All the latest news - 2019

9th August 2019| Lamb show goes on - hopefully rain and hail

Despite one of the toughest seasons ever across the New England and North West, an annual lamb show and feature sale in Tamworth will go on.  Now in its 11th year, the September 2nd feature sale honours industry ambassador, and fellow auctioneer, Jason Goodwin, who passed away from a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 36.  Since then, the agents have awarded a shield in memory of their “great mate” and the annual event has grown in both size and reputation.

TLSAA Chairman, Chris Paterson, says that the season will impact on numbers, but competition will still be tough.  

“This lamb show has an excellent reputation. Australia’s major processors consistently say that the line-up is as good as anywhere on the Eastern seaboard of Australia and we’re expecting some outstanding lambs again with last year’s winners, Robert and Marion Carey, ready to defend their title,” he said.

With the season one of the toughest ever, and supply shortages contributing to record saleyards prices, Chris says that those who have quality lambs should be rewarded.  

“The prices were seeing are unprecedented. Last year the Australia record price for lambs was $318, now it’s $355, and we recently set a new Tamworth record of $354,” Chris said.

Although the title is wide open, organisers are hoping that one key element of last year’s competition might be repeated. Last year the heavens opened up as the winner was announced – and that’s an outcome that everyone is hoping for.    

To enter the competition, producers enter a minimum of 10 lambs in a pen, in three different weight categories - export weight (50+kg), medium trade weight (45-49.5kg), and light trade weight (40-44.5kg). The best overall pen receives the J V Goodwin Memorial Trophy for  plus cash and product prizes. Vendors can also donate proceeds from the sale of their lambs to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS). 

Friday 22nd July| Cow numbers fail to dampen red hot market

The cow market continued to strengthen today with prices up as much as 18c/kg, despite making up almost one third of the total numbers.  The best cows topped at 276c/kg - a price not seen since 5th September 2016 when 520+kg cows in Tamworth topped at 277c/kg.

The strong market wasn’t just confined to the cows with strong demand for young cattle, well finished heifers “to the trade” up to 23c/kg dearer, heavy steers up to 8c/kg dearer,  grown heifers as much as 12c/kg dearer and bulls up to 10c/kg dearer.

It made for some v nice returns with the best of the cows nudging $2000, the heaviest steer making $2200 and the heaviest heifers making almost $1950. 

22nd July 2019| Tamworth lamb record smashed – and just 20 cents off national record

The sale was abuzz with expectations of a new record today and we weren’t disappointed with extra heavy lambs sold by Davidson Cameron on account Wiseman Partnership, "Garthowen" Attunga topping the market at $354 – just 20c off the national record – and smashing the existing record of $330 set in September last year.  

Selling agent Scott Newberry says the Aug/Sept drop lambs (pictured) were locked up on the grain since April and the cost to produce such an outstanding result was rewarded with Fletchers International buyer, Brian Wellings, says they’re the best lambs he’s ever bought in his 25 year career as a buyer. Congratulations on outstanding results under very difficult conditions.

Another 5 vendors made over $300 for their lambs in one of the strongest sales ever seen in Tamworth, reflecting the current supply shortfall. Congratulations for making it into the 300CLUB.

20th May 2019| Mutton goes around the best lambs in a strong market

The mutton market was the highlight at TRLX today with a pen of heavy mutton (pictured) sold by Pitt Sons, Walcha on account Gates, Uralla making $266 - $11 more than the best lambs - in what is probably a new record for ewes. The strengthening market reflects the continuing low supply with prices for even the lighter sheep very good.

29th April 2019| End of an area for Burke and Smyth Stock and Station

Today Simon Burke sold his last pen under the Burke and Smyth business started by his father Terry and business partner, John Smyth, in 1971. Before kicking off, Simon thanked his family for their support, adding that his wife is “pretty happy because, back in the day, every agent wore white moleskins and, for a while there, we had shares in Napisan”.

 Simon took over the business from Terry 20 odd years ago and says that it’s been a “great road, a long road” and that the best thing about being an agent is to be “standing up here each sale and doing your best for your clients”

 TLSAA President, Chris Paterson says that Simon has made a huge contribution to the Association, including as President many times, and has coordinated events including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Tag A Calf sale and annual Spring Lamb Show and Feature Sale.

 With B&S sold to Davidson Cameron, Simon and his “right hand man”, Chris Gooch, will be shifting camp with Simon focussing on rural property and Chris continuing his current role with the new company. Simon says it’s “exciting times ahead” and he’s looking forward to the transition.  We thank Simon for his commitment and contribution over many years, wish he and Tanya and family all the best for their new venture and look forward to seeing him around the saleyards.  

7th Jan 2019| New year, new leadership team for TLSAA 

Tamworth Livestock Selling Agents Association starts 2019 with a new leadership team, combining youth and experience.

Tamworth agent, Chris Paterson (pictured far left with clients) has been elected association President. Originally from Gloucester, and with a lifelong involvement in the livestock, Chris is Principal of Chris Paterson Livestock and Century 21, Tamworth and, together with his family, owns heart Angus.  Chris takes over the reigns from Philip Hetherington from Garvin and Cousens who held the top job through 2018. 

Jon Goudge, Elders Tamworth has been elected Vice President and Mitchell Swain, Davidson Cameron is Junior Vice President.