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TAS Country : January 24th 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013 Tasmanian Country 11 The Stock Report Formula takes out guesswork ROGER HANSON PERFECTED: Peter Chilcott has been developing his system for 20 years. TASMANIAN cattlemen are being urged to attend a field exhibition aimed at showing them how to get better returns for their beef. The free event next month at Exeter Show- grounds will outline a system developed over the past 20 years by Peter Chilcott from North Mot- ton, who runs Supergene Livestock Evaluation Sys- tems. Mr Chilcott says he de- veloped a system based on saleable meat yields (SMY) that achieves better returns for the producer and processors. ''Processors won't have to pay top money for product that is not there,'' Mr Chilcott said. ''No one sells bone for export, so therefore there is no need to buy it in the first place. ''By using a simple for- mula that takes 20 seconds to calculate, SMY will pro- vide a fairer and better way producers can sell their cattle to processors.'' He said the evening of the SMY field day will provide an opportunity for meat producers, cattle buyers, processors and even chefs to learn about the formula. ''The fairness of SMY is important for both pro- ducers and processors.'' At the field event two cattle will be selected for slaughter. ''They will necessarily be different to highlight selection criteria for SMY, but will be sourced from the same property on the same feed,'' Mr Chilcott said. Live assessment will de- termine one to have ten- der meat, the other tough a necessary difference in such a trial. The formula will be used to determine the total bone in each carcass, and an eye fillet roast will be cooked and sampled by those attending the field day to judge its eating quality. For further infor- mation, contact Mr Chilcott on 0418 141 910. The event will be held on February 5 from 5pm-9pm. Mules clips fail fly test KATE DOWLER DISAPPOINTING: Mulesing clips are not as effective or cost-efficient as hoped, according to a study. MULESING clips are eight times less effective at stopping breech flystrike in adult sheep compared with traditional mulesing. And younger sheep with clips applied were up to 30 times more likely to be flystruck than mulesed sheep. These are some of the results of a $400,000 Australian Wool Innovation-funded study compar- ing the effectiveness and cost of three treatments -- mulesing, polypropylene breech clips and the long-acting insecticide Clik on unmulesed sheep. The study at three properties at Nareen, Ballarat and East Gipp- sland compared the affects of the treatments on 6000 sheep at differ- ent ages. University of Melbourne MacK- innon project director and the study's chief investigator, Dr John Larsen, said clips were ''probably not as effective and cost-effective as hoped''. Sheep that were unmulesed but treated with Clik in September showed a ''similar or lower preva- lence of flystrike to mulesed sheep'' in the peak breech-strike time before Christmas, Dr Larsen said. Clipped sheephad very little protection from breech strike. The study found unmulesed sheep took the longest to crutch, adding about 10 per cent to costs. They also suffered more acci- dental cuts during crutching due to having more wrinkles, which Dr Larsen said should be con- sidered from an animal welfare point of view in comparison to a one-off mulesing wound. Insecticide costs were 20¢ a sheep. Overall, clips were the most costly approach, followed by unmulesed sheep using Clik and the most cost-effective approach was mulesing. The study did not rank animal welfare outcomes. Dr Larsen said the most cost- effective long-term solution was breeding for bare breeches. He said CSIRO work had proved that there was no negative impact on wool cut for selecting barer breech sheep. Dr Larsen said a lack of a price- incentive for unmulesed wool meant there was anecdotal evidence some producers were going back to mulesing because it was ''just so damn effective''. FORTHCOMING EVENTS I F DD S ES SPECI STORE C TT E S E PO R NN M S E SH & GOO MERINO R M ECHO COTT GE LIVESTOCK FUNDING Require some short term funding for stock purchases? There is an exci ng new product (subject to credit approval) available that may meet your needs. F addi nal Inf ma n and ph t s please visit www.elde s. m.a t al se vi es ente Sale Id: Ph: 6398 8502 www.elders.com.au 2019987-130125 IVESTOC FOR S E T esda 29th Jan a T be held at illafadd Sale a ds n T esda 29th Jan a In l din : 15 ms 5month old horthorn cross Calves 5 ereford cross Cows with horthorn Calves ov drop at foot depastured with horthorn ull 12 Limousin cross calves 6month old 15 ngus ms 6month old Calves Offe in : 150 St e Ca le 30 C ws & Calves Further Entries Invited T e dvised -- ea l Feb a 3,000 Fi st & Se nd C ss ambs Further Entries Invited Th sda 7th Feb a Sale Id: S200946 t " shby" shearing shed Ross Tas Offe in : 30 sele ted Me in Rams Catalogues vailable tephen Caswell 0457 746 379 Damien hiteley 0417 583 263 IN UGUR MERINO R M S E F ida 8th Feb a Sale Id: S200952 Inspec on from 10.30am ale 12.30pm ffering: 41 selected Merino Rams Catalogues vailable tephen Caswell 0457 746 379 Damien hiteley 0417 583 263 GST ma appl , all p i es ted a e GST Ex l sive 90 1½yr Corriedale ewes "Quamby Plains loodlines" Damien hiteley 0417 583 263 ---------- Qty 15 hite uffolk young rams " pring Valley" loodlines JD M 2 From $550 to $650 tephen Caswell 0457 746 379 am oolley 0437 676 504 David Talbot 0409 899 950 ---------- 40 4-6yr ngus Friesian cows 3month old ngus calves at foot will sell in lots to suit $950 15 second calving ngus Friesian x cows with 2 month old ngus calves at foot $1100 1 3yr Jersey bull $1000 Dann Slate 0437 302 266 ---------- Qty Round ales of ay (Circular ead area) 20 ngus Friesian cross Cows and eifers due now on to ngus 10 ereford Friesian ereford cows due now on to ngus 10 horthorn heifers with June calves at foot. C i ht n H t n 0408 834 652 ---------- 1 3 M a G e ll $1400 wen Rowlings 0409 170 419 ---------- 36 ngus m.a. cows due March on ngus 6 Red ngus 3yr cows due ngus March on Mal lm Dave 0418 130 834 ---------- Qty uffolk Rams for ale im Hasell 0419 392 832 C E RING S E F RM P NT & EQUIPMENT mithton aleyards following Cattle sale M nda 4th Feb a Further details next week.
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