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Record $80,000 mare tops classic

09.22.2018, Comments Off on Record $80,000 mare tops classic, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

The $80,000 Duckdown going through the sale ring. A SALE top of $80,000 was just one of the records set at last weekend’s Landmark Classic held in Tamworth.
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Across three days of selling, 526 registered Australian Quarter Horses and Australian Stock Horses were ridden through the sale ring at the Australian Equine Livestock and Events Centre (AELEC), with 471 horses selling to gross $5,829,000 and average $12,376.

In the breakdown, 275 mares reached $80,000 for a $14,233 average; 30 stallions topped at $65,000 and averaged $16,933, and 166 geldings sold to $29,000 and averaged $8476.

Landmark’s National Livestock manager Mark Barton, Wagga Wagga, was impressed with the 2015 results.

“We have achieved a number of things this year, the most number of horses offered, highest gross, new top-price records for mares and geldings and highest average achieved since conducting the sale at AELEC,” he said.

In the lead-up to the eighth annual sale, horses purchased out of previous Landmark Classic sales vied for a prize pool in excess of $200,000 over six events.

It was a Victorian combination taking home the $35,000 winners’cheque in the Landmark Classic, with Mat Holz riding Bulla Tambourine, owned by Peter Apasto, claiming the title.

The winner of the Landmark Masters Campdraft was Cowra campdrafter Glen Peterson, riding the gelding Gibs Witness, also purchased from last year’s sale by Mathew and Kylie Webber, Geurie.

Queensland competitor Mick Cole rode to victory in the Martins Stock Haulage Open Campdraft mounted on Cats Royelle while Tamworth’s Hugh Miles rode Conductor to a half-point win in the Merial Stallion Shootout a three-round showcase of the sires which had progeny in this year’s sale.

The Prydes Easifeeds Australian Performance Horse Challenge was won by Felicity Burton, Jondaryan, Queensland, riding her mare JR Elsola Rey.

In the sale, Rey Dual-sired mare, Duckdown, sold for $80,000, a new top-price record for mares.

Owned by John Brekelmans, Gracemere, Qld, the four-year-old bay mare was bought by fellow Queenslander’s Noel and Jo-Anne Chiconi, “Taylors Plains”, Mungallala.

The $65,000 top-priced stallion was The Wolf of Wall Street, a Hazelwood Conman colt from Romantic Destiny, who carries bloodlines of Acres and Freckles Oak.

Owner, Richard Bull, “Tamarang”, Tamworth, bred the bay two-year-old and Ray and Judy Heslin, 7 Star Quarter Horse Company, Normanton, Qld, purchased the ASH registered colt.

Rob Leach, who prepared the colt for the sale said Mr Heslin, who is currently on a trip through the US, had been looking at the colt for a while.

Western Australian campdrafters, Gemma Leckie and Andrew Smith, Mount Barker, purchased the top-priced gelding for $29,000.

Trained and presented by Kylie Graham, Taroom, Qld, the One Stylish Pepto gelding was said to have “a natural ability to chase cattle”.

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Strong finish, but dry impacting

09.22.2018, Comments Off on Strong finish, but dry impacting, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Audrey Martin, Riverton Lodge, Barham, with her heavy export lambs that topped the Swan Hill market recently at a staggering $195/hd.WHAT a finish to last week with heavy export lambs selling to a top price of $212 a head at Wagga Wagga, NSW. The lamb market was well-supported across all categories, despite the greater numbers of lambs on offer.
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At the Wagga market, buying dynamics shifted significantly on the day, with export processors the market drivers, which culminated in domestic buyers unable to pay the higher rates.

Export buyers mopped up lambs – weighing anywhere from 23kg-plus – which pushed medium weight trade price a few dollars higher.

A highlight was the noticeable step up in demand for heavy lambs weighing 25-26kg, with price lifting $7 to average 607 cents a kilogram carcase weight (cwt).

Major domestic processors attempted to increase their weight specifications, which caused bidding to intensify, but purchases were patchy, as they battled export processor for a market share.

Lighter weight secondary lambs tracked higher. With improved restocker confidence, buyers paid from $98-$121.

Meanwhile there was a notable decline in mutton numbers and as a result competition strengthened on the back of tighter supplies.

Trade sheep sold $3-$7 higher to av 344c/kg cwt.

Heavy crossbred ewes made to $122 and Merino ewes to $118.

Merino wethers sold at $128, av 360c/kg cwt.

Lamb prices continued to strengthen at Griffith as the market remained at the mercy of limited supplies of fresh quality lambs in northern markets.

Dorper and Merino lamb values improved, with prices $6-$9 higher on last week’s dearer rates.

Well-finished trade lambs were a few dollars dearer, while heavy export lambs, 30kg-plus, pushed prices up by $5 to av 566c/kg cwt.

Lamb prices eased in opening markets on Monday, falling by up to $13.

The stress of deteriorating paddock feed after recent bursts of hot weather and abundance of numbers have forced prices down.

After a patchy days trading at Bendigo prices were wound back considerably with Merino lambs copping the brunt of the cheaper trends. Some agents commented due to the influx of numbers some export processors have limited kill space left to handle the greater supplies.

Numbers increased by 30pc at Bendigo compared to the previous week with agents yarding 26,229 lambs.

The National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS) reported that light weight lambs to slaughter and well-bred recently shorn secondary lambs sold particularly well.

This category sold unchanged to a few dollars dearer with buyers generally paying from $80-$105.

The better-finished trade lambs made from $128-$144 to av 570c/kg cwt.

Extra heavy lambs sold to weaker demand with a small pen of 10 reaching a top price of $190, while only a small number of sales sold higher than $175.

Heavy export lambs av 532-552c/kg cwt.

Medium trade weight Merino lambs were out of favour with price falls of up to $17 for the 20-22kg weight range to av 479c/kg cwt.

Mutton escaped the cheaper trends with values $5-$12 higher.

Heavy crossbred ewes sold from $112-$144, while the best Merino sheep reached a top of $125.

Trade sheep av 375c/kg cwt.

Corowa’s lamb sale followed the cheaper trend where lambs in the offering of 12,100 were down $8-$15.

Agent Clinton Rixon said fresh trade lambs sold to the keenest competition, but drier types were discounted.

The mutton market was unchanged with all processors operating.

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Community concern over Kernot plans

09.22.2018, Comments Off on Community concern over Kernot plans, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Gippsland’s reliable rainfall and fertile soils are under threat, according to Kernot residents who are concerned plans to expand a dairy operation to include a processing plant does not make the best use of prime agricultural land.A SMALL south west Gippsland community is set to take on a Chinese diary giant over expansion plans.
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In what is a David and Goliath type battle, Chinese dairy giant Ningbo plans to expand its Yo You Dairy operation but has been met with a show of community strength by Gippsland town, Kernot.

It is understood the community has major concerns about the environmental, economic and social impacts of a proposed expansion by the Chinese dairy giant.

The company has applied to Bass Coast Shire Council to double its current 450-strong herd and build a milk-bottling plant; a cool store and warehouse; and supplementary feeding free-stall barn at the Loch-Kernot Road site.

Local residents David and Marie Trigg sold their dairy farm to Yo You Dairy in 2013, but still live on part of the property to run beef cattle.

Ms Trigg said most residents only found out about the company’s planning application at a community Australia Day breakfast; just days before an initial public submission deadline on January 28.

Such was the level of residents’ upset about a perceived lack of public consultation, that on January 29, the council’s chief executive Paul Buckley announced it would hold a community information session (scheduled for tonight, Thursday, at the Kernot Community Hall) and continue to accept submissions until the end of March.

Ms Trigg said the size of the proposed buildings blurred the line between an agricultural enterprise and an industrial one.

GHD Gippsland manager Jon McNaught is managing the permit application and said his client wanted to establish multiple farms across Victoria and NSW to export thousands of litres of fresh milk each day to China.

“Premium, or imported, fresh milk is currently selling for $6 to $7 a litre in China,” Mr McNaught said.

“Australian milk has an appealing reputation for being clean, green and contamination-free.”

Mr McNaught said the project was planned before Australia’s free trade agreement with China got over the line last year, but it had helped secure Yo You Dairy’s confidence in investing to take the project forward.

He acknowledged the community concerns about the proposed expansion, and said he was looking forward to talking to the community and addressing any misunderstandings, including that the planned feeding shed constituted a feedlot, at the public information session this week.

Ms Trigg said the proposal had generated enormous concerns in the small rural community.

She said the highly fertile Bass Valley soils and regular rainfall meant it was important to maximise the property’s agricultural, not industrial, use.

“The community is not against investment or change, but it has to be the right kind of change that benefits the community but I’m not sure this enterprise will do that because the plan does not include taking milk off other farms and sharing that premium.”

She is also concerned about the property’s tendency to be water-logged during winter, which she experienced during the 15 years the Trigg family farmed there.

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Beef’s back in 2015

09.22.2018, Comments Off on Beef’s back in 2015, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

GREAT SALES: Sarah and Jessica Burpee, Drayton Park stud, Tintinara had one of their most successful field days selling 40 PTIC heifers to $1700 and 10 bulls to $3500 from the Fleurieu Peninsula to the Lower South East.THE biggest week on SA’s beef calendar – the 2015 Ruralco Insurance SA Beef Field Days – has again been proclaimed a resounding success.
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Recent cattle price rises were expected to take 12 months to flow through to the seedstock industry, but most of the 72 participating studs from the Mid North to the Lower South East reported a steady stream of visitors over the four days from across SA, NSW, Vic and NT.

For more than 40 years the field days have remained a great prelude of the outstanding genetics set to be offered at upcoming on-property auctions.

SA Beef president Jean Evans said many studs reported stronger interest than the previous couple of years with strong signs of improved returns in the beef industry.

“A terrific lot of people were getting downhearted with the industry but they are now hoping that there will be a turnaround and lift in prices even if the season isn’t really going with us at the moment,” she said.

“At the end of the day the commercial producer is the stud breeder’s customer so if your customer isn’t making any money it is hard to make money yourself.”

Volume sales included Glentanner Angus, Mount Gambier, which sold 10 of its 14 bulls to $4500 twice, while Duck Island, Keith, sold eight of its 23 black composites by mid morning to $6000 twice.

Stud females were also keenly sought with Bottlesford Murray Greys, Tungkillo, having a total clearance of their 21 PTIC females, and Callendale Simmentals, Naracoorte, dispersed their stud herd of 40 PTIC females, selling them just prior to the field days.

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WA beef industry in uncharted territory

09.22.2018, Comments Off on WA beef industry in uncharted territory, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

WA Beef Council chairman and Tammin lotfeeder Ivan Rogers.WA beef producers are in uncharted territory with cattle prices across all categories booming.
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While the industry is taking advantage of the current situation, there is still some scepticism as to how long it may last.

WA Beef Council chairman and Tammin lotfeeder Ivan Rogers said the local cattle market was at an unprecedented level, but producers and others in the supply chain were unsure whether it would continue.

“Is it a false dawn, a bubble, a spike or (is there) some longevity in it?” Mr Rogers said.

Mr Rogers said margins for the value-adding sector are tighter than ever.

“There are certainly pressures on feedlot margins,” he said.

“My take on the local industry is that diminishing supply, building demand, coupled with a weak Australian dollar, has led to these high prices.

“It is good for the producers, but between the producers and the end product, all those links in the chain will be put under more price pressure.

“Everyone is trying to keep pace, but this has been a rapid move to the historically high pricing. You have to adjust quickly.”

Mr Rogers believes such a wholesale change in economic climate has never been seen before.

“The biggest indicator for me is, we have seen high prices before, but only in specific categories,” Mr Rogers said.

“We’ve had a price rise on Angus steers, or maybe breeding heifers.

“We are seeing high prices in all categories of cattle and that’s the real difference.

“This has clearly come from a limited supply and building demand.”

According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) Australian Cattle Industry Projections 2015 the average quarterly numbers on feed nationally are forecast to ease slightly throughout 2015, to 875,000 head.

“While grainfed prices are expected to remain high, as seasonal conditions improve, the reduced supply of suitable cattle is expected to put pressure on feedlot margins,” MLA warned.

“Subsequently, cattle on feed are forecast to ease in the first two quarters before levelling out to about 860,000 head – with 2006 being the last time cattle on feed persisted above 850,000 head.”

Mr Rogers has more than 4000 cattle at the Kylagh Cattle feedlot, Tammin, and is among those who have noticed changes in profit margins for the high-cost production model.

“In our environment in WA, we absolutely require (the feedlot), because we don’t have that green grass to run that grassfed program all year round,” Mr Rogers said.

“But the cost of utilities, transport, fuel, electricity and labour constantly increase.

“We have seen a decrease in our margins in the past five years, since 2000 to 2015 our margins definitely would have halved.

“In 2010, cattle prices were terrible, we were able to buy calves at the $1.50 to $1.60/kg range. That has moved to $2.50 to $2.60.

“Grain prices have fluctuated too. We are seeing historically high prices, as well as the increasing general cost of production.

“So we have to work a little harder.”

Prior to rain on the east coast, market predictions indicted prices would lift.

“The sale value of steers in WA has been about $2.40/kg, whereas in the east it has been $2/kg and this has completely flipped in the past month,” Mr Rogers said.

“They have had significant rain through western Queensland and north-west New South Wales and there has been a mass supply of cattle coming out of those big cattle producing areas.

“The predictions were always, the longer the drought went on, prior to the rain, once the rain did come, the higher the spike would be in the price, and that has happened.

“All of that suggests we have moved to a new level in cattle prices and could probably stay at those prices.”

Other factors such as the national herd size shrinking have influenced the price.

“The national herd size has shrunk from 29 million to 26.3m on my last count in the past two years,” Mr Rogers said.

“It is a huge drop, I don’t think we have ever had such a big drop in cattle numbers in such a quick time.”

Mr Rogers said the feedlot sector in WA was crucial to the supply chain, so ensuring herd size was important.

He said the feedlot sector would provide about 60 to 70 per cent of domestic young cattle, with the grassfed sector supplying the balance.

“The processors rely very heavily on the feedlot sectors for eight months of the year,” Mr Rogers said.

“If they are worried about numbers, so are we.

“We are trying to work together so we can secure those numbers, so tools such as forward prices, contracts and assured booking space are critical.

“Are we scared? Yes. Well maybe not scared, but we are very conscious of numbers.”

Mr Rogers said those in the value adding sectors have some real concern, but for the producers the changes are positive.

Producers are making some profit and most are where they have wanted to be for the past decade.

“Producers need more confidence to build their herd,” Mr Rogers said.

“It is difficult, because if you don’t believe the high prices have that longevity, you’re not going to reinvest in the industry.

“You want to have a strong understanding that an investment will give you returns in two years’ time.

“That’s where they’ll be cautious.

“If you already have a breeding program, it is easier to retain heifers and we are seeing and hearing that.”

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