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TAS Country : April 19th 2012
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 20, 2012 News Bothwell weaner sale Mountain-bred calves drawcard for buyers ROGER HANSON SALE DAY: The Downham clan, Sarah, James, Tanya holding baby Ryan and Greg. Pictures: ROGER HANSON REALISTIC prices returned to the quality yarding on offer at the annual weaner sale at Bothwell. There were 4570 calves, with almost all being Angus, Hereford or Black Baldies, sold at the Roberts Ltd weaner sale. Quality lines of mountain-bred calves are the main drawcard and this year was no exception. Most of the cattle have been bred in the Highlands where the season has been good and this was reflected in the quality. A big turnout of buyers were willing to compete. Most of the buyers came from the central and far North West with others attending from all parts of the state, which is great news for the local abattoirs. Only 10 per cent of the yarding was secured by Victorian or New South Wales buyers. John Denholm, Roberts Ltd southern livestock manager, said the prices were solid right through. ''We didn't have the extremes of last year, buyers were more wary, and there was limited competition from the mainland,'' Mr Denholm said. As was expected the market opened slightly cheaper for the heavyweights while the medium weights met strong competition. ''It was good crowd, and buyers were comfortable in the middle prices. We had heaps of bidders in the $600 to $650 range.'' The Angus steer heavyweights, from Holme Park Properties' Hermitage Bothwell, topped at $950. Average was $836/head or about 203c/kg liveweight. Hermitage, which is owned by Vic- torian John Rose, is managed by Rob Casey and his partner Cathy Bitten. They offered 250 steers and heifers for sale. Mr Casey said their top-selling pen was bought by northern buyer Jim Tubb, who has bought steers from Hermitage for the past four years. ''It is all about the bloodline, how the cattle age and feed,'' Mr Casey said. ''The growth rate with these cattle is big and they can withstand tough conditions.'' Mr Casey, who has recently re- covered from a nasty motorbike acci- dent, also manages the properties Penstock and Little Den. ''We can't have it good all the time, but it was good to see the Downhams get good prices. They are lovely people who are good farmers.'' Most of the heavyweights were Here- ford steers averaging $793 or an esti- mated 208c/kg liveweight after making to $910 a head. Saler Poll Hereford-cross steers from Greg and Tanya Downham's Sunbury property at Bushy Park featured in the first three pens and went for $910 in pen one. The second pen sold well at $905 and pen three at $865. Heifers sold at $670. ''We are happy with the prices, they are realistic prices this year,'' Greg Downham said. ''It's been a handy year with good weather right through. We are feeling positive about the next 12 months.'' The Downham's sons 29-year-old James and Phillip, 27, lease Glenvale property near Ellendale in the upper Derwent Valley from their father. The brothers have split Glenvale into two properties where James farms 80 per cent Saler Poll Hereford-cross and 20 percent sheep, while his brother's ratios are reversed. ''My brother and I have travelled and worked on the mainland for a few years and now we are building our future on the farm,'' James said. He and wife Sarah now have 11-week-old son Ryan. ''Being on the farm is great, and I can't think of better place to raise Ryan,'' Sarah said. Waterloo Pastoral at Geeveston sold its Charolais Angus steers for $920 with the Charolais Angus heifers at $800. The heifer sale was patchy with EASY DOES IT AIT FA H HFI 57 1157/TC TC FAIT FAI A HFI F I I115 7 157/TC TC g d g d d F . g, g g d , F g g g . www.fiskars.com
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