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STA FM Rural News | 08-06-2024

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Inverell Cattle Sale Tuesday 4th June

Numbers were down by 841 for a yarding of 435 head, consisting mainly of yearlings and a smaller penning of cows.

Quality was mixed, although there were several lines of well-bred and well finished yearling steers and heifers through the sale suitable for feeder and background buyers. 

Background and feeder steers sold firm to slightly dearer, restocker weaner steers also held firm toping at 376c and the few restocker weaner heifers sold to 262c/kg. 

Feeder and background yearling steers sold firm to 5 cents dearer depending on weight and breed selling from 334c to 380c, while the feeder heifers made the best gains to be up by 10c ranging from 322c to 334c, and trade heifers reached a top price of 322c/kg. 

The yarding of export cattle consisted of a few pens of grown steers and heifers along with a smaller offering of cows.

Grown steers reached a top price of 274c and feeder steers sold to 284c, while grown heifers sold to 268c/kg. 

The cow market was firm to slightly dearer with 4 scores selling from 204c to 225c and restocker cows reached a top price of 201c/kg. 



200 TO 280 KGS SOLD TO 404 TO AVERAGE 363 OR $956 280 TO 330 KGS SOLD TO 376 TO AVERAGE 356
330 TO 400 KGS SOLD TO 370 TO AVERAGE 348
OVER 400 KGS SOLD TO 365 TO AVERAGE 327                                                                          YEARLING HEIFERS C2 SCORE                                                                                                             200 TO 280 KGS SOLD TO 304 TO AVERAGE 265 280 TO 330 KGS SOLD TO 310 TO AVERAGE 250 330 TO 400 KGS SOLD TO 308 TO AVERAGE 280 OVER 400 KGS SOLD TO 302 TO AVERAGE 258                                                                                                                                        COWS UNDER 520 KGS                                                                                                                    D2 COWS SOLD TO 210 TO AVERAGE 175 D3 COWS SOLD TO 235 TO AVERAGE 223                       COWS OVER 520 KGS                                                                                                                           D2 COWS SOLD TO 230 TO AVERAGE 204

Tamworth Sheep & Lamb Sale – Monday 3rd June

Total Yarding: 3857 (-143) | Sheep Yarding: 1757 (-743) | Lamb Yarding: 2100 (+600)

Tamworth penned 2100 lambs and 1757 grown sheep. It was a well presented offering of heavy lambs and a fair grown sheep penning.

The regular buyers attended to a mostly dearer market for prime and store lambs as well as grown sheep. 

Well bred light stores sold $70 to $94/head the plainer drafts ranged $40 to $65/head all to the restocker trade.

Lambs with a little more finish made $96 to $115.50 with a very good pen of Dorpers making $120/head.

Again all these lambs were sent to the paddock for finishing. Light trade Dorpers were $31/head dearer selling to $129/head.

Trade lambs were $10/head better.

Medium cross bred lambs were up $27/head dearer and similar Dorpers $25/head better making to $162/head.

Heavy lambs slipped $19/head and lambs over 30kgs cwt sold $240 to $251/head. Heavy hoggets made $130/head. 

Grown sheep were dearer with light weights up to $32/head better making to $78/head.

Medium ewes were up to 22/head dearer and heavy Dorper ewes sold to $124/head and rose $17/head.

Limited Merino wethers made to $111/head.   Stephen Adams. M

The Export of Australian lamb to the USA is on an upwards trend.

From paddocks in the Riverina to an American dinner plate, Australian lamb is making its mark in the US.

Sales and development for importing outfit Southern Rock-lobster USA, Henry Tucker, Denver, Colorado, said the company started importing Myrtle Vale Prime Lamb, produced through a new program with Junee abattoir, in mid-March.

He says, It is early days for us because our focus has been Wagyu beef from Queensland … but the lamb was built in as our secondary core item.

Mr Tucker says It has been received well in what is traditionally a beef eating country

The eradication of Feral Pigs in NSW off to a good start

When the NSW Government announced its $13 million feral pig program it was greeted with enthusiasm by many farmers and now that it has reduced the feral pig population by nearly 100,000.

The eradication program has been carried out across 5300 properties participating in aerial and ground control programs since last October and farmers are regarded it as a good start.

As part of the program, there has been 94 information and training sessions, 8465 one-on-one consultations with landholders about feral pigs and 159,562 kilograms of free bait has been issued to landholders.

Farmers across the state are reporting that feral pig numbers are on the rise again, and they are calling for a commitment from the Government of more funding and increase the magnitude of the fight.

CWA’s 38th Wool Award fundraiser at Lightning Ridge drew good support.

A last-minute venue change and subsequent rain did nothing to dampen spirits at the annual CWA fundraiser in Lightning Ridge last Saturday.

The Goodooga/Lightning Ridge CWA branch has hosted the annual wool awards for 38 years.

The event began at Brenda Station, Goodooga, and in its heyday, there were more than 120 fleeces nominated.

Nearly four decades on, it is one of the main fundraising events for the branch and this year drew 60 fleeces from around the district, which will be auctioned off with proceeds to go to local charities.

Peter Scoles, Rugby, Lightning Ridge, won grand champion fleece, scoring 71 points out of a possible 100.

Border restrictions have eased in relation to Indonesia

The Australian government will ease strict biosecurity measures slapped on Indonesian travellers two years ago with the number of reported foot-and-mouth cases in that country having “stabilised”.

Australia’s cattle industry has been on high alert since around 12,000 daily infections were being reported across Indonesia at the height of the initial outbreak in mid-May 2022, however the number has since fallen to around 25 per day.

The scaling down of strict biosecurity measures from June 4 has brought those travellers arriving from Indonesia in line with the 70 other countries where FMD is present.

Mud means money.

NSW cattle prices have taken a positive turn after rain across much of the eastern states last week.

Average prices for young cattle in NSW lifted about 10c/kg (carcase weight) to settle on 616c/kg on Tuesday evening.

Mud made all the difference at Tamworth prime sale on Monday where buyers hit the auction with renewed vigour as the supply of cattle slipped to 1144 head.

Tamworth numbers reduced by half to 1144 good quality cattle. Trends were competitive for feeders and backgrounders with the regular buyers attending and an extra cow operator.

Young cattle lifted in value by nearly 40c/kg across some pens bought by the feedlots, while the backgrounders were prepared to pay an average of 12c/kg more than last week.

Heavy feeder steers sold to considerably dearer trends according to Meat and Livestock Australia and topped at 390c/kg.

MLA reported big numbers of medium weight feeder heifers sold 8c/kg dearer the top draft hit 356/kg.

A Warialda stud has sold the top priced bull at the annual Dubbo Poll Hereford bull sale.

Buyers sought bulls with structural soundness, excellent growth and balance at the 63rd annual Dubbo National Poll Hereford sale.

At auction, 41 of 53 bulls sold to a top price of $28,000 to average $8628.

Following spirited bidding, the top-priced bull, Valley View Titanic T011, was knocked down to an undisclosed buyer through Nutrien Dubbo for $28,000.

JBS to discontinue Thousand Guineas beef

The major lotfeeding company that formerly paid a premium for Shorthorn cattle confirmed the popular Thousand Guineas program has been discontinued as it was no longer commercially viable.

JBS Australia’s Thousand Guineas program had targeted restaurants and required an AusMeat marbling score of 2+ or higher.

In a producer forum at Coonamble, JBS northern livestock buyer Keith Hammond, Dubbo, was asked by an audience member about the decision to end the program.

Mr Hammond said it was no longer commercially viable as they have killing about 300 to 400 (Shorthorn) steers a week – we kill 5500 to 6000 grain-fed steers a week.


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