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TAS Country : April 12th 2012
28 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 13, 2012 The Stock Report Vealers top the day at Quoiba A LIGHT yarding of only 167 cattle were offered at Quoiba on Wednesday. Twenty Jap bullocks sold mainly to exporters and realised from 170c/kg to 185c/kg. Because of the light numbers in the trade sec- tion top quality lines sold to a dearer quotes while other classes met fully firm rates. Top price of the day for heifer vealers was 236c/kg, while steer calves made 230c/kg. The 59 cows and process- ing cattle offered com- prised mainly of dairy lines, with prices slightly easier on previous mar- kets. Beef cows made to 137c/kg, best dairy cows 135c/kg. Feature sales: BULLOCKS: JB Chilcott, 185c/kg-$1184; AW Wessel- sen, 185c/kg-$1161; Warrin- ga Pastoral, 185c/kg-$1054. HEAVY TRADE STEERS: CM & AE Jordan, 209c/kg-$1049; JB Chilcott, 202c/kg-$1066; MPFC, 202c/kg-$1086. TRADE STEERS: DC & CS Clifford, 220c/kg-$906; MD Smallbon, 217c/kg- $885; JB Chilcott, 209c/kg- $973. STEER VEALERS: QC & PRA Davies, 230c/kg-$993; MJ & MH Duff, 228c/kg- $880. HEAVY HEIFERS: PJ & SL Fisher, 205c/kg-$979; THB Holdings, 200c/kg- $1053; RM & KS Vizer, 191c/kg-$1123. TRADE HEIFERS: THB Holdings, 221c/kg-$963; CW Miles, 221c/kg-$826; BM & CS Doonan, 219c/kg-$867. HEIFER VEALERS: PJ & SL Fisher, 236c/kg-$906; MJ & MH Duff, 230c/kg- $832. COWS: DC & CS Clifford, 137c/kg-$854; SAOT, 135c/kg-$882; Cinnack Ltd, 135c/kg-$742. BULLS: GJ & JL Turner, 120c/kg-$1000. 2019914-120413 Innovative, crop funding solution from Roberts and TAP Tasmanian cereal and oilseed producers now have an innovative plant now, pay later option which enables them to buy cropping inputs immediately but not pay until grain income is received. The plan, created by Roberts Limited in conjunction with Tasmanian Agricultural Producers (TAP), offers producers terms up to 310 days at competitive overdraft interest rates --- without annual fees. Automatic renewal is available for the subsequent season if finance is cleared within terms. Allan Barr, General Manager of Roberts Tasmanian operations, says "The primary aim for all parties is to manage and produce a profitable crop by using Roberts to supply inputs, finance and agronomic experience. "This means that at harvest time, TAP can market, store and sell the finished product on the producer s behalf, relieving the stress associated with securing funds to establish planting and manage the crop throughout the year." David Skipper, TAP General Manager said "We have listened carefully to our grower / suppliers and because of our company s charter, have been determined to find a way forward for our suppliers to plant their crops now and pay for it later, This is great news for our loyal suppliers and great for Roberts who are able to supply the finance, crop inputs and agronomic advice and great for TAP to handle the end product and sell into the Tasmanian domestic market". The new Roberts/TAP plan encompasses as a seasonal finance facility that funds the producer s input purchases through Roberts Rural Supplies. This is supported by a professional agronomic service designed to ensure the crop reaches its maximum yield potential. The payment required to clear the balance of the account is automatically deducted from the cropping proceeds. Allan Barr also says "Roberts now operates as a finance broker with access to over 10 of Australia s primary agricultural lenders. "This enables us to maintain its strong focus on collaborative and quality client service, providing the most competitive and flexible products to meet specific needs. "With access to term lending, asset finance, lines of credit and seasonal products, Roberts finance specialists can help identifying the most suitable products for farmers now and in the future". "Whilst recent droughts and the tighter credit environment have presented challenges for farming enterprises needing to extend or restructure loans, the Roberts team has proven that the panel provides clients with greater flexibility in financing options and, in many cases, significant savings." Further information: Allan Barr 0418 125 807 002162-prop Sunday 15th April, 5.30pm Clarion Hotel, 22 Tamar St, Launceston followed by the Tas Angus Week Cocktail Party Sunday 15th April, .30pm Cost 10 head Clarion Hotel, 22 Tamar St, Launceston Meet local Angus Breeders and Angus Australia Chairman and Board Please S P to Sarah Cole y ednesday 11th April. Phone 0 0 051 0 or email colels igpond.com ational Annual eneral eeting The Launch of Angus Week 2012 The Angus Australia Tasmanian Committee invites you to 2027275-120413 Nigel Pedley 0428 568 472 50 cross-bred calves. Ranging from 5 - 10 months. POA 50 Fresian cross bred cows, calving May $1600+ gst Qty of spring calving cross bred heifers 40 Friesian cows, calving 25th August $1700 + gst Qty of Friesian bulls $1200 - 1500 + gst Thursday April 26 Account VG Spencer & Son 200 White Suffolk Merino 2- tooth ewes mated to White Suffolk Ram 150 Composite 2-tooth ewes mated to White Suffolk Ram Russell Cowan 0418 346 339 Nigel Pedley 0428 568 472 10 friesian cows, calving now un l end of April 50 young spring calving cows Friesian calves for Landmark Global Exports Kent Tyson on annual leave un l 16th April, please direct all enquiries for dairy ca le during this period to Nigel on 0428 568 472. DAIRY LIVESTOCK FOR SALE DAIRY LIVESTOCK WANTED TO BUY Landmark Smithton 6452 1034 1-3 Rubicon Street Smithton landmark.com.au Help starts at home CHEWS theFAT David Byard PAINFUL CUTS: Boxed beef imports are being trimmed by Indonesia. THE price of Australian beef has always been volatile, due to many factors, but the fact is the whole beef industry relies heavily on our export beef. This is affected by issues out of our control, such as the strength of the Australian dollar and different government policies. In 2009 Australia exported 745,000 head of cattle to Indonesia. However, after the disaster of the Four Corners report, which showed unspeakable cruelty, the Indonesians are talking about taking only 283,000 head a year -- a huge reduction. It would be foolish to think that the policy shift of the Indonesian Government will not affect the whole Australian beef industry. It will. Indonesians have aspirations to increase their meat consumption from 2kg to 20kg per person a year. With the country's huge and growing population, this could mean a massive increase in the meat trade. The Indonesian economy is growing at 6.5 per cent per year, and within the next 15 years it will be the size of Australia's. If the wealth of the average Indonesian increases at the present rate, it will be a fantastic marketplace for Australian products. However, at the moment the Indonesians are pushing ahead to cut live and boxed meat imports. As the same time as this move is drastically cutting Australia's beef exports, the two Labor ministers responsible for agriculture and trade, Joe Ludwig and Craig Emerson, have been in talks in Indonesia. It seems the ministers are having no luck and Indonesia is adamant that they will keep on cutting beef import quotas. It would seem that while these discussions are occurring, Australia has agreed to help in getting the Indonesian beef industry up and running with a $20 million package to help the country's cattle farmers. Senator Ludwig, in announcing the package, said it will help Indonesia's most vulnerable, the rural poor. Helping those with new and emerging industries, or who are in developing parts of the world, is a good thing to do. However, what interests me is what sort of strategy Senator Ludwig has in mind if the price of beef drops dramatically for Northern Australian cattle. What will he do when these cattle head south? What is he going to do when we have a price crash -- or has the Australian Government, through its agencies, found new markets? We need to remember we will have 460,000 extra cattle on the local scene and it may be very difficult to find markets for their meat for a reasonable return. It must be remembered that when the Indonesian crisis first struck, the Australian Government, through Senator Ludwig, offered producers a pittance, and some of those producers probably will never recover. The supermarkets and other retailers are most likely rubbing their hands with glee, and they may have good reason to smile seeing the wholesale price of cattle may fall, but you can guarantee the retail price will continue to rise. Wholesale meat prices will fall not only because of the problems in Indonesia. The Australian dollar has had and will continue to have a significant impact, and we are rapidly losing our share of the lucrative Japanese and Korean markets. It seems the US is taking over markets we have been supplying for some time, increasing its sales to Korea by 34 per cent and Japan by 33 per cent in the last year. You would think things could not get much worse, but on top of this the US has just signed a free trade agreement with Korea, which has a 40 per cent import tariff that will be reduced by 2.5 per cent every year. Remember also that Indonesia has also slashed its boxed beef imports. It is clear that our traditional meat markets in Asia have been significantly affected. I have no doubt that the price of beef will indeed rise over time as people change their diets and can afford more expensive protein, of which beef is a prime example. However, I have always been of the opinion that charity starts at home and there should be a strong mood among voters to protect the Australian beef industry. Many people may ask why. Recently we have seen Holden get a $275 million leg-up from the Federal Government, because it is a large employer and the Government argues we need manufacturing industries as part of the mix in our economy. Maybe that is true; I will leave it to others to argue the point. But people forget how big the beef industry is -- it employs more than 173,000 people, directly or indirectly. Sadly, at times it is hard to get agriculture to appear prominently on the radar of government. Farmers make up only around 5 per cent of the population, and at times we feel expendable. And yet farmers look after 70 per cent of the land, they help feed and clothe the population, and the beef industry employs a huge number of people. To me that is significant. Surely the time has come for a major rethink of the way cattle producers represent themselves politically to ensure that they get a fair deal. Perhaps we should be talking to motor car companies and look at poaching some of their wheelers and dealers who seem to be so successful. David Byard is chief executive officer for the Australian Beef Association.
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