Feilding Herald : January 19th 2012
25 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012 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 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 42 52238A A LOCATION SERVICES SPREADING PIDWELL P. 2382328AA SPREADING 4304260AA M: 027 242 8335 Jason Whale Rangitikei Mini Spreaders Ltd GPS equipped 4WD Flotation Tyres for low impact Spreadmark Certified Operator Locally Owned & Operated P: 06 327 6075 4304276AA Feilding Herald Advertising Feature 4293975AA Strong demand at mid-week sale RONGOTEA SALE By TIM WHITE A hot day in Manawatu greeted keen buyers at this week s sale on Wednesday. A strong buying bench meant vendors did not walk away empty-handed. About 270 cattle went through the ring. 2 year angus bulls sold well, making $1450 ($2.60), 2yr friesian bulls made $1490 ($2.61) and 2yr jersey bulls reached $1340 ($2.50). 2yr crossbred heifers made $1025 ($2.11). There were a couple of pens of big 18-month-old stock. 18-month WF heifers made $1200 ($2.35) and 18-month simmental-cross steers reached $1035 ($2.54). 15-month steers sold for $907 ($2.50). A pen of well-grown yearling frie- sian bulls made $860 ($2.52) and WF year- ling bulls made $775 ($2.30). Autumn-born friesian bulls went for $570 ($2.73) and some unrecorded friesian autumn-born heifers reached $600 ($3.44). Weaner WF heifers made $500 ($3.00) and crossbred reached $320 ($3.40). Weaner WF steers made up to $475 ($3.23) and weaner frie- sian bulls sold for $405 ($3.87). RWB heifers made $950. Cow and calf made $900 ($2.27) and boner cows sold for $900 ($1.65). Weaner pigs made $90 and porkers were at $112. A few sheep were in this week. Ram lambs made $138, mixed-sex lambs $135 and ewes $83. Only 30 calves were in this week but about 100 are already booked in, so it will be a strong sale for people looking for week-old calves. Friesian bulls made $190 and angus bulls $185. Angus heifers sold for $145, WF heifers reached $200 and friesian heifers $85. Ewes, cattle in demand FEILDING STORE STOCK By MICHAEL SINCLAIR Feilding Store Stock Sale. Friday, January 13. Four seasons of weather were experienced in one day for those at the sheep pens and, for the first time that anyone can remember, the sale was suspended so appropriate clothing could be found for a sudden downpour. Willowbend, Pongaroa, sold 538 capital stock 2-tooths to start and would have been delighted with prices from $234 to $160 for a medium type of ewe with mixed bloodlines. These prices bode well for the Thursday ewe fair. The lamb market settled a little with many buyers at the rails, but with the pressure of easing lamb schedules tempering their enthusiasm a bit. That is not to suggest much in the way of falling prices, but 5 to 10 cents a kilogram would have been trimmed from many pens. The best lambs were the three cuts of woolly cryp- torchids from Pukekaka Station, Taihape. They sold from $140 to $127 with no drop in quality from the top to the bottom cut, just a lighter weight likely to have been caused by younger lambs or more twins in a pen. The proportion of very good lambs may have been down compared with last week, which is where that slight easing occurred, but some of the pens in the lighter-weight section were hard to attract bids for. These were the pens where the compost lambs were to be found, although such lambs are not as common anymore. The heavy rain did not help the lambs and many were huddling away from the weather, especially those recently shorn. Those who bought cattle before Christmas will be con- gratulating themselves, because the cattle market is con- tinuing to firm each week and, even though the yarding tested the capacity of the yards, the cattle were in solid demand from start to finish. J and K Love, Kahutarawa Valley, sold rising 3-year steers, with 14 angus selling for $1580 ($2.62) and 10 angus/hereford cross also making $1580 ($2.57) to be the top steers. But DLR Farm, Mt Stewart, sold the most expensive cattle with four hereford bulls selling for $1790 ($2.67). Struan Jones sold 15 rising 2-year-old simmental cross steers for $1410 ($2.73), presumably to fund the pen of lambs he bought. This was the top rising 2-year steer money, with the Trotter Farms, Waikanae, selling 13 angus steers for $1370 ($2.74). Steers sold like hotcakes with seemingly no end in sight to the demand, and more rain to keep the grass growing. The steer yarding was enormous but the demand was there to match. The Friday bull sale struggled along again with only a handful entered and the only stand-outs were the nine friesians from M Searle, Ashhurst, selling for $965 ($2.59) but the heifer market was solid even with a strong dairy influence. Ten forward hereford/friesian-cross heifers from R Anderson, Newbury, sold for $1220 ($2.46) and topped the older heifers, and in the younger heifers, Misty Hills, Hunterville, sold 12 charolais cross for $1062 ($2.48) and a pen of angus/hereford cross for $1015 ($2.60) to complete a good day for Birdie, as with all the vendors. Sadly, we are returning to the dark ages, with per- mission to sample weigh lambs in the saleyards now being withheld, so less accurate information will be available to those unable to attend lamb sales, and there will be more opportunity for spin for those who would exploit that situation. Surely this is a backward step and not in line with international practice. Sheep (11,582): ewes; 2th (538), $160-$234; MA, $99-$150; 5 & 6yo, $104.50-$191; lambs (10,701); 36-41kg, $127.50-$140, $3.41-$3.70, steady; 31-35kg, $114-$127, $3.45-$3.73, ease; 26-30kg, $92-$116, $3.54-$3.86, ease; 21-25kg, $80-$98, $3.60-$3.92, ease. Cattle (1805): steers; R3 yr (449), 365-611kg, $850-$1580, $2.33-$2.78, firm; R2 yr (675), 284-515kg, $740-$1410, $2.64-$3.12, lift; R1 yr (28), 118-178kg, $480-$515, $2.69-$4.36; bulls; R3 yr (25), 445-610kg, $1190-$1790, $2.67-$2.74, firm; R2 yr (52), 253-372kg, $665-$965, $2.50-$2.84, firm; R1 yr (54), 110-177kg, $432-$570, $3.13-$4.10; heifers; R3 yr (127), 366-495kg, $910-$1220, $2.44-$2.62, firm; R2 yr (328), 240-427kg, $700-$1062, $2.41-$2.89, lift; R1 yr (53), 84-174kg, $390-$475, $2.73-$4.63. Investment: Quadbikes are a farmer's most well-used tool. Marton farmer Richard Morrison and his dog Womble head out on the farm's quad bike. Photo: LEILANI HATCH Quad bike sales positive news A 10.8 per cent increase in the sale of new quad bikes is a strong indication that farmers are focusing on pro- ductive investment. However, Federated Farmers points out not all quad bikes are destined for the farm It is positive economic news that the Motor Industry Association reports the sales of quad bikes are up 10.9 per cent over 2010, says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers president. Quad bikes take a pounding so [are] one asset we need to plan for periodic replacement. That explains why 6570 were sold in 2011. When compared to tractors, there s very few vintage quad bikes around. Quad bikes are the farmer s Swiss Army Knife but aren t cheap. Without options, a new quad bike represents a five-figure investment. Any increase in sales, such as 645 more sold in 2011 over 2010, indicates that farmers are focused on productive investment. A strong increase in sales may indi- cate greater confidence from the non- dairy sector especially. It s a similar picture which saw fertiliser imports leap in the latest Statistics New Zea- land release. Better returns are seeing farmers tackle deferred maintenance and that s good. It is also interesting to read that quad bike sales were some 70 per cent higher than the sales of road-going bikes over 50cc. Users need to understand that they [quad bikes] are unforgiving if abused. Federated Farmers, FarmSafe, ACC and the Department of Labour all stress the need for users to be com- petent and trained. That s a message that the sizeable recreational market needs to heed. Casual and recreational users need to understand that quad bikes aren t toys and training is essential, said Mr Wills. Low lamb yield a blow for farmers With Beef+Lamb NZ confirming that the 2011-12 lamb crop is the second smallest since 1956, Federated Farmers is urging farmers to maximise value from their stock. It s gutting the best trading conditions in a decade correspond with our second smallest lamb crop in 55 years, says Jean- nette Maxwell, Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairperson. We know from Beef+Lamb NZ and from our processors that we ve got the markets. It s just that we don t have the available product. We re now feeling the latent impacts of the Gisborne and Hawke s Bay droughts as well as the 2010 spring storms that struck the Manawatu, Southland and South Otago. In some key sheep farming areas, flocks are still in the process of being rebuilt. As we start to consign our lambs for processing, Federated Farmers advises farmers to talk with their companies. This is to ensure the best return for the processor and for us as farmers. With lower numbers there s real poten- tial to take store lambs to finishing and farmers need to talk with their companies about programming this. Doing this will help build trust and from trust comes an all-important long term relationship. The one thing we know for certain is that while the lamb crop is down, farmgate prices will fall as more lambs are sent for processing. It s supply and demand at work really. Federated Farmers also expects meat will soon mirror the recent correction in milk prices; global dairy trade fell for months before rebounding only last week. We expect that pattern to repeat with meat, especially with our exposure to Europe and North America. The advantage of being a soft commodi- ties economy is that eventually, demand outstrips supply. Globally, sheep numbers are down but the demand is out there. Developing new markets through free trade agreements is a medium-term but welcome solution. Right now, farmers and processors need to talk with one another to ensure we all make the most of our reduced lamb crop, Mrs Maxwell says.
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