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TAS Country : April 12th 2012
Beef industry in prime condition Khan Horne THE performance of Australia's beef industry remains strong, despite challenging conditions. In the March Rural Commodities Wrap, National Australia Bank agri- business general manager Khan Horne said the industry remained solid and stable, with beef producers showing remarkable resilience to changing market conditions. ''We're bullish about the Aust- ralian beef industry and, despite recent easing, expect to see prices remain high relative to historic levels, with favourable seasonal con- ditions,'' Mr Horne said. ''With conditions allowing for the expan- sion of the Australian cattle herd and with beef production expected to rise in the short term, we'll see ongoing strength but are unlikely to see the double-digit price growth we've seen the past two years. ''What we do expect to see are opportunities arising in existing and new export markets from a tight global beef market.'' In 2011, Australian beef exports grew 2.9 per cent and this has increased by 6.1 per cent this year, against the same period last year. ''The outlook is strong, being driven by a solid demand for Aust- ralian beef from Korea, the Middle East and Taiwan,'' Mr Horne said. ''We're also seeing the Russian market further open up and a huge increase in exports to the US. ''The rise in US exports is a particularly good story, with demand jumping 78.8 per cent on this time last year. This has been largely driven by the impact of a declining US cattle herd. ''While the strong Australian dol- lar, global economic slowdown and disruptions to live cattle exports have provided challenging con- ditions, producers are showing a high level of adaptability, which provides a fairly solid buffer. ''The industry is in good shape. Beef is still king.'' It's all go for Angus Week KAROLIN MacGREGOR 'The genetics in most of the studs are also improving every year and you can really see that now' ---TIM WOODHAM TASMANIAN breeders are gearing up for the annual Angus Week bulls sales which are expected to attract strong mainland buyer interest. The four days of sales kick off on Sunday and will see about 340 Angus bulls and more than 500 females go under the hammer. Roberts stud stock manager Tim Woodham said with a strong market for calves so far this season, he was expecting good demand for bulls. ''Most blokes are pretty happy with how the calf sales have been going,'' he said. ''Prices aren't quite as high as last year, but it's still a very solid market, so I think there's still a fair bit of confidence about.'' Bulls and females from more than nine Angus studs across the state will be up for grabs during the four days of sales. Mr Woodham said with many commercial breeders in the process of expanding their herds, there was de- mand for bulls. ''There have been a lot of heifers kept last year and the year before and they're ready to be joined now,'' he said. Mr Woodham said that after a good season in most districts, this year's offering of bulls looked great. ''The bulls have come on really well and you can see they've benefited from the favourable season,'' he said. ''The genetics in most of the studs are also improving every year and you can really see that now.'' Mr Woodham said that as well as good demand from local breeders and the Bass Strait islands, there had also been significant interest from main- land producers and livestock agents. ''When you look at the mainland sales where they're averaging $7000-$8000, the Tasmanian bulls are pretty well priced,'' he said. ''The Tassie bulls have a good reputation for being quality bulls and if they can come down here and buy a good bull for $1000 cheaper than the mainland, then that's a pretty good option.'' Mr Woodham said he had been getting significantly more interest from potential mainland buyers this year. ''You always expect to get phone calls from certain buyers or agents each year, but I think judging from the amount of phone calls I'm getting from people I don't know, it's probable we could see more bulls go over the water this year,'' he said. ''Angus Week works really well because someone can get on a plane on Monday morning and be here until Wednesday and see a lot of bulls over those three days, and some of them even have a holiday while they're here.'' On Sunday the Angus Australia national annual general meeting is also being held in Launceston at 5.30pm. Angus Week will be officially laun- ched at a cocktail party on Sunday evening after the AGM, which has also created added interest in the sales The Angus Week sales will kick off on Monday at the Hughes family's Cluden Newry Stud, before moving on to the Archer family's Landfall stud in the afternoon. On Tuesday the sale action starts at Charles and Janet Wallace's Woodbourn Stud, before moving on to the Chale Angus Stud and then Ro- sedale Angus later in the afternoon. On Wednesday the bulls from the Ironstone Creek, Tamaroo, Mont Bello and Entally Angus studs will be on offer. At noon at the Roberts Powranna sale yards, the annual commercial female sale will also get under way. On Sunday the Richmond Hill Angus Stud will hold an open day, which also marks the start of their helmsmen auction, which runs from 10am on Sunday until 8.30am on Tuesday. The stud will offer 20 bulls and 26 females. Ute picture muster RURAL Youth is rounding up pictures of the classic Tasmanian ute for Agfest. As part of the Rural Youth Feature, the organis- ation is collecting photos for the Great Tasmanian Photo Ute Muster. Prizes are on offer in the categories of Judges' Choice and People's Favourite. To enter, send a standard- sized photograph of your ute with your name, ad- dress and contact number on the back to: Great Tas- sie Ute Competition, C/- Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania, PO Box 322, Launceston, 7250. For more details, phone Rural Youth Feature Tent Co-ordinator Dale Hayers on 0438 185 185. Friday, April 13, 2012 Tasmanian Country 5 TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania Tasmanian Alkaloids are expanding our growing area this season. 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