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Bovine Johne’s Disease Management in the Northern Territory

Bovine Johne’s Disease Management in the Northern Territory

Following national deregulation and commencing July 1, 2017, the Northern Territory will be transitioning from the interim BJD management position of JBAS 7 to JBAS 6 for entry of cattle.

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) has consulted comprehensively with both NTCA members, which represent over 90% of the NT cattle herd, NT Department of Primary Industries and Resources (DPIR) staff and other stakeholders, to develop an informed and comprehensive industry position for the ongoing management of Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD).

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In the Saleyards

Charters Towers Cattle Sale - Wednesday 14th November 2018

Yarding: 1, 640 head.

Numbers increased by almost 400 head to 1,640 cattle for Charters Towers Combined Selling Agents, featuring a large line of local bullocks and several lines of light northern males and heifers. All regular processors operated at lower rates than previous sale, supported by two live exporters, regular feeder buyers and opportunity restockers. Cattle were drawn from Mt Isa, Mt Garnet, Ingham, Belyando, local and coastal areas.

Several small lines of vealer steers sold from 276c to 282c, with better quality heavier vealers reaching 284c, averaging 280c/kg. Yearling steers consisted of several mixed lines of considerable variation in quality and weight. Steers above 270kg to live export sold to 272c, with heavier feeder weight steers reaching 292c. Steers to feed destined for live export sold to 264c/kg. Some very good quality yearling steers to slaughter made 289c/kg. There were insufficient vealer heifers to quote. A good supply of yearling heifers were in demand by feeder buyers, lifting by up to 4c on last sale, topping at 230c multiple times to feed, with most lighter types selling from 222c to 228c/kg. A small line of PTIC heifers made to 216c/kg. A good line of local bullocks improved the supply, with the heavier export bullocks selling to 298c to average 292c/kg. Heavy 4 score bullocks eased 9c, selling to 298c, with a notable improvement in quality of 2 scores selling to 297c, to average 292c/kg. Grown steers to slaughter reached 294c, averaging 293c/kg. Suitable grown steers to live export sold to 288c, while plainer types to restockers
sold to 244c/kg.

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