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By ALISTAIR LAWSON
MILK vealer calves have been
outstanding performers in
saleyards across the
Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu
Peninsula recently, largely due to a
lack of numbers coming through the
market at the moment.
Prices of up to $2.90 a kilogram
have been reported in some markets
for the calves, but feeder cattle could
be facing some challenges as grain
prices look set to increase.
At Strathalbyn -- where the August
feature cattle sale was cancelled due
to a lack of numbers -- Landmark
auctioneer Bradley Walker said cat-
tle numbers were starting to come
on sooner than usual.
As a result, two store sales will be
held at Strathalbyn this month -- on
September 7 and September 21.
From there, fortnightly sales will
continue all the way through until
Mr Walker said the early influx of
cattle could reflect conditions that
were drier than producers would
"In some areas it's a little bit drier
than what people might wish, but
people might also be light on hay
stocks and light on feed," he said.
Mr Walker described milk vealer
sprices at the weekly Strathalbyn
prime sales as "exceptional". The
vealers made up to $2.60/kg.
"The feeder market hasn't changed
much and has generally been
around $1.90-$2/kg, but grain
prices down the track might have an
influence on that market," he said.
"Cattle for export and the domes-
tic kill have generally stayed pretty
With the season shaping up the
way it is now, Mr Walker is expect-
ing results similar to that of last year.
At Mount Compass, trade calves
have been making excellent prices,
going up to about $2.70/kg.
But Protstock director Kym
Endersby warned prices would ease
once more numbers came onto the
market, which was likely in the next
couple of months.
"The only thing that will hold the
price up is competition," Mr
Other types of cattle have been
holding firm, with good cows and
bulls both making $1.50/kg and the
best steers making $1.90.
Mr Endersby said the export mar-
ket was travelling well, but he too
had concerns about feeders given
the price of grain.
Landmark Anderson & Fawcett
co-principal Colin Fawcett said
feedlots needed continuity of supply.
"The grain price could have a dra-
matic impact on feedlot cattle, but
that's subject to the contracts feed-
lots can get at the other end as well,"
Mr Fawcett said.
"For most feedlots, it's about con-
tinuity of supply to their supply
chain and they will have to take that
Meanwhile, Mr Fawcett said good
store cattle and prime vealers
seemed to be selling strongly
because of lower numbers.
"It has been pretty cold and wet
through the Hills so numbers have
come through slower, but numbers
have still been good," he said.
On the lamb market, Mr Fawcett
said those of the good trade variety
were making anywhere between $90
"It seems to be hanging around
that $4.30/kg mark which is hope-
fully sustainable for farmers," he
"If prices stay around that $4.30-
$4.50/kg mark, most people should
Prime vealers dearer
Tom Bettess, Hindmarsh Island, and Keith Fryar, Waitpinga, were at the
Strathalbyn Feature Cattle Sale in July, looking for heifers to grow out for the
spring and sell off in summer.
THE Australian equestrian team at the
Olympic and Paralympic competitions
in London have seen many highs and
lows in the past two months.
Victorian Joann Formosa win gold in
the Grade 1b individual dressage
championship at the Paralympics but
former Yorke Peninsula equestrian
Grace Bowman was eliminated from
her individual test competition in the
Grade II individual dressage competi-
tion after her horse Kirby Park Joy
spooked in the arena.
Watching two riders withdraw from
the Australian eventing team in
the lead up to the Olympics was
cially as one of
them was South
her horse Kirby Park Allofasudden.
The on-course falls and subsequent
elimination of Clayton Fredericks on
Bendigo and Sam Griffiths and his
mount Happy Times in the cross-coun-
try phase left the Australian eventing
team languishing in sixth place on
Germany won gold with 133.70,
Great Britain silver on 138.20 and New
Zealand bronze on 144.40.
The 51-year-old Joann Formosa on
Worldwide PB won the top title in the
Grade 1b individual dressage champi-
onship, beating English nine-time
Paralympic gold medallist Lee Pearson
by only a fraction of a percent.
It was the first time Lee had
been beaten at a Paralympic
Games since 2000, and it was
the first time Australia had
won gold in equestrian
since the Sydney 2000
with MIRANDA KENNY
Riveting rides on big stage
Megan Jones and her horse Kirby Park Allofasudden flew to England as
reserves for the Australian Olympic eventing team but had to withdraw as
Allofasudden became lame. Megan competed at the prestigious four-star
event Burghley a few weeks after the Olympics, making it to a top-40
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