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TAS Country : January 3rd 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013 Tasmanian Country 9 Stock Report Vicstock to expand network of agents BERNARD ATKINS: Expansion plans for Vicstock Global in Tasmania KAROLIN MacGREGOR FOUR new livestock agents will come on board with Vicstock in Tasmania as part of a business expansion. The company plans to employ an extra 12 agents, including four in Tas- mania and eight to cover New South Wales and Victoria. Vicstock Tasmanian manager Bernard Atkins said getting back to the basics of stock and station agent services, as well as an increase in demand was the main reason behind the expansion. The company, which in the past has specialised in dairy stock, was now ex- panding into beef cattle and stud stock. He said an increasing export network also meant they were now looking at a number of different over- seas markets including China, Pakistan and In- donesia. The new agents in Tas- mania will be based across the state. ''We really want to get back to the basics of being a stock and station agents,'' he said. ''At the moment we've got a lot happening and we're probably not covering Tasmania as well as we should be, so that's why we need the extra people. It's all about de- veloping those networks as well so we can use those connections for our cli- ents.'' Mr Atkins said they were looking to employ people who had experience in the livestock industry, but were also interested in talking to anyone who may want to start a career in livestock. A new company website has also recently been launched, which will include details and photos of stock for sale. Details: www.vicstock.com.au Plenty of kill space Prompt payment always at Greenham. 6452 2701 www.greenham.com.au RGM/GRT36039 The plant expansion program at Smithton is working exceptionally well and has greatly increased our processing capacity. December saw production records broken day after day. So, don t believe all you hear. We re starting the new year with plenty of kill space, enough to handle all the cattle Tasmania farmers can supply. Contact your local Greenham representative now for honest advice and the best price. Nick Strickland Central/NW 6433 3230 0417 335 843 Daryl Heazlewood Statewide 0419 131 458 Ian Millen Northern/NE 6344 8915 0408 133 685 Ron Crack King Island 0400 895 133 Cade Ebdon Circular Head 0409 437 950 Darryl Pearce Circular Head 0413 286 998 Wayne Oliver Statewide 6362 3682 0419 358 441 Graeme Pretty Livestock manager 0418 505 347 KILLAFADDY DRESSED WEIGHT PRICES This week Last week Last month Last year Yearlings 320 295 315 375 Bullocks 270 n/q 285 344 Cows n/q 191 233 299 Lambs 373 346 365 527 Prices are in c/kg dressed weight for fat score 3 livestock Heat brings on harvest KAROLIN MacGREGOR Push to keep up water READY: The hay near Longford is in and the poppies in the background will be next. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR IRRIGATORS across the state are working overtime as hot and dry conditions take their toll on the state's crops. Sweltering temperatures today and over the week- end are expected to bring some crops on early. Forth farmer Mike Badcock said it had been a busy period keeping water up to crops. ''It's been a fairly busy Christmas actually,'' Mr Badcock said. ''At the moment we have to get water on at least every three or four days.'' Mr Badcock said windy conditions had also con- tributed to cropping soils drying out. ''The sun isn't a problem --- it's the wind that has been causing problems,'' he said. ''We need a bit more sun actually.'' Hot weather forecast over the weekend could make some crops ready to harvest early. ''The pea harvest is in full swing at the moment, so it could make crops come on early, which could affect the harvesting schedule. ''It's a shame if that does happen, because there's nothing more frustrating than having a good crop and it not being able to be harvested.'' Mr Badcock said most farmers in the area were irrigating crops. ''I've got cabbages and cauliflowers which we're watering every few days and we're also watering carrots, which we're plant- ing now, so we get even germination. ''We're planting into hot dry soils so unless you can get on there and plant within a few hours of irrigating, it can be a prob- lem,'' he said. But for most poppy far- mers the hot and dry weather is beneficial. Tasmanian Alkaloids field operations manager Rick Rockliff said harvest- ing of dryland crops start- ed this week at White Hills and in the Fingal Valley. ''The dryland crops are looking OK, they didn't really get enough rain ear- lier in the season, but that last rain saved a lot of them,'' he said. Most crops were now past the irrigation stage and the hot dry weather was beneficial. ''I think it is because it helps cut out the risk of disease,'' he said. KILLAFADDY MARKET REPORT Weekly Cattle report for Killafaddy sale (02/01/13) Fat C\kg Live wgt price C\kg carcase wgt price $\head price Liveweight Muscle Min Max Av Pr Chng Min Max Av Min Max Av YEARLING STEERS 400+kg C3 150.0 176.0 160.0 N/Q 294 320 305 653 793 753 Y'RLING HEIFER 330-400 kg C3 165.0 186.0 173.5 19 313 338 325 597 725 661 BULLOCKS 500-600 kg C3 155.0 161.0 157.0 N/Q 277 288 280 896 921 904 600-750 kg C4 145.0 157.0 150.3 N/Q 254 286 269 933 1051 956 COWS 520+kg D3 125.0 125.0 125.0 N/Q 245 245 245 744 781 763 Weekly Sheep report for Killafaddy sale (02/01/13) Fat $ per head Carcase wgt price (c\kg) Skin price Dress weight score Range Ave Change Range Ave Change Range YOUNG LAMB S12-16 kg 2 54.00-55.00 54.80 N.C 317-336 326 14 8.00-9.00 18-20 kg 3 70.00-85.00 79.30 3.00 324-405 371 18 9.00-10.00 20-22 kg 3 81.00-89.00 86.00 3.00 349-371 373 17 9.00-11.00 22-24 kg 4 89.00-95.00 91.10 N.C 334-365 350 -4 10.00-12.00 24-26 kg 4 95.00-101.00 97.00 -1.00 332-364 343 -8 10.00-12.00
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