer has changed all that. The trailer can be placed at the end of a raceway or yard and the cows are walked into it, similar to a normal crush, and their heads secured. Once in place, two wide belts are lifted up under the cow's stomach and then the whole crush is tipped sideways so the cow is on its side. The legs are then re- strained with individual padded chains to prevent anyone being kicked. Smithton Veterinary Clinic has also bought one of the trailers. Mr Stewart said the trailers were commonly used in large dairy pro- duction systems in the US, where hoof trimming was needed regularly. Mr Stewart last week treated several cows at Steven Van Eldik's Leger- wood dairy farm. Mr Van Eldik said he was impressed with how the cows reacted to being trimmed in the trailer. ''It doesn't seem to worry them much at all,'' he said. ''Once they're finished you just let them out and off they go.'' Mr Stewart said white line disease was one of the most common hoof prob- lems in dairy cows. This is normally caused when a cow treads on a small stone which then wedges in the hoof's white line allowing dirt and oth- er debris to travel up underneath the hoof wall and often causing infec- tions or abscesses. ''It's the equivalent to slowly ripping your fingernail off, so it can be quite painful for the cows if it's not treated,'' he said. ''Really the only way to treat it properly is to trim the hoof.'' Mr Stewart said most hoof problems occurred in winter and spring because of the wetter conditions. Scottsdale Veterinary Service has four veterin- arians, with about half of the practice's work in- volving dairy cows. But since the trailer arrived, Mr Stewart said they had been getting more calls from farmers about lame cows, because they were now much simpler to treat. ''It just makes things a lot easier for us and less stressful for the cows,'' Mr Stewart said. ''We can do all four feet in the same time it used to take us to do one before.'' Mr Stewart uses a specially designed grind- ing disc to trim the hoofs and hoof knives to cut out any problem areas. He said lameness, es- pecially in dairy cows, was a costly problem which could lead to a major drop in production. It can also cause prob- lems such as not getting in calf, which could result in cows being culled from the herd. ''If you've got a lame cow, the earlier you can get on to it the better,'' Mr Stewart said. ''These infections can become quite acute if they're left too long and it sometimes can mean the cow loses the whole toe.'' More cattle in feedlots LOWER grain prices pu- shed feedlot numbers up 11 per cent in the three months to December 31. The number of cattle on feed increased in all states except South Australia. But lot feeders said higher numbers did not necess- arily mean they would ramp up buying, with the strength of the Australian dollar and high buy-in prices having an impact. Australian Lot Feeders Association vice-president Warren Barnett said trad- ing remained hard. Other reasons for the increase included the sourcing of finished cattle from feedlots as abattoirs resumed killing after the annual Christmas break- Some destined for live ex- port also went to feedlots. 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