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TAS Country : April 19th 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012 Tasmanian Country 13 The Stock Report Correction hits lamb markets market TALK Richard Bailey ' A little of the price drop could be attributed to a falling skin market, with many skins falling $2 to $3 over the past three weeks ' AFTER two short working weeks, supplies of both lambs and cattle seem to have come to an over supply situation and this has been reflected in prices. The lamb markets have seen the biggest losses, with prices in both Vic- toria and Tasmania slip- ping to levels not wit- nessed for a couple of years. At Bendigo, Ballarat and Hamilton most prime lambs were quoted $8 to $15/head cheaper and it was a similar story in Tasmanian yards with the heaviest lambs at Quoiba making $108 to $120 and trade lambs $95 to $120/head. By the time we got to Killafaddy on Tuesday there was an even greater correction with heavy lambs making $90 to $108 and trade lambs $78 to $96/head with restockers putting a floor in the mar- ket and buying trade lambs for $77 to $88/head. A little of the price drop could be attributed to a falling skin market, with many skins falling $2 to $3 over the past three weeks and in the case of coarse skins, it has been even worse. The good news comes from the MLA which re- ported that Australian lamb production during February rose 23 per cent year-on-year on the back of higher slaughter levels ac- ross the Eastern states. This was the highest February total on record, with all-time highs in New South Wales and South Australia. Victorian slaughter, in particular, was higher than last year, up 34 per cent during February to 700,934 head. Dry conditions across much of the west of the state influenced turnoff ra- tes, with a slight decline in average carcass weights resulting in production in- creasing 33 per cent. New South Wales on the other hand, processed sig- nificantly heavier lambs, with predominantly good growing conditions result- ing in delayed turn-off for many producers. The NSW slaughter rate jumped 24 per cent to 395,975 while production lifted 34 per cent. In Tasmania during that period we killed 39,420 lambs compared with 29,389 lambs for the same period last year. EXPORT cattle prices took a bit of a dive during the week with heavy bullocks at Killafaddy making 168c to 175c/kg and grown steers (500-600kg) 169c to 185c/kg. It was a similar story at Quoiba on Wednesday. At Pakenham on Monday heavy bullocks sold for 170c to 202c/kg, averaging 188c/kg, liv- eweight. While at the same market on Tuesday there were 320 cows and these met an easier market with most 3c to 6c/kg cheaper. The best beef cows made 140c to 160c/kg and me- dium weights 130c to 142c/kg, liveweight. Local- ly our best beef cows at Killafaddy made 125c to 141c/kg (average 137.4c/kg) which was about 13c/kg cheaper than recent weeks. There is another short week next week and it will be interesting to see over the next month how prices perform, particularly if our dollar creeps lower. Quoiba cattle prices ease A HEAVY yarding of 352 cattle at Quoiba on Wednesday saw all weights and grades sell to an easier trend. Thirty Jap Bullocks were on offer and these made from 164c/kg to a top of 184c/kg. A handful of top quality vealers still sold to a reasonable demand in the trade section with heifer calves topping at 226c/kg, while corresponding steer vealers realised 225c/kg. Most yearlings made from 160c/kg to 180c/kg. A total of 60 cows and processing cattle were pen- ned. MSA eligible cows sold to better rates, while all other types met easier quotes. Restockers were also active buying suitable types. Beef cows topped at 147c/kg. Feature sales: Bullocks: MC Von Stig- leit, 184c/kg-$1041; JK Brown, 179c/kg-$1005; MJ & BJ Stevenson, 175c/kg- $1035. HEAVY TRADE STEERS: LR Stones, 197c/kg-$1040; CM & AE Jordan, 196c/kg-$932; D Hardwicke, 196c/kg-$1007. TRADE STEERS: CJ Murfett, 200c/kg-$820; DS & VJ Gossage, 199c/kg-$903; RT & JM Tuson, 198c/kg- $902. STEER VEALERS: RW Deverell, 218c/kg-$946; J & S Cameron, 225c/kg-$814; JK Brown, 210c/kg-$823. HEAVY HEIFERS: DH & JF Rockliff Ltd, 200c/kg- $936; LR Stones, 185c/kg- $913; Hamilton Holdings, 183c/kg-$915. TRADE HEIFERS: DH & JF Rockliff, 200c/kg-$916; CJ Murfett, 193c/kg-$841; JK Brown, 192c/kg-$875. HEIFER VEALERS: J&S Cameron, 226c/kg-$791; DH & JF Rockliff, 217c/kg-$828; MB & KL Frankcombe, 215c/kg-$817. COWS: WS & AJ Gaffney, 147c/kg-$999; MJ & JM Gaffney, 146c/kg-$881; BL Hayes, 130c/kg-$806. BULLS: S & L Catlin, 140c/kg-$935; RD & WL Padman, 120c/kg-$1075. www.elders.com.au Phone: 6398 8502 For addi onal Informa on and photos please visit www.elders.com.au go to rural services enter Sale Id: S I L F LL S L Tuesday 24th April at 11 am ffering: 16 Selected ereford ulls Catalogues available ale d 199065 Crighton Horton 0408 834 652 Principal Gary Clarke 6435 7686 330 ngus Females Auc ons Plus Eastern tates Friday 4th May ale D 199081 A/c Vivian & on Pty td, ing sland En Crighton Horton 0408 834 652 W M Y YS Monday 7th May, 11.30am at oodbourn, 390 aundridge Rd, Cressy Offering 35 elected Bulls and 35 Females Photos & Catalogues ale d 198792 Anthony co 0418 581 785 Principal Charles allace 0409 397 628 P W C LF & W S L hursday 10th May Offering eaners, Yearlings & Cows Entries nvited -- Contact Your Elders Agent F C MI S G T may apply, all prices uoted are G T Exclusive 180 3, 4 & 5yr Merino Ewes, Aug horn $95 Michael raham 0409 506 121 ---------------------------------------- 12 1½yr hite uffolk Rams, purebred $600 4 3yr Angus bulls $1500 Shaun owe 0427 404 898 ---------------------------------------- 105 composite ewes 1½yr ewes, Jan shorn 100 composite ewes 2½ & 3½yr ewes Oct shorn All joined to Poll Dorset and outhdown rams to lamb May June, scanned at 130% ABC points 2 $160 reg arris 0409 799 960 ---------------------------------------- 16 6-9yr Angus & Angus Friesian (second x) cows, imousin calves at oot (Feb-Mar drop) $1300 70 1yr Merino Ewes, Dunedin bloodlines, horn Nov 100 1yr Merino Ewes, trathroy bloodlines, horn Dec avid albot 0409 899 950 Stephen Caswell 0457 746 379 reg arris 0409 799 960 C L & S P S S L 2042579-120420 F S L F M M C I Y & S I S Thursday 17th May at 11.30am A/c B harman, 140 ergers Rd, Penguin pproved utside ntries Invited Contact Phillip Harrison 0408 269 313 Alan Perry 0419 560 628 CL I S L S 70 5 day old Friesian bull calves Wayne Mansfield 0408 132 426 Crighton orton 0408 834 652 LI S CK W uesday 24th pril, 2012 L KILL F Y L S SP CI L S C L S L lready dvised 150 Calves Offering ncludes 6 Angus cross calves 20 Friesian steer calves 10 Angus Here ord x steers 10 Here ord Angus x calves 12 Murray Grey calves 30 Yearling Angus m.s 20 yearling Angus steers 10 yearling Angus Friesian x steers 25 yearling off Angus Here ord x steers 20 1½yr Here ord steers L S SP CI L S S P S L lready dvised: 1000 Store Lambs Offering ncludes Leedway 70 Border eicester Merino lambs Inglewood 250 uffolk x lambs 200 Border x wether lambs wamley 100 outhdown x lambs Colebrook 100 Border wether lambs 100 Border x ewe lambs Pamerdale 40 Border x wether lambs Whiteford 30 Hampshire x lambs ridgenorth 40 xbred store lambs Further ntries Invited Contact Your lders gent
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