Home' Smart Farmer : August 2010 Contents By MIRANDA KENNY
ELLING smaller lines of stock
could prove beneficial for pro-
ducers based in the Adelaide
Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.
With greater numbers of hobby
farmers now based in the area,
Springton farmer Neil Kroehn said
there were greater opportunities
when it came to selling smaller lines
of sheep and cattle.
Neil, who produces about 800
crossbred lambs every year, said he
had always sold at his local market.
"Small butchers are generally only
looking to buy small lines, as they
only want to slaughter a limited
amount of stock," he said.
"There are a lot of hobby farmers
around us now and they generally
only want to buy small lots as well,
as they don't have heaps of land."
Neil, 55, said he and his late father
Ron had been selling stock at Mount
Pleasant for as long as he could
He said he was unsure if it was
better to sell store or prime stock in
smaller lots at market.
Landmark Anderson and Fawcett
Mount Pleasant agent Colin Fawcett
said the Mount Pleasant market gen-
erally sold "lots of small lots".
"We provide a sevice to small and
larger vendors," he said. "How well
certain lots of stock sell can depend
on the mood of the buyers.
"It can also depend on the time of
Colin said when it came to mar-
keting stock, late spring was gener-
ally when most were in better
condition because of abundant feed.
He said producers looking to sell
sheep or cattle through a market-
place needed to complete a national
vendor declaration, ensure all stock
had eartags, and that animal health
statements were also completed.
Colin also said it was important
for producers to book stock in, as it
was easiest to establish an account in
the week before a sale, and not on
When it came to charges, produc-
ers would have to pay a yard fee of
60 cents a head for sheep and
$4.50/hd for cattle.
A $2/hd scanning and transfer fee
was also charged for cattle.
GST was also charged on all sheep
and cattle sales, and Colin said pro-
ducers could buy transit insurance.
Lamb and cattle transaction levies
of 20 cents/hd for sheep and lambs
and $1.50 for cattle, would also
have to be paid depending on the
price the stock sold for.
NLIS tags for cattle cost $3 and
20-25c/hd for sheep.
"Most small vendors do an excel-
lent job presenting their stock for
sale," Colin said. "But so do many
larger vendors as well."
He said the Mt Pleasant sale sold
lines of one to 30 cattle and one to
200 sheep, ensuring it catered to all
farmers of every size.
"If stock are good they'll sell
accordingly," he said.
Prostock owner Kym Endersby,
who runs a weekly prime cattle sale
at Mount Compass, said markets
were the place where prices were
"The market is a very good place
to sell," he said.
"Letting everyone compete for
stock drives the price higher.
"Everyone can benefit from selling
Mr Endersby said in the Adelaide
Hills it was now very common for
smaller lines of cattle to be sold.
Market for small farmers
Mount Compass Area School trainees Year 12 Peter Nicholls, Mt Compass,
ew Tindale, Mt Compass, pictured with Prostock's Kym
Kroehn, Springton, sold second cross lambs at Mount Pleasant
et in July, making $116 for 20 Border Leicester-Merino cross
Dorset lambs. He said he had sold lambs at Mount Pleasant
ket for many years.
Book stock in before sale
Good stock sell well
Various sized pens of stock sold
• Soft Standing
• Under Cover
• Double Decker Ramp
• Displayed Weights
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information to prepare your cattle
for consignment are available.
Hire of portable cattle yards and a portable cattle
crush with full head restraint also available.
SALEYARD ROAD, MT COMPASS
PHONE: 85 568 568 FAX: 8556 8578
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MT PLEASANT MARKET
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Livestock to be booked in with our office prior to sale date. Stock to be yarded by 11am Sale Day.
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Contact our office on 08 8568 2201,
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SELLING BY AUCTION:
• CATTLE & CALVES • SHEEP & LAMBS
• ALPACAS • GOATS
2010 SALE DATES:
September. . . . . . . . . . . .Wednesday15th
October. . . . . . . . . . . .Wednesday6th,20th
November . . . . . . . . . .Wednesday3rd,17th
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Located on Saleyard Road Mt Pleasant
The Saleyard of Choice for Northern Hills, Murray Flats & The Barossa Producers
Mt Pleasant Annual BL/Merino
1st X & Merino Off Shears Sale
& British Breed Ram Sale
Wednesday 24th November 2010
Ram Sale Commencing 12:00 Noon
Off Shears Sale Commencing 1:00pm
Mt Pleasant / Pewsey Vale
Annual Weaner Cattle Sale
Friday 28th January 2011
Commencing 12:00 Noon
Mt Pleasant Beef Breeders
& Weaner Cattle Sale
Wednesday 2nd March 2011
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