Australian farmers feeling the most confident about the future

Monday, June 06, 2011

Food and agribusiness bank, Rabobank Australia, released its quarterly rural confidence survey which questioned about 1200 farmers across Australia and found that confidence had moderated compared to the prior quarter, but was at the highest level recorded for the second quarter since 2001.

Farmers were buoyed by favourable commodity prices and good autumn rains, with 42 per cent expecting conditions to improve in the coming year, compared to 48 per cent in the prior quarter.

Many farmers had received abundant summer rain and a top-up in autumn, which was good for the start of the winter cropping season, and prices for beef, sheep, and grain were relatively firm given strong demand and short supply.



Yea Saleyards to be Covered

Monday, June 06, 2011

 

 

If all goes to plan, Yea's saleyards will be roofed within a year, according to Murrindindi Shire councillor John Walsh.

Roofing of the yards is part of a $1.12 million redevelopment earmarked in the Murrindindi Shire Council 2011-2012 budget estimates.

Cr Walsh said the project had been made possible with a proposed $400,000 state government grant, secured last year as a Coalition election promise. The remaining funding would be provided through council loans.

Cr Walsh said the redevelopment would be in three stages, beginning with an $800,000 roof over the 2.5ha pens and loading races.

This would be followed by a canteen and offices, and then weighing facilities and a truck wash.

Cr Walsh said a project manager had been appointed to finalise planning issues and designs, which would then go to tender. He said the shire was confident that construction could proceed with minimal disruption to the 18 sales scheduled for 2011-12.

And while Yea saleyard fees were among Victoria's lowest at $6 plus GST per animal, or $7 plus GST for a cow and calf, Cr Walsh said the saleyards were very profitable.

Last year, Yea, had a throughput of 25,000 head, generated revenue of nearly $170,000 and had a profit of $50,000.



DNA tests quality of live sheep

Monday, June 06, 2011

Australian scientists are confident they can now tell the eating quality of a lamb while the animal is still alive.

In fact they are confident that such epicurean qualities can now be determined at the point of birth.

It is as simple as taking a DNA sample from a lamb and using the latest in genetic analysis - the SNP or single nucleotide polymorphisms - to determine a lamb's propensity to produce intra-muscular fat and a loin muscle with a low shear force.

Both measures, following extensive local research at Western Australia's Murdoch University and the Sheep Co-operative Research Centre (CRC), are critical indicators of a lamb's eating quality.

Last week the Sheep CRC released details of these quality traits along with four other lamb carcass traits that can be identified with DNA SNP analysis.

The other traits were for lean meat yields, carcass weight, eye muscle and fat depths.

Sheep CRC chief executive Dr James Rowe said the analyses were still in the research phase though there was already one year of on-farm testing with another season of pilot trials scheduled for this year.

While the carcass weight and eye muscle and fat depth have been measured and reported as Lambplan breeding values for several decades, Dr Rowe said the DNA analysis would improve the accuracy of the traits.

"But the beauty of the DNA analysis for the lean meat yield, intra-muscular fat and shear force traits was that they were hard-to-measure traits, which, until now, could only be assessed on a processed animal or through extensive consumer evaluation," Dr Rowe said.

He was also confident the release of the carcass traits would be timely to prevent the prime lamb industry damaging its eating quality reputation through any pre-occupation with growth rates and lean meat yield.

Validation of the DNA analysis for carcass traits is part of the Sheep CRC seven-year Information Nucleus program, where the progeny of research flocks of Merino, and terminal and maternal breeds have been extensively evaluated and analysed for an exhaustive array of wool, carcass, growth and animal health traits.

The release of the carcass traits last week followed the release earlier this year of several wool traits.

Dr Rowe envisaged that once the DNA SNP analysis was commercially available, stud breeders would be paying between $50-$100 for a once-off analysis of traits.

Dr Rowe said the analyses would be combined and reported with the existing sheep breeding values, currently administered by Sheep Genetics.   



Live export ban bill

Monday, June 06, 2011

Independant MP Andrew Wilkie wants to ban all live exports within three years.

The Tasmanian independent will meet with Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig this afternoon to outline his private member’s bill to immediately ban cattle exports to Indonesia and a three-year phrase out plan for all live trade.



Lotfeeding a prime proposition

Thursday, June 02, 2011
  

There's a certain amount of passion required to lotfeed large numbers of sheep. This is particularly the case if you have anywhere between 5000 to 7000 sheep going through a feedlot each year, such as the two at Brad and Jan Eastough's property between Northampton and Chapman Valley.

In 2002 Brad and Jan moved to Utikka and they farm together with Brad's brother Ashley, his wife Belinda and their parents Kevin and Maureen, over the six properties that make up their 5400 hectare farm.

Brad admits he had always wanted to run as many sheep as possible.

"I would rather run sheep than cropping," Brad said. "What's better than working outdoors on the best days of the year, instead of sitting in an air-conditioned cab?"

Even though the Eastough family has seen their share of tough years and devastating droughts, Brad held onto his sheep when many in the area couldn't. They started lotfeeding sheep in 2006 and purchased any breed of sheep he could from surrounding areas, as many farmers needed to off-load their numbers due to the drought.

"I had always wanted to do it (lotfeeding) and then in 2006 when there was a drought we built a feedlot here," Brad said. "We bought a lot of sheep that were going cheap in the area and later we purchased our own stock truck to cut down on freight."

Even though nearly every type of breed might be purchased to go onto feed for 21 to 28 days, Brad remains truthful to his own flock of 1000 mated Merino ewes, 1000 older Merino ewes mated to Poll Dorset and 350 Merino ewe hoggets.

The Poll Dorsets were purchased in addition to the Eastough's traditional Merino flock 16 years ago and Brad chose the breed for its white wool, good pool of genetics and large frame. After being mated for the first few years with Merino rams, the Merino ewes were then joined with Poll Dorset rams when they reach four years to produce lambs for the prime lamb market.

With a sire battery of 16 Merino rams and 40 Poll Dorset rams, many of which are from the Eastough's own breeding program, the Poll Dorsets are joined on October 25, while the Merino rams are joined on New Year's Eve.

For more on this story, please go to : http://fw.farmonline.com.au/news/state/livestock/sheep/lotfeeding-a-prime-proposition/2175805.aspx?storypage=1

     

Jandowae Company Reaches Worldwide

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

 Jandowae is the new home for an Australian company which markets its product around the world.

Aleis Pty Ltd provided an electronic product which could help producers monitor the performance of individual animals during their entire production cycle. Wambo Council Mayor Cr Mick Cosgrove said they were thrilled to have an industry in Jandowae with such relevance to Queensland and Australia alike.

"It is a marvellous boost for the town to have industry coming into it like this - it was what we have dreamed of getting," Cr Cosgrove said.

Aleis Pty Ltd Director, John Finlayson, said the company could gain many things from operating in a place like Jandowae. "We wanted to set-up our own buildings to manufacture our product and wanted to be in the area where we market our product," Mr. Finlayson said.

"People are keen and there has been a lot of co-operation with the Wambo Shire Council as opposed to the cities where they put obstacles in the road," Mr Finlayson said.  The factory was being built, then two offices, and perhaps a third building which, in total, could employ as many as 25 people at the company. The situation in the long term makes it more competitive and then there is the general atmosphere in the country town where people are that much more friendly and work better," he said.

Wambo Shire Council chief executive officer Cohn O'Connor said the company's importance would only grow with the introduction of the National Livestock Identification scheme. "Other industries will sit up and take notice," Mr O'Connor said. "It is a well established business which says to the world we can operate from a country town.  It says to other companies that there is no reason why a company cannot operate efficiently from Jandowae," he said.

Wambo Shire Councillor Tom Bradley said council's aim was to make it as easy as possible for the company to move to Jandowae and said there would be significant economic benefits as a result.



Aleis Readers Made of the Right Stuff

Monday, May 30, 2011

Aleis, a privately-owned Australian company, has developed the world's leading Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers and now supplies the Australian livestock industry and the rest of the world.

Established in 1981 by John and Dorothy Finlayson and their family, Aleis products were designed by engineers with more than 40 years of hands-on experience in the Australian livestock industry. Aleis has units in Australia, New Zealand, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Malaysia, Argentina, Sweden, Vanuatu, and Italy.

Made from the highest-quality products available, Aleis reading systems can withstand the harshest of working environments.  Aleis has an innovative research and development team, with a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant which keeps Aleis at the forefront of RFID technologies.

Aleis offers full automation with its own brand of portable and fixed RFID readers.  Aleis supplies to all sectors of the livestock industry; producers, feedlots, saleyards, live export yards, abattoirs, and industry.
Aleis readers have superior features, including:
• Inbuilt batteries offering up to 30 hours continuous use in portable units.
• Inbuilt batteries offering up to 10 hours continuous use in automated units.
• Storage of 10,000 to 100,000 RFID numbers.
• Digital screen views of RFID and NLIS numbers.
• The ability to enter data in readers for herd management_
• Read through to all major scales and software.
• User-friendly Aleis DataLink transfer software.

Aleis has a help desk of eight trained people to assist the original purchaser with technical support 24 hours a day, 7days a week  free of charge for the first 12 months.



EID for Scottish Sheep

Monday, May 30, 2011

Forget negativity surrounding the introduction of EID for Scottish sheep - there are benefits to be gained lium the installation of quality tag readers at abattoirs and markets.

Speaking exclusively to The Scottish Farmer on Wednesday, Robin Anderson, Managing Director of Wallets Marts at Castle Douglas, said "There are many benefits that could come out of a full EID system outwith traceability.  Flock records could be held on the database which would mean that movement documents would disappear completely."

"But, the be we of a full EID system is dependent on the use of quality readers from suppliers who are able to install systems fit for purpose under suitable requirements," added Robin, who stressed that the real urgency now fell on the Scottish government to pay for a suitable database."

To date, Mr Anderson, like the majority of auctioneers in Scotland, was sceptical as to how EID could operate effectively as previous electronic tag readers had proven far from impressive. However,  the most recent - an Aleis Vortex reader from Australia - had been accurate.  "When you're in a market situation, the real worry is accuracy and throughput rate to make sure you don't have to hold up a sale, but so far this reader has performed way beyond our expectations both for accuracy in reading the tags and throughput."

"We've had it here for the past two weeks and, although sheep numbers have been relatively small, it has been 100% accurate without having to force the sheep through."

The Aleis Vortex reader,  the only one in Scotland and indeed Europe at present,  is developed from 20 years-plus experience in electronic tag reading in the livestock industry in Australia.  Aleis supplies 95% of all renters in Australian abattoirs,  and 98% of readers to sales operators Down Under can supply 280 variations of the equipment to suit individual needs, inside or out.



RFID / EID Readers for the Livestock Industry

Friday, November 26, 2010

Aleis Pty Ltd – RFID Reader/EID Scanner specialists for the livestock industry.

Aleis Pty Ltd is a world leading developer and manufacturer of  RFID Readers/EID Scanners in all sectors of the livestock industry.  Our equipment is built specifically to cater to Cattle, Sheep, Deer, and Pigs.  With over 23 years experience,  we take great pride in ensuring we provide the best product on the market.

Whether it is for the benefit of improving your herd management or to save money on manual labour, the Aleis Pty Ltd product range of automated RFID Readers/EID Scanners should be considered.  Aleis Pty Ltd takes great pride in ensuring our customer service and support are second to none and, as the customer, you will always be our Number 1 Priority.

 It is through many years of experience listening to different livestock industry sectors that Aleis Pty Ltd has been able to generate a reputation as a manufacturer of quality, robust, and reliable RFID Readers/EID Scanners.

Each  Aleis Pty Ltd product developed goes through rigorous testing at an Aleis Pty Ltd testing facility prior to market release to ensure the product will meet individual market and industry sector requirements.

Newly released are the Aleis Pty Ltd RFID/EID VORTEX reader and the Aleis Pty Ltd Delta 6 RFID/EID reader for Sheep. These readers are yet another mark in history, allowing for sheep to run through a lane 3 to 4 abreast.

(Link to you tube video – need video of Delta 6)

For further questions or inquiries,  please see your specific country contact details.



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