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TAS Country : January 10th 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013 Tasmanian Country 9 The Stock Report Elders Killafaddy TRADE: PW & SM John- stone, Hfr, 186c/kg-$725; RG & SL Smith, hfr, 181-$696;R&TCoker, str, 172c/kg-$640, hfr, 170c/kg- $654; R Townsend, hfr, 169c/kg-$739; J F Springer, hfr, 160c/kg-$672. GROWN: PW & SM John- stone, str, 168c/kg-$806; M Zegveld, hfr, 167c/kg-$868; Effingham Ltd, hfr, 166c/kg-$722; R Townsend, hfr, 153c/kg-$749. COWS: Effingham Ltd, 120c/kg-$738; JF Springer, 112c/kg-$644; Griffiths & Hammond, 90c/kg-$517. BULLS: JF Springer, 131c/kg-$543;R&RWil- liams, 125c/kg-$837; Effin- gham Ltd, 124c/kg-$1072. LAMBS: M Cassidy $116, A & C Badcock $80-$114, DV & A Colgrave $111, A McGuire $63-$106,D&M Swain, $84-$105, IL & SM French $99-$101, DC Hayes $72-$100, D Betts $95, ST & JE Colgrave $80, D Bassett $65. MUTTON: GA & DC Hawes $33-$37; I & J Flowers $36, D Bassett $15-$30; IJ & LS Murfett $15-$25. Help is at hand, thank you TFGA matters with Jan Davis BRAVE: Battling disaster. IT is difficult to know where to begin in reviewing the past week. ''Horrify- ing'' is the adjective that springs immediately to mind; but ''uplifting'' is equally appropriate. A disaster such as we have wit- nessed can happen so quickly. One moment you are celebrating Christ- mas and New Year, recharging your batteries, taking a more than usual interest in summer sports; the next moment you are in the middle of an inferno, fighting for your life and to save all that is precious to you. Everywhere you look, there are farmers --- and we're so proud of all of them. We've all seen the images of farmers in bushfire areas surrounded by burnt paddocks and woolsheds, worried about their farm animals; but grateful their families are safe. Less visibly, farmers across the state have been out in force support- ing their mates, their neighbours and their communities. They've been working tirelessly in volunteer fire brigades; they've been helping shift stock and they've been turning out to help those affected. Sometimes, they are the same far- mers. Earlier this week, a Midlands farmer rang and offered a donation of a significant quantity of baled hay to distribute to affected farms in the south. A carrier was organised to pick itupthenextday---buthadtobe postponed because the farmer was out in the paddocks fighting a fire on his own farm. Yet he took the time to let the carrier know, and then to ring us and reschedule the pickup. The TFGA is a family. It is all for one and one for all with us. So we've taken responsibility for organising aid to all farmers affected by the bushfires --- members or not. It is important to know that DPIPWE is still the prime contact for veterinary advice, but for logistical and infra- structure support, farmers should come to us first. The key contact is our special hotline number, 1800 154 111. Through receiving calls from farmers in need and calls from those who can assist them, our staff and volunteers can co-ordinate help when and where it is most needed. What those who have been hit by the fires right now include: fodder fencing materials generators portable yards livestock crates for transport agistment for stock In the weeks ahead, they are going to need a hand with cleaning up and replacing fencing, especially along roads and highways. Farming and transport go hand in hand. At times like this, Tasmanian trans- port companies are always the first to put their hands up. But their generos- ity has its limits --- and I know they'd welcome some assistance to help cover fuel costs. We have established a special do- nations fund to help farmers. Cash is always a good option when people are trying to determine how best to help. Details are available on our website, along with a range of useful contacts, FAQs, fact sheets and other relevant information. This includes links to the care of animals affected by bushfires. (Visit www.tfga.com.au, and click on the emergency bushfire link at the bottom of the front page.) On Black Tuesday 1967, 46 years ago, 62 Tasmanians died, 900 were injured and 7000 were left homeless. This time, touch wood, there have been no fatalities. We do learn, but this will happen again and with greater frequency, so the climate experts tell us. So we need to be focused on how we can be even better prepared in the future. And we need to work together as a community. Disasters certainly bring out the best in people, as we've seen over the past week. Amid the destruction, there are stories of optimism and hope. Amid the devastation, there are a myriad of examples of generosity and selflessness. These are the attributes that, as Tasmanians, we should work to sus- tain in all circumstances. Finally, on behalf of those farmers who have been affected by these fires, I want to thank everyone for their help and support. Roberts Killafaddy TRADE CATTLE: C Bi- shop, hfr, 180c/kg-$696, hfr, 177c/kg-$663, str, 176c/kg- $760, str, 175c/kg-$735, str, 173c/kg-$692, str, 172c/kg- $653. COWS/BULLS: Lo- chaber, c, 117c/kg-$766, c, 115c/kg-$684; H Mucha, c, 113c/kg-$615. LAMBS: VM McEwan & Sons $115, Lemon Springs $114, $94; SA & RL Beattie $96, JE & DS Nicklason $96, NH & KL Towns $96, Honeywood Farm $80. MUTTON EWES: VM Mc- Ewan & Sons $39; Greenhill Trading $39, R & P Tatchell $37, Spencer Family Trust $35, SA & RL Beattie $32. Cattle prices lift Bridgewater CATTLE improved 5c to 10c/kg at Bridgewater on Monday. It wasn't all good news, with sheep and lamb prices easing on last week's stronger quotes. There were 40 cattle, 1168 sheep and lambs and four pigs on offer this week. CATTLE: P&E Geard, Jap ox, 161c/kg-$1147, Jap ox 167c/kg-$1015; Forest Lodge Part, str, 184c/kg- $809, str, 178c/kg-$850; Fenton Forest Est, str, 176c/kg-$888, s175c/kg- $955, hfr, 163c/kg-$643; D & R Newitt, str, 170c/kg-$850, str, 175c/kg-$796; Flexmore Park, Jap ox, 159c/kg- $1136, hfr, 167c/kg-$972, b, 129c/kg-$1238; Bronte Trading, hfr, 161c/kg-$660; AA Dixon, hfr, 144c/kg- $849, c, 130c/kg-$890. LAMBS: A Lovell $91, C Roberts $90, DV Triffett $90, Ross Triffett $90, P&E Geard $87, H Daley $87, D Adams $85, J&S Downham $86, Webb Mining $85, J Montgomery $84, P&A Jones $83, D&C Hills $81, D Speed $81, K Tomlin $80, J Williams $80, C&S Palfrey- man $80, D Smith $79, T Sydes $78,V Ball $75, J&P Davis $75, D Rowlands $75. EWES: G Monks $40, D Speed $36, L&R Cooper $35, J Rolfe $39, J Williams $33, N&R Beven $31, C&S Palf- reyman $30, A Lazenby $30, A Anderson $29. www.lely.com TOGARI OPEN FARM DAY Interested in robotic milking and machinery? Then come see us at John's farm in Togari! You can drop in any time between 10am and 3pm, and enjoy light refreshments and hourly information sessions. RSVP your place by January 21st, and call Lely Centre Smithton. We look forward to seeing you! Call Now (03) 6452 5006 or 0429 131 189 24 January 2013 **Gaffney Machinery will also display Lely harvesting equipment onsite
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