Weekly Livestock Update with Warren Johnston

As Spring edges closer and the rainfall has fallen a little wider across Tasmania, the general feeling is that our Spring flush may be more wide spread than previously thought, although the Southern and East Coast region can certainly do with more follow up, the forecast looks brighter.  This week saw another tough week numbers wise in markets although the lamb market was very solid and equaled or eclipsed scale prices for quality lambs.  While processors are still a couple of weeks out on kill, there has been a slight improvement in scale price this week as Mainland numbers slowed on the back of rainfall through the Southern mainland states that has in turn tightened supply.  Whilst mutton numbers remain low, the price for trade weight sheep also remains stable while heavy crossbred mutton sheep have become difficult to sell .

Prime cattle numbers also continue to struggle as does the price at this point with no real drive from the processing sector or store buyers, here’s hoping Spring creates some activity around the store markets moving forward.

Next weeks sales will see some quality young cattle offered on AuctionsPlus next Friday 1st Sept (Tas Country has full details).

Tuesday 29th August will be EV and MJ Smith Clearing sale Gawler due to the sale of property , then Thursday 31st August will be TC and AJ House South Forest clearing sale also due to the sale of Property . There are plenty of more sales coming up ( more details please see todays full and forthcoming lists).

For anyone looking to enter the Elliotdale world Mark Lamprey has a flock dispersal at present, due to the sale of property .

Reminder : Bull sales are just around the corner for those looking for Bulls for the upcoming season.