newsletter - Roberts Limited


newsletter - Roberts Limited
14 JANUARY 2016
Roberts Newsletter
In This Issue
Headlines taken from the Roberts Facebook, Twitter and Blog
News flash
*** “The AgriGrowth Loan Scheme providing low interest loans to
Tasmanian farm businesses and agri-food businesses” (State
Growth Tas Gov)
Success with
Growing Forage
*** “HenPower promotes wellbeing in aged care with the help of
chickens” (ABC)
Wool report
Prem Shearing for
Drought Lots Pay?
Twitter out & about
Meet the team at
Ruralco Insurance
Clearing Sales-Tea
Tree, Evandale,
Grab a Bargain
Feature rural property
for sale
Happy New Year
from Roberts
Store contacts
*** “Tasty apple and pear ciders wining awards at the Tasmanian
Taste Festival” (ABC Rural)
*** “Tasmania has secured a new $3 million centre for innovation in
Australian horticulture.” (ABC Rural)
*** “Grain leaders wanted” (Stock and Land)
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Roberts Blog
Forage brassicas can
provide quick and
abundant feed, with
high digestibility,
energy, and protein,
resulting in excellent
livestock weight gains.
Forage brassicas also
provide a ‘break’ in the
cycle for weeds and
disease and can inhibit
the growth of diseaseproducing organisms
and reduce the
incidence of
While producers have
long been aware of the
benefits of forage
brassicas, the major
downside has been the
risk of large-scale crop
damage posed by
diamondback moth. The
risk of crop loss is so high
in some areas that
farmers have turned
away from growing forage
Success with Growing Forage
Success Neo Insecticide from Dow AgroSciences provides control of
a wide range of caterpillar insects in many crops. Reliable
control of diamondback moth in forage brassicas gives graziers the
potential to again consider this high quality, low cost feed as part of
their production system.
Agronomist Dan Sutton from Roberts, Smithton, Tasmania agrees:
"They’ll now be able to grow forage brassicas without fear of losses
that have plagued intensive farming. It crosses over dairy, sheep and
beef operations. A lot of the mixed cropping operations will be able to
now consider forage brassicas as part of their farming enterprises,
with Success NEO delivering outstanding diamondback moth
control. It’s very effective."
Click here to read the full article
Wool App
Have you downloaded the
Roberts Wool App on your
mobile device yet?
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Wool Report
Happy New Year to everyone.
As wool markets opened again around the country after the Christmas recess, the question was going to
be whether the economic news coming out of China was going to impact?
I don't normally like to comment too much on things as complex as monetary policy or fiscal strategy, I
would generally leave that up to people much more attuned to what is going on, however in the case of
the share market intervention in China, I think I will..
The idea of pausing the share market when the benchmark indicator falls by 3% is one thing, but then to
shut the market down once 7% has been wiped away is, in my view simply ridiculous. As we know, all
markets, including the share market, operate on a bid and offer system. In other words once someone
sees value in an item or stock, they find a seller and perform a trade, pretty simple.
However, when panic sets in and everyone wants to follow each other like sheep (there is my reference
to the wool market) and you have this market intervention in place, there is simply no way the market has
the time to recover, or bounce. We then see the markets closed for the day before opening the next day
and the same thing happening. There is a saying about doing the same thing over and over and
expecting a different outcome, but I will leave that up to you.
The knock on effect has been the Chinese government seeing the need to de-value their currency as a
way to stop the panic selling and try and restore some confidence. This has had an effect on money
markets around the world and hence the AUD has fallen against the USD by roughly 3 cents in the past
week or so.
There is no doubt the falling AUD was going to help the wool market this week, but the question was,
who, or what was going to win, the cheaper AUD or the economic turmoil that is coming from the world
largest economy? I am pleased to report it was the Aussie battler that won out (maybe with some help
from the lack of supply) and the market jumped on Tuesday by 30-40 cents for merino types in
Melbourne. The crossbred and carding market was not quite so affected, as supply is not quite so critical,
posting gains of 10-15 cents clean. These levels were maintained in sales on Wednesday.
Next week will be interesting, as we see 57,000 bales currently rostered for sale.
Alistair Calvert
State Wool Manager, Roberts Limited
Does Prem Shearing for Drought Lots Pay?
Author: Andrew Woods, writing for Mecardo
Following a tough spring in many regions, consideration is being given to putting sheep in feedlots in
order to preserve improved pastures. One of the issues with feedlots is the loss of style (basically the
drop in yield) and usually a drop in staple strength from changes in diet. This article takes a quick look
at the effect of selling low yielding, low strength wool versus shearing sheep before putting into a feed
In the example shown below shearing normally takes place in June. In Figure 1 an estimate of per
head income and costs (shearing and crutching) are given for 2016 and 2017. Prices were taken for
18-18.5 micron wool from December. For the
2016 shearing it is assumed the wool sold is
generally priced as pieces, with a low yield and
tensile strength. The (true) extreme story of a
broker putting a butt of wool from sheep out of a
feed lot following the 2002 drought on the
scales, and being overweight, comes to mind.
The wool sold in 2017 is assumed to revert to a
standard specification, cutting around 3 kg
clean per head.
Click here to read more
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ROBERTS TWITTER ~ out and about in the field
Branxholm potato grower John Cresswell
inspects his magnificent "Top Cat" potato crop.
(Stuart Millwood)
Potato paddocks provide the perfect habitat for
native Tasmanian frogs during this drought
period. (Stuart Millwood)
Irrigation complete on Einstein wheat at
"Winburn" Tas. (Terry Horan)
Forage maize growing at Scottsdale is another
fantastic summer fodder option.
(Stuart Millwood)
ROBERTS TWITTER ~ out and about in the field
Bringing in the hay before Xmas at "Winburn"
Tas. (Terry Horan)
There's always one tall poppy in every paddock. Hamilton, Derwent
Valley, Tasmania (Brenden Green)
Healthy ecosystem, processing potatoes
Northern Tasmania (Darren Briggs)
Potatoes flowering nicely at Dairy Plains, to
see in 2016. (Terry Horan)
Local Knowledge, National Strength
Michael Kelly
Joanna McEvoy
State Manager
In-House Broker
Authorised Rep No 449219
Authorised Rep No 1000349
M: 0418 374 317
E: [email protected]
M: 0407 747 275
E: [email protected]
Kennedy Drive, Cambridge, Tas, 7170
P: 03 6235 1406 F: 03 6235 1352
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CLEARING SALE—Friday 15th January at 10.30am 158 Williams
Road, Tea Tree Farm Machinery & Other Items
1985 Hino flat tray tipper truck, New Holland TD95D tractor, Ford 6600-four front end loader tractor,
Jarrett 24plate disks, approx. 20 oats round bales, approx. 43 silage, Vermeer 604 round baler, Vicon
mower, 3PL grader blade, 3PL forks, Silvan 11 finger wheel hay rake Hyd lift, seed drill, Spring Tyne
cultivator, cultivator, New Holland side delivery hay rake, carry all, 3PL auger, stock crate, tillers, tractor
dual wheels, 3PL hydraulic post rammer, Vicon 3PL fert spreader, Delmade Tyne cultivator, ConnorShea
seed drill, 6ft Howard slasher, Holden ute, diesel tank & stand, qty fencing wire ringlock/plain/barb, qty
poly pipe, large qty 44 gallon drums, hay feeders, 2x6 section SJ harrows, Cambridge roller, 5ft front end
loader bucket, Saw mill, concrete pipe, farm trailer, approx. 20x8ft stock crate, qty feed oats/wheat,
Massey Fergusson 35 tractor, Massey Fergusson super spreader, 1957 Fergy 35 4 cylinder diesel tractor,
Davey pressure pump, filter system, timber frame wool press, sunbeam grinder, sunbeam shearing plant,
Howard slasher, Massey Fergusson 2 furrow plough, Massey Fergusson tiller, qty roofing iron, struts,
rover lawn mower, car ramps, qty steel pipe fittings, tool boxes, large irrigation poly pipe, fork mast from a
1950's electric stak-a-truk, irrigation pump, 12HP Deautz Diesel engine & irrigation pump set, small
Southern Cross irrigator, Howard rotary hoe, timber beams, Lincoln electric weld power 1750 diesel
welder / generator.
Click here for more photos and to read full listing
Enquiries: Bec Oakley 0408 146 033 [email protected]
CLEARING SALE—Wednesday 3rd of February at 11:00am ‘Queenscliff
Farms’ 211 Logan Road, Evandale Due to sale of property
Farm Machinery & Equipment Case Inter XL 4230 4WD 85HP tractor (5856 hrs , new tyres) with
Challenge 10 FEL, Hitachi UH063 12T excavator with thumb grab 2 buckets (tracks, rollers, engine has
done approx. 300hrs), Toyota Land Cruiser diesel flat tray (Baja claw tyres on Mickey Thompson rims),
Toyota Land Cruiser diesel flat tray , 1984 WB Holden 1T ute (auto,V6 engine, statesman front), Yamaha
TT250 motorbike, Yamaha TTR250 motorbike, Kawasaki Workhorse Auto 400 quad bike, Hustler Sport
21-42 zero turn mower, FEL pallet forks, Norm 4 in 1 bucket, tandem steel trailer with hurdles, steel farm
trailer with hyd scissor lift, steel ute tray, Agline 6 sect harrows, Selecta elec fuel tank, 3PL ripper, qty
steel & rack, pine posts & rack, poly pipe, 2 x quad bike trailers Workshop Plant Stihl MS660, 066, 034AV,
390, 026, Husqvarna 550XP, 556 chainsaws, Stihl FS480 & Stihl FS350 brushcutter, petrol driven post
hole borer, CIG Weldskill150MIG welder, Genquip GI2000 inverter generator, qty power tools, boat game
chair, LPG domestic gas heater, Minn Kota 12V 40lb thrust elec outboard, Duncan firefighter, workshop
shelving & benches, ext & step ladders, pet driven cement mixer, elec mobile spray unit, pedestal 12
speed drill, Paslode nail & Paslode framing guns, Wintec 18” stock saddle, Collegiate Connoisseur 17”
riding saddle, Kingcade 18” stock saddle, 3 x mounted deer heads, qty filing cabinets & office furniture,
gun safe, Stihl TS460 petrol concrete wet saw, Pillar Lock Pro Max model 1532 gun case, Crown 12V hyd
lift ( 1 tonne cap, 2.83m lift ) and more.
Click here for more photos and to read full listing
Enquiries: Kevin Matkovich 0417 325 936 [email protected]
CLEARING SALE—Wednesday 17th February at 10.30am 26 White
Kangaroo Road, Richmond Account: Cool Climate Pty Ltd Orchard
John Deere 5101E tractor (3200 hrs), John Deere 5101E tractor with JD 563 FEL (3185 hrs), Kubota
L1501 tractor (733 hrs), Same Golden 85 orchard tractor (5073 hrs), John Deere TX Gator (2131 hrs),
John Deere TX 6x4 gator (2619 hrs), 1986 Toyota Hino FF flat tray truck (22’ tray, 437,000 kms), 2006
Nissan Navara ST R dual cab 4x4 ute, Marshall multispread 825T trailing spreader, 2 x Tornado trailing
2000 ltr spray mister, Silvan 3PL 800 ltr spray unit, 3 x EDP self propelled orchard platforms, trailing 75
KVA generator, workshop sundries inc firefighter pump, orchard tools, steel lockers, pallet jack, 2 x fuel
tanks, 1000 ltr poly water tanks, 20’ shipping container, Silvan 6' slasher
Orchard Equipment—Chemical storage unit (20’ shipping container with water tanks), large qty fungicide,
herbicide etc, approx 1,000 3.6m x 200mm treated pine posts, approx 300 kms ½ : dripper hose, approx
5,000 anchor points, bin trailer, large qty timber fruit bins, large qty apricot trees (for transplanting, various
ages), large qty fruit picking bags
Site Office—3m x 12m transportable office complete with kitchen, air con, office furniture,
Farm Shed—32m x 20m steel shed for removal (2 walls)
Click here for more photos and to read full listing
Enquiries: Kevin Matkovich 0417 325 936 [email protected]
Only while current stock lasts
Contact Roberts Bridgewater on (03) 6263 0666 Or email
[email protected]
MTD Rover Regal , Self
Vaccinator , Multi-matic, Holds
Thomas Cook Boot, Monto
Propelled Mower, OHV800
50ml, No Need for Tubes
Croco Amber, Size 9
Retail $136.00
Special $99.00
Retail $172.00
Special $95.00
motor, 18" Cut
Retail $695.00
Thomas Cook Shirt, Boys S/S
RM Williams Legends Jeans Slim
Thomas Cook Shirt, Boys L/S
Joe Check
Fit , Size 36XL
Robert Check
Retail $ 40.95
Special $28.95
Retail $142.00
Special $99.95
Retail $42.95
Special $32.95
Only while current stock lasts
Contact Roberts Campbell Town on (03) 6381 1232
Or email [email protected]
Kids Cowboy Wrangler Jean
Men's Wrangler T-Shirt
Girls Pink Polo
Size 12, Slim Fit Size 8 Reg Fit
Sizes M & L
Size 14
Special $30.00
Special $20.00
One Only
Special $10.00
Girls T– Shirt
Girls Polo,
Kids Twisted X Boots
Size 2
Size 14
Assorted Sizes and Colours
One Only
One Only
Special $27.30
Special $20.00
Special $119.20
183 Egerton Road
White Hills, TAS
Glenard Farm ~ 1 of 3 adjoining land
parcels now offered for sale
Fertile, free draining red and brown loam soils on Glenard Farm grow
pastures which have become the home of quality spring lambs
produced for the local butchers market. Such produce is synonymous
with Tasmania's premier red meats. Historically this country has also
run beef cattle.
Local farmers have grown Tas Alkaloid Top Crop award winning poppy
crops in this district. Cereal crops and lucerne are also grown without
irrigation. Raised beds are not required due to free draining soils.
Potatoes could be grown with the introduction of the proposed
Evandale/North Esk Tasmanian Irrigation scheme which is planned to
be commission by the spring of 2017.
The home on Glenard is spacious, warm and double glazed. The house
underwent a complete renovation in 2012 and now boasts 4 bedrooms,
an ensuite, main bathroom, office, living room with spectacular views,
dining room and a wonderful ‘state of the art' kitchen. The picturesque,
productive garden is well established. A spacious gazebo is a great
addition that provides comfortable outdoor living opportunities.
Stunning panoramic views
- Hawthorn hedgerows
- Quiet country location
- Double glazed home
- Steel farm sheds
- Irrigation Scheme planned for 2017
Tenders close 29th January 2016, 5:00pm
at Roberts Limited 418 Evandale Road,
Western Junction.
Click here for more information
Peter Stackhouse
M: 0408 133 408