Happy start to the new year

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

HARD to be­lieve it, but here we are at the end of the first week of 2019.

Last week I went to the Ta­mar Val­ley store lamb sale where there was an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of 7261 lambs from three ven­dors (all mem­bers of the renowned Archer fam­ily).

There were 399 com­pos­ite ewe lambs that were bought by breed­ers for $158 to $168/head while the best of the re­stock­ing lambs made $132 to $148, medium weights $120 to $134, light $111 to $123 and very small $65 to $101/head.

The over­all av­er­age for the com­plete yard­ing was $125.41/ head.

Com­pe­ti­tion came from one in­ter­state buyer from Bendigo and a strong lo­cal con­tin­gent from mainly the North West Coast and the north­ern Mid­lands.

While still on lambs, the in­store ter­state mar­kets have opened a lit­tle higher than be­fore the break with most lambs at Bal­larat on Tues­day be­ing quoted $5/head higher.

Many of the av­er­ages sat be­tween 670c and 730c/kg car­cass weight. While still on lambs, the ven­dors who took the for­ward con­tract prices of 760c to 800c/kg back in Novem­ber for de­liv­ery in Jan­uary have big smiles on their faces and in some cases I know that some needed some se­ri­ous con­vinc­ing by their agents but I bet they are thank­ing them now.

I don’t think I can ever re­mem­ber see­ing this num­ber of cat­tle flow­ing into Tas­ma­nia, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see the of­fi­cial num­bers when they be­come avail­able. It will sur­prise many.

Last week at Bar­nawartha (the old Wodonga sale) and Yea in cen­tral Vic­to­ria, Tassie buy­ers were prom­i­nent par­tic­u­larly on well-bred An­gus steers and heifers.

The other news of in­ter­est is the very strong com­pe­ti­tion pro­vided by Land­mark In­ter­na­tional who are buy­ing for a Rus­sian live-boat or­der.

These guys bought good num­bers of cat­tle out of Tas­ma­nia last year and one would think they will be back this year.

In the first day of weaner sales at Hamil­ton on Mon­day they bought over a third of the calves un­der 330kg and then fol­lowed up on Tues­day. 2019 is look­ing good.

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