Bill Tatt: Areas that received rain will find the event beneficial

Stock and property: Bill Tatt (pictured) discuses the latest rain event and the proposed installation of a weigh bridge at Dubbo and Forbes. Photo: File.

Stock and property: Bill Tatt (pictured) discuses the latest rain event and the proposed installation of a weigh bridge at Dubbo and Forbes. Photo: File.

Week Ending 9/11/18

It has long been suggested that the NVD transfer of livestock sold from neighbour to neighbour or farm to farm may be as low as 25 per cent to 30 per cent.

When animals change hands through a saleyard, abattoir or private sale conducted by agents all the required paperwork is attended to as part of the sales process.

Now we have the added attraction of the internet and the widespread use of such outlets as ‘gumtree’ etcetera which are a very attractive sales method particularly for younger traders.

Would be interesting to learn what percentage of that stock is actually transferred and how much damage if any to our lifetime traceability may occur.

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The rain whilst widespread has still managed to miss many parts of the state but those areas under moderate falls will find this rain event very beneficial at this time of the year.

Some struggling crops may receive enough moisture to make grain and if this is not the case the rain will certainly enhance the prospect for hay.

Some struggling crops may receive enough moisture to make grain...

Bill Tatt

Considering the dreadful year to date over many districts the writer is quite amazed at the amount of hay and fodder being produced.

The ingenuity of our farming community is to be admired.

Probably one of the most discussed and ongoing topics at the saleyards currently is the proposed installation of a weigh bridge at both Dubbo and Forbes by Road and Maritime Services (RMS) to monitor the transport of livestock.

My understanding is that the Shooter, Fishers and Farmers Party have come out strongly against the proposal and my thoughts are that other candidates if they wish to maintain the support of their constituents should consider doing likewise.

With the possibility of rain early in the week Dubbo Agents drew for 1775 cattle for their Prime Cattle Sale on Thursday, November 8.

The rain did arrive in some areas and numbers of cattle scanned decline to 1453 head some 3000 less than last day.

Beef export figures have recently been released for October and they paint a very rosy picture of how our processors performed for that month.

Total exports to all destinations for that month stand at a fraction under 99,000 tonnes, a 15 per cent increase year on year and also a rise of 8 per cent on September.

China and Japan are still forging ahead. Japan at 26891 tonnes rose 17 per cent year on year.

China purchased 15900 tonnes a massive 40 per cent increase using the same calibrations this figure was one of the best monthly figures ever recorded into that market.

The United States at 19700 tonnes is slightly higher when compared to last October but sales of Australian grinding beef into that market are facing a strong headwind of resistance as that country is also in drought and a substantial cow herd reduction is currently happening.