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By CARLA WIESE-SMITH
STRONG processor support buoyed a
solid Mount Pleasant market in February,
where lambs sold to $160 and steers to
The 42 sale-topping lambs were sold by mar-
ket regulars Tim and Kelly Brown, Keyneton,
to ALC, and their seconds, a run of 44, made
$158 to Thomas Foods International.
Meanwhile, Mr Brown's father Mark Brown,
Keyneton, also sold a good run of 37 lambs at
$150 to JBS Swift.
Well-presented lambs were in good demand
with a significant proportion of the yarding
making about $100.
A total of 2500 sheep and lambs were
Best hoggets were 25 ewes sold by Iluka
Estate, Balhannah, at $83.
These were snapped up by Peter Ferguson,
Currency Creek, who was on the lookout
for hogget ewes and "thought they might be
Best wether hoggets were four, sold by CA
Paech at $76 to the local butcher, and CJ
Guthrie sold 12 at $70.
Processor bidding included TFI, JBS Swift,
ALC, Princess Royal (Gawler River), Austral,
Meat Barn, and local butchers and they con-
tinued their support into the yarding of about
The best steers were four big grey bullocks
which made $900 for PR&SM Fulton.
Next best were two Herefords sold by MJ
Dyer, Tanunda, at $890, and Hartwells sold
one Angus-cross steer at $850.
AG&BA Loffler, Mannum, sold one Murray
Grey steer at $820 and an Angus at $800.
Heifers topped at $730 for a Murray Grey
from JD&VA Cawrse, Freeling.
AG&KL Norman, Karoonda, sold four heif-
ers at $670, Birdwood Horse Works sold one
at $650 and KC Wegener sold one Hereford
A small cow offering was topped by one
Angus cow at $720, from PR&SM Fulton.
M&A Button sold two Murray Grey cows at
$700 and LP&C Deans, Flaxman Valley, sold
one Angus at $700. D Brown Pastoral, Eden
Valley, sold six Angus cows at $600.
"It was pretty solid for sheep, lambs and
cattle," said Landmark Mount Pleasant's Colin
"There was good processor support and it
was pretty reasonable quality throughout, with
a highlight being lambs at $160."
for lamb prices
Chris Meaney, Wanarka, and Neville Cliff, Roseworthy, were looking for store lambs -- "good
bargains" -- at Mount Pleasant last month. They left empty handed because the prices were "too
good for us".
Yarding: 2500 sheep and lambs, 225 cattle
Lambs to $160
Hoggets to $83
Steers to $900
Heifers to $730
Cows to $720
Peter Ferguson, Currency Creek, paid $83 for
these 25 ewe hoggets sold by Iluka Estate,
Balhannah. He said he was after ewe hoggets
in particular and thought they might be a bit
Allan Keller, Murray Bridge, and Simon
Ollett, Brinkworth, were at Mount Pleasant
market looking for cows and calves and were
disappointed not to find any.
Pastures usually provide the only income for graziers
and dairy farmers etc. Without pastures there is no
meat, milk, or wool. Often grazing paddocks contain
more weeds than productive pasture species.
This is understandable, because it is difficult to estab-
lish good pasture. Pasture seed is often broadcast with a
spinner type fertiliser spreader.
These types of spreaders can not spread fertiliser even-
ly, so how can they sow pasture seed mixes with seeds of
different sizes, density and specific gravity evenly?
Then there are sod seeders and disc seeders of various
makes and types. These machines have been designed to
sow cereal grains in rows. Modifications have been made
to supposedly make them suitable to sow pasture.
They are really not adequate because the seed is sown
in rows and often buried too deep.
The natural way for pasture seed to germinate is on
the surface, in contact with the soil, so why bury the
seed? If you bury the seed this is exactly what happens --
it stays buried and dies. Then of course sowing in lines or
rows doesn't make any sense either. If the seed does ger-
minate, the empty spaces between the rows will allow
weeds to grow with obvious loss of production. Apart
from the time and effort required to sow pasture, the cost
of quality pasture seed needed for a total re-seeding is
in the vicinity of $200 to $250 per hectare in high rainfall
and irrigation areas.
With this kind of expense and loss of production over
long periods of time, why would anyone use inadequate
implements for sowing pasture?
The best way to establish pasture is by placing the
seed in contact with the soil evenly spaced over the
whole area as opposed to rows. When germination oc-
curs, a blanket cover of new pasture seedlings will ensure
fast total establishment of new pasture.
This will help to suppress the weeds and bring the
pasture into full production much earlier.
Achieving this has a significant economic benefit. The
best machine by far for this task is the HATZENBICHLER
This machine is designed for sowing pastures into
either worked ground or more importantly into existing
pastures, either to just rejuvenate or totally re-sow with-
out the need to cultivate, at speeds of up to 15km/h using
only low horsepower.
These machines are extremely cost effective and
can be supplied in various widths and fitted with either
mechanical or pneumatic seed boxes.
No one has a perfect mix of good quality pasture over
the whole farm so every farm has scope to improve their
pasture and therefore their productivity.
With the VERTIKATOR this task has never been more
accurate, faster or easier.
• For more information on top pasture production with
the VERTIKATOR visit:
au; fax to 03 5678 8247 or call
Mike Fix 0418 508 573 and
Graham Wood 0418 591 678.
Establishing and maintaining
with Hatzenbichler -- Vertikator
How do you sow pastures?
Use Pasture Management with
FODDER & LUCERNE
Pasture renovator and
seeder without cultivating.
Fast, efficient, low
horsepower, economical Level, aerate, work in manure, broadcast seed.
One fast pass to maximise production. Levels, harrows, seeds and rolls
giving a uniform coverage. To renovate or totally re-sow your pastures contact:
Making Agriculture work for you
PO Box 54 Grantville, 3984. Phone (03) 5678 8880. Fax (03) 5678 8247
Graham Wood 0418 591 678 or Mike Fix 0418 508 573
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