Category: Sheep

Vegie burgers and sustainability are opportunities for natural meat protein

AUSTRALIA’S red meat sector should not over-react to animal activism or veganism, but nor should it underestimate the advent of alternative proteins or the importance of sustainability, the first Herefords Australia Beef Forum was told at Hamilton yesterday…Read More Source: Sheep Central Vegie burgers and sustainability are opportunities for natural meat protein

DEXA plus robotics cost payback in three years on lamb

MEAT processor JBS Australia paid back its lamb chain investment in DEXA carcase measurement and robotics technology at its Bordertown plant in three years, the Hereford Australia’s Breed Forum was told yesterday…Read More Source: Sheep Central DEXA plus robotics cost payback in three years on lamb

ACCC scrutinises proposed Landmark/Ruralco deal

The ACCC has raised concerns about Landmark’s proposed acquisition of Ruralco, asking for stakeholder comment on the competition impact a merged national agency business might have on the agriculture sector…Read More Source: Grain Central ACCC scrutinises proposed Landmark/Ruralco deal

Orphaned lambs don knitted NRL jumpers as winter frost bites

A colourful initiative to help lambs left orphaned by the drought has gained worldwide traction and has been saving lives — as well as bringing joy to farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Orphaned lambs don knitted NRL jumpers as winter frost bites

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 June 2019

AN upper-level trough produced moderate falls in Queensland’s northern and central interior, while a series of strong cold fronts produced moderate falls in south-west Western Australia…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 June 2019

RIC launches natural disaster loan for NQ flood victims

FEDERAL Government-backed specialist finance provider, the Regional Investment Corporation, is this week launching a new loan product specifically for livestock producers struggling to recover for north-west Queensland’s February flood event…Read More Source: Sheep Central RIC launches natural disaster loan for NQ flood victims

Matching stocking rate to pasture productivity is crucial

MORE than 25 percent of pasture productivity could be lost by not matching stocking rate to carrying capacity during dry times, according to grazing consultant Bart Davidson…Read More Source: Sheep Central Matching stocking rate to pasture productivity is crucial

WA sheep producers warned about early return on grazing

WESTERN Australian livestock producers have been urged to continue their supplementary feeding programs, despite widespread – yet variable – rainfall over the past week…Read More Source: Sheep Central WA sheep producers warned about early return on grazing

NSW Police report sheep thefts at Dubbo, Tullamore and O’Connell

RECENT sheep thefts are being investigated by New South Wales Police at O’Connell in the central tablelands, Tullamore in the central west and near Dubbo in the Orana region…Read More Source: Sheep Central NSW Police report sheep thefts at Dubbo, Tullamore and O’Connell

Sheep and beef producers to converge on Bendigo

VICTORIA’S sheep and beef producers will enjoy a packed two-day program at the combined BetterBeef and BestWool/BestLamb 2019 Annual Conference in Bendigo next week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Sheep and beef producers to converge on Bendigo

Online wool sales falter as physical auction demand wanes on quality

ONLINE wool sales on the AuctionsPlus platform dried up as the price benchmark for Australia’s physical auctions lost ground again last week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Online wool sales falter as physical auction demand wanes on quality

Casterton working dog auction gets online boost to $15,000 top price

Online bidding has opened up Australia’s premier working dog auction at Casterton in Victoria to a new group of buyers from across the nation…Read More Source: Beef Central Casterton working dog auction gets online boost to ,000 top price

NSW Government drought funding boost

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the upcoming NSW State Budget will include $170 million in funding to fast track investment in regional infrastructure surrounding drought. NSW Farmers has welcomed the critical boost to drought assistance that extends to backing town water and infrastructure projects for drought affected communities…Read More Source: Sheep Central NSW… Read more »

Technology should make lamb quality via dentition ‘history’

DEFINING lamb quality through dentition should become history with the development of proposed new meat quality measurement technology, according to University of New England meat scientist Dr Peter McGilchrist…Read More Source: Sheep Central Technology should make lamb quality via dentition ‘history’

Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours

An ex-Cattle Council of Australia vice president, a former Queensland Merino Stud Master of the year, the founding president of the Australian Campdraft Association and a prominent WA farm management consultant are among the agricultural sector identities to have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced today…Read More Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Warning of lantana 'catastrophe' as poisonous weed spreads unchecked

A lantana removal expert claims the spread of the poisonous weed is a “catastrophe” on a scale that has not been properly recognised or resourced. Source: ABC Livestock Warning of lantana ‘catastrophe’ as poisonous weed spreads unchecked

Carrots destined for landfill used to produce new 'wagyu' lamb

A West Australian company converting thousands of tonnes of carrots destined for landfill into animal feed is hoping to produce a new type of lamb with the same marbling as wagyu beef. Source: ABC Livestock Carrots destined for landfill used to produce new ‘wagyu’ lamb

Tackling activism and telling red meat’s story are important, says MLA

With anti-meat extremism attracting more attention in the media recently, the Australian red meat and livestock industry has been working to inform consumers about the health, welfare and environmental credentials of red meat and share the story of its production – however producers want industry leaders to do more in this space and give them… Read more »

Forward wool trading discounts increase marginally

FORWARD wool trading discounts have increased marginally with the market seeing spring supply outstripping demand…Read More Source: Sheep Central Forward wool trading discounts increase marginally

No ramifications for consumers from lamb definition change

CONSUMERS will not be negatively affected by a proposed redefinition of lamb in Australia, the nation’s peak sheep producer and processor bodies said this week…Read More Source: Sheep Central No ramifications for consumers from lamb definition change

Best style Merino and coarse crossbred wool holds value

GOOD style high yielding sound Merino wool and coarse crossbred fleece fared best in another general fall in the Australian auction market this week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Best style Merino and coarse crossbred wool holds value

Recruitment: Employee retention – how to keep your best talent

A large Australian pastoral company has estimated that it costs the business almost $10,000 to advertise, attract, recruit, induct and embed a new lower-to-mid level employee within its northern cattle operations, including the productivity sacrificed until the new staffmember comes up to speed in their new job. Employee retention creates intellectual capital within your workforce,… Read more »

Restocking paperwork reminder for western NSW producers

LANDHOLDERS in New South Wales western region are being reminded of the importance of doing their homework prior to re-stocking following recent rain events…Read More Source: Sheep Central Restocking paperwork reminder for western NSW producers

South Australia to look west for sheep when OJD rules change

SOUTH Australia will deregulate its Ovine Johne’s Disease restrictions on sheep entering the state from July 1 this year, but authorities and stock agents are still urging caution…Read More Source: Sheep Central South Australia to look west for sheep when OJD rules change

TFI to build new world-class meat processing facility at Murray Bridge

LEADING Australian family-owned meat processor Thomas Foods International will build a new advanced world-class multi-species meat processing plant at Murray Bridge with increased sheep and lamb processing capacity just 17 months after fire ravaged its flagship facility in the south-east South Australian town…Read More Source: Sheep Central TFI to build new world-class meat processing… Read more »

Lamb prices dip as supply lifts, and US demand and skin values falter

LAMB prices stepped back from record levels this week, as weather-disrupted supplies from Tasmania resumed, yardings at some major centres rose and export price resistance grew…Read More Source: Sheep Central Lamb prices dip as supply lifts, and US demand and skin values falter

Enough is enough: meat industry fed up after more illegal activism

The peak industry body for Australia’s red meat industry has expressed its disgust with an activist who vandalised a butcher shop in Brisbane today, and is calling on the Government to recognise that anti-meat activism is affecting businesses across the supply chain and must be stamped out…Read More Source: Beef Central Enough is enough:… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 5 June 2019

A SURFACE and upper-level trough generated moderate falls in southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales, while strong cold fronts produced moderate falls in southeast Australia…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 5 June 2019

Smaller flock and strong demand to keep lamb and mutton prices up

FORECAST drops in sheep meat production and strong demand should keep lamb and mutton prices historically high throughout 2019, with potential “additional upside” if improved seasonal conditions improve, according to Meat & Livestock Australia…Read More Source: Sheep Central Smaller flock and strong demand to keep lamb and mutton prices up

Queensland police seek goat musterers chased from property

QUEENSLAND police are seeking public assistance to identify people involved with the alleged unauthorised mustering of goats on a property in the state’s south-west…Read More Source: Sheep Central Queensland police seek goat musterers chased from property

WoolProducers Australia names new Raising the Baa participants

PEAK grower body WoolProducers Australia has selected seven people from the industry to undertake its 2019 ‘Raising the Baa – Leadership in Agriculture’ program…Read More Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers Australia names new Raising the Baa participants

Sheep CRC and Neogen finalise DNA service delivery agreement

SHEEP DNA services delivery to the Australian industry will continue next month under a new arrangement finalised today…Read More Source: Sheep Central Sheep CRC and Neogen finalise DNA service delivery agreement

Recruitment: Digital transformation broadens work roles in ag

Digital technology is transforming farming at a rate that might be faster than at any time in history, opening up new frontiers of possibilities for agriculturalists. ..Read More Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Digital transformation broadens work roles in ag

NSW growers win with ultrafine fleece despite tough seasons

NEW South Wales ultrafine wool growers Irene and Daryl Croake took special pleasure from their winning of the 2019 Cleckheaton Grand Champion Fleece Trophy…Read More Source: Sheep Central NSW growers win with ultrafine fleece despite tough seasons

More forward wool market action as auction prices lift

THERE was better participation in the forward wool market this week as the physical auctions had another topsy turvy week…Read More Source: Sheep Central More forward wool market action as auction prices lift

Australian wool prices rebound 40-80 cents as confidence returns

AUSTRALIAN wool prices rebounded 40-80 cents this week and pass-in rates more than halved as growers and brokers agreed to meet the higher market…Read More Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices rebound 40-80 cents as confidence returns

Griffith saleyard sets new national lamb price record of $345

A NEW national lamb price of $345 was set at Griffith today as benchmark indicators for heavy and trade carcase weight values peaked three months earlier than previous historical levels last year…Read More Source: Sheep Central Griffith saleyard sets new national lamb price record of 5

$60m Bourke goat abattoir closes, five months after launch

Drought and recent rain have been blamed for the closure of the Bourke goat abattoir in northwestern NSW, but its operators have refused to speculate when it could resume operations…Read More Source: Beef Central m Bourke goat abattoir closes, five months after launch

Bourke council is confident goat abattoir closure is short-term

DROUGHT and recent rain have been blamed for the closure of the Bourke goat abattoir in western New South Wales, but its operators have refused to speculate when it could resume operations…Read More Source: Sheep Central Bourke council is confident goat abattoir closure is short-term

It’s a dry seasonal climate outlook for June-August 2019

BELOW average rainfall is likely for much of eastern and parts of southern Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest seasonal climate outlook released today. ..Read More Source: Sheep Central It’s a dry seasonal climate outlook for June-August 2019

WoolProducers, RSPCA and AMIC welcome new Minister for Agriculture

AUSTRALIA’S new Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie and the re-elected Coalition Government have been welcomed by a cross-section of sheep industry stakeholders this week…Read More Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers, RSPCA and AMIC welcome new Minister for Agriculture

AuctionsPlus wool demand strengthens after market decline

ONLINE wool buying strengthened late last week after the physical auction market’s sharp decline in national selling centres…Read More Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus wool demand strengthens after market decline

June is ‘ewe time’ for you in Tasmania

TASMANIAN sheep producers can access timely tips and tools to tailor flock management to seasonal conditions when the It’s ewe time! Forum is held in Campbell Town next month…Read More Source: Sheep Central June is ‘ewe time’ for you in Tasmania

Goat meat pricing helps TFI as sheep and lamb supplies drop

RECORD goat meat pricing has helped major meat processor Thomas Foods International maintain its usual winter slaughter schedule despite waning lamb and sheep supplies…Read More Source: Sheep Central Goat meat pricing helps TFI as sheep and lamb supplies drop

Processor lambs hit 1200c/kg and up to $336 a head + VIDEO

TRADE, light and heavy lamb prices this week soared to extreme levels – at times above 1200c/kg –as competition for supplies intensified between domestic and export processors…Read More Source: Sheep Central Processor lambs hit 1200c/kg and up to 6 a head + VIDEO

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 29 May 2019

ONSHORE air flow produced showers along Queensland’s north tropical coast, while a series of cold fronts, troughs, and lows produced moderate falls in southeast Australia…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 29 May 2019

Study finds no evidence of dingo genes in the Kelpie + VIDEO

UNIVERSITY of Sydney researchers have found no genetic evidence that the iconic Australian Kelpie shares canine ancestry with a dingo, despite Australian bush myths…Read More Source: Sheep Central Study finds no evidence of dingo genes in the Kelpie + VIDEO

Flystrike, welfare and profitability focus at 2019 Merinolink conference

FLYSTRIKE research, animal welfare and profitability constraints to wool production will be examined when growers from across the nation gather for the MerinoLink conference next month…Read More Source: Sheep Central Flystrike, welfare and profitability focus at 2019 Merinolink conference

May live sheep shipments crucial to Middle East trade viability

AUSTRALIA’S last live sheep vessel to depart for the Middle East before a three-month Northern Summer prohibition has been approved and is on its way Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates…Read More Source: Sheep Central May live sheep shipments crucial to Middle East trade viability

New South Wales buys up big on Auctionsplus

NEW South Wales sheep producers and processors bought almost 40 percent of the AuctionsPlus online offering last week…Read More Source: Sheep Central New South Wales buys up big on Auctionsplus

Forward wool markets hit by China-US trade tensions

IF the weekends election results taught us anything, it is that even with all the predictive tools, surveys and polling it is difficult to foresee the future…Read More Source: Sheep Central Forward wool markets hit by China-US trade tensions

Wool prices plummet as global retail and buyer confidence weakens

AUSTRALIAN growers withheld almost a third of the wool offer at auction this week as prices fell further this week amid low market confidence hit by the China-United States tariff dispute and gloomy retail conditions overseas…Read More Source: Sheep Central Wool prices plummet as global retail and buyer confidence weakens

Lamb prices hit $320 at Griffith, $315 at Wagga Wagga

LAMB and mutton prices continued to rise later this week as processors reportedly considered limiting slaughter targets in coming weeks to match expected supplies and price levels…Read More Source: Sheep Central Lamb prices hit 0 at Griffith, 5 at Wagga Wagga

Deadline looming for UNE sheep and wool scholarships

AGRICULTURE students have until the end of the month to apply for the well-regarded Australian Wool Education Trust (AWET) undergraduate Scholarship…Read More Source: Sheep Central Deadline looming for UNE sheep and wool scholarships

Approval expected for last live sheep shipment before 3-month ban

AUSTRALIA’S live export regulator is expected to approve the last live sheep shipment to the Middle East before a three-month prohibition despite a ‘last-minute’ submission by animal rights group Animals Australia to halt it…Read More Source: Sheep Central Approval expected for last live sheep shipment before 3-month ban

Wild dog fence underway after decades of sheep being 'ripped apart'

It has taken almost 20 years of campaigning from farmers and today the first post of a new $11 million wild dog fence in WA has been driven into the ground. Source: ABC Livestock Wild dog fence underway after decades of sheep being ‘ripped apart’

Doubt over last WA live sheep export before summer closure

A consignment of 56,000 head of sheep due to be shipped on Saturday to the Middle East is in doubt due to a last minute, 700-page submission against the voyage by Animals Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Doubt over last WA live sheep export before summer closure

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 22 May 2019

RAINFALL over the past week was recorded in southern Western Australia, the eastern half of the Top End and the Northern Territory’s south, far north and coastal South Australia, south-western and central Victoria, western and northern Tasmania, far north-eastern New South Wales and along the east coast and northern interior of Queensland…Read More Source:… Read more »

Saleyard trade and heavy lamb prices continue to climb

LAMB and mutton prices continued to rise in saleyards early this week putting further pressure on domestic and export processors seeking quality supplies…Read More Source: Sheep Central Saleyard trade and heavy lamb prices continue to climb

Murray Arnel joins our reporting team

Beef Central and Sheep Central are very pleased to announce that respected and highly experienced cattle and sheep market commentator Murray Arnel is joining our editorial team from this week…Read More Source: Beef Central Murray Arnel joins our reporting team

Murray Arnel joins Sheep Central and Beef Central reporting team

Beef Central and Sheep Central are very pleased to announce that respected and highly experienced cattle and sheep market commentator Murray Arnel is joining our editorial team from this week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Murray Arnel joins Sheep Central and Beef Central reporting team

Activists aside, how does the general public view farm animal welfare?

A STUDY of public attitudes about farm animal welfare suggests that, while a majority of the public think Australian farmers do a good job, consumer attitudes are shifting and Australian agriculture has work to do to ensure its commitment to high animal welfare standards is understood…Read More Source: Sheep Central Activists aside, how does… Read more »

Lamb producer calls for pain relief systems cost-benefit study

AUSTRALIA’S sheep and prime lamb producers need detailed cost-benefit comparisons of pain relief options for on-farm surgical procedures, according to south-west Victorian producer Tim Leeming. The Pigeon Ponds farmer and..Read More Source: Sheep Central Lamb producer calls for pain relief systems cost-benefit study

Dry weather impacts Elders half-year profit and earnings

Drought conditions across large parts of eastern Australia have impacted Elders’ half-year results announced today, with statutory net profit down $14m from the same period last year to $27.4m…Read More Source: Grain Central Dry weather impacts Elders half-year profit and earnings

‘Nuts and bolts’ of livestock grazing are on workshop menu

AGRICULTURE Victoria will run series of two-day workshops to give livestock farmers the “nuts and bolts” around good grazing management…Read More Source: Sheep Central ‘Nuts and bolts’ of livestock grazing are on workshop menu

Victoria and Tasmania lead AWEX National Wool Declaration uptake

ALMOST 70 percent of Australia’s wool growers are declaring the mulesing status of their wool and about 13pc of the national clip is coming from non-mulesed flocks…Read More Source: Sheep Central Victoria and Tasmania lead AWEX National Wool Declaration uptake

Live sheep trade to continue reform after Coalition election win

THE Coalition Government’s federal election win has been met with relief, but not complacency, by supporters of Australia’s live sheep export trade…Read More Source: Sheep Central Live sheep trade to continue reform after Coalition election win

Victorian saleyards and abattoirs exceeding 90pc EID tag read rates

VICTORIAN saleyards and abattoirs are continuing to scan electronic sheep and goat identifications at read rates of more than 90 percent, according to Agriculture Victoria…Read More Source: Sheep Central Victorian saleyards and abattoirs exceeding 90pc EID tag read rates

Light forward wool market bidding expected

LIGHT forward wool market bidding and continued price weakening at physical auctions is expected as exporters look to find processor price levels…Read More Source: Sheep Central Light forward wool market bidding expected

Growers hold wool as Merino and crossbred prices slump

AUSTRALIAN wool prices slumped across the board this week, with big falls in Merino and crossbred fleece values prompting growers to pass-in more than 20 percent of the offering at auctions…Read More Source: Sheep Central Growers hold wool as Merino and crossbred prices slump

Long-haul animal shipment risks too high, says animal welfare professor

LONG-HAUL live export of sheep and cattle represents too high a risk to the animals’ welfare and should not be conducted, a leading world animal welfare expert has claimed…Read More Source: Sheep Central Long-haul animal shipment risks too high, says animal welfare professor

Recruitment: Do you need an employee induction program?

Whether yours is a small wool or lamb-producing business or a larger organisation somewhere along the food and fibre supply chain, you’ll need an employee induction program. When a new employee commences, it’s important that they quickly understand their role and responsibilities – and a good induction program gets them off to a great start…Read… Read more »

Lamb prices reach $300 mark months earlier as supplies tighten

LAMB prices surged in more saleyards this week, with demand pushing extra heavyweight rates up around the $300 mark nearly three months earlier than last year…Read More Source: Sheep Central Lamb prices reach 0 mark months earlier as supplies tighten

‘First look’ climate outlook drier for some in June-August 2019

WINTER is likely to be drier than average for much of Queensland, NSW, Victoria, southeast SA, northern Tasmania, the NT, and northern and far southwest WA according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘first look’ forecast for the period released today. ..Read More Source: Sheep Central ‘First look’ climate outlook drier for some in June-August… Read more »

Thomas Foods International offers record $10/kg goat meat price

LEADING Australian meat processor and exporter Thomas Foods International has announced it will pay a record $10 a kilogram for goat meat to supply a new value-adding initiative in the United States…Read More Source: Sheep Central Thomas Foods International offers record /kg goat meat price

Ruralco diversification drives half-yearly growth, profit and dividend

Ruralco has attributed its three per cent growth and after tax of $16.6 million for the half year ended 31 March 2019 to its diversification strategy…Read More Source: Grain Central Ruralco diversification drives half-yearly growth, profit and dividend

Labor matches Coalition’s $25 million SA dog fence commitment

BI-PARTISAN support for a $25 million upgrade to South Australia’s 100 year-old dog wild fence has been achieved just days before the Federal Election…Read More Source: Sheep Central Labor matches Coalition’s million SA dog fence commitment

Early online wool sales might indicate market movement

AUCTIONSPLUS online wool sales slowed last week, but early online purchases this week might indicate a change in buyer sentiment…Read More Source: Sheep Central Early online wool sales might indicate market movement

Ballarat lambs set new Victorian saleyard record of $300 + video

BALLARAT stock agency TB White and Sons has set a new Victorian record price for lambs of $300 as competition intensifies among export processors for quality supplies. The new state..Read More Source: Sheep Central Ballarat lambs set new Victorian saleyard record of 0 + video

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 15 May 2019

A cold front brought light to moderate falls to southern parts of South Australia at the start of the week, while a vigorous cold front and a complex low pressure system produced moderate to locally heavy falls to parts of southeastern Australia, including Tasmania during the middle of the week…Read More Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Victorian sheep and goat producers get EID tag rules reminder

VICTORIAN sheep producers and traders have been reminded of their electronic tagging responsibilities as the lambing season gets underway in the state…Read More Source: Sheep Central Victorian sheep and goat producers get EID tag rules reminder

Sheep CRC claims $317 million net benefit to meat sector

AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat industry has $317 million of benefit from the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation over the last 19 years, a new assessment has found…Read More Source: Sheep Central Sheep CRC claims 7 million net benefit to meat sector

Meat & Livestock Australia seeks three new board members

MEAT & Livestock Australia has called for applications to fill three non-executive director positions on its board…Read More Source: Sheep Central Meat & Livestock Australia seeks three new board members

Petition seeks mandatory sheep pain relief and an end to mulesing

A GERMAN filmmaker has launched a petition calling for mandatory use of pain relief for mulesing and other operations, and government intervention to phase out the flystrike prevention practice in Australia…Read More Source: Sheep Central Petition seeks mandatory sheep pain relief and an end to mulesing

China ends ban on South African wool imports, with conditions….

CHINA has announced that its ban on importation of wool and sheep skins from South Africa due to a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak is over as of last Thursday…Read More Source: Sheep Central China ends ban on South African wool imports, with conditions….

Forward wool trading increases as market seeks to minimise risk

INCREASED volumes of wool went through the forward markets this week as risk mitigation was at the forefront of everyone’s mind…Read More Source: Sheep Central Forward wool trading increases as market seeks to minimise risk