The top stories from 2016

 Lambs steal the spotlight - Mon 5th September 2016

With the livestock industry abuzz with record cattle prices, lambs stole the spotlight at Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange (TRLX) today with the region’s best lambs competing for the JV Goodwin Memorial Shield.

Now in it’s 8th year, the annual feature sale and competition is held in memory of auctioneer, Jason Goodwin, who tragically passed away from a heart attack in 2008. Since then, the Tamworth Livestock Selling Agents Association (TLSAA) has awarded a shield in memory of their “great mate” and the event has grown in size and reputation.

Event Coordinator, Simon Burke says that the event is named after a “great sheep man, great agent and probably one of the best sheep auctioneers I have ever seen”.

“The shield was named after Jason for his love of the industry, his love of his clients and his love of selling sheep and lambs,” he said, adding that he was also a hell of a good bloke.

This year’s title went to Barton Partnership, “Dunreath” Garoo for their pen of export weight (50+kg) lambs (pictured top left). Their lambs also won the medium trade weight (45-49.5kg) category while the light trade weight (40-44.5kg) title went to Janet Anderson, “Bobby Byrne”, Garoo. The shield was presented to the winners by Jason Goodwin’s father, Terry.

In a remarkable display of generosity Colin Barton donated the proceeds from the sale of the Grand Champion pen to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter with livestock agent, Ian Morgan, selling the 20 lambs for $400/head. They were purchased by Thomas Foods International and Fletchers. Other donations from the sale of lambs will see the Westpac Rescue Helicopter almost $10000 better off.


Is 400c/kg the new 300c/kg? Monday 8th August 2016

It was another week of not so average averages at TRLX with the best cows making over $2000, the top steers making over $2200, the best bull making over $3000 and heifers closing in on 400c/kg.  A total of 1078 head sold and averaged 339c/kg or $1273/head across all categories.
  • The only categories that averaged under 300c/kg were bulls at 278c/kg and cows averaging 243c/kg;
  • Cows topped at 293c/kg and $2020/head and averaged 243c/kg and $1180/head;
  • Heifers topped at 387c/kg and $2093/head and averaged 326c/kg and $1074/head;
  • Yearling heifers topped at 392c/kg and $1656/head and averaged 369c/kg or $1310/head;
  • Vealer heifers topped at 384c/kg for a top price of $1044/head and averaged 358c/kg or $768/head;
  • Steers topped at 416c/kg for a top price of $2239/head and averaged 374c/kg or $1400/head;
  • Yearling steers topped at 409c/kg for a top price of $2291/head and averaged 381c/kg or $1390/head;
  • Vealer steers topped at 427c/kg for a top price of $1452 and averaged 390c/kg or $788.

Haling's Hillside hat trick no April Fools joke - 1st April 2016

Tony & Tania Haling, Hillside Park, Woolbrook have taken out the Virbac Weaner Challenge for the third year running with their outstanding run of calves sold through IML at TRLX today. Champion pen (pictured top left) went to their Angus steers by Texas Angus and Pine Creek sires out of big frame Riverina bred cows. The Reserve Champion pen went to Pine Hill for their 8-9 month old Simmental steer calves sold through B&S. The Haling family also scooped the pool with their Charolais x Angus heifers by Palgrove bulls winning first place and their Angus heifers runner up. Judge, Rob McCarthy once again credited vendors on an outstanding job in a season where we had “5 minutes of good and the rest no good..”.

Tony Haling says that the prices this year were significantly up on last year, despite probably being the lightest calves of all the three years they’ve won the title. Their top steers made $1110, compared to $905 in 2015, and their top heifers made $940, compared to $800 in 2015.  The Halings weren’t the only happy vendors. Carrying the banner for numerous Gloucester producers, first time vendor Charles Pearson says that today’s prices were the best he’s received in 25 years of breeding cattle, adding that his neighbours would be ‘eagerly awaiting my phone call’ to find out what their cattle made. He says that TRLX is gaining a reputation in his district for attracting a premium that far outweighed the cost of transport.

Record blown out of the water at TRLX - 25th January 2016

Livestock agents at in Tamworth were riding high on bragging rights this morning after blowing the 400c/kg benchmark well and truly out of the water with a pen of lightweight vealer steers sold by Landmark, Tamworth on account Agmon Investments, Primley Angus, Guyra. They made 430c/kg and averaged 162kg to return $698/head. Landmark agent, Simon Rafferty (pictured left) says that the record breaking calves were exceptionally well bred, cold country calves with a quite temperament and renowned “doing ability”.

 The previous high at TRLX was 400c/kg - also for vealer steers sold by Landmark just two weeks ago - and follows an upward trajectory since prices hit the elusive 300c/kg mark in June last year. Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS) quoted price increases of upwards of 55c/kg for lightweight steers and heifers, “for similar quality cattle to the previous sale” and “high restocker activity on lightweight cattle on the strength of a solid rain forecast” at today’s weekly TRLX sale and TLSAA spokesperson, Michelle Mawhinney, says that the store cattle market has also started 2016 on a high.

 “At last week’s store cattle sale yearling steers sold to $1165 and weaner steers to $1010, yearling heifers sold to $1010 and weaners to $1000 and cows and calves sold to $2000, ‘ she said, adding that, in some cases, the market has nearly doubled since the same time last year.