Category: Sheep

Livestock Shipping Services reviews live sheep trade business under new rules

WESTERN Australian livestock exporter Livestock Shipping Services has not exited the live sheep trade, but is reviewing its operation after new Middle East shipment stocking density rules were implemented by the Federal Government. The post Livestock Shipping Services reviews live sheep trade business under new rules appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Emanuel Exports rejects WA Govt’s right to investigate live export matters

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN live sheep exporter Emanuel Exports is maintaining the WA Government has no legal basis to investigate or intervene in live export matters, despite the company’s offices being raided yesterday. The post Emanuel Exports rejects WA Govt’s right to investigate live export matters appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Emanuel Exports… Read more »

Neogen lab robots give Merinos and terminal sheep breeders a leg up

INNOVATIVE Merino and terminal sheep breeders are reaping the greatest benefit from sheep DNA testing developments, according to new data released by the Sheep CRC. The post Neogen lab robots give Merinos and terminal sheep breeders a leg up appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Neogen lab robots give Merinos and terminal… Read more »

Lambex 2018 sheep meat forum to tell Australia’s lamb export boom story

AUSTRALIA’S export lamb shipments this year are likely to surpass the record volume of 2017, Meat & Livestock Australia general manager – international business, Michael Finucan, said today. The post Lambex 2018 sheep meat forum to tell Australia’s lamb export boom story appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lambex 2018 sheep meat… Read more »

VFF Livestock Group to seek a seat on animal welfare committee

VICTORIA’S peak livestock producer body will again seek representation on the state Government’s Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. The post VFF Livestock Group to seek a seat on animal welfare committee appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central VFF Livestock Group to seek a seat on animal welfare committee

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 20 June 2018

A series of cold fronts produced moderate falls in southeastern Australia, with snow falling in Alpine regions, while a surface trough and cold front generated moderate falls in western and southern Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 20 June 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Sheep meat and wool prices to rise, but live exports to decline – ABARES

STRONG demand for more valuable sheep meat and wool exports is helping to underpin a forecast increase in Australia’s farm production value, according to the latest ABARES Agricultural Commodities report. The post Sheep meat and wool prices to rise, but live exports to decline – ABARES appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Online wool sales dry up as auction pass-in rate stays low

ONLINE wool sales have dried up as fewer lines are passed in at Australia’s booming physical sale-by-sample auctions. The post Online wool sales dry up as auction pass-in rate stays low appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online wool sales dry up as auction pass-in rate stays low

Gundagai Meat Processors gets ready for lamb’s data-rich future

DEXA lamb carcase measurement will provide key animal welfare, health and production efficiency benefits to processor clients and farmers supplying lambs to Gundagai Meat Processors in New South Wales. The post Gundagai Meat Processors gets ready for lamb’s data-rich future appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Gundagai Meat Processors gets ready for… Read more »

Australia announces FTA negotiations with EU to lift red meat access

AUSTRALIA-EUROPEAN Union Free Trade Agreement negotiations to be started by the Coalition Government in Belgium next month have been welcomed by the nation’s red meat industry. The post Australia announces FTA negotiations with EU to lift red meat access appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia announces FTA negotiations with EU to… Read more »

Dry season hits AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb clearance rate

AUCTIONSPLUS’ sheep and lamb clearance rate dropped by more than 10 percent last week as the dry conditions across eastern Australia affected store stock demand. The post Dry season hits AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb clearance rate appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Dry season hits AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb clearance rate

Growth Farms Australia might want to buy your farm and lease it to you

SPECIALIST agricultural asset manager Growth Farms Australia today launched an innovative $100 million investment trust, the Australian Agricultural Lease Fund, to buy agricultural land and lease it to primary producers. The post Growth Farms Australia might want to buy your farm and lease it to you appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Search for Australia’s hardest working sheep and cattle dog on again

THE search is on again to find the hardest working dog on Australia’s sheep and cattle properties. The post Search for Australia’s hardest working sheep and cattle dog on again appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Search for Australia’s hardest working sheep and cattle dog on again

Its’ Ewe Time again in New South Wales and Queensland

POPULAR sheep productivity and profitability program, It’s Ewe Time, returns to New South Wales and Queensland in July and August this year with a focus on building resiliency in the dry conditions. The post Its’ Ewe Time again in New South Wales and Queensland appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Its’ Ewe… Read more »

South Australian wild dog fence levy area needs to be extended – Power

MORE South Australian livestock producers need to contribute to maintenance of the state’s wild dog fence, according to former Livestock SA president Geoff Power. The post South Australian wild dog fence levy area needs to be extended – Power appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central South Australian wild dog fence levy area… Read more »

Medium Merino wool shortage and exchange rate lifts market indicator

A SHORTAGE of medium Merino wool helped lift 19-23 micron fleece prices this week, raising the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator to 2021c/kg. The post Medium Merino wool shortage and exchange rate lifts market indicator appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Medium Merino wool shortage and exchange rate lifts market indicator

Victoria Police arrest woman and boy after sheep and beef calf thefts

VICTORIA Police have arrested a woman and a teenage boy after a month-long investigation into theft of sheep and beef cattle calves in northern Victoria. The post Victoria Police arrest woman and boy after sheep and beef calf thefts appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victoria Police arrest woman and boy after… Read more »

Forward wool market focusses on medium Merino wool shortage

FORWARD wool market trading this week reflected the strength of the medium micron sector, with two thirds of the week’s trades focused on 21 and 22 microns. The post Forward wool market focusses on medium Merino wool shortage appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market focusses on medium Merino wool… Read more »

Recruitment: Effective hiring in the digital age

As technology continues to evolve, it plays an increasingly important role in the way companies approach the talent search and the hiring process. Agribusiness managers or business owners looking to hire new staff need to stay ahead of the future of recruiting and keep up-to-date with what’s on the horizon. Here’s some valuable hints. The… Read more »

Animals Australia mounts Federal Court challenge to live sheep export licence

ANIMAL rights groups Animals Australia will challenge the granting of a live sheep export licence for a Middle East shipment in Australia’s Federal Court today. The post Animals Australia mounts Federal Court challenge to live sheep export licence appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Animals Australia mounts Federal Court challenge to live… Read more »

Wanted: Your top sheep snaps for industry photography competition

SHEEP Producers Australia is mustering the industry’s top photographs for 2018 stockTAKE Photography Competition. The peak sheep meat body is seeking images showcasing the people, sustainability, innovation and best practice management of the Australian sheep industry. The post Wanted: Your top sheep snaps for industry photography competition appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wanted: Your top… Read more »

Australian fine white cashmere valued at A$200 a kg in Woolyarns deal

AUSTRALIAN cashmere producers are hoping prices of up to $200 a kilogram for dehaired superfine white down paid by New Zealand woollen spinner Woolyarns will rejuvenate the domestic industry. The post Australian fine white cashmere valued at A$200 a kg in Woolyarns deal appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian fine white… Read more »

NSW dog thefts are investigated as Kelpie auction prices peak

WORKING dog owners in rural areas have been advised to improve farm security and dog identification systems after the recent thefts of several Kelpie and Kelpie crosses in New South Wales. The post NSW dog thefts are investigated as Kelpie auction prices peak appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW dog thefts… Read more »

Winter supply fears push trade lamb prices surely over 700c/kg

TRADE lamb prices have started to climb consistently above 700c/kg in eastern states saleyards as processors scramble for immediate kill and forward supplies in expectation of a tighter winter-spring supply period this year. The post Winter supply fears push trade lamb prices surely over 700c/kg appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Winter… Read more »

Wild dog control in north-west Queensland gets a boost

LIVESTOCK producers in north and north-west Queensland now have a wild dog specialist to help reduce the impact of the pests. The post Wild dog control in north-west Queensland gets a boost appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wild dog control in north-west Queensland gets a boost

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 13 June 2018

A rainband produced moderate to locally heavy falls in the northwest of Western Australia, while a coastal trough and southeasterly onshore winds generated moderate falls along the east coast of New South Wales and southeastern Queensland. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 13 June 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Lamb-friendly flock management practices to be outlined at Willaura

PADDOCK and flock management practices to improve lambing percentages will be outlined at a Meat & Livestock Australia pasture update at Willaura on June 21. The post Lamb-friendly flock management practices to be outlined at Willaura appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lamb-friendly flock management practices to be outlined at Willaura

Kelpie sells for more than $22,000

A buyer pays a record price for a two-year-old working dog at an auction in Victoria. Source: ABC Livestock Kelpie sells for more than ,000

Goat production booming with Mohair in high global demand and short supply

Goat farmers are no longer considered the poor relation of Australian woolgrowers with goat production booming and some farmers discovering goats can be more profitable than sheep. Source: ABC Livestock Goat production booming with Mohair in high global demand and short supply

Why mohair is now worth more than wool

Mohair produced by Angora goats hits a new Australian sale record, as a global shortage of the fibre drives up prices for farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Why mohair is now worth more than wool

Rural identities named in 2018 Queen’s Birthday honours

A former federal primary industry minister, a leading stud Merino and Angus cattle breeder, an ex-AgForce president and a founder and CEO of the Certified Australian Angus Beef program are among the recipients of 2018 Queen’s Birthday honours announced this morning. The post Rural identities named in 2018 Queen’s Birthday honours appeared first on Grain… Read more »

Darren reigns king of the Stockman’s Challenge with Princess and Rosie

DARREN Holmberg was keeping a lid on it, but he was seriously chuffed after winning the prestigious invitation-only Casterton Kelpie Muster Stockman’s Challenge on Saturday. The post Darren reigns king of the Stockman’s Challenge with Princess and Rosie appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Darren reigns king of the Stockman’s Challenge with… Read more »

Only four days to meet AWI Nuffield scholarship deadline

SHEEP and wool producers with an industry issue they believes needs investigating have less than a week to apply for the 2019 Nuffield Scholarship round. The post Only four days to meet AWI Nuffield scholarship deadline appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Only four days to meet AWI Nuffield scholarship deadline

Kelpie dog sets new Australian working dog auction record of $22,200 at Casterton

TRUE Australian stockmen and women rejoiced when Victorian sheep property overseer Christian Peacock sold a 27 month-old Kelpie for a national auction record price of $22,200 in Casterton today. The post Kelpie dog sets new Australian working dog auction record of $22,200 at Casterton appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Kelpie dog… Read more »

Stud and commercial ewes dominate AuctionsPlus listings

EWES dominated AuctionsPlus online listings last week, including stud and commercial Merino lines, and scanned in-lamb first cross ewes. The post Stud and commercial ewes dominate AuctionsPlus listings appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Stud and commercial ewes dominate AuctionsPlus listings

Rural financial counselling funds extended + VIDEO

RURAL Financial Counselling Service funding by the Coalition Government has been extended to June 30, 2020. The post Rural financial counselling funds extended + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Rural financial counselling funds extended + VIDEO

Merino ewe flock recovery hopes dashed by continuing dry conditions

AUSTRALIA’S Merino flock recovery looks set to be delayed years as extended dry conditions, supplementary feed availability and costs force producers to rationalise operations despite high wool prices. The post Merino ewe flock recovery hopes dashed by continuing dry conditions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Merino ewe flock recovery hopes dashed… Read more »

New Zealand shearing rate increase not enough to keep Kiwis at home

A PLAN to raise New Zealand sheep shearing rates is unlikely to stop the influx of Kiwi shearers into Australia or attract expatriate NZ workers back home. The post New Zealand shearing rate increase not enough to keep Kiwis at home appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand shearing rate increase… Read more »

Recruitment: 5 Steps to Leading a Great Team

It’s a tough world running a business somewhere along the grains industry supply chain if you are surrounded by people who have a poor work ethic, are not skilled enough and think they are entitled to a pay rise every month. When you’re yearning for growth, increased profits or even just consistency, how do you… Read more »

Australian Alpaca co-operative organising for Chinese market push

AUSTRALIAN Alpaca producers have made an important step toward a sustainable fleece industry with a sample fleece sale to a Shanghai processor. The post Australian Alpaca co-operative organising for Chinese market push appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian Alpaca co-operative organising for Chinese market push

Strong demand dampens exchange rate pressure on Australian wool prices

AUSTRALIAN wool prices resisted exchange rate pressure to overall hold above the industry benchmark figure of 2000c/kg clean. The post Strong demand dampens exchange rate pressure on Australian wool prices appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Strong demand dampens exchange rate pressure on Australian wool prices

Wool forward markets hold up as auction buyers seek relief

WOOL forward markets started the week strongly and held up relatively well as the auction lost ground. The post Wool forward markets hold up as auction buyers seek relief appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool forward markets hold up as auction buyers seek relief

Kiwi scientists breed sheep to fart and burp less

An NZ agricultural research company has bred a line of sheep which produce 10 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions. Source: ABC Livestock Kiwi scientists breed sheep to fart and burp less

Co-operation call as wild dogs move south in NSW and South Australia

HUNGRY wild dogs are moving south across New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia prompting renewed calls for greater co-operation among landholders and authorities on control programs. The post Co-operation call as wild dogs move south in NSW and South Australia appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Co-operation call as wild dogs… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 6 June 2018

A series of cold fronts produced moderate falls across southern Australia, with heavy rain along the west coast at the end of the week. Showers associated with a coastal trough generated moderate fall along the east coast of New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 6 June 2018 appeared… Read more »

Ballarat’s new saleyards to start selling sheep and cattle in August

SHEEP and cattle sales will start at Ballarat’s new sheep and cattle saleyards in August this year after construction is completed next month. The post Ballarat’s new saleyards to start selling sheep and cattle in August appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Ballarat’s new saleyards to start selling sheep and cattle in… Read more »

Casterton to open $1.5 million Australian Kelpie Centre this weekend

AUSTRALIA’S latest shrine to the nation’s working dog the Kelpie will be opened at Casterton this weekend. The post Casterton to open $1.5 million Australian Kelpie Centre this weekend appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Casterton to open .5 million Australian Kelpie Centre this weekend

Sheep ambassadors wanted for industry leadership initiative

AUSTRALIA’S peak sheep meat body is seeking young people willing to act as ambassadors for the industry. Sheep Producers Australia is seeking applications from people in the sheep industry aged 25 to 40 for the 2018 Sheep Industry Ambassadors Award. The post Sheep ambassadors wanted for industry leadership initiative appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

PM and senior ministers talk drought in western NSW, Qld

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken his drought “listening tour” through New South Wales and Queensland, visiting Dubbo, Trangie, Narromine, Blackall and heading to Charleville, and Boulia on a three-day tour with senior members of his cabinet. The post PM and senior ministers talk drought in western NSW, Qld appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

ASKBILL for weather forecasts, wool cuts and carcase weights

WEATHER forecasts, six monthly fleece cuts and feed impacts on carcase quality are among new features on the predictive sheep management app ASKBILL. The post ASKBILL for weather forecasts, wool cuts and carcase weights appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central ASKBILL for weather forecasts, wool cuts and carcase weights

Online AuctionsPlus wool buyers focus on fine Merino lines

ONLINE wool buyers favoured fine Merino lines in the AuctionsPlus catalogue, as the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator peaked at 2027c/kg clean last week. The post Online AuctionsPlus wool buyers focus on fine Merino lines appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online AuctionsPlus wool buyers focus on fine Merino lines

Japanese sheep meat trade disruption over abamectin sheep drench averted

AUSTRALIA has avoided potential disruption to its multi-million dollar sheep meat trade with Japan by negotiating a higher maximum residue limit for the common drench ingredient abamectin. The post Japanese sheep meat trade disruption over abamectin sheep drench averted appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Japanese sheep meat trade disruption over abamectin… Read more »

Online Merino ewe sell-off escalates as tight season gets colder

MERINO ewe numbers doubled to almost 14,000 on AuctionsPlus last week, as overall listings increased. AuctionsPlus market operations officer Ellen Simpson said 47,364 sheep and lambs were offered online last week, an increase of 16,123. The post Online Merino ewe sell-off escalates as tight season gets colder appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

South Australian undergraduate wins Alltech Young Scientist award

YOUNG South Australian lamb researcher Leesa-Joy Flanagan is keen to continue her studies after winning the 2018 Alltech Young Scientist award at the ONE18 conference recently. The post South Australian undergraduate wins Alltech Young Scientist award appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central South Australian undergraduate wins Alltech Young Scientist award

Goat meat prices are lifting after months in the doldrums

GOAT meat indicators are on the rise again, according to Meat & Livestock Australia, while slaughter and exports have been tracking below year-ago levels. The post Goat meat prices are lifting after months in the doldrums appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat meat prices are lifting after months in the doldrums

Ask for a commodity vendor declaration with your livestock feed

PRODUCERS feeding sheep, lambs and other livestock with bought-in fodder and grain have been urged to seek a commodity vendor declaration where possible. The post Ask for a commodity vendor declaration with your livestock feed appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Ask for a commodity vendor declaration with your livestock feed

Wool forwards progress will wait on confirmation of offshore business

WOOL forward markets moved in line with the spot auction last week, but are expected to stagnate prior to auctions starting this week. The post Wool forwards progress will wait on confirmation of offshore business appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool forwards progress will wait on confirmation of offshore business

Live export shipboard stockpersons training course in July

LiveCorp will conduct its next shipboard stockpersons’ training course in Fremantle on July 3-6, a course that will teach participants about adapting to life and work on board; animal handling; detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases; and feed, water and deck management. The post Live export shipboard stockpersons training course in July appeared first on… Read more »

Live export company facing criminal probe after deaths of 2,500 sheep

The company at the centre of a live sheep export scandal, Emanuel Exports, is now the focus of a criminal investigation into its treatment of animals after being told to demonstrate why it should not be stripped of its export licence. Source: ABC Livestock Live export company facing criminal probe after deaths of 2,500… Read more »

Labor live sheep export ban amendment foiled, for now….

COALITION MP support for suspension of Middle East live sheep exports during northern summer months and a phase-out of long-haul shipments is growing, NSW Liberal MP Sussan Ley said yesterday. The post Labor live sheep export ban amendment foiled, for now…. appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Labor live sheep export ban… Read more »

More ‘runway’ in wool prices yet – AWI CEO McCullough

MERINO wool’s high-end marketing focus and supply dynamics suggests there is room for auction prices to continue upward, Australian Wool Innovation chief executive officer Stuart McCullough said yesterday. The post More ‘runway’ in wool prices yet – AWI CEO McCullough appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central More ‘runway’ in wool prices yet… Read more »

Insatiable Chinese demand lifts wool into record territory

INSATIABLE demand for Australian wool drove auction prices to a new historical height this week, with the industry benchmark indicator peaking 555 cents a kilogram higher than 12 months ago. The post Insatiable Chinese demand lifts wool into record territory appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Insatiable Chinese demand lifts wool into… Read more »

Recruitment: Addressing the gender imbalance challenge in ag

An industry gathering at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday focused attention on the gender imbalance in agriculture, and remedial action being taken to correct it. The post Recruitment: Addressing the gender imbalance challenge in ag appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Addressing the gender imbalance challenge in ag

Industry fears quad bike changes could be dangerous

ATV manufacturers, dealers and farmers are uniting to fight proposed engineering changes to quad bikes, fearing they could do more harm than good. The post Industry fears quad bike changes could be dangerous appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Industry fears quad bike changes could be dangerous

Seasonal climate outlook Jun-Aug 2018

Winter days and nights are likely to be warmer than average for most of Australia, except parts of the far north. Warm winter days are very likely in the southeast, with chances greater than 80% over NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and eastern SA. The post Seasonal climate outlook Jun-Aug 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Australia’s wool price benchmark breaks 2000-cent barrier for first time

AUSTRALIA’S wool price benchmark rose above 2000 cents for the first time today, as strong competition on most fleece categories amid supply concerns pushed the Eastern Market Indicator up 28 cents to 2011c/kg clean. The post Australia’s wool price benchmark breaks 2000-cent barrier for first time appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Wool Week Australia celebrations in full swing + VIDEO

WOOL growers, fashion designers, retailers and consumers are uniting to celebrate the Woolmark Company’s Wool Week Australia until June 3. The post Wool Week Australia celebrations in full swing + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool Week Australia celebrations in full swing + VIDEO

Calls for AWI termination and change among supportive wool grower views

A CALL for Australian Wool Innovation to be terminated and the compulsory wool levy to cease is among the more sensational grower submissions to the latest performance and governance review of the research, development and marketing body. The post Calls for AWI termination and change among supportive wool grower views appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Littleproud bats for live sheep exports as Labor seeks Inspector-General

THE Australian Government’s continued support for the live sheep export trade has been highlighted by a comprehensive ’fact check’ statement by Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud today. The post Littleproud bats for live sheep exports as Labor seeks Inspector-General appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud bats for live… Read more »

Simple DNA horn-poll blood test is good for Merinos and workers

UPTAKE of a horn-poll DNA test for Merino rams has boosted industry-wide farmer health and safety and animal welfare, according to the Sheep CRC. The post Simple DNA horn-poll blood test is good for Merinos and workers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Simple DNA horn-poll blood test is good for Merinos… Read more »

National Merinolink project aims to double flock genetic gain rate

DOUBLING the rate of genetic gain in Merino flocks by 2022 is the aim of a sheep industry project underway in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia. The post National Merinolink project aims to double flock genetic gain rate appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central National Merinolink project aims to double flock genetic… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, May 30 2018

A strong cold front tracked across southern Australia, generating moderate falls along the west coast and parts of southeastern Australia. Moist, onshore airflow produced moderate falls along parts of the exposed east coast of Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, May 30 2018 appeared first… Read more »

Live export stockperson course can lead to a management role

LIVECORP will hold its next shipboard stockpersons’ training course in Fremantle on July 3-6. The post Live export stockperson course can lead to a management role appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live export stockperson course can lead to a management role

Increased vigilance urged for Commodity Vendor Decs during the dry

As dry conditions bite in many regions across the country, livestock producers who are buying in fodder and grain are being reminded to make sure bought feedstuffs come with a Commodity Vendor Declaration wherever possible. The post Increased vigilance urged for Commodity Vendor Decs during the dry appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Wild dogs take toll on stock, mental health

Wool producers in Victoria are crying out for government action amid what they say is an increase in wild dog attacks. Source: ABC Livestock Wild dogs take toll on stock, mental health

Hundreds of sheep killed and farming land destroyed in WA blaze

Farmers on Western Australia’s south coast are still coming to terms with the extent of loss after devastating bushfires tore through the region last week. Source: ABC Livestock Hundreds of sheep killed and farming land destroyed in WA blaze

Littleproud withholds live sheep export details from WA Government

FEDERAL Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has confirmed he did not supply information on the controversial Awassi Express live sheep shipment to the Middle East last year requested by the Western Australian Government. The post Littleproud withholds live sheep export details from WA Government appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud withholds live… Read more »

Offal-loving celebrity chef enlisted for first joint Victorian beef-sheep dinner

MEAT and offal-loving celebrity chef Adrian Richardson has been enlisted to liven up the first joint BestWool/BestLamb and BetterBeef conference dinner in Bendigo next month. The post Offal-loving celebrity chef enlisted for first joint Victorian beef-sheep dinner appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Offal-loving celebrity chef enlisted for first joint Victorian beef-sheep… Read more »

Farmers’ workplace injury needs are being ignored, Victorian study finds

FARMERS should have access to tailored rehabilitation programs after serious workplace injuries, a first-of-its-kind study from Deakin University which has found their unique needs are being ignored. The post Farmers’ workplace injury needs are being ignored, Victorian study finds appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Farmers’ workplace injury needs are being ignored,… Read more »

Genetics, wool and non-mulesing management to feature at Merinolink day

GENETIC technology, the wool value chain and non-mulesing management techniques will be all under the spotlight when growers from across the nation gather for the MerinoLink conference on June 20. The post Genetics, wool and non-mulesing management to feature at Merinolink day appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Genetics, wool and non-mulesing… Read more »

Merino wether and lamb turn-off continues to retain ewe flock

DEMAND for Merino wethers and lambs held firm online last week as producers across New South Wales and Queensland continued to sell off surplus stock to focus on retaining ewes in the dry conditions. The post Merino wether and lamb turn-off continues to retain ewe flock appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

A six-week rest from grazing is best for lucerne, VIC trials find

LUCERNE likes a six-week rest from grazing, Victorian researchers have found in trials at Hamilton and Rutherglen. The post A six-week rest from grazing is best for lucerne, VIC trials find appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central A six-week rest from grazing is best for lucerne, VIC trials find

Vegetarian who fell in love with a sheep farmer urges rethink on live export ban

A self-described vegetarian, left-wing, eco-conscious WA woman whose partner happens to be a sheep farmer, issues a passionate defence of Australia’s live export trade — arguing it helps protect animal welfare. Source: ABC Livestock Vegetarian who fell in love with a sheep farmer urges rethink on live export ban

Australian wool market peaks again just shy of 2000 cent benchmark level

DOMESTIC Chinese retail demand and an empty processing pipeline pushed Australian wool prices to new all-time peaks this week. The post Australian wool market peaks again just shy of 2000 cent benchmark level appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool market peaks again just shy of 2000 cent benchmark level

Recruitment: Are your staff Q Fever safe?

STATISTICS suggest management of Q Fever risk in the livestock production sector is still largely ignored, although awareness appears to be well advanced within the Australian red meat processing industry. The post Recruitment: Are your staff Q Fever safe? appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Are your staff Q Fever safe?

New nutrition and feed budget videos for goat meat producers

GOAT meat producers feeding and finishing stock to meet market targets have been provided with a new video series by Meat & Livestock Australia. The post New nutrition and feed budget videos for goat meat producers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New nutrition and feed budget videos for goat meat producers

Live export standards review loses chairman Back and will finish this year

A REVIEW of Australia’s standards for livestock exports will be completed this year, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David little Proud announced today. The post Live export standards review loses chairman Back and will finish this year appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live export standards review loses chairman Back… Read more »

Lambex 2018 organisers name nine Young Guns finalists

LAMBEX 2018 organisers have named nine up-and-coming lamb industry advocates as finalists in its Young Guns Competition. The post Lambex 2018 organisers name nine Young Guns finalists appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lambex 2018 organisers name nine Young Guns finalists

New Zealand markets 131 tonnes of wool in first online sale

NEW ZEALAND has held its first successful online sale of wool – marketing about 131 tonnes of crossbred and slipe wool to major domestic buyers. The post New Zealand markets 131 tonnes of wool in first online sale appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand markets 131 tonnes of wool in… Read more »

Tasmania students dominate National Merino Challenge at first appearance

TASMANIAN sheep and wool students swept the competition aside in their first appearance at the recent National Merino Challenge in Adelaide. Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture student Lauren Rowlands was the individual tertiary champion and fellow team member Rebecca Owen was runner-up. Tasmanian secondary school teams came from St Patrick’s College and Launceston Church Grammar and… Read more »

Senators told live sheep death images will damage Australia’s food ‘brand’

FOOTAGE of dead and dying sheep on live export shipments would damage Australia’s brand as a clean, safe and ethical food producer and push more people to vegetarianism, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton conceded to a Senate Estimates hearing today. The post Senators told live sheep death images will damage Australia’s food… Read more »

Australian farmer bodies start email campaign to retain live sheep exports

AUSTRALIAN farmers are being asked to join a national MP email campaign to support live sheep exports, but weeks after hundreds of thousands of people have responded to online petitions aimed at banning the trade. The post Australian farmer bodies start email campaign to retain live sheep exports appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Funny sheep feeds to be focus of free webinar next week

ALTERNATIVE feed options for hungry sheep will be considered in a keenly-awaited ‘funny feeds’ webinar next week. The post Funny sheep feeds to be focus of free webinar next week appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Funny sheep feeds to be focus of free webinar next week

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 23 May 2018

A westerly flow and a series of embedded cold fronts produced moderate falls in southeastern Australia, while moist onshore flow brought showers and moderate fall to parts of Queensland’s east coast. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 23 May 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Live export boss avoids jail after 22,000 sheep slaughtered, buried in mass grave

Garry Robinson walks free after pleading guilty to falsifying Commonwealth documents that allowed 22,000 sheep to be imported into Pakistan, where they were brutally killed in vision that shocked Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Live export boss avoids jail after 22,000 sheep slaughtered, buried in mass grave

Live sheep export pleas made to farmers as phase-out Bill stalls in parliament

WESTERN Australian farmers have been urged to fight plans to shut down live sheep exports to the Middle East as proposed legislation to end the trade within five years faces an uncertain future. The post Live sheep export pleas made to farmers as phase-out Bill stalls in parliament appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Sheep producers hit hay stocks as dry conditions continue

DRY autumn conditions across much of Australia have sparked a rush on fodder supplies for the first time in a few years, especially from sheep producers, and it is driving hay prices upwards. The post Sheep producers hit hay stocks as dry conditions continue appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep producers… Read more »

Lobbying begins after Ley introduces live sheep export phase-out Bill

LIBERAL MP Sussan Ley has proposed phasing out live sheep experts to the Middle East within five years in a Private Members Bill introduced to Federal Parliament this morning. The post Lobbying begins after Ley introduces live sheep export phase-out Bill appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lobbying begins after Ley introduces… Read more »

Spike in stock theft leads to calls for action on rural crime

A spike in stock theft and rural crime in Victoria is testing the patience of farmers who want tougher penalties and more powers for police to address the growing problem. Source: ABC Livestock Spike in stock theft leads to calls for action on rural crime

Chinese and American trade stand-off is good news for wool industry

STEPS to avoid a looming trade war between China and the United States were good news for Australia’s wool industry, leading analyst Chris Wilcox said today. The post Chinese and American trade stand-off is good news for wool industry appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Chinese and American trade stand-off is good… Read more »