Home' Yarram Standard : May 11th 2016 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD”, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - PA G E 11
THERE was approxi-
mately 1850 export
cattle penned of which
1200 were cows and
100 young cattle, rep-
resenting an increase
of just 50 head week
There was a full field of
buyers present and competing
in a dearer market.
There was still some good
quality in the grown steers and
bullocks however the young
cattle and cows were mostly
A handful of trade cattle
sold firm. Grown steers and
bullocks improved up to 5c/
kg. Heavy weight grown heif-
ers showing good finish lifted
A limited selection of
Friesian manufacturing steers
eased 2c to 8c/kg with quality
an issue, while the crossbred
portion held firm.
Competition was strong
for the 1200 cows which held
a large proportion of empty
dairy cows who failed to join
due to the poor season.
Cow prices improved 5c to
10c for most with a local ex-
port abattoir re-opening after a
long break having an effect on
competition while the heavy
weight bulls lifted 4c/kg.
There was very little to
speak of in the limited run
of young cattle other than a
handful of yearling heifers
suited to the trade selling
from 288c to 305c/kg.
Grown steers made be-
tween 283c and 309c/kg.
Bullocks sold between 289c
and 311c/kg. Heavy weight
grown heifers showing good
finish made from 249c to
Heavy weight Friesian
manufacturing steers sold
from 223c to 238c, with the
crossbred portion from 259c
• VLE Leongatha
Prices hold at VLE
Prime Sale - Wednesday, May 4
18 O’Loughlin Bros, Meeniyan
695.0kg 310.6 $2158.67
9 N.D . & J. Buckland, Fish Creek
656.7kg 309.6 $2033.04
11 D.P. & C.M. Brown, Mirboo North 629.6kg 308 .6 $1942.98
16 M.E . & K. Triantafyllou, Woodside 555.3kg 305.0 $1693.70
4 T. & M. Neesham, French Island
592.5kg 302.0 $1789.35
1 R. & J. Edwards, Fish Creek
605.0kg 301.6 $1824.68
4 Black Partners, Narracan
262.6kg 310.0 $813.75
14 Pettitt Pty Ltd, Koorooman
545.7kg 308.0 $1680.80
1 The Firs (Vic) Pty Ltd, Korumburra 360.0kg 306 .6 $1103.76
1 T. & M. Neesham, French Island
485.0kg 302.0 $1664.70
6 R.W. Arnold, Yarram
480.8kg 300 .0 $1442.50
1 M. Horkings
510.0kg 300 .0 $1530.00
1 M. Horkings
405.0kg 304.6 $1233.63
5 A.B. & B.J . Crouch, Welshpool
322.0kg 298.6 $961.49
4 Amaruso, Traralgon
483.8kg 295.0 $1427.06
14 T.E . & A.M . Shandley, Koorooman 432.1kg 290.0 $1253.21
1 S.J . & L.E. Berryman, Yarram
450.0kg 290.0 $1305.00
5 R.W. Arnold, Yarram
467.0kg 287.6 $1343.09
1 J.F. & M.C. Wilson, Glen Alvie
595.0kg 241.6 $1437.52
1 B.S. Cantwell Lstk, Toora
685.0kg 239.0 $1637.15
1 G. Best, Mirboo
600.0kg 235.6 $1413.60
11 McGauren Past Co, Rosedale
625.9kg 235.6 $1474.64
5 R.W. & L.M. Brooks, Korumburra Sth 545.0kg 235.6 $1284.02
1 Mark & Robert Hunt, Newry
565.0kg 235.6 $1331.14
1 K.G . & W.A . Marshall, Glengarry 875.0kg 281.6 $2464.00
1 E.A ., G.E., R.I. & G .J . Baillie, Tyers 1055.0kg 277.6 $2928.68
1 G.K . & J.A . Cook, Yanakie
830.0kg 272.6 $2262.58
1 B. & L. Cummins, Doomburrim 1005.0kg 270.0 $2713.50
1 S. Mooney, Wonga Wonga
480.0kg 268.6 $1289.28
1 A. Kelly & S. Howard, Nerrena
860.0kg 268.6 $2309.96
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THIRTY one very excited children from Wood-
side and Devon North Primary Schools boarded
the train at Traralgon to travel to Melbourne for
their three day camp in the first week of May.
Arriving at Flinders Street station and seeing the city
was certainly a new experience for many. The first tram ride
brought squeals of delight as they hung on.
On the first day the children visited the hallowed turf of
the MCG, Parliament House and the Old Melbourne Gaol.
At Parliament House they heard the budget delivered and
met local member Danny O’Brien.
The children were all up early the next day to spend their
money at the Victoria market and careful consideration went
into purchases for themselves and family. A ferry ride down
the Yarra and back to Science Works was another highlight.
Following this a ride up 88 flights of the Eureka tower was
enjoyed. The view over Melbourne was quite breathtaking.
The children’s favourite activity was the Melbourne Sports
and Aquatic Centre’s wave pool and the water slide.
The last day began with a trip to the State Library where
the children saw Ned Kelly’s armour and various artefacts
as well as the stunning reading room. Next was a trip up
to the War Memorial. The last activity was The Melbourne
A bus was taken home which allowed the children to
experience peak hour traffic. A tired group greeted their
parents at Traralgon station along with some very weary
teachers. While they all had a great time the general con-
sensus was it was great to get back to country life after the
hustle and bustle of the city.
Adventure in the city
High praise for principal
THIS week my son received a letter from our local MP Danny
O’Brien celebrating the announcement of funding for Yar-
ram Primary School. The headline read ‘We did it’. Whilst we
should all be elated the Yarram Primary School has received
this long overdue funding, and it should be acknowledged that
Danny O’Brien has played a small part in the recent budget
campaign, perhaps we should take a moment to recognise the
real heroes of this announcement.
Penny Earle and her school community deserve the highest
praise for their resilience and persistence in chasing the best
facilities for the young learners of Yarram. They have worked
on this project for many years and not wavered in their intent.
Well done to them!
Harriet Shing has similarly worked tirelessly behind the
scenes to ensure that Yarram’s plight was front and centre of
the budget committee. There is a long line of worthy schools
in desperate need of funding and Harriet ensured the Andrews
Labour Government knew about Yarram primary. One reason
why there is such a long queue of schools is the previous co-
alition government’s abandonment of the building program
during its period of office. Mr O’Brien’s coalition government
ripped money out of every state school and had an appalling
track record on state education. Perhaps Mr O’Brien might like
to explain to us all why not one new school will be opened in
Gippsland, or Victoria for that matter, in 2016. This dreadful
state of affairs exists because of the coalition’s neglect of gov-
ernment schools. The widely respected ex-local member Peter
Ryan was well acquainted with Yarram Primary School’s poor
facilities and even he, as Deputy Premier did not secure the
funding for Yarram primary from that stingy government . It
took Harriet Shing and the Andrews Labour Government (who
have no chance of ever winning the seat of South Gippsland) to
deliver the goods. Their commitment to the education of every
Victorian student stands in stark contrast to the efforts of the
previous coalition government.
Whilst Danny O’Brien’s support has been welcomed in re-
cent times let’s not forget who neglected our schools in Yarram
and let’s recognise the true heroes who have secured this out-
VOLUNTEERS make Australia a better and more caring place
to live. This week is National Volunteer Week (9-15 May) and
we want to thank all volunteers for everything they do.
Each year across Australia more than six million volunteers
not only bring happiness to the people and communities they
help, but they also get to experience the joy of helping others.
And the benefits of volunteering go much further than that.
Volunteers add value to our communities by building trust, re-
lationships and connections between people. Plus they boost
social engagement and help communities to share skills and
resources. Simply put, volunteers make our communities stron-
ger and more resilient.
There are more than 20,000 Red Cross volunteers in Austra-
lia. They support local communities, they help the children of
refugees with their homework, they are there in times of disas-
ter both in Australia and overseas, they take the time to talk to
those who are lonely every day, and many other activities. It is
all about people helping people in very practical ways.
Thank you to all volunteers – wherever you are and no mat-
ter who you volunteer for – your generosity creates a more sup-
portive, connected, inclusive and happier Australia.
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Excited: Devon North and Woodside primary school students waiting for the ferry on the Yarra River opposite
Flinders Street Station during the action packed three day excursion in the city recently.
Meet and greet: Devon North and Woodside primary schools grades five and six sitting in the Upper House
of the Victorian Parliament building after meeting local representative Danny O’Brien.
Most light and medium weight cows made be-
tween 150c and 217c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold
mostly between 179c and 242c/kg. Heavy weight C
and B muscle bulls made from 240c to 282c/kg..
The next sale draw - May 11 & 12: 1. Land-
mark, 2. SEJ, 3. Rodwells, 4. Alex Scott & Staff, 5.
Elders, 6. Phelan & Henderson & Co.
Fortnightly Sheep Sale - Wednesday, May 18
That is how little some
of the regions Fonterra sup-
pliers could be paid for their
milk for the last two months
of the season.
largest milk processor an-
nounced a drop in its farm-
gate milk price from $5.60
per kilogram of milk solids
to $5kg/MS last Thursday.
Jack River dairy farmer
and Fonterra supplier Mar-
ian MacDonald said milk
normally costs 42 cents per
litre to produce, when not in
“I was incredibly disap-
pointed, but not incredibly
surprised by Fonterra’s announcement,”
“Late last year, Fonterra said very clearly
the price Murray Goulburn was paying was
unsustainable and needed to drop.
“Fonterra had no choice but to follow
MG’s lead, but it doesn’t make it any more
Ms MacDonald said in the short term,
farmers are going to find themselves in re-
ally difficult positions and will have to cut
costs where they can.
“Because of the ongoing drought, we
have already done that,” she said.
“We have already cut cow numbers
dramatically and we are going to cut num-
“We are in a relatively unusual position,
in having locked in some of our milk price
so won’t be as affected as
others, so I am grateful for
Ms MacDonald said be-
tween low milk prices and
low rainfall, it is still going
to be a really tough year,
which will have an impact
“This will be a year
for cutting as many costs
as possible. Some farmers
will no longer be able to
afford to do all the small
things they would normally
be able to do.”
She said there is a need
for structural change within
milk processing companies.
Ms MacDonald said the
recent dairy debacle has
shaken her confidence in the ability of pro-
cessors to provide good price signals.
“The investments dairy farmers make
take years to provide a return. You can’t in-
vest if you don’t know what you are going
to be paid month to month,” she said.
Fonterra managing director Oceania
Judith Swales said a reduction in farmgate
milk price is the last thing farmers want
to hear – however, it is unlikely to come
as a surprise.
Ms Swales said Fonterra was firmly
committed to supporting farmers, despite
the obvious business challenges the milk
price reduction would cause.
The Fonterra Australia support loan
will offer a loan of up to 60c kg/MS, re-
payable from 2017-18 onwards, for those
who choose to take up the loan.
Tough times: Jack
River dairy farmer
is disappointed Fon-
terra has dropped its
milk price in line with
Fonterra follows suit
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