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STA FM Rural News | 01-06-2024

by | Jun 1, 2024 | Rural | 0 comments

Inverell Cattle Sale Tuesday 28th May.

Inverell penned 1276 mixed quality cattle however not all buyers attended to varied market trends. 

Light yearling steers to background up 15c/kg with similar weights to feed on were 4c/kg better and selling 224c to 368c/kg.  

Steers in the 280 to 330kg bracket sold to cheaper trends of 23c/kg with plainer quality types affecting the averages.

Medium weight feeders were 9c/kg dearer to top at 340c/kg. Yearling heifers sold to a mostly cheaper trends with a lack of quality a factor.

Light heifers to restockers and backgrounders resulted in a 24c/kg loss 230c to 280c/kg.

Medium weight feeders slipped 18c/kg.  Grown heifers significantly cheaper selling 200c to 246c/kg.

All cows were subject to negative corrections.

Medium weights back substantially and the heavy three and four score drafts averaging losses of 12c/kg selling 187c to 222c/kg.

Buying demand for cows to the paddock slipped 23c/kg but still topped at 209c/kg.  

Inverell Sheep and Lamb Sale Tuesday 28th May.

Inverell penned 1600 lambs and 1704 grown sheep totalling 1089 less than a fortnight ago.

The offering consisted mostly of trade lambs with the odd pen of heavy lambs and large drafts of grown sheep principally ewes. The regular buyers attended to a mixed market. 

Very light lambs to process $14/head dearer selling to $100/head.

Restocker lambs sold to cheaper trends $55 to $100/head.

Trade lambs were firm making to $152/head and heavy lambs slipped $5/head $187 to $191/head.

No big numbers of extra heavy lambs  and these were back $18/head to make $200/head. Hoggets sold $48 to $100/head. 

Cross bred ewes were dearer selling $66 to $100/head .

Dorper ewes $56 to $70/head and a draft of Merino wethers sold to $110/head. 

Stephen Adams MLA

ROMA STORE SALE TUESDAY MAY 28

7853 HEAD SOLD YESTERDAY. A MIXED QUALITY YARDING, WITH PRICES BACK A LITTLE ON LAST WEEK.
YEARLING STEERS C2 SCORE
UNDER 200 KGS SOLD TO 448 TO AVERAGE 409

200 TO 280 KGS SOLD TO 417 TO AVERAGE 383 OR $971 280 TO 330 KGS SOLD TO 398 TO AVERAGE 358
330 TO 400 KGS SOLD TO 398 TO AVERAGE 345
OVER 400 KGS SOLD TO 350 TO AVERAGE 312

YEARLING HEIFERS C2 SCORE

200 TO 280 KGS SOLD TO 312 TO AVERAGE 282 280 TO 330 KGS SOLD TO 322 TO AVERAGE 289 330 TO 400 KGS SOLD TO 300 TO AVERAGE 272 OVER 400 KGS SOLD TO 288 TO AVERAGE 280

COWS UNDER 520 KGS

D2 COWS SOLD TO 220 TO AVERAGE 178 D3 COWS SOLD TO 227 TO AVERAGE 218

COWS OVER 520 KGS

D3 COWS SOLD TO 226 TO AVERAGE 186
D4 COWS SOLD TO 240 TO AVERAGE 229 OR $1341

BULLS OVER 600 KGS SOLD TO 272 TO AVERAGE 249 OR $2586
THIS IS CHARLES WEYMAN JONES IN ROMA, REPORTING FOR RESONATE REGIONAL RADIO

News items from The Land & Queensland Country Life

China has lifted its trade suspensions on five of the seven Australian red meat processing companies.

The move comes six months after three processors had their COVID-19 suspensions lifted.

The Australian Meat Industry Council’s chief executive officer Patrick Hutchinson described the overnight news as a fantastic result

Export approvals to start supplying China again were received by Queensland’s Kilcoy Global Foods and the Meramist abattoir, two Queensland JBS plants – Dinmore and Beef City – and The Casino Food Co-operative.

The plants were suspended for a range of technical issues including alleged labelling inconsistencies and alleged residue detections. Some have been locked out of the China market since 2020.

Strong interest is expected in an auction of un-supplemented water in the Border Rivers’ Macintyre Zone.

On offer are three 686 megalitre licences totalling 2058ML, with each licence has a volumetric limit of 1715 ML.

Marketing agent Clayton Smith, JLL Agribusiness, said the licences would be offered individually with the purchaser of first allocation having the option to purchase the remaining lots.

Recent sales had been in the $5000 to $5800/ML range, he said. The auction will be held in Goondiwindi on June 13.

Windmills will soon be a thing of the past on Travelling Stock Reserves

The iconic windmill on the long paddock will no longer be a feature across the state as they are being replaced with solar-powered pumps.

Local Land Services is set to undertake more than $950,000 in works replacing windmills with solar-powered pumps to bring watering points on travelling stock reserves into the 21st century.

A major skill shortage in windmill maintenance has developed in recent years with the number of skilled technicians dwindling.

Local Land Services North West TSR team leader Mal Scott says  –  we have an ageing workforce and it’s harder to get people who are qualified that can work on windmills.

An Inverell High School was successful at the annual Casino Beef Week carcass competition.

Champion and the reserve open heifer at Casino Beef Week went to Holy Trinity School, Inverell with a Limousin and a Limousin cross bred heifer – both bred by Glen Innes agent Shad Bailey.

The two animals, 422kg and 399kg, placed in reserve and champion position in the open heifer class on the hoof, with judge Will Tyson, Delungra, very close on the money.

Champion heifer carcase winner scored 76.85pts while reserved made 75.94pts.

Australia & Indonesia celebrate 10 years red meat live cattle partnership

Australia and Indonesia have celebrated a hugely successful 10-year program enhancing bilateral trade in the red meat and live cattle industries.

A conference in Jakarta on Tuesday heard how the wide-ranging Indonesia-Australia Red Meat and Cattle Partnership has helped “build a better industry” in the wake of the former Gillard Government’s cruel 2011 decision to ban Australian live cattle exports to Indonesi

15 positions have been made redundant at Meat & Livestock Australia.

In a shock move, red meat’s most influential body, Meat & Livestock Australia, has made 15 positions redundant.

It is believed the roles included both relatively high-level positions and new positions.

An MLA spokesperson provided this statement: “MLA takes the management of its levy payer funds very seriously and is continuously ensuring that our cost base is fit for purpose and aligned to managing our investment portfolio efficiently and in the most appropriate way.

AWI says the message about the Wool Levy has been received loud and clear.

The ACM Agri Wool Poll survey results, published in The Land last week, showed the majority of respondents believed they were not getting value for money from the wool levy.

To get value for their levy contributions, some wool growers asked for Australian Wool Innovation, which is part funded by the levy and part by government, to explore new markets, provide better marketing and to get a better wool price.

AWI CEO John Roberts believes the organisation is already doing many of the tasks but needs to communicate that better with wool growers.

Qld, NSW lead carbon farming scorecard.

Queensland and NSW are running well ahead of the pack when it comes to providing initiatives to foster and support carbon farming projects, according to the latest annual scorecard on the carbon sector’s progress.

For the third consecutive year the report by the Carbon Market Institute and financial services group, KPMG, found Queensland remained the most farming-friendly state jurisdiction, with a score of 83 per cent.

The report monitors the level and nature of support for carbon farming and recognition of the value of carbon projects in delivering social, environmental, Indigenous and economic co-benefits for regional communities.

NSW scored 79pc, ahead of Western Australia (59pc), South Australia (58pc), Victoria (48pc), Tasmania (39pc) and Northern Territory (35pc).

Details on the funding to reduce agricultural emissions have been released

A large proportion of the federal government’s 2024-25 budget $63.8 million agricultural emissions reduction spend will go towards advisers to deliver training to farmers and land managers.

Details of the funding allocation were shared at the Sustainable Agriculture Summit recently held in Toowoomba, in front of a room of 150 representatives from across the agriculture industry.

A total of $30.8 million over four years will be used to build on the existing Carbon Farming Outreach Program, in a bid to accelerate on-ground action to reduce agriculture and land emissions.

A further $28.7 million will go towards improving greenhouse gas accounting in the agriculture and land sector over a four year period.

Startup venture program gets $10 million from Future Drought Fund.

Food and agriculture innovation advisory and venture builder, Beanstalk, is launching a new venture studio to focus on drought resilience products and services for Australian farmers.

The $10 million initiative is supported by the Future Drought Fund to boost drought resilience in Australia.

The project will take eight start-ups – with expressions of interest already open – to market and provide hands-on commercialisation support for almost 100 others in the first two years, the company said in a statement.

Beanstalk AgTech advises and connects food producers, startups, investors, governments and international development organisations to help realise agriculture’s potential.

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