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TAS Country : January 24th 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013 Tasmanian Country 15 The Stock Report Vealer quality improves Killafaddy THERE was another small yarding of 80 trade and export cattle at Killafaddy on Tuesday, with most being trade offerings. The quality of vealers improved as did the prices, with most averaging 5c to 7c/kg dearer. Steer vealers sold from 163c to 181c/kg and the heifers 165c to 206c/kg, liveweight. Restockers bought most of the yearling steers for 175c/kg or $753 to $865/head. Most yearling heifers sold to the trade for 150c to 170c/kg, averaging 165.6c/kg. There were very few bullocks and cows and with only one exporter active most prices were cheaper with heavy bull- ocks making 140c to 145c/kg while grown steers made 140c to 160c/kg. There were 13 cows and they ranged in quality and sold from 90c to 117c/kg, liveweight. There was a larger yard- ing of just under 1000 lambs and almost all were still in the wool and start- ing to show the signs of a dry summer. The market for heavy trade and heavy lambs was fully firm to $5/head dearer while light trade and light export lambs were $7 to $10/head chea- per. Heavy pens sold for $93 to $105, trade $66 to $88 and light trade $56 to $67/head. Light export lambs sold from $44 to $55 and very light $35 to $49/head. There was an average penning of mutton with most being crossbred ewes and apart from a couple of lines sold to restockers the mutton market was the lowest it has been in some years. Medium weight sheep made $24 to $35 and heavy ewes (over 24kg) $10 to $30/head depending on skin value. Restockers paid $30 to $45/head for breeding ewes. EU fleece quality to face testing review WOOL REPORT Eric Hutchinson FINE wools have held their own this week at sales around the country, but the mediums have eased. It is the most likely scenario we will see over the coming months as the relative price of 17 micron is much lower in historical terms than the 21 to 23 micron range. A normalisation of the differentials between mi- cron categories is to be expected. Closer to home we made some good sales of EU compliant wool this week to a buyer interestingly supplying a Japanese cus- tomer who uses this cri- teria for differentiating his supply chain from his com- petitors. The EU Eco label starts with the raw wool that must meet certain criteria in respect of the type of pesticides used on the wool over the previous 12 months. It then must meet certain standards in scour- ing, with restrictions of the types of detergents suitable and effluent treatment standards. In spinning, knitting and weaving the EU criteria looks at dye stuffs and lubricants used in process- ing. We have been supplying wool from Tasmanian pro- ducers to this standard since 1999. During the early stages of this process we were supported by the local DPI in developing a random testing regime to substan- tiate the declarations made by farmers. This proved very successful and we had a very high compliance rate as local producers understood the products that met the criteria and those that did not comply. More recently we have relied only on the declar- ations and testing has been done on lots as required by the buyers concerned. The issue with this sys- tem is where we have a failed result, that can hold up a whole shipment to identify which lot in a batch is non-compliant. It is costly and reduces the confidence buyers have had in Tasmanian wool. The declaration is a really important document and all care should be taken by the owner or responsible livestock man- ager. The declaration should only be made if records have been kept of all chemical treatments. If in doubt don't fill out the declaration. We are reviewing the system of testing and are looking at the most cost effective way we can test declared lots prior to sale. In other news this week that will no doubt be a talking point for growers in NSW, is the news that Australian Wool Handlers are exiting from the storage, show floor and sale room facility in Newcastle. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the other smaller brokers in this important superfine wool production region to this news. It is likely this wool will now be handled in Sydney. The reasons given for the decision are due to lease arrangements and lower wool production in the region. Exporting springs back market TALK Richard Bailey AS MOST of you would know by now, I love good news stories, they are way better than the others. Here is one from MLA: Australian lamb exports reached their highest ever annual total last year, at 188,618 tonnes, 18 per cent above 2011's 160,007 tonnes and well above the pre- vious annual record of 165,035 tonnes set in 2009. The MLA says lamb slaughter jumped signifi- cantly during last year, with much heavier aver- age carcass weights than three years earlier, result- ing in a greater level of lamb produced -- and rec- ord exports. With the increase in lamb supplies during a drier 2012, especially compared to 2010 and 2011, came an associated decline in lamb price, which in some cases were around half of those of 18 months earlier. This had the effect of making Australian lamb more affordable in key lamb markets in the Mid- dle East and China, while also rekindling demand in markets like the US and Canada, where lamb prices had jumped significantly in the previous year. The largest growth re- gion by some margin last year was the Middle East, with Australian lamb ship- ments rocketing 48 per cent. This growth was sus- tained all through the year, after a supply-induced de- cline in shipments in 2011. Lamb exports to greater China also lifted signifi- cantly, up 17 per cent. To Page 16 6452 2701 www.greenham.com.au Prompt payment always at Greenham Greenham s Corner From the Manager, Peter Greenham You can sell to us liveweight at: • Smithton Greenham Plant, Mon--Fri, 9am--noon • Osmaston 670 Osmaston Rd, Mon, 9am--noon • Howth Kennaglen, Tues, 9am--noon • Ringarooma 69 East Maurice Rd, Mon, 9am--noon Like to know more? Then just ring: EVERYBODY SELLING A FEW MORE The continuing dry weather is starting to get everybody on edge. In response to the conditions farmers seems to be selling a few more head than they normally would in January. Individual numbers aren t massive but across the board they add up and the result is a flow of cattle through the plant well ahead of our predictions. DON T BLAME KING ISLAND I know some of you think the increased numbers are due to extra cattle coming from King Island following closure of their abattoir. Let me assure you that isn t the case. We ve always taken cattle from King Island and numbers remain much the same. It s dry over there too and local farmers are turning off a few extra, but that isn t the problem. It s just that everybody is turning off a few more than usual. WE LL HELP IF YOU RE UNDER PRESSURE We aren t turning any cattle away but there might be a slight delay before they can be processed. However, if you have been affected by the fires, or are short of feed or water, let us know and we will process your cattle immediately. Graeme Pretty is very keen that I get that message across. His attitude is that every client is equally important whether they sell us a single animal or 1000. That s why we process all cattle in turn - it doesn t matter how many you have. But if you re under pressure let us know and we ll look after you straight away. EXPORT MARKETS GENERALLY STEADY The Japanese chilled market remains sluggish with no light at the end of the tunnel. From February the Japanese government is lifting the age limit on US beef to 30 months. It s already affecting offal prices. It s hard to know what the overall effects will be. I expect exporters to feel the pressure especially with grain fed. Korea has been stronger this month due to the Lunar New Year celebrations in February. Through late December and early January there s been a scramble for extra product. US prices for leaner trims have been travelling well but have come off a bit in the last week due to competition from New Zealand and North Queensland. However, with the monsoon arriving up north kills will slow and I expect to see a rebound. LOT OF PRODUCT ON LOCAL MARKET The lead up to Christmas was very strong at home with all loins sold out. As per the normal pattern it s been quiet since but will pick up as school and work resumes. With more cattle being processed due to the widespread dry we re seeing downward pressure on secondaries and that may soon flow on to prime cuts as well. Peter Greenham RGM/GRT36067 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 Robert Drummond South 0439 923 640 Graeme Pretty Livestock manager 0418 505 347
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