Home' Yarram Standard : January 11th 2017 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD” Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - PA G E 11
SHEEP producers expected to move
from marking their flock with visual tags
to the new electronic identification sys-
tem won’t bear the burden of increased
costs or time, according to Victoria’s
peak farmer organisation.
The Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock
Group has urged producers to understand the State
Government’s new electronic identification (eID)
tags will be cost neutral, meaning ‘business as usual’
on the farm.
“The only change to on-farm practice is the
change of ear tags from visual to eID,” VFF live-
stock president Leonard Vallance said.
The State Government has invested $17 million
in sheep and goat electronic identification to ensure
the livestock sector will now provide consumers
with a lifetime traceability guarantee underpinning
biosecurity and market access.
The package will include $7.7 million next
year to subsidise the cost of producers implement-
ing electronic tags, with the remaining funds being
used for infrastructure grants, co-funded equipment
grants and an education program across the supply
Mr Vallance said it was a priority of the VFF
Livestock Group to hold the government to account
over its commitment to subsidise the cost to produc-
ers of rolling out the new system.
“The Victorian government must ensure every
effort is made to guarantee our sheep and goat pro-
ducers aren’t disadvantaged by the mandating of
eID,” Mr Vallance said.
“We also need to see safeguards installed to
guarantee supply chain costs don’t burden livestock
producers as the system matures.”
The VFF argued for a national approach to ease
the sheep industry into the new technology and
has previously expressed concern at the Victorian
Government’s decision to go it alone on electronic
“The VFF still believes the most effective way
of implementing electronic tags is to have a consis-
tent approach that’s affordable to farmers and well
supported by industry,” Mr Vallance said.
“But as it stands, we are determined to ensure
there is no impact on livestock operations across
Victoria because of the government’s initiative.”
The State Government conducted educational
workshops for producers in the lead-up to the eID
transition on January 1, 2017.
More workshops are expected to be held in the
new year. Livestock producers are encouraged to
keep an ear out for the workshop schedule, which
will be made available at http://agriculture.vic.gov.
Sheep tags will benefit farmers
Thursday, January 5
Steers: B. & D. Buckland, Yea, 9 x $1740;
Gippsland Grazing P/L, 12 x $1580; M. Wight,
Meeniyan, 13 x $1570; Sugarloaf Nominees, Bass, 18
x $1560; L. & M. Fajerman, Toora, 13 x $1540; J.H .
& J.I . MacDonald, Leongatha South, 5 x $1480.
Heifers: N.R. & L.J . Andrews, Mirboo North, 5
x $1330; Christine Sterrick, Yinnar, 1 x $1310; N.B.
& L.J. Smith, Pound Creek, 4 x $1255; The Firs (Vic)
Pty Ltd, Korumburra, 22 x $1220; S.C. Midwinter,
Doomburrim, 4 x $1210; D. Wilkin, Turtons Creek,
1 x $1200.
Cows: B. Boulton, 2 x $1650.
Cows and calves: F.M. Hancock, Poowong, 1 x
$2070; S. Anderson, San Remo, 1 x $2050; S. Teagle,
Trida, 1 x $1925.
VLE store sale
THERE were approximately 640 export
and 350 young cattle penned for the first
sale of 2017 with the usual group of buy-
ers present but not all operating fully in a
mostly dearer market.
Quality was good with a limited selection of
grown steers and bullocks and a larger run of veal-
ers carrying plenty of weight and condition.
Heavy weight vealers averaged a little easier
with weight an issue while the yearling portion of
the trade run sold 15c/kg dearer. Grown steers and
bullocks sold 5c to 15c/kg dearer.
The cows were mostly dairy bred with very
few finished beef cows on offer and prices were
generally firm to a few cents dearer.
Heavy weight beef bulls sold firm while the
dairy lots gained 10c/kg.
Heavy weight vealers suited to butchers sold
from 317c to 350c/kg. Yearling trade steers made
between 310c and 340c/kg.
Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 290c
Grown steers made from 305c to 326c/kg.
Bullocks sold from 302c to 320c/kg. Heavy
weight crossbred manufacturing steers made be-
tween 268c and 311c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows sold
between 190c and 238c/kg. Heavy weight cows
made mostly from 217c to 267c after a top of
Heavy weight bulls sold from 250c to 286c/kg.
The next sale draw - January 11: 1. Landmark,
2. SEJ, 3. Elders, 4. Alex Scott & Staff, 5. Phelan
& Henderson & Co, 6. Rodwells.
Sheep sale Wednesday at 1pm (weekly).
Prime Sale - Wednesday, January 4
21 Hurstdale Pty Ltd, Pakenham
604.8kg 325.6 $1969.10
16 C.T. Ferguson, Longford
629.1kg 325.0 $2044.45
1 G. & R. Jarvie, Hazelwood
555.0kg 325.0 $1803.75
4 A.J. & G.L . Campbell, Mirboo Nth 597.5kg 320.6 $1915.59
16 Kaldumb P/L, Dumbalk
631.6kg 320.0 $2021.00
7 Burrabardoo, Tarwin
565.7kg 318.6 $1802.37
1 G. & T. Mildenhall, Kirrak
400.0kg 349.6 $1398.40
2 A. & K.J. Mangiafico, Dumbalk Nth 455.0kg 346.0 $1574.30
2 R., J. & M. Kershaw, Archies Creek 402.5kg 345.0 $1388.63
1 J. Carpinteri, Thorpdale
460.0kg 341.6 $1571.36
1 G. & R. Jarvie, Hazelwood
375.0kg 340.6 $1277.25
5 M. White, Mirboo North
424.0kg 340.0 $1441.60
1 R.H. & M. Greaves, Tarwin Lower 395.0kg 372.6 $1471.77
4 G. & R. Jarvie, Hazelwood
332.5kg 345.6 $1149.12
2 K. Park, Fish Creek
290.0kg 344.6 $999.34
3 D.G . & C.M . Roberts, Foster
335.0kg 339.6 $1137.66
1 P. Calder, Korumburra South
320.0kg 339 .6 $1086.72
6 J. Balbo, Yarram
339.2kg 339.2 $1150.45
1 B. & D. Harrison, Mirboo South
600.0kg 277.2 $1663.20
2 P. & M. Batters, Woodside
712.5kg 255.0 $1816.88
1 J. & T. Stewart, Mirboo
680.0kg 255.0 $1734.00
1 R. & P. Davis, Leongatha South
580.0kg 255.0 $1479.00
1 R.H. & M. Greaves, Tarwin Lower 555.0kg 250.6 $1390.83
1 M. Morrison, Allambee East
670.0kg 250.0 $1675.00
• VLE Leongatha
Prices lift for new year market
2 J. Carpinteri, Thorpdale
420.0kg 320.0 $1344.00
1 J. Giardina, Mirboo
970.0kg 285.6 $2770.32
1 Salinasville P/L, Boolarra
1020.0kg 285.6 $2913.12
1 I.A . & A.K. Nunn, Pound Creek
970.0kg 282.6 $2741.22
1 P. & M. Batters, Woodside
1045.0kg 275.2 $2875.84
1 M. Brown & A. Norden, Wonga 535.0kg 274.6 $1469.11
EASTERN Region Alliance, on behalf of
VicRoads, is carrying out grass mowing
along arterial roads across Gippsland.
VicRoads regional director Scott Lawrence
said roadside grass has been growing rapidly as a
result of good rainfall throughout spring and warm
“The prolific growth is posing some challenges
for maintenance crews. No sooner have we mowed
an area and the grass has regrown. We’ve been do-
ing everything we can to keep on top of the roadside
grass, but with such good growing conditions it’s
been a real challenge,” Mr Lawrence said.
“We’re cutting three meters behind guideposts to
help improve visibility for motorists, and to assist
with controlling the fuel build up and fire risk now
that summer is in full swing.”
Mr Lawrence said traffic controls may be in
place in some areas while mowing is carried out,
particularly for some sections of the highway
where there is limited sight distance for motor-
“By mowing roadside grass on key routes, there
is less likelihood of fires taking off or gaining mo-
mentum. A wide, clear road such as the Princes
Freeway can act as a type of firebreak,” Mr Law-
VicRoads works with key agencies including the
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Plan-
ning, emergency services and local councils to de-
termine high-priority areas for extra fire prevention
works, based on a fire management plan for each
municipality. Timing of fire cuts is variable each
year depending on the circumstances of each season
relating to rainfall and grass curing (how green it
“Other fuel reduction works in some areas in-
clude vegetation trimming and ploughing to reduce
the risk,” Mr Lawrence said.
“Work will be carried out to improve the appear-
ance of roadsides at targeted locations with spraying
of weeds around guardrails, barriers and signs. In
the coming weeks this will be a particular focus on
the Princes Highway.”
Roadside mowing underway
Farming life: Kevin Thorbuon of Foster attended the Victorian Livestock Exchange (VLE)
first market for 2017 at Koonwarra last Thursday.
Selling day: David Phelan, Simon Henderson and Sarah Phelan of Phelan & Henderson
& Co. auctioned off the cattle to potential buyers at the Koonwarra VLE saleyards last
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