Pos­i­tive signs for prices

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

WHILE lamb, mut­ton and cat­tle prices are go­ing through some un­cer­tain times, the wool mar­ket re­turned from a break at higher lev­els and there is also some respite with the Aus­tralian dol­lar fall­ing over the past cou­ple of weeks.

The slightly weaker Aus­tralian cur­rency is good news although ex­porters would like the value against the US dol­lar to be to around US70c in­stead of the US78c to US79c where it sits at the mo­ment.

There has also been more good rain in Tas­ma­nia but more im­por­tantly most of Vic­to­ria and much of NSW have had good falls of 25mm to 50mm, which will prob­a­bly mean in the short term pro­duc­ers will be able to con­trol sup­ply onto the mar­ket.

Cat­tle prices in lo­cal sa­le­yards over the past week or 10 days have fallen sig­nif­i­cantly and at the mo­ment the vast ma­jor­ity are in the 250c/kg to 280c/kg with an odd ex­cep­tion over 300c/kg.

Re­ports out of Quoiba in­di­cate most butcher cat­tle are work­ing out from 470c/kg to 490c/kg car­cass weight – a long way from the 600c/kg plus of a month or so ago.

There is also a ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween the price for farm-as­sured cat­tle and cat­tle not in the sys­tem. In many in­stances it can be 100c/kg car­cass weight, on a 200kg car­cass this is $200 per head.

Cow prices are the one cat­e­gory still far­ing well in the sa­le­yards, with heavy cows in Tas­ma­nian yards mak­ing from 210c/kg to 235c/kg (to a top of 244c/kg at Quoiba), while at Pak­en­ham in Vic­to­ria a line of 80 D3 & D4 heavy beef cows made 220c/kg to 257c/kg with most av­er­ag­ing 246c/kg live.

This is still great money for cull-for-age cows and way ahead of Queens­land prices which are av­er­ag­ing around 180c/kg to 190c/kg live. The rea­son is more num­bers into north­ern abat­toirs com­pared with south-eastern states.

Just one other com­ment re­volv­ing around a packet of ba­con I bought from a lo­cal su­per­mar­ket last week. It was branded by a com­pany on the North-West Coast, which was en­cour­ag­ing. It wasn’t un­til I read the VERY small print that said that it con­tained lo­cal and im­ported prod­uct.

Now I may be naïve but there was only ba­con in the pack­age and so I can only as­sume some of the ba­con was im­ported. I reckon it is pretty rich to brand ba­con with a Tas­ma­nian com­pany name and then not be clear where the ba­con comes from. What are your thoughts?

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