Strong start for wool season after three-week recess

FEELING SHEEPISH: The Carlow children at Gilgandra are rearing 13 poddy lambs in a dry late winter.
FEELING SHEEPISH: The Carlow children at Gilgandra are rearing 13 poddy lambs in a dry late winter.

THE new wool selling season opened on a good note, as Mark Horsburgh’s report tells us.

A couple of local sales:

  • AAAM, 18.5 micron, 71 per cent yield, 80mm, 1540c.
  • AAAM, 16.9 micron, 67 per cent yield, 70mm, 1525c.

Prospects for wool and sheep meats seem sound, both store and beef cattle prices have eased from their peaks, but the price pressure is caused by a worrying lack of rain

In real terms, the whole rural scene is about 4 inches of rain away from a very good 2017 spring.

Please don’t put away your prayer beads just yet as this season could go either way.

Greatly missed

SYMPATHY is offered to the family of Pat Cosgrove of Charlton, who died recently.

A lifetime of non-stop work and a great ability to follow livestock markets resulted in Pat putting together a chain of quality rural properties that carried plenty of well bred livestock.

He will be greatly missed for his friendship and his straight forward business dealings.

Solid gains

BOTH stud bull and ram auctions have made solid gains at early sales and this is a heads up for bidders at forthcoming auctions.

Bull sale averages have so far shown an average lift of $400 to $500 and South Australian merino ram sales have shown solid gains.

Some sales in the SA Mallee have provided the greasy fleece weight of their hogget rams that were all shorn at six months.

At the Kamora Netley Park sale the heaviest cutter produced 8 kg and the sale topper at Kamora Park Poll cut 7.6 kg of 19.6 micron wool.

Several stud reports tell of spirited bidding for the heavier cutters and that competition dwindled when cuts came down to around 5kg.

Engagement news

CONGRATULATIONS to Rhyannah Larnach and Michael Manwaring who have announced their engagement.

Their many friends across our district wish them every happiness in a lifetime together.

Glengowan sale

TO hand this week is a flier for the Glengowan Angus Stud sale on property at Moorilda on Thursday, September 14 when 40 young bulls, 50 unjoined commercial heifers and 40 steers will be offered for sale.

A video of the sale bulls is available on Youtube, on the website, and on the Glengowan Facebook page.

This is the oldest angus stud in the Bathurst area, having been in the hands of the Gordon family since 1858, and this year marks the celebration of 60 years of angus stud breeding.

Stuart Gordon operated the stud for almost 50 years until his daughter Sandra and her husband, Richard Retallack, took over in 2004.

The stud offers free delivery of sale bulls for up to 200km and I’m sure that prospective buyers will be impressed by the quality of the cattle.

FIRE AWAY: This weekend bonfire nearly ran away in dry grass.  Please be careful of burn-offs.

FIRE AWAY: This weekend bonfire nearly ran away in dry grass. Please be careful of burn-offs.

Election race

FINAL line-ups for election to Bathurst Regional Council are now available for public scrutiny and several new faces with well known business ability could take their place at the council table.

It’s a big commitment to be elected to a Regional Council for the next three years and those who stand for election deserve to be congratulated.

I note the pending retirement from Orange City Council of mayor John Davis who is also a former mayor of Blayney Shire Council.

From my corner, I must acknowledge John’s very big commitment of 30 years’ service to his community.

Wool report

THE wool market reopened with a bang after a three-week recess with all micron categories seeing good gains.

The fine merino wools were up 40 to 50c/kg, the medium merinos were up around 40c/kg and the broad crossbreds gained around 40c/kg.

The cardings were the only downside of the week, losing around 30c/kg.

The northern market indicator finished the week on 1614c/kg, up 26c/kg.

Analysts were worried that an offering of 51,000 bales nationwide and a dollar teetering on 80 cents against the US dollar could dampen the market, but such strong demand on such a big offering augurs well for the market in the coming weeks.

Mark Horsburgh, TWG Landmark

Diary dates

  • Saturday, August 19: Bathurst Merino Association ram expo, working dog auction and junior sheep judging. Bathurst Showground, 10am-3pm.
  • Sunday, August 20: Turondale Wild Dog Association meeting at 2pm. Subs $55 are now due.
  • Saturday, August 26: Burraga Agricultural Bureau annual sheep show.
  • Thursday, August 31: South West Slopes Merino Stud day at Harden Showground.
  • Wednesday, September 6: Winyar Merino Rams on-property at Canowindra.
  • Thursday, September 7: 130 bulls at Millah Murrah angus sale.
  • Saturday, September 9: Council election day and Perthville Progress Association annual fete at Perthville Hall.

Laugh lines

GEORGE was asked if he knew which sign he was born under. He replied: “I was pretty young, but I think it was a red and green flashing sign.”

SHE asked the artist if he’d made any sales of his work at the weekend markets. “No,” he said, “But I am encouraged because somebody stole one.”

THE artist and his pretty model were cuddling on the couch when he heard his wife’s car pull up. He gasped: “Quick, get all your gear off and the missus will think we’re working.”