Crops suffer during dry June

All indications are that the first 6 months of 2017 is the driest January to June ever recorded in many parts of Eastern Australia.

Stock and property: Local agent Bill Tatt discusses the latest industry news including how the American authorities recently announced that they would no longer accept imports of fresh or frozen beef from Brazil. Photo: File

Stock and property: Local agent Bill Tatt discusses the latest industry news including how the American authorities recently announced that they would no longer accept imports of fresh or frozen beef from Brazil. Photo: File

Tasmania has kept official records for 110 years for most parts of that state and this is their driest start to the year over that time, many of our local winter fodder crops have “hit the wall” suffering from moisture deficiency and regular frost like mornings.

Some agronomist pessimistic about the weather outlook have advised their clients to eat off their oats, barley etc to salvage something from the crop wreckage.

Have a very good mate within the industry who often suggests that on certain occasions “weight will beat rate” when bottom line figures are taken into consideration, a case in point is John Dent from “Neeworra” at Gulargambone who at Dubbo last Thursday offered an outstanding B-Double of Hereford steers and bullocks which sold in the range of 290 plus cents /kg, all the consignment sold about the $2000-dollar mark with the best bullocks returning $2592.00.

Rod Mildner from Nevertire with a deteriorating season opted to sell his Angus steer weaners now while they still possessed freshness and bloom, this decision was well rewarded with this outstanding line of calves receiving 360.2c/kg weighing 318kg and returning $1147.

Tom and Louise Woods Narromine sold a line of attractive young steers for 293.2c/kg, weighing 676kg to return a very tidy $1984 per head. The fall-out surrounding the JBS Brazilian Beef Operation continues unabated with startling revelation coming to hand on almost a daily basis.

Originally it was stated that there would be absolutely no collateral damage whatsoever to the American operation which is in turn linked to our Australian industry. Soon after a statement is released announcing the sale of their entire feedlot complex in the United States which on any given day supposedly has some 980,000 head on feed.

American authorities recently announced that they would no longer accept imports of fresh or frozen beef from Brazil.

This suspension will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) finds satisfactory.

Prior to this ban American officials since March have been testing 100 per cent of Brazilian beef and have rejected almost 1000tonnes on the grounds of animal health issues, sanitary concerns or the risk to human well-being.

How are we all progressing with our new biosecurity rules and regulations?

All seminars suggest that these new rules and regulations are industry driven, from what I can glean the changes are not been pursued by the rank and file grassroot graziers, most of whom new nothing about these changes which were to be thrust upon them. Most graziers to my knowledge are dedicated to running an efficient, clean and green enterprise sometimes in very difficult circumstances considering droughts, fires, low commodity prices and unsympathetic politicians.

The best we can do is complete the questionnaire, file as suggested by the authorities and hope that the increased paperwork does not become too onerous in the future.

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