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THERE were approximately 1330 ex-
port and 300 young cattle penned rep-
resenting an increase of 340 head week
There was a full field of buyers present but not
all operating fully in a generally firm market for
the prime drafts while secondary cattle eased in
Quality was good in the grown steers and bull-
ocks while the larger selection of young cattle and
the cows were more mixed.
A better run of vealers and yearling trade steers
sold to solid demand while the yearling heifers to
the trade eased 12c/kg. Grown steers and bull-
ocks sold from firm for most to a few cents easier.
Heavy weight manufacturing steers eased 7c/kg.
The plainer offering of cows sold at firm
prices which pushed the estimated carcass value
a little higher while the heavy weight bulls sold
just slightly dearer.
Heavy weight vealers suited to butchers sold
from 370c to 397c/kg. Yearling trade steers made
between 360c and 390c/kg.
Yearling heifers to the trade sold mostly be-
tween 322c and 360c after a top of 386c/kg.
Grown steers made from 336c to 360c/kg.
Bullocks sold from 336c to 355c/kg. Heavy
weight Friesian manufacturing steers made be-
tween 267c and 279c with the crossbred portion
between 278c and 332c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows sold
between 180c and 254c/kg. Heavy weight cows
made mostly from 232c to 286c/kg.
Heavy weight bulls sold from 270c to
The next sale draw - October 19: 1. Alex
Scott & Staff, 2. Elders, 3. SEJ, 4. Rodwells, 5.
Landmark, 6. Phelan & Henderson & Co.
Prime Sale - Wednesday, October 12
15 C.T. Ferguson, Longford
551.3kg 360.0 $1984.80
4 M. Baryczka, Airly
643.8kg 355.0 $2285.31
12 S.W. & B.M. McLaren, Woodleigh Vale 701.3kg 349.6 $2451.57
12 F. & B. Parini, Korumburra
641.3kg 348.6 $2235.40
11 Jones Family Trust, Longford
677.7kg 348.6 $2362.56
9 B. & A. Hollonds, Sale
566.1kg 348.0 $1970.07
• VLE Leongatha
Vealers in hot demand
Thursday, October 13
Steers: Covino Farms, Giffard, 15 x $1880; A.
& P. Brown, Wattle Bank, 15 x $1840; D.J. & K.M .
Kuch, Darriman, 18 x $1800; K. Davis, 13 x $1790;
C. Barter, 6 x $1780; T. & J.A . Christensen, Glen-
garry, 13 x $1780.
Heifers: E.W. & J.T. Reid, Giffard West, 1 x
$1560; H.C. & J.G . Taysom, Yinnar South, 5 x $1460;
M.D . & A.C. Stothers, Kilmany, 6 x $1440; C.A . Jef-
fery, Driffield, 10 x $1350; Covino Farms, Giffard,
1 x $1330; M.E . & K. Triantafyllou, Woodside, 17
Cows: R.E . Goodwin, Allambee East, 1 x $1300.
Cows and calves: S. Fairbrother, Boolarra, 1 x
$2325; Jayden Boulton, Sale, 8 x $1910; S. Russell,
Dumbalk North, 3 x $1910; M. Wynne, Maffra, 9 x
$1810; R.L. Olsen, Poowong East, 10 x $1800; C.A .
Jeffery, Driffield, 4 x $1760.
By Sarah Vella
USING artificial insemination in stud
sheep herds can give breeders an oppor-
tunity to optimise genetic selection and
maximise desired outcomes.
Athlone Southdown sheep stud farmer Ben
Hatch used AI on 50 ewes this year, because it
gave him access to genetics he was not able to
He used semen from two rams, one which is
deceased and another which is older and unable
to cover ewes.
“It allows me to go back to older genetics, get
genetics in from other studs, or even overseas,”
“One of the rams we used, Southern Pastures
Muscles, is a ram that is long, thick and deep and
packed full of meat.”
The first step of the AI process is to implant
the ewes with CIDRs.
“When the CIDRs are removed, the ewes are
given a hormone injection to make them cycle
and ovulate. The ewes need to be ovulating at the
time of insemination,” Mr Hatch said.
In lamb: AI technician David Kennett from Genstock, left uses laparoscopy to inseminate
one of Ben Hatch’s stud Southdown ewes at Athlone.
AI improves stud genetics
“The sheep were sedated, lifted into a cradle
and then the AI technician used laparoscopy to
inseminate each ewe.”
Out of the 50 sheep inseminated, 43 were re-
turned positive pregnancy tests.
This is the second time Mr Hatch has used AI
on his stud flock and plans to do it again, using
more ewes next year.
It is an expensive procedure at around $25 to
$30 per head, but Mr Hatch said the cost was jus-
“We can use semen proven to provide the ge-
netic gains I am looking for and it is a relatively
cheap way to access them,” he said.
“The other benefit of AI is that it allows me
to try something out for a year and if it doesn’t
work, I am not stuck with an expensive stud ram
that doesn’t perform.”
When breeding stud sheep, Mr Hatch said he
is after a ram that produces feminine ewes and
“The females are retained for the stud and the
males are sold as terminal rams into the prime
lamb market,” he said.
Mr Hatch has already selected the rams he
hopes to use in his AI program next year, which
will include different genetics from New Zea-
“I have chosen rams that have proven cold tol-
erance and produce meaty lambs,” he said.
1 T. & M. Dwyer, Leongatha
375.0kg 396.6 $1487.25
2 B.S . Cantwell Lstk, Toora
317.5kg 390.6 $1240.16
1 G.J. & C .M . Alford, Woolamai
435.0kg 390.0 $1696.50
1 T. & M. Dwyer, Leongatha
370.0kg 390.0 $1443.00
1 P. J . & J.M. Keily, Yarragon
295.0kg 385.0 $1135.75
2 G.T. Cummaudo, Mirboo North
385.0kg 375.0 $1443.75
2 T. & M. Dwyer, Leongatha
340.0kg 396.6 $1348.44
3 B.S . Cantwell Lstk, Toora
318.3kg 390.6 $1243.41
1 A. & L. Hancock, Nyora
405.0kg 390.6 $1581.93
3 G.J. & C .M . Alford, Woolamai
391.7kg 389.6 $1525.93
1 G.T. Cummaudo, Mirboo North
340.0kg 389.6 $1324.64
1 A. & S . Turton, Korumburra South 330.0kg 385.6 $1272.48
1 Woodland Springs Angus, Ryanston 615.0kg 285.6 $1756.44
1 Tarwin Cove Boat Storage, Inverloch 520.0kg 284.0 $1476.80
2 N. Wolfenden, Cowes
587.5kg 280.6 $1648.53
1 N.J. Rivett, Glen Forbes
545.0kg 277.6 $1512.92
2 C. Kelly Farms, Leongatha
612.5kg 276.6 $1694.18
4 D. Pilkington & F. Toohey, Waratah Nth 637.5kg 276.6 $1763.33
1 L.M .B. Timmins P/L, Meeniyan
440.0kg 315.6 $1388.64
1 G.J. & J.M . McGrath, Jeetho
890.0kg 314.6 $2799.94
1 K. & F. Whelan, Outtrim
955.0kg 312.6 $2985.33
1 P.H., N.F., D.P. & M.L . Moore, Yarram 1020.0kg 312.0 $3182.40
1 J. Barry, Devon
1005.0kg 310.0 $3115.50
1 I.J . & A.C.N. Hancock, Jeetho West 805.0kg 309.6 $2492.28
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