Bill Tatt: New lamb definition should create plenty of discussion

Stock and property: Bill Tatt (pictured) discuses how the new lamb definition will come into affect and how rain would do wonders for crops. Photo: File

Stock and property: Bill Tatt (pictured) discuses how the new lamb definition will come into affect and how rain would do wonders for crops. Photo: File

Week Ending 14/06/19

As this column is being compiled on Thursday, June 13, Dubbo agents have drawn for 4100 cattle which is down from 6300 head a week ago.

The man on the air waves says that with the rain band coming through from the south they are experiencing flooding in parts of South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

We live in constant hope that this weather event eventually covers major areas in Eastern Australia. Queensland also appears to be in an unsettled weather pattern as we speak.

Some districts in Western Victoria and the Riverland in South Australia have seen the best single rain event in three years.

Rain would do wonders for the crops, but also the start to winter has in many cases been very mild and rain would see our clover country really bounce away.

In many cases the money we receive for our cattle never seems to be quite enough.

Speaking to some of our northern export processors we may be able to put these results into some perspective.

Export cattle out of the central west which includes Dubbo in recent weeks landed at northern sheds are approximately $100.00 a head dearer than locally sourced Queensland cattle.

Certainly, extra freight maybe a component of this difference, but certainly not to that extent.

This price differentiation applies in the main to cows, bullocks, heavy steers and bulls. Feeder steers are also cheaper in the north than they are here locally.

One of the good news stories for last week was an interview I happened to catch on one of the radio channels.

    A representative of the Thomas Family was being interviewed with regards to the new facility they are planning to build at Murray Bridge in South Australia.

    Thomas Food International lost their original plant to a fire in 2015.

    The new plant some 30km from the original site will be a greenfield site which the company hopes to have completed by 2020.

    The new shed will be the benchmark in innovation and technology and will initially employ 400 workers which in the course of time will grow to 2000 employees.

    Lamb dentition is once again under the spotlight with the new definition to come into effect from July,1, 2019.

    READ THE PREVIOUS BILL TATT COLUMN HERE.

    A lamb becomes a hogget under this new ruling when a permanent incisor reaches a stage named as 'in wear' this occurs when an incisor touches the upper pad when the mouth is closed or is above the height of the lamb's teeth on either side.

    Don't worry this will create plenty of discussion.