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TAS Country : May 24th 2012
18 Tasmanian Country Friday, May 25, 2012 The Stock Report Crossbreeding can boost productivity FIONA MYERS BOOST: Crossing Angus and Charolais genetics has proven successful CATTLE breeders could achieve a $60-$80-a-hectare advantage by using Charo- lais over Angus herds, ac- cording to recent research. Trials carried out by the Mackinnon Project's John Webb Ware have shown boosted returns from the Charolais-Angus cross. Speaking at the Wel- come Swallow Angus field day near Benalla in Vic- toria last week, Mr Webb Ware said the first results of the trials had shown a 50kg weight advantage for Charolais-Angus steers over pure Angus. But with more results available after following cattle performance for longer, that advantage has risen to 53kg. That means the cross- bred steer calves are 18 per cent heavier and the heifers 11 per cent heavier than comparable pure An- gus. ''If you are selling the progeny off at a certain weight, we found the purebred progeny stayed on the farm for longer,'' he said. Mr Webb Ware said crossbred cattle would of- fer the ability to turn off cattle quicker. ''The likely advantage of the crossbreds over the purebreds is about 70kg,'' he said. ''And what we found was there was no price penalty for steers or heifers in meeting market specifi- cations --- we found you could sell heifers at a steer- equivalent price.'' While Mr Webb Ware said there were definite advantages in introducing Charolais into an Angus herd, producers should not join more than 30 per cent of their females to the out sire. Cudgewa producer Ross Jarvis has used Charolais over Angus, but had not been rewarded for the crossbred cattle in the past. But at Wodonga's store sale last week, the best price he achieved for his offering of Angus and Charolais-Angus steer calves was for the cross- breds. A pen of 285kg Charolais-Angus steers sold for $685 or 240c/kg. ''I was after the hybrid vigour when I put the Charolais in the Angus herd, and we've been doing it for five years but haven't really been rewarded for it until now,'' he said. Weekly Times Dollar dip the week's highlight market TALK Richard Bailey LOOKING for positives was a little more difficult this week, but here goes! The level of the Aust- ralian dollar is now sitting just below parity, which is a drop of nearly 10 per cent over the past month and is sure to have an impact on industries that rely on ex- porting their products. Obviously, farming falls into this category and one would hope that some of the benefits will be passed on to the producers, but it will definitely make it easier to access overseas markets. The US market has been a bit subdued, particularly for lamb. The amount of lamb being sold into the United States market has fallen significantly over the past six months. Cow beef that is ex- ported to the US has also been a bit slow but still sits at pretty good levels. In the saleyards we have seen a bit of a reduction in price but most cows are still making over 125c/kg with the best in Victoria getting up to 145c/kg. Locally, there are still some good numbers of cows coming to the market or being sold direct to the works, but I suspect the numbers will slow quickly. The value of Australian lamb exports jumped 5 per cent year-on-year during the first quarter of the year to $249.3 million. Export returns from the largest market, the US, fell 13 per cent to $75.3 million and this equated to a 30 per cent share of the total value for the quarter. The Middle East con- tinued its steady growth, with lamb exports to the region valued at $53.5 mil- lion, an increase of 26 per cent year-on-year. Exports to Greater China also increased, jumping 8 per cent to $28.4 million, which is about 11 per cent of the total export value. On the beef side, Australia's exports during the first quarter of 2012 were valued at $991 mil- lion, which is a decline of 2 per cent year-on-year. Underpinning the over- all decline in export values was a fall to Japan, with sluggish demand pushing returns for the first three months 20 per cent lower to $300 million. It was a similar story with Korea which declined 40 per cent to $126 million. On another front, Aust- ralian retail sales of fresh meat were headed by beef in the four-week period ending April 14, according to Nielsen Australia Homescan data. Over this period, beef accounted for 35.5 per cent of retail sales value, ahead of chicken (26 per cent), lamb (13 per cent), seafood (12.2 per cent) and pork (9.6 per cent). Retail beef sales were led by Woolworths/Safeway, with 33.6 per cent of the market value ahead of speciality stores/butchers (25.4 per cent) and the Coles Group (23.2 per cent) while other supermarkets accounted for the remain- ing 17.9 per cent. It was a similar split for lambs sales with Woolwor- ths/Safeway (31.8 per cent) leading Coles Group (27.4 per cent) and specialty stores/butchers (26.1 per cent). NZ milk price reduced FONTERRA New Zealand has reduced its farmgate price payout forecast for this season in response to softening dairy prices around the world. It reduced its payout by 23c to $4.68 a kilogram of milk solids. 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