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THERE were approximately 1500 export
and 300 young cattle penned representing
an increase of 700 head week on week.
An interstate export processor rejoined the regular
buying group after a long absence and most buyers were
operating in a dearer market.
Quality was good with a large proportion of the yard-
ing carrying plenty of weight and condition.
Trade cattle sold from firm for some up to 15c/kg
dearer. Grown steers and bullocks improved 10c to 20c/
kg. Heavy weight grown heifers sold a little dearer for
some, but a larger and more mixed offering saw the aver-
age hold firm.
Heavy weight beef cows sold 6c to 7c easier with not
all of the usual buyers operating, while the leaner grades
of cows sold from firm to 5c/kg dearer. Heavy weight C
and B muscle bulls improved 4c to 9c, while the dairy
lots held firm.
Heavy weight vealers suited to butcher orders sold
from 316c to 350c/kg. Yearling trade steers made be-
tween 320c and 335c/kg for a limited selection. Yearling
heifers to the trade sold between 296c and 340c/kg.
Grown steers made from 310c to 343c/kg. Bullocks
sold from 310c to 340c/kg. Heavy weight bullocks ex-
ceeding 750kg made between 310c and 332c/kg. Heavy
weight grown heifers sold between 267c and 306c/kg.
Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made from
260c to 288c with the crossbred portion from 270c to
Most light and medium weight cows sold from 192c to
230c/kg. Heavy weight cows made mostly between 222c
and 265c/kg. Heavy weight C and B muscle bulls sold
between 266c and 308c with the dairy lots between 246c
The next sale draw - January 18 & 19: 1.
SEJ, 2. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 3. Alex Scott
& Staff, 4. Rodwells, 5. Landmark, 6. Elders.
Sheep sale Wednesday at 1pm (weekly).
Prime Sale - Wednesday, January 11
8 Hurstdale Pty Ltd, Tarwin
574.4kg 342.6 $1967.81
14 Alcheringa Pastoral Co, Mardan
667.5kg 339.6 $2266.83
15 Truro Angus, Glenmaggie
716.0kg 339.6 $2431.54
13 T. & B.M . Dodds, Corinella
651.9kg 330.0 $2151.35
2 D.M . & J.A . Nash, Korumburra
625.0kg 330.0 $2062.50
1 M.M. Lawless, Driffield
585.0kg 330.0 $1930.50
6 E.J . & A. Opray, Dumbalk
350.0kg 350.0 $1225.00
2 R., J. & M. Kershaw, Archies Creek 372.5kg 345.6 $1287.36
1 H.J . Ahrens, Foster
330.0kg 344.6 $1137.18
3 DeMerlo Contractors, Tarwin
405.0kg 342.6 $1387.53
16 Hurstdale Pty Ltd, Tarwin
524.4kg 342.6 $1796.51
1 A. Maruzza, Dumbalk
405.0kg 341.6 $1383.48
1 R., J. & M. Kershaw, Archies Creek 325.0kg 348.6 $1132.95
12 B. & N. Shandley, Leongatha North 333.3kg 339.6 $1132.00
16 I. & J. Montgomery, Inverloch
362.8kg 339.6 $1232.11
1 G. & R. Jarvie, Hazelwood
415.0kg 339.6 $1409.34
1 D.J . & R.E. Harrison, Meeniyan
370.0kg 335.6 $1241.72
1 R. Daff, Yarram
405.0kg 334.2 $1353.51
2 C.A . & D.M. Allott, Toora
732.5kg 332.6 $2436.30
1 T. Bright, Buffalo
785.0kg 332.6 $2610.91
2 Calder Dairies, Meeniyan
825.0kg 332.6 $2743.95
2 S. Anderson, San Remo
615.0kg 255.0 $1568.25
7 G.F. & R.J . Scanlon, Leongatha 567.9kg 254.6 $1445.76
2 R.J. & G .L. Browne, Tarwin
747.5kg 252.6 $1888.19
1 P. Brydon, Koonwarra
1040.0kg 307.6 $3199.04
1 A. Filsell & E. Smith, Wonthaggi 965.0kg 302.6 $2920.09
1 S.I. & C.A . Harrison, Giffard West 1080.0kg 295.6 $3192.48
1 P.B. & L.K . Vening, Hedley
1045.0kg 295.2 $3084.84
1 G.W. & G .J . Bland, Yarram
1185.0kg 294.6 $3491.01
1 Vuiller Shorthorns, Waratah
1115.0kg 294.6 $3284.79
• VLE Leongatha
Quality and prices on
the up at market
NOW that the hot weather is here, it is
a good time to think about the immedi-
ate actions that can be taken to minimise
heat stress in the herd.
There are severe consequences for heat-stressed
cows - decreased milk production, reduced feed in-
take, potential loss of body condition, mastitis, po-
tential to not conceive or to abort, and many other
animal health related symptoms.
There are short and long-term risk management
practices that can be implemented to reduce the im-
pact of hot weather.
The Cool Cows program developed by Dairy
Australia offers a suite of resources, guiding you to
areas of your farm that can benefit from some simple
If you know the day is going to be high risk for
heat stress, you can plan to change your daily rou-
tine, getting cows milked and fed before 10am in the
morning and delaying afternoon milking time to after
This can make a big difference to cows coping
Think about how far you are asking the cows
to walk in the hottest part of the day (about 3pm)
and on extreme days, avoid walking the cows to the
dairy until after 4pm.
You may consider changing your paddock rota-
tion, keeping cows on a sacrifice paddock or cool
Sprinklers provide a huge benefit to cows.
Suggestions are to have sprinklers that can op-
erate on a 15-minute cycle where the system is on
for one to three minutes and then remains turned off
until the commencement of the next cycle.
This allows enough time for cows to be wet to
the point that excess water does not drip down the
udders, as it is important to not increase the risk of
mastitis. You also don’t want extra water contribut-
ing to the effluent stream.
You can hose down the collecting yard before
bringing in the cows. This will cool down the con-
crete surface and will help to keep your cows cooler.
In combination with sprinklers, fans and ventilation
systems in the dairy also keep cows cool.
During extreme hot weather, a cow will reduce
her feed intake and try to consume most of her feed
in cooler parts of the day. This can compromise ru-
men function, causing a wider variation in rumen pH
and a greater risk of ruminal acidosis.
A diet that combines high-quality fibre with in-
creased energy and a high rate of buffers can help
minimise these effects.
For high-producing herds, it is even more impor-
tant to manage diet and it would be worth discuss-
ing with your nutritionist other options like slowly
fermentable sources of starch, feeding partial-mixed
rations and fat supplementation.
During the cooler times of the year, some longer-
term solutions can be implemented.
These include installing water troughs, shade
cloth over the dairy yard and a roof over the feed
pad, depending on the farm’s feeding system.
For the even longer term, you could plant trees
across the farm to provide shade, but ensure you do
this as part of your whole-farm plan.
Keep your cows
cool this summer
I HAVE read with interest the report on
the pedestrian crossings in Commercial
I have made contact with a councillor regard-
ing this problem, even contacted our local police
regarding the lights at the pedestrian crossing and
was advised it was not a police matter.
Young persons press the light button and noth-
ing happens “oh, they are not working,” so off
they go crossing the road.
Not good enough, all crossings should and
need to be in order.
As most people in Yarram would know I am
a bit slow on my feet now. One day I was caught
in the middle. However a lady stepped on to the
middle of Commercial Road, and stopped the
traffic until my crossing was completed.
I need not say more but still think chivalry still
Cross safely in CBD
LETTERS LETTERS LETTERS
COMMUNITY groups and organisa-
tions, including not for profit, can now
apply for funding from Wellington Shire
Council’s 2017 Community Assistance
Grants are available between $2,001 to $5,000
to assist with community events and community
Groups running community events that cel-
ebrate our community and aspects of our culture
and identity can apply for grants in the Communi-
ty Events category. Applicants must demonstrate
how the event will bring the community together
to actively engage in the event or activity.
Last year, the Yarram Churches and Services
Club Christmas Hamper Appeal was boosted by
grant money they received. The funds greatly as-
sisted with providing Christmas cheer to families
in need in Yarram and surrounding districts.
Other recipients included Seaspray Centenary
Celebrations event which provided an excellent
profile for the Seaspray community and brought
many visitors to the township. The funding es-
pecially ensured the event was run properly and
safely with road closures, first aid and appropriate
insurance in place.
The Gormandale Community House Fun Day
achievements included; encouraging community
participation; promoting the Community House;
community inclusion; demonstration of local
products; networking with other community or-
ganisations and provided a friendly environment
for families to attend.
Community groups can also apply for funding
under the Community Projects category to help
with getting grassroots projects off the ground. To
be eligible, the project must fulfil a demonstrated
community need and benefit to our diverse com-
The township of Coongulla were successful
in their application for a community defibrilla-
tor. Through the St John’s training program, ten
people from different groups in Coongulla have
now been upskilled in the use of the device. A
great example of groups working together to
make their project a success.
Wellington Shire Council Mayor Carolyn
Crossley said, “The purpose of the grants is to as-
sist community groups and organisations get their
projects or events off the ground, with the goal of
“If you are part of a community group or or-
ganisation that is thinking of holding an event or
undertaking a project to benefit the community,
then you should definitely apply for a community
Applications for this round of Community As-
sistance Grants open on Friday, January 13 and
close at 5pm Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
For more information about Community As-
sistance Grants, visit www.wellington.vic.gov.
au/communitygrants or phone our Community
Grants officer on 1300 366 244.
Grants now open for 2017
Make changes: simple changes to your herd management practices can keep the heat of
cows this summer.
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