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220 Excellent quality dairy cows
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017
VLE SALEYARDS, LEONGATHA
A/c. Spring Valley Pastoral Co, Cowwarr
100 Late spring (Nov-Dec) and freshly calved
Holstein, Holstein X and Jersey cows-unjoined
60 Holstein, Holstein X and Jersey cows.
Freshly calved and springing-joined to Holstein
and Jersey sexed semen
56 Holstein, Holstein X and Jersey heifers,
calved and springing to Jersey bulls
Predominantly young herd, well managed.
Extremely quiet, in excellent condition.
Currently averaging 26-27 ltrs, 4.6 fat, 3.6
protein, 5Kg bail fed, BMCC 160. No known
Johnes. Breeding, calving and age details avail.
Mainly AI sires, used many years.
Buyers can attend with confidence.
Qty of well renowned Holstein & Jersey
sexed semen to be sold prior to sale.
Terms: Cash/Cheque on day of sale,
or settlement by agent- letter of introduction
must be provided.
Kevin Morgan 0419 917 510
John Bowler 0408 238 464
PROOF WITH COSTING
Phone 0447 331 762
PROOF WITH COSTING
Suit 60-70 dairy heifers,
Contact Rob Ould
0408 595 183
By Anne Tindall
WE LIVE on 10 acres and let
a friend agist his cattle on our
land. It works very well for us
as looking after animals takes
time and commitment.
When I was staying on some-
one else’s property recently
I got to feed their alpacas.
I found myself intrigued by
I thought that perhaps this
would be something we could
We did our research and
found out all we could about
They are fun to have around
and are sweet and enchant-
ing. They cost little to feed and
they’re easy to handle.
They do need appropriate
shelter, proper fences and
quality veterinary care but
none of these were an issue
Everyone seems to know
about alpacas spitting on peo-
ple but they mostly do not spit.
Apparently if their ears are
pinned back and they’re star-
ing at you, you should avoid eye
contact and act nonthreatening.
Llamas, alpacas and their
wild cousins, guanacos and vi-
cunas, are collectively known
as South American camelids or
Few people realise that the
ancestors of these long-necked
denizens actually evolved in
They are cute and soft and
quiet and don’t take up much
room. The really wonderful
thing about them is that they all
poo in the same place.
I knew they were the right
animals for us and quite ser-
endipitously met the wonderful
Judy Rapke who does pet ther-
apy with children and adults.
She happened to own eight al-
pacas and was happy to give us
three of them in exchange for a
donation to her son’s charity.
She has been a great source
of information. They will need
to be shorn once a year in Jan-
uary and have their toenails
and worming etc done twice a
We have had them now for a
month or so. I love it that you
have to earn their trust in order
to interact with them. They are
just so smart and responsive.
I have a fantasy of spinning
and knitting some jumpers
from their beautiful wool. Peo-
ple have been shearing lamas
for thousands of years. One of
the beauties of the lama fibre
is that its physical structure is
more like hair yet its softness
and fineness enable the spinner
to produce wonderful yarn with
ease. It is seven times warmer
than sheep’s wool.
Elijah, Orlando and Bambi-
lino, all named by Judy, are a
wonderful addition to our fam-
Children just adore them
and they in turn are very sweet,
kind and gentle.
They haven’t spat at anyone
to date and just love eating out
of our hands.
We just have them for the fun
of it but they are actually a vi-
able business option.
You can visit www.alpaca.asn.
au or phone 03 9873 7700 for
THERE were approximately 1570 export and
300 young cattle penned at the VLE Leongatha
saleyards at Koonwarra last Wednesday, repre-
senting a decrease of 220 head week-on-week.
The usual buying group was present and op-
erating in a mixed market which saw dearer
prices for better quality.
Quality was mixed with some very good prime
cattle on offer and a wide variation between
these drafts and the plainest lines.
Vealers sold up to 10c/kg dearer.
Yearling heifers to the trade improved for the
lighter weight drafts, while the heavy weights
eased 10c/kg, with quality an issue.
Grown steers and bullocks improved 2c to
7c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers eased 7c/kg.
Heavy weight Friesian and crossbred manu-
facturing steers gained 3c to 5c/kg.
Cows sold generally firm with a tendency to
slightly easier and there was a more limited se-
lection of heavy beef cows in the draft.
Heavy weight C and B muscle bulls sold from
firm to mostly 9c easier, while the dairy lots
Heavy weight vealers suited to butchers sold
from 325c to 357c/kg. Yearling heifers to the
trade made mostly between 295c and 335c/kg.
Grown steers sold between 298c and 327c/
kg. Bullocks made from 310c to 323c/kg.
Heavy weight grown heifers sold from 260c
Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers
made between 257c and 276c with the cross-
bred portion between 260c and 312c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows sold be-
tween 170c and 230c/kg.
Heavy weight cows made mostly from 209c to
254c after a top of 265c/kg. Heavy weight C and
B muscle bulls sold from 245c to 290c with the
dairy lots from 215c to 260c/kg.
Sale draw for February 22: 1. SEJ, 2. Alex
Scott & Staff, 3. Landmark, 4. Phelan & Hen-
derson & Co, 5. Elders, 6. Rodwells.
The next sheep sale is also on Wednesday,
February 22 at noon.
Leongatha Prime Sale on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
17 Missen RM Gormandale
630.0 326.6 2,057
12 Campbell G Mirboo North
663.3 323.6 2,146
12 Scarff AW Mardan
705.8 323.2 2,281
13 Loch Scenery Loch
631.9 322.0 2,034
16 Waite W Glengarry
588.1 321.6 1,891
3 Clark JT & EJ Poowong
604.2 321.2 1,940
1 Piasente JC & RF Mount Eccles 380.0 355.0 1,349
1 Reid G & N Korumburra
405.0 352.6 1,428
2 Hammond GJ & PJ Unknown District
342.5 349.6 1,197
1 Pocklington KF & P Mirboo South 290.0 347.6 1,008
1 Hendrick KR Kirrak
315.0 347.6 1,094
3 Hayward JM Leongatha Sth
376.7 344.6 1,297
7 Piasente JC & RF Mount Eccles 367.9 355.6 1,308
3 Ristrom A & J Lang Lang
300.0 354.2 1,062
1 Wilson JH & EH Lang Lang
300.0 354.2 1,062
1 Hammond GJ & PJ Unknown District
330.0 353.6 1,166
8 MacLeod D6 Welshpool
342.5 349.6 1,197
1 Maruzza T Dumbalk
330.0 347.6 1,147
1 Whelan K & F Outtrim
740.0 264.6 1,958
1 Balham Hill Run PL Rhyll
685.0 258.6 1,771
1 Hall DR Budgeree
690.0 253.6 1,749
6 Oceanway Past Inverloch
743.3 253.6 1,885
1 Schellekens M 1 Bass
505.0 250.0 1,262
1 Knox C & J Korumburra
555.0 250.0 1,387
995.0 290.0 2,885
1 Harrison RW & HJ Korumburra 915.0 281.6 2,576
1 McGrath DC Cowes
1,040.0 277.6 2,887
1 Selling M Sale
1,045.0 276.6 2,890
1 Rowe AJ & DL Phillip Island
915.0 275.6 2,521
1 Colaciello F Tyers
1,025.0 274.6 2,814
Leongatha Store Sale on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
18 Hobbs R & Bateman E Bemboka
12 Lorstan Nom Bengworden
6 Dixon A Loch
21 High Country Grazing Kilmany
12 Moyle AJ & BR Lance Creek
10 Horner RK & WJ Inverloch
9 Kuch DJ & KM Darriman
5 McLaren D Koorooman
16 Campbell PA & SE Mirboo Nth
12 Harrison SI & CA Giffard West Via Sale
4 Thompson GC & GS Doomburrim
12 Harris Farm Dumbalk North
12 Belcher DD & KL Woodside
5 Triantafyllou ME & K Woodside
10 Lowe D & E Binginwarri
Cow and Calf
1 McKenzie Smith A (Snr)
2 Olsen RL Poowong East
2 Dalton R & J Unknown District
6 Love VR Boolarra Sth
Prices up for top quality
THE State Government has approved anoth-
er round of grants worth more than $400,000
to help sheep and goat producers and the sup-
ply chain transition to the electronic identifica-
tion traceability scheme.
It takes the total amount of approved grants
to more than $1.2 million.
Sixty-one farmers will benefit in this round
of grants, reducing the cost of electronic iden-
tification equipment such as readers and ap -
The government’s Transition Package pro -
vides for cost-neutral tags at 35 cents to farm-
ers in 2017, meaning nearly all Victorian
sheep and goat producers receive benefits in
the funding package.
With new rules that came into effect from
January 1, 2017, all newborn sheep and goats
in Victoria now require an electronic NLIS
(Sheep) tag before they leave their property of
Farmers who are keen to embrace additional
on-farm benefits are encouraged to apply for
grants to purchase optional equipment like
readers and purpose built weighing systems.
To date, close to 100 applications from farm-
ers have been approved.
Additional workshops to clearly inform
farmers about the new electronic identifica-
tion system are being held almost every day
Register at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/EI-
Dworkshops or phone 136 186 for more in-
Application forms for equipment grants are
available at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/sheep-
EID or by calling 1800 678 779 during busi-
Sheep and goat
farm grant boost
1 Limo X J Tyrrell Yarragon
320 374.2 1197
3 Limo I & A Hancock Poowong
375 373.6 1401
1 Limo Bedad P/L Thorpdale
390 370 1443
1 Limo X C & K White Yannathan
370 365 1350
470 364.2 1711
3 Limo D & J Purvis Modella
370 361.6 1337
2 Angus R Pollock Heyfield
453 328 1485
4 Simm Sharman & Turner Ellinbank 535 280 1498
6 Char H & S Ziebell Lillico
446 329.6 1470
Export Cows and Heifers
1 Angus Piano Hill Farms Drouin West 605 262.6 1588
1 Angus P Craker Heath Hill
565 257.2 1453
19 Angus M & A Pisa Thorpdale
686 242.8 1666
1 Frie V Savage Ripplebrook
555 248.6 1379
2 Frie R Hope Catani
808 235 1898
1 Frie P Morgan Trafalgar
665 225 1496
1 Frie DPI Ellinbank
670 216 1447
6 Frie J Pratt Darnum
685 214 1465
1 Jersey R Pearn Yinnar
490 210 1029
1 Hereford X T Smith Drouin
765 250 1912
2 Frie F Kiss Yarragon
635 248.2 1576
1 Friesian K & J Lawrence Jindivick 860 253.2 2177
2 Friesian D & S Morgan Yanakie
872 234.2 2042
LAST Wednesday’s fat sale at Warragul
contained a smaller number of head with
466 penned, due mainly to less bullocks and
Vealer numbers were consistent with the
previous week, although a larger percentage
of well finished head saw the average rise by
$55 per head, and a 6c/kg rise.
A larger number of heifers also saw de -
mand lift with a good selection on offer, and
very few secondary head present.
Steers remained firm on the last sale and
bullocks slipped 7c with only a few penned
and not a large selection for buyers to push
each other on.
The yard average lifted 9c to 326.4c/kg.
The 14 bullocks topped at 314.6c/kg, back
6c, and averaged 284.6 , back 7, while the 44
heifers topped at 329.6c/kg, up 11c, and av-
eraged 284.3 , up 40.
The 19 steers topped at 328c/kg, firm, and
averaged 301.4, firm, while the 387 vealers
topped at 381.6c/kg, up 5c, and averaged
338.6 , up 6.
Numbers on Thursday were similar to the
previous week, and demand was stronger giv-
ing both cows and bulls a lift.
The 28 bulls averaged lighter but with the
demand remaining firm, managed to average
6c up at 237.6c/kg.
A larger percentage of dairy bulls was
penned, with the top sale making to 269.6c/
The cow top this week was up 2c to 285.6c/
kg, and with 389 head on offer the average
lifted 2c to 205.8 .
The overall yard average was up 3c to
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