Feilding Herald : December 8th 2011
31 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 Farmers Directory RANGITIKEI HELICOPTERS LTD Bulk Topdressing Hill Country Cropping Commercial Helicopter Work Contact Simon Werthmuller (06) 328 6887 or 0274 472 856 HELICOPTER SERVICES G.K. SKOU TRANSPORT LTD MAF Stock Accredited Livestock & General Transport Big enough to compete - small enough to care R.D. 2 MARTON Ph 06-327 6424 Fax 06-327 6324 Mobile 027-442 7463 STOCK TRANSPORT 4199941AA ADVERTISING NEED TO REACH DIRECTLY INTO YOUR RURAL MARKET? Taihape to Longburn - Whangaehu to Apiti To book this space, phone Debbie 06 327 8671 4199926AA Peters Livestock Buying lambs and cattle in the Rangitikei Local trade and export stock wanted Local works -- Wanganui & Feilding Quotes on store stock Phone Craig 06 327 8788 or 343 2562 Fax 06 343 2561 • Mobile 021 226 0630 Email: email@example.com 418336 0A A LIVESTOCK SPREADING PIDWELL • Track Map GPS System • Prompt Service • Competitive Rates Dougall Pidwell 027 GET FERT (438 3378) P. 06 327 4418 F. 06 327 4417 JONES 4183349AA 4236298AA For harvesting of Grain Crops including Maize Grain Talk to Douglas Giles 027 4520734 • 06 329 3802 4199990AB Feilding Herald Advertising Feature 4246348AA FEILDING STORE STOCK SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Glorious overhead conditions, a relatively low number of sheep but a good yarding of solid cattle made for an interesting sale. Meat works are beginning to report fuller weekly bookings yet still the lambs are not entering the sale in large numbers and, frankly, are not weighing as much as vendors may like after difficult rearing conditions over recent weeks. In spite of what are becom- ing weekly schedule drops, lamb sale prices are remaining stubbornly steady and the lightest lambs even firmed a little. This market is still driven by supply and demand and the first big yarding of the season will tell a story. The heaviest lambs on offer were the 115 woolly mixed sex draft from BS and LJ Martin, Apiti, which sold for $145. A very big line of 1661 lambs from Moun- ganui Station, Taihape, sold in four drafts and averaged nearly $110/head which looks to be very good business for that vendor with a lot less to worry about in the coming summer months. All the ewes and hoggets sold today were just cleanups and made works money. Some solid cattle went through the rostrum, many looking for- ward after enjoying the spring flush and a large number of tra- ditionally bred cattle went before the auctioneer, steers and heifers in some larger lines. Te Ohu Station, Dannevirke, sold the day s heaviest cattle with 18 simmental/friesian cross 2-year steers selling for $1530 ($2.41). The heaviest 2-year steers came from EHF Hughes, Foxton, a line of 14 devon cross steers sell- ing for $1490 ($2.55) as the big boys were steady with a firm feel to the market. Bulls remain in short supply and there was a mixed selection of breeds on offer which does not inspire the market and 2-year bulls may have had a slight ease but nothing significant. There was little for older heifer buyers to get their teeth into, either for breeding duties or fattening and this section was essentially steady. Yearling cattle were entered in large numbers which required the agents and yardmen to scramble around looking for suitable pens. Some vendors had sizeable lines entered and regular vendors Paul and Parkinson, Bulls, sold 19 angus/hereford yearlings for $1030 ($2.64) to top the yearling steers after Heaton Park, Santoft, sold 18 devon cross for $1025 ($2.60) earlier. Racing personality, Graeme Martin from Palmerston North, had daylight back to the rest of the yearling bulls when he sold nine hereford/friesian cross bulls for $1150 ($2.38) and this was a firm section. The yearling heifer section had a big entry of black and whitehead heifers from Thomas Strahan s Donaghmore Farm, Apiti, and 40 heifers, that were 30kg lighter than their sisters sold earlier for $902 ($2.36), sold for $910 ($2.65) to be the highest sale price for yearling heifers. This section seemed to drag on a little as it was a large yarding and the buyers calculators seemed to be stuck around the $2.40/kg mark but the sale was disjointed as pens of good heifers were followed by poorer heifers with the penning order disrupted by later arrivals which affected the normal flow. The large entry allowed for some buyable heifers and prices eased. Sheep (4764): ewes (278), $85-$154; ewe hoggets (6) with laf (7), $110; hoggets (215), 26-41kg, $100-$125, $2.68-$4.04; lambs (4264); 31-40kg, $114-$145, $3.59-$3.79, steady; 21-29kg, $76-$111, $3.48-$4.30, firm. Cattle (1589): steers; R3 year (94), 509-635kg, $1310-$1530, $2.39-$2.66, firm; 2 year (210), 360-583kg, $865-$1490, $2.26-$2.59, steady; 1 year (396), 210-399kg, $510-$1030, $2.01-$3.68, steady; bulls; 2 year (51), 357-568kg, $810-$1425, $1.97-$2.51, slight ease; 1 year (188), 201-482kg, $510-$1150, $1.86-$2.84, firm; heifers; R3 year (13), 430-432kg, $940-$1000, $2.17-$2.33; 2 year (85), 354-429kg, $798-$1025, $2.10-$2.41, steady; 1 year (552), 173-385kg, $425-$910, $2.19-$2.72, ease. Holding out: Farmgate prices have led farmers to hold back stock to put more weight on lambs. Photo: FAIRFAX Farm incomes looking good Sheep and beef farmers appear to be lining up for a 2011-12 income as good as last season, says Agriculture and Forestry Ministry analyst John Greer. There is still a way to go in the year yet, but I would say we are on track. In MAF s Farm Monitoring report released in August, sheep and beef farmers were expected to average a budgeted $184,200 profit before tax. This is up 24 per cent on the 2010-11 result of $148,100, more than double the previous year. Mr Greer said the analysis for the report began with farmers being surveyed six months ago and there could be differences in spending and earnings, such as tax payments which could alter the result. The prediction was for a good level of farm profit for this year, but obvi- ously with farmers up to pay more tax this year than last year, that will use up some of the disposable surplus. There is quite a bit of caution with fertiliser spending and repairs and maintenance, but it s fair to say since August to November farmers have been spending at a reasonable level. He said high farmgate prices had led farmers to hold and put more weight on lambs while there was plenty of grass and they had taken advantage of good ewe prices. There was an expectation lamb prices would come back as the main thrust of lambs would appear in the next few months, unlike last season, he said. Store lamb prices were above budgeted figures and expected to ease as more lambs come on stream. Mr Greer said farmgate prices did not always reflect market prices, and while lambing numbers may have increased, this was still from a low base and there was plenty of processing capacity. Farmers should take the $8 per kilogram prices of the past few weeks while they could, he said. A lot of hay and silage has been made, so that s a good sign for the year. He said the main talking point in the last few weeks had been the prices received at on-farm lamb sales. Several have been held with prices in excess of 35 per cent above last year. There were prices over $200 a lamb for July-born lambs, weighing around 50kg, nearly $100 for the tail end, late lambs and whole sales averaging $140 per head. Aged ewes sold for $140. Mr McLean hoped farmers selling stock had good tax advice, since the penalties for not paying enough pro- visional tax would be horrific .
December 1st 2011
December 15th 2011