Category: Sheep

Lamb boom saviour for outback towns

Western Queensland sheep producers rejoice over increased lamb survival rates thanks to a fencing program that could be a sign that stagnated outback towns are set for a revival. Source: ABC Livestock Lamb boom saviour for outback towns

First sheep carrier since 'atrocity' footage prepares to dock in SA

The SA Government is promising to keep watch as a live export ship loads its first shipment of sheep in the state since horrific images of suffering animals were made public, but protesters are calling for an end to the practice. Source: ABC Livestock First sheep carrier since ‘atrocity’ footage prepares to dock in… Read more »

Australia’s declining wool supply might help ‘super-cycle’

AUSTRALIA’S declining wool supply might continue to underpin and possibly extend the current ‘super-cycle’ of demand being enjoyed by growers, leading market analyst Chris Wilcox said today. The post Australia’s declining wool supply might help ‘super-cycle’ appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia’s declining wool supply might help ‘super-cycle’

Demand pushes wool benchmark to near-record level

SUPPLY concerns and strong demand for fewer high-yielding lines helped push wool prices to a near-record benchmark level this week. The post Demand pushes wool benchmark to near-record level appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Demand pushes wool benchmark to near-record level

Recruitment: Replacement demand driving ag employment

EMPLOYMENT opportunities in agriculture are largely being driven by the replacement of older, retiring workers, moreso than the creation of new jobs, according to a recent report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. The post Recruitment: Replacement demand driving ag employment appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Replacement demand… Read more »

Littleproud and WAFarmers can Shorten live sheep plan

FEDERAL Labor leader Bill Shorten’s call to suspend Middle East live sheep shipments has been rejected by Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Western Australian farmers. The post Littleproud and WAFarmers can Shorten live sheep plan appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud and WAFarmers can Shorten live sheep plan

Ag department review to consider live sheep export inspector general

MINISTER for Agriculture David Littleproud has included examination of an inspector general role for the live sheep export industry in a review of his Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The post Ag department review to consider live sheep export inspector general appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Ag department review to… Read more »

Littleproud releases terms for live sheep regulator review

RESPECTED former public servant Philip Moss will undertake a review into the capabilities, investigative capacity and culture of Australia’s live animal exports regulator, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The post Littleproud releases terms for live sheep regulator review appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud releases terms for live sheep… Read more »

Happy sheep key to understanding women's fertility struggles, says study

New Australian research with sheep has found a very clear correlation between temperament and ovulation, forming a guide to understanding how stress can impact on a woman’s ability to conceive. Source: ABC Livestock Happy sheep key to understanding women’s fertility struggles, says study

Live exporters commit to reforms, RSPCA brands changes ‘weak’

The Australian Livestock Exporters Council says exporters meeting in Brisbane yesterday committed to a range of additional initiatives to improve animal welfare transparency and accountability, as the industry struggles to maintain public support in the wake of the latest televised footage of animal mistreatment. The post Live exporters commit to reforms, RSPCA brands changes ‘weak’… Read more »

RSPCA begins battle for daily live sheep export footage

AUSTRALIA’S live animal export trade should resist putting cameras on-board vessels to record conditions, according to Pastoralists and Graziers Association president Tony Seabrook. The post RSPCA begins battle for daily live sheep export footage appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central RSPCA begins battle for daily live sheep export footage

Live sheep export opponent rejects welfare improvements

EXPORTER measures to improve welfare standards for live sheep shipments into the Middle East have been dismissed as misleading by animals rights group Animals Australia. The post Live sheep export opponent rejects welfare improvements appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep export opponent rejects welfare improvements

NSW Farmers welcomes re-think on puppy farm laws

NSW Farmers has welcomed confirmation that the position of working dogs on the state’s farms is protected, with the government’s decision to abandon additional regulation on dog breeders. The post NSW Farmers welcomes re-think on puppy farm laws appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers welcomes re-think on puppy farm laws

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 18 Apr 2018

Several cold fronts tracked across southeastern Australia, generating moderate falls, while broad low pressure troughs generated showers and storms in the coastal northern tropics. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 18 Apr 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 18… Read more »

Live export industry to consider plan for independent animal welfare inspector

The live export industry is considering a major retreat on animal welfare policy, by canvassing an idea put forward by Labor for an independent inspector to oversee the treatment of livestock. Source: ABC Livestock Live export industry to consider plan for independent animal welfare inspector

Calm Merino ewes beat nervous Nellies in lamb stakes

CALM Merino ewes have been shown to wean 10-19 percent more lambs than nervous mothers in Western Australian research. The post Calm Merino ewes beat nervous Nellies in lamb stakes appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Calm Merino ewes beat nervous Nellies in lamb stakes

Crossbred wool sells well online as auctions resume

CROSSBRED wool sold well on AuctionsPlus last week as physical auctions resumed after the Easter recess. The post Crossbred wool sells well online as auctions resume appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Crossbred wool sells well online as auctions resume

Opinion: Are ‘emotion-free’ arguments best approach in live export debate?

In this opinion piece, well-known northern NSW beef industry stakeholder Tony Gleeson argues that there are two factors that cast doubt over the value of a ‘fact-based’ industry response to the current live sheep export situation. The post Opinion: Are ‘emotion-free’ arguments best approach in live export debate? appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Live export review terms released as trade continues

MINISTER for Agriculture David Littleproud has announced the terms of reference for his short, sharp review into sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern summer. The post Live export review terms released as trade continues appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live export review terms released as trade continues

NSW MP expects live sheep trade to come to a vote

NEW South Wales Liberal MP Sussan Ley is committed to finding an end-date to live sheep exports, decided ultimately by a parliamentary vote. The post NSW MP expects live sheep trade to come to a vote appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW MP expects live sheep trade to come to a… Read more »

AuctionsPlus sheep offerings increase in poor season

ONLINE sheep offerings on AuctionsPlus lifted by 70 percent in Australia last week, with increased listings in all states except Western Australia. The post AuctionsPlus sheep offerings increase in poor season appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus sheep offerings increase in poor season

Young farmers wanted for Victorian government advisory council

VICTORIA’S young farmers are being encouraged to nominate for a government advisory council to help shape the future of agriculture in the state. The post Young farmers wanted for Victorian government advisory council appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Young farmers wanted for Victorian government advisory council

NSW on higher state of alert as dry conditions continue

CONTINUING dry conditions across New South Wales will have a major negative impact on the state’s cropping and livestock sectors this year, NSW Department of Primary Industries’s leader on climate applications and digital agriculture Dr Anthony Clark said. The post NSW on higher state of alert as dry conditions continue appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Online wool action limited to crossbred bale sales

CLEAN good quality wool is expected to well-supported in auctions across Australia this week, helped by a stable Australian dollar. The post Online wool action limited to crossbred bale sales appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online wool action limited to crossbred bale sales

Australian sheep banned from ESCAS-approved Qatari abattoir

AUSTRALIAN sheep have been banned from a Qatari abattoir after alleged breaches of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) were reported. The post Australian sheep banned from ESCAS-approved Qatari abattoir appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian sheep banned from ESCAS-approved Qatari abattoir

Qatari abattoir suspended over animal welfare concerns

The Federal Agriculture Department suspends shipments of Australian sheep to an abattoir in Qatar over new allegations of animal welfare violations and breaches of supply chain rules. Source: ABC Livestock Qatari abattoir suspended over animal welfare concerns

Live sheep export vessel Awassi Express delay extended by ventilation works

LIVE sheep export ship, the MV Awassi Express, is expected to be delayed for several days from leaving Fremantle port while adjustment work is done on its ventilation systems. The post Live sheep export vessel Awassi Express delay extended by ventilation works appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep export vessel… Read more »

Recruitment: Six tips for improving workplace culture

A healthy workplace culture is the best bet for happy employees and low turnover. That statement applies as much in a small family-scale cattle operation with a single employee, as it does in a feedlot employing 35 staff, or a meatworks employing hundreds. If you’re wondering what the culture is like in your business, consider… Read more »

Turkey-bound sheep ship underway with ‘no trade ban’ stance confirmed

A LIVE export sheep ship was approved to depart Fremantle for Turkey this week under special permit conditions, as Australia’s Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud confirmed the Coalition Government will not ban the trade. The post Turkey-bound sheep ship underway with ‘no trade ban’ stance confirmed appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

New Q Fever vaccine at least 6 years away and research money needed

A NEW Q Fever vaccine for humans is at least six years away and further funding is needed to facilitate development research, according to a leading researcher into the debilitating disease. The post New Q Fever vaccine at least 6 years away and research money needed appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Cumbrian shepherd James Rebanks joins Lambex 2018 program

A MODERN-DAY English shepherd with more than 100,000 Twitter followers features in the Lambex 2018 program released this week. Chair of the conference to be held in Perth on August 5-7, Bindi Murray said organisers were excited to welcome James Rebanks from the Lake District of the united Kingdom. Cumbrian shepherd and author James Rebanks… Read more »

Medium crossbred wool prices lift in eastern states auctions

MEDIUM crossbred wool prices showed the biggest improvements at Australian auctions this week. Despite a large increase in the amount of wool offered — 20 percent more than at the previous sale two weeks ago – the market generally performed well. The post Medium crossbred wool prices lift in eastern states auctions appeared first on… Read more »

Forward wool marketing interest sentiment improves mid-week

SENTIMENT improved in the forward trading of Australian wool this week as the auction market looked to find a level. The post Forward wool marketing interest sentiment improves mid-week appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool marketing interest sentiment improves mid-week

‘First look’ seasonal climate outlook released for May-July 2018

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its ‘first look’ monthly and seasonal Climate Outlooks for May to July 2018, which point to wetter than average conditions for Tasmania and eastern Victoria extending into southeast NSW.  The post ‘First look’ seasonal climate outlook released for May-July 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ‘First look’… Read more »

RSPCA calls for halving of live sheep export ship stocking density

NATIONAL animal welfare body RSPCA Australia is calling for a halving of stocking densities on live sheep ships bound for the Middle East. The post RSPCA calls for halving of live sheep export ship stocking density appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central RSPCA calls for halving of live sheep export ship stocking… Read more »

Wool growers have just over three weeks to make AWI review submissions

AUSTRALIA’S wool growers have just over three weeks to have their say in the independent review of levy-funded body Australian Wool Innovation. The post Wool growers have just over three weeks to make AWI review submissions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers have just over three weeks to make AWI… Read more »

Live export is a centuries-old Australian industry, but the cameras are new

New Animals Australia footage of sheep transport conditions has shocked many, but live export has a history that stretches back to colonisation, writes Nancy Cushing. Source: ABC Livestock Live export is a centuries-old Australian industry, but the cameras are new

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 11 Apr 2018

Tropical cyclone Iris generated moderate falls along Queensland’s east coast. A surface trough across northern Australia produced thunderstorms with moderate falls about the Kimberley, the Top End and the Cape York Peninsula. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 11 Apr 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Tough season prompts warning on livestock condition for transport

WESTERN Local Land Services is calling on livestock producers to consider the welfare of their animals as the tough seasonal conditions continue in much of the Western region.  The post Tough season prompts warning on livestock condition for transport appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Tough season prompts warning on livestock condition… Read more »

Live export vessel undergoes ventilation testing as Middle East trade review announced

VENTILATION systems on the beleaguered live sheep export vessel MV Awassi Express underwent testing in Fremantle’s port today, as a review was announced into standards for the trade during the Middle Eastern summer. The post Live export vessel undergoes ventilation testing as Middle East trade review announced appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

Outback campdraft competition held 200km from nearest town

While most sporting codes hold grand finals in locations convenient enough to draw large crowds, campdrafting chose to hold its national titles in one of the most remote parts of Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Outback campdraft competition held 200km from nearest town

Australia’s independent live sheep regulator to be reviewed – Littleproud

AUSTRALIA’S independent live sheep export regulator – the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources – is to be investigated and an anonymous whistleblower phone number set up, it was announced this afternoon. The post Australia’s independent live sheep regulator to be reviewed – Littleproud appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia’s independent… Read more »

Live export means inevitable animal cruelty – Animal Law Institute

IMMEDIATE action, not more investigations, must be taken to protect sheep, the reputations of Australian farmers and the nation’s exports from the risky live sheep trade, argues the Animal Law Institute’s principal solicitor Dr Malcolm Caulfield. The post Live export means inevitable animal cruelty – Animal Law Institute appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

NSW producers lift AuctionsPlus offerings as dry conditions continue

NEW South Wales producers enduring continuing dry conditions offered 28,000 sheep and lambs on AuctionsPlus last week. The NSW online listings were 70 percent of the national offering of 39,866 sheep and lambs last week, down 5500. The post NSW producers lift AuctionsPlus offerings as dry conditions continue appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Wool shed safety policy outlines drug and alcohol-free focus

WOOL growers and contractors will be encouraged to prohibit workers from sheds found to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol under a new industry policy released today. The post Wool shed safety policy outlines drug and alcohol-free focus appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool shed safety policy outlines drug… Read more »

Sheep Producers Australia supports increased live export regulation

SHEEP Producers Australia has supported increased regulatory action over the livestock export industry, expressing distress, disappointment and frustration at last night’s 60 Minutes footage. The post Sheep Producers Australia supports increased live export regulation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia supports increased live export regulation

Recruitment: Three ways to attract the best candidates

Attracting the best job candidates is every employer’s goal, however it’s not always easy to find the top talent in the meat and livestock industry. Here’s some helpful hints to improve your strike-rate. The post Recruitment: Three ways to attract the best candidates appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Three ways… Read more »

New Zealand shearing giant Smith wins sixth championship open title

HAWKE’S Bay shearer Rowland Smith has completed one of the most remarkable individual seasons in New Zealand shearing sports by winning a sixth New Zealand championships Open title in Te Kuiti on Saturday. The post New Zealand shearing giant Smith wins sixth championship open title appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New… Read more »

Sheree and young cousin Reuben make an Alabaster double

NEW Zealand school teacher mother-of-one and former world champion Sheree Alabaster won the NZ open wool handling title for an eighth time in Te Kuiti on Saturday night. The post Sheree and young cousin Reuben make an Alabaster double appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheree and young cousin Reuben make an… Read more »

Live export deaths footage prompts new welfare rules, but no ban

Damning footage of Australian sheep dead and dying in extreme heat and cramped conditions on vessels bound for the Middle East has sparked industry plans for improved welfare measures and transparency. The post Live export deaths footage prompts new welfare rules, but no ban appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Live export… Read more »

Live sheep export deaths footage prompts new welfare rules, but no ban

DAMNING footage of Australian sheep dead and dying in extreme heat and cramped conditions on vessels bound for the Middle East has sparked industry plans for improved welfare measures and transparency. The post Live sheep export deaths footage prompts new welfare rules, but no ban appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live… Read more »

Live export ship refused permission to sail as footage reveals 'shocking' conditions aboard

A live export ship scheduled to carry sheep to the Middle East fails to satisfy an inspection and must provide evidence of improvements before maritime officials will allow it to set sail with livestock on board. Source: ABC Livestock Live export ship refused permission to sail as footage reveals ‘shocking’ conditions aboard

Live export of 63,000 sheep may be blocked amid animal abuse allegations

The Agriculture Department threatens to block a shipment of more than 60,000 sheep from leaving Fremantle unless the company responsible deals with allegations of animal welfare abuses. Source: ABC Livestock Live export of 63,000 sheep may be blocked amid animal abuse allegations

Sheep Producers Australia urges against ‘over-reaction’ to live sheep footage + VIDEO

PEAK sheep meat body Sheep Producers Australia has urged against an “over-reaction” to new live sheep export footage showing on-board conditions condemned by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud and exporters. The post Sheep Producers Australia urges against ‘over-reaction’ to live sheep footage + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

VFF seeks fire disaster relief as pasture recovery service is offered

THE Victorian Farmers Federation is seeking Category C funding for Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements to assist farmers recovering from the St Patrick’s Day fires in south-west Victoria. The post VFF seeks fire disaster relief as pasture recovery service is offered appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central VFF seeks fire disaster… Read more »

New Zealand lamb exports set to break $3 billion mark for first time

NEW Zealand’s lamb exports are expected to break the $3 billion mark for the first time this financial year, but wool returns remain disappointing, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand. The post New Zealand lamb exports set to break $3 billion mark for first time appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

High imported lamb prices still supported in United States + VIDEO

HISTORICALLY high imported lamb prices continue to find support in Australia’s largest market – the United States, Meat & Livestock Australia has reported. The post High imported lamb prices still supported in United States + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central High imported lamb prices still supported in United States +… Read more »

Government promises no knee-jerk reaction over live export footage

Industry advocates are concerned the release of footage showing sheep dying at sea will lead to the live exports trade being damaged or shutdown. Source: ABC Livestock Government promises no knee-jerk reaction over live export footage

Dinner table bragging rights go to New Zealand wool handler Ricci

NEW Zealand wool handling husband Ricci Stevens claimed dinner table bragging rights with his Shearing Sports New Zealand’s top senior wool handling ranking after a unique national championshps final in Te Kuiti yesterday. The post Dinner table bragging rights go to New Zealand wool handler Ricci appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Littleproud forecasts ‘strong action’ on sheep export deaths after video release

STRONG action against irresponsible live animal exporters has been forecast by Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud after Animals Australia released disturbing footage of sheep on Middle East-bound vessels. The post Littleproud forecasts ‘strong action’ on sheep export deaths after video release appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud forecasts… Read more »

WoolProducers Australia welcomes independent appointment to AWI review

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s governance must be “as good as possible” to ensure the levy-funded body’s value to the wool industry is not jeopardised, according to former Sheepmeat Council of Australia chief executive officer and councillor Ron Cullen. The post WoolProducers Australia welcomes independent appointment to AWI review appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

Heavy mutton and quality lambs in demand in saleyards

MUTTON sheep prices generally improved across Australia yesterday, in the first saleyard sales since the Easter break. The post Heavy mutton and quality lambs in demand in saleyards appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Heavy mutton and quality lambs in demand in saleyards

AWN brings DNA to the Barossa with Only Merino collection + VIDEO

AUSTRALIAN Wool Network’s Direct Network Advantage campaign has been extended to South Australia with the launch of DNA Barossa in Adelaide today. The post AWN brings DNA to the Barossa with Only Merino collection + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWN brings DNA to the Barossa with Only Merino collection… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 8 day rain outlook, 4 Apr 2018

The remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Nora, embedded on a surface trough, produced moderate falls in the northern tropics. Tropical cyclone Iris formed in the Coral Sea, and is generating moderate to locally heavy falls about the north tropical and central Queensland coasts. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 8 day rain outlook, 4 Apr 2018… Read more »

Vale David Pollock: unsung champion for saleyards, agents and truckies

AUSTRALIA’S saleyard, stock agents and livestock transport sectors are mourning the passing of “unsung champion” David Pollock last week. The post Vale David Pollock: unsung champion for saleyards, agents and truckies appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Vale David Pollock: unsung champion for saleyards, agents and truckies

Schneider buys 11.7 micron ultrafine wool bale for 41,000c/kg

BIGGA superfine Merino partnership Hillcreston-Pine Hill sold their second finest 1PP bale in Sydney last week, realising 41,000c/kg greasy or $37,720 with a Schneider Group client. The post Schneider buys 11.7 micron ultrafine wool bale for 41,000c/kg appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Schneider buys 11.7 micron ultrafine wool bale for 41,000c/kg

Prince Charles visits Australia lauding wool’s sustainability

CAMPAIGN For Wool patron Prince Charles has been commended by Australia’s Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud for his recent outspoken support for wool and sustainable fashion. The post Prince Charles visits Australia lauding wool’s sustainability appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Prince Charles visits Australia lauding wool’s sustainability

Live sheep shipments to Turkey lift February exports

TURKEY is emerging as a growing live export destination for Australian sheep. The Eurasian country was the single largest importer of live Australian sheep in February this year, taking just under 73,000 head. The post Live sheep shipments to Turkey lift February exports appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep shipments… Read more »

Australia is in Good Economic Shape

            We’ve gotten the latest round of AIG industry PMIs for Australia’s construction, manufacturing and service sectors.  All three are expanding.  Although the manufacturing index dropped 1.2 points, tt has been above a 50 reading for 17 months, indicating continued growth.  All seven activity sub-indexes are rising and 6/8 sectors are growing.  The service sector… Read more »

Tasmania’s Matilda Scott outclasses rivals in national competition

AUSTRALIA’S recently-crowned top wool classer graduate Matilda Scott is keeping her agricultural career options open. The post Tasmania’s Matilda Scott outclasses rivals in national competition appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Tasmania’s Matilda Scott outclasses rivals in national competition

AWEX trials wool bale fingerprint technology for just one day

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation might have been beaten AWEX to the line with their WoolQ eSpeci, but the latest innovation for wool bale traceability tops that – hands down. The post AWEX trials wool bale fingerprint technology for just one day appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWEX trials wool bale fingerprint technology… Read more »

Young scanned in-lamb Merino ewe prices lift on AuctionsPlus

PRICES for young scanned in-lamb Merino ewes improved on AuctionsPlus last week, lifting $31 to average $168. The post Young scanned in-lamb Merino ewe prices lift on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Young scanned in-lamb Merino ewe prices lift on AuctionsPlus

Blockchain technology coming to Merino flocks in May

BLOCKCHAIN technology providing unprecedented supply chain transparency to wool consumers will be trialled for the first time by Australian Merino wool growers this year. The post Blockchain technology coming to Merino flocks in May appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Blockchain technology coming to Merino flocks in May

Crossbred wool prices lift and sound Merino fleece values hold

CROSSBRED wool prices increased and values for sound Merino fleece held firm at auctions across Australia this week. The post Crossbred wool prices lift and sound Merino fleece values hold appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Crossbred wool prices lift and sound Merino fleece values hold

Recruitment: Three keys to creating a positive environment for new employees

It’s imperative that employers invest in the right induction process, to ensure that after making the effort of finding the right new staff member, they are rewarded with a long-term employee who is loyal and happy with their workplace. Here’s some tips to make the transition to the new workplace as seamless as possible. The… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Apr-June 2018

The April to June 2018 rainfall outlook issued this morning points to wetter three months for the tropical north and far southeast Australia, but mainly neutral rainfall outlook for most areas. The post Seasonal climate outlook Apr-June 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Apr-June 2018

What BOM’s ‘neutral’ rainfall outlook for next three months really means

Today the Bureau of Meteorology releases its end-of-month seasonal outlook for April to June, updating the initial outlook released on March 15. But you might not have seen much media coverage of it, because we’re not seeing big swings towards the attention-grabbing climate drivers like El Niño or the Indian Ocean Dipole, which can dominate… Read more »

Victorian Farmers Federation to fight proposed lamb definition change

VICTORIA’S peak sheep producer body will fight the proposed change to the definition of Australian lamb that was endorsed last week by Sheep Producers Australia. The post Victorian Farmers Federation to fight proposed lamb definition change appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Farmers Federation to fight proposed lamb definition change

AWI sits on ‘independent’ review committee with NFF nominee

FEDERAL Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud’s office has failed to clarify Australian Wool Innovation’s ongoing involvement with administration of a supposed independent review of the wool levy-funded body’s performance and governance. The post AWI sits on ‘independent’ review committee with NFF nominee appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI sits on ‘independent’… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 28 Mar 2018

Tropical cyclone Marcus produced moderate to heavy falls in the Top End in the Northern Territory; also in the north Kimberley in Western Australia. A cold front produced widespread rainfall and isolated thunderstorms in western Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 28 Mar 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap… Read more »

NSW invests $475,000 in improved Q Fever vaccine and education

THE New South Wales government will invest $200,000 on research into an improved vaccine for Q Fever and $275,000 into an education campaign. The post NSW invests $475,000 in improved Q Fever vaccine and education appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW invests 5,000 in improved Q Fever vaccine and education

NSW’s rangeland goats – a profit priority, but a sustainability threat says DPI

SIGNIFICANT improvements to the profitability and productivity of the NSW goat industry were possible and a priority, according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries. The post NSW’s rangeland goats – a profit priority, but a sustainability threat says DPI appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW’s rangeland goats – a profit… Read more »

Livestock SA endorses new lamb definition and seeks full MSA adoption

SOUTH Australia’s peak livestock producer group has endorsed the change in Australia’s lamb definition to align it with New Zealand criteria. Livestock SA president Joe Keynes said it was now important that the industry continued to seek opportunities to improve and should strive to fully implement objective measurement and Meat Standards Australia standards for lamb…. Read more »

Lambex 2018: Disruptive change offers opportunities for lamb

INSIGHTS into how global disruptive changes will impact the meat industry will be outlined by Lambex 2018 keynote speaker Melissa Clark-Reynolds at the major conference in Perth in August. The post Lambex 2018: Disruptive change offers opportunities for lamb appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lambex 2018: Disruptive change offers opportunities for… Read more »

AWI promotes report into planning for a non-mulesed sheep operation

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has released a guide to planning for a non-mulesed Merino enterprise among recent new publications from its breech strike research development and extension program. The post AWI promotes report into planning for a non-mulesed sheep operation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI promotes report into planning for a… Read more »

Elders agents dominate 2018 ALPA Young Auctioneer competition

ELDERS Cootamundra stock agent Sam Gemmell has won Australia’s top young auctioneer award for New South Wales. The post Elders agents dominate 2018 ALPA Young Auctioneer competition appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Elders agents dominate 2018 ALPA Young Auctioneer competition

Saudis visit, but live export trade resumption speculation “premature”

A SAUDI Arabian trade delegation visited Australia this month to discuss live animal exports, but neither the Australian government nor exporters will confirm a timetable for resumption of sheep shipments. The post Saudis visit, but live export trade resumption speculation “premature” appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Saudis visit, but live export… Read more »

Aussie and Kiwi shearers still welcome in the United Kingdom

AUSTRALIAN and New Zealand shearers will continue to be welcome in the United Kingdom this year despite immigration being a high profile issue in Brexit discussions. The post Aussie and Kiwi shearers still welcome in the United Kingdom appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Aussie and Kiwi shearers still welcome in the… Read more »

Restockers bid online as Merino ewe and wether prices drop

RESTOCKERS and breeders took advantage of softer prices for Merino ewes and wethers on AuctionsPlus last week. The post Restockers bid online as Merino ewe and wether prices drop appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Restockers bid online as Merino ewe and wether prices drop

Young wool growers needed for ‘Raising the Baa’ in leadership

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia has opened nominations for its ‘Raising the Baa’ Leadership in Agriculture Program. The post Young wool growers needed for ‘Raising the Baa’ in leadership appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Young wool growers needed for ‘Raising the Baa’ in leadership

Top young WA university research graduates celebrated at agriculture forum

MURDOCH University graduate Lydia Inglis was awarded the Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum top honours for 2018 in Perth last week. The post Top young WA university research graduates celebrated at agriculture forum appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Top young WA university research graduates celebrated at agriculture forum

Other states showing “high interest” in Victorian sheep and goat EID initiative

OTHER Australian states are preparing for the potential national mandatory electronic identification of sheep and goats, Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said this week. The post Other states showing “high interest” in Victorian sheep and goat EID initiative appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Other states showing “high interest” in Victorian sheep… Read more »

Australia’s new lamb definition implemented by mid-2019

SHEEP producers should not expect to have their lambs assessed under the newly endorsed lamb dentition definition until next year. The post Australia’s new lamb definition implemented by mid-2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia’s new lamb definition implemented by mid-2019

Recruitment: 8 questions good candidates will ask a prospective employer

In the meat and livestock sector, as much as any other industry field, job interviews are a two-way process. As the employer, of course you want to question candidates to find out how suitable they are for the job. But increasingly, a large part of interviews should be about candidates questioning you about the job… Read more »