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TAS Country : January 17th 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013 Tasmanian Country 13 The Stock Report SALES CREW: David Talbot, Colin Cook, Tim Morris and David Roberts. Pictures: ROGER HANSON DAY OUT: Linda Fish, of Oatlands, and Kirilee Porter, of Parattah. Ewe standards high, prices low ROGER HANSON WATCH IT: The crowd gets a good look at some of the sheep at the sale. SHEEP on offer at the annual Tun- bridge ewe sale were of the traditional outstanding quality, but prices were lower to reflect present supply-and- demand pressure. The market showed a dramatic change from last year with most ewes 40 per cent to 50 per cent lower in price than the high levels a year ago. Lambs were fetching about $130 to $140, but Roberts Ltd consultant David Skinner said that last year farms were re-stocking after periods of drought. ''This year the difference is what people can get for their replacement stock,'' Mr Skinner said. The lamb market has dropped, this has put a base in the market. ''Once sheep have outlived their usefulness as a breeder and are only fit for mutton sellers, they are making about $30 to $40 for old sheep.'' Roberts livestock agent Peter Skin- ner said it is a tighter season with farmers dubious about not having a lot of surplus food. Roberts Limited sold 4250 annual draft ewes at this year's Feature Corriedale and Crossbred ewe sale. Roberts auctioneer Philip Brazen- dale said the sale attracted regular buyers. ''Some of the regulars have been buying at this sale for more than 30 years,'' Mr Brazendale said. New buyer Owen Lewis from the Victorian town of Elaine, between Geelong and Ballarat, said Tasmania was the only place you could buy a selection of Corriedales. ''We wanted to give the Corriedales a go and we are really happy with our purchases,'' Mr Lewis said. He paid $132/head for about 200 sheep in two pens. ''Hopefully we will be back next year.'' Netty Hazell, from South Rhodes Merino Stud at Stonehenge, was doing some stock number management sell- ing Border Leicesters. Their property is mainly for Merino wool with some Angus beef cattle. Top price was $154 for 160 Border Leicester Merino-cross one-year-old ewes sold on behalf of Roger and Janette Fish, from Rockton, at Oat- lands. They have 3500 sheep, mainly Mer- ino wool, and grow fodder crops. ''The last couple of years have been okay, but the last 12 months have been tougher with a slide off commodity prices,'' Mr Fish said. Top price for the Elders auction was $138.50 for one-year-old Corriedale ewes. Other Roberts Ltd sales were PS Burbury and Son Kuranda Woodbury 1-year-old Corriedale ewes $116 (aver- age $108) and five-year-old Corriedale ewes $52.50; Glen Morey Estate Wood- bury 1yo Corriedale ewes $110 (avg $102); WA and RV Webster Woodbury 1yo Border Leicester Merino ewes $128 (avg $119); RV Bowden and Son, Cluny, Bothwell, 1yo Border Leicester Merino ewes $138 (avg $113); J and M Weeding Partnership, Weedington, Oatlands, 1yo Border Leicester Merino ewes $114 (avg $104); Mother Lords Ltd 1yo Border Leicester Merino ewes $95; Rosehill Pastoral, Rosehill, Jericho, 1yo Border Leicester Merino ewes $88; PO Hazell, Kewstoke, York Plains, 1yo Border Leicester Merino ewes $82; PA Downham, Glenvale, Ouse, 1yo Border Leicester Merino ewes $70. COUNTRY KINDNESS: Sally and Krissy Archer with the top-priced lambs donated to the Tasmanian Bushfires Appeal. Dry season hits lamb sale yields LAMB prices were down by about $25 a head compared to last year at the 11th annual Tamar Valley sale. Although the lambs were well presented by the Archer families, the drier season this year meant the lambs lacked the extra bloom they had last year, said Elders auctioneer Greg Harris. ''With this year's fat lamb prices about $1.30c/kg (dressed) cheaper than this time last year, the vendors were pleased with the results but not overjoyed with prices being about $25 per head down on last year,'' he said. The sale started at Weymouth Farm, Pipers River, with 5500 second cross lambs on offer on behalf of Weymouth Farm Pastoral and Effin- gham Ltd, and realised a total clearance. Top price was $104 at Effingham and $98 at Weymouth, with a sale average of $58. The sale finished at the Greenhythe Pastoral property, with 1970 composite shorn lambs, all weighed and sold in weight brackets, fetching a top of $92 and averaging $53.30. The top price lambs were donated to the TFGA Fire Relief Appeal and were bought by JBS Australia. The sales were attended by a contingent of return buyers, with 1926 lambs being bought by inter- state producers at Bendigo and South Australia. The balance went to North and North-West lamb fat- teners. Greg Harrington, from Elders Ben- digo, said he had been buying lambs from the Weymouth Farm/Effing- ham properties for the past 17 years because his clients could carry the lambs through to July-August. ''They are well bred, acclimatise very well back home, they do well and they have continued success -- it is a pleasure to come to Tasmania for this sale,'' he said. The volume buyer of the day was Webb & Woodiwiss Ltd operating on behalf of Andrew Bond of Eastfield at Cressy, buying 1885 lambs at an average of $57.40.
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