Category: Sheep

Red meat industry can be carbon-neutral by 2030, says MLA

AUSTRALIA’S red meat industry can become carbon neutral by 2030, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton told the company’s annual general meeting in Alice Springs this afternoon. Mr Norton said achieving the goal would put Australia head and shoulders above its competitors, giving consumers even more confidence in the quality and integrity of… Read more »

VFF calls for end to AWI-MLA rift, and renewed flystrike and mulesing research

A VICTORIAN Farmers Federation call for sheep industry co-operation on breech flystrike research is seeking to end the rift between Australian Wool Innovation and Meat & Livestock Australia on the issue. The post VFF calls for end to AWI-MLA rift, and renewed flystrike and mulesing research appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Will farm advisers still exist in a robotic, digital age?

With crop monitoring and analysis increasingly being outsourced to the latest automated sensing technologies, will there still be a role for agronomists and farm advisers in the digital age of the future? The post Will farm advisers still exist in a robotic, digital age? appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Will farm… Read more »

Slaughter reporting issue raises concerns over transparency, competitiveness, says ACCC

ACCC’s Mick Keogh explained to red meat stakeholders attending the industry AGMs in Alice Springs today why reliable market information and objective performance data will be essential to future productivity gains in the red meat industry. The post Slaughter reporting issue raises concerns over transparency, competitiveness, says ACCC appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Latest on rangeland goat feeding research at Queensland field day

RANGELAND goat producers will get the latest data on growth rates under different feeding regimens at a Warwick field day next month. The post Latest on rangeland goat feeding research at Queensland field day appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Latest on rangeland goat feeding research at Queensland field day

Weekly rainfall wrap, 22 Nov 2017

For the week to 21 November, rainfall was recorded in all States and Territories, except in the Pilbara, northern Gascoyne and central interior districts of WA. At the beginning of the week, a large cloudband associated with a cold front and surface trough tracked across southeastern Australia. Thunderstorms and showers produced moderate to locally heavy… Read more »

MLA appoints horticulture marketing man to domestic manager’s position

MEAT & Livestock Australia has appointed former Horticulture Innovation Australia marketing lead Graeme Yardy to the position of domestic market manager. The post MLA appoints horticulture marketing man to domestic manager’s position appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA appoints horticulture marketing man to domestic manager’s position

Farmers cut out antibiotics amid superbug worries

Excessive use of antibiotics by farmers and doctors has health officials fearing millions could die each year from antimicrobial resistance as superbugs take hold. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers cut out antibiotics amid superbug worries

New Year recruitment drive for new Sheep Producers of Australia CEO

SHEEP Producers Australia is looking for a new chief executive officer after veterinarian Dr Kat Giles resigned after overseeing the body’s transition from its Sheepmeat Council of Australia origins. The post New Year recruitment drive for new Sheep Producers of Australia CEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Year recruitment drive… Read more »

Ten quick farm facts to share, as Australia celebrates National Agriculture Day + VIDEO

National Agriculture Day, being celebrated today, has resonated strongly with Australian citizens, with social media, morning TV and city newspapers alive with conversations this morning about the contribution being made by people engaged in the ag sector. The post Ten quick farm facts to share, as Australia celebrates National Agriculture Day + VIDEO appeared first… Read more »

WoolProducers Australia urges growers to share stories on first AgDay + VIDEO

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia is encouraging people involved in agriculture and consumers to celebrate National AgDay today. The post WoolProducers Australia urges growers to share stories on first AgDay + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers Australia urges growers to share stories on first AgDay + VIDEO

Wool grower campaign to assess AWI vote pack fall-out after Cocking loss

WOOL growers have started a campaign to assess the magnitude of unreceived Australian Wool Innovation pre-election voting papers and implement a full election audit. The post Wool grower campaign to assess AWI vote pack fall-out after Cocking loss appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool grower campaign to assess AWI vote pack… Read more »

Live slaughter sheep trade to China could take years to develop

AUSTRALIA’S live slaughter sheep protocol with China was currently “completely uncommercial” and the trade might take years to mature, the 2017 LIVEXchange conference was told in Perth last week. The post Live slaughter sheep trade to China could take years to develop appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live slaughter sheep trade… Read more »

National poll outlines extent of city-agriculture disconnect

STARTLING new research has revealed that Australians have grown disconnected from where their food and fibre comes from and are oblivious of the farm sector’s economic contribution. The post National poll outlines extent of city-agriculture disconnect appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central National poll outlines extent of city-agriculture disconnect

Sheep smart tags achieve 96pc pedigreed accuracy within 48 hours

AUSTRALIAN sheep producers could using new maternal pedigree technology on a commercial scale as early as March next year. The post Sheep smart tags achieve 96pc pedigreed accuracy within 48 hours appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep smart tags achieve 96pc pedigreed accuracy within 48 hours

First cross ewes to $304 as sheep demand on AuctionsPlus grows after rain

FIRST cross ewes sold to $304, ewe lambs to $244 and Merino ewe hoggets made $234 on AuctionsPlus last week. The post First cross ewes to $304 as sheep demand on AuctionsPlus grows after rain appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central First cross ewes to 4 as sheep demand on AuctionsPlus grows… Read more »

New Sheep CRC chairman Ian Wilton to oversee final 18 months

EXPERIENCED agribusiness director Ian Wilton has been appointed as chairman of the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation’s board. The post New Sheep CRC chairman Ian Wilton to oversee final 18 months appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Sheep CRC chairman Ian Wilton to oversee final 18 months

Live export industry celebrates young and lifetime achievers

AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters have celebrated two of their highest achievers at the industry’s annual Gala Dinner in Perth on Thursday night, held as part of the LIVEXchange 2017 conference last week The post Live export industry celebrates young and lifetime achievers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live export industry celebrates young… Read more »

New pastoral zone sheep module launched at Broken Hill

SHEEP producers in Australia’s pastoral zones are the focus of the latest module in the popular and practical Making More from Sheep (MMfS) program. The post New pastoral zone sheep module launched at Broken Hill appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New pastoral zone sheep module launched at Broken Hill

NSW broker Don Macdonald joins AWI board

WoolProducers Australia issued a statement this afternoon congratulating the successful candidates of the AWI director elections, and challenging the new board to improve its operations. The post NSW broker Don Macdonald joins AWI board appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW broker Don Macdonald joins AWI board

Wool prices soar, but industry leaders face AGM pressure

Wool prices are higher than ever, but a series of scandals at the industry’s peak body is putting a dampener on the celebrations. Source: ABC Livestock Wool prices soar, but industry leaders face AGM pressure

Australian Wool Innovation AGM mail-out and voting system inquiry call

THE nation’s peak wool grower body and an Australian Wool Innovation director candidate have called for an investigation into the company’s voting system and 2017 annual general meeting mail-out. The post Australian Wool Innovation AGM mail-out and voting system inquiry call appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian Wool Innovation AGM mail-out… Read more »

Wool prices reach new record level despite large offering

WOOL prices firmed further this week to a new record benchmark level, despite brokers offering more than 50,000 bales nationally. The post Wool prices reach new record level despite large offering appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices reach new record level despite large offering

WoolProducers Australia keeps leader and elects new directors

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia has re-elected president Richard Halliday and elected two new directors. The post WoolProducers Australia keeps leader and elects new directors appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers Australia keeps leader and elects new directors

Recruitment: Upsurge in ag enrolments heightens need for work experience opportunities

A resurgence in student enrolments in the agricultural sciences at universities across Australia has exposed the need for stronger linkages to be built between universities and the agricultural industry. The post Recruitment: Upsurge in ag enrolments heightens need for work experience opportunities appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Upsurge in ag… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018 + VIDEO

The Bureau of Meteorology’s rainfall outlook for December to February released today shows northeast NSW and regions surrounding the Gulf of Carpentaria are likely to be drier than average. Elsewhere across the country, there is no strong signal showing wetter or drier conditions for summer. The post Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018 + VIDEO… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 15 Nov 2017

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms with moderate falls in parts of the west, north and east of Australia. A persistent easterly onshore flow produced moderate to heavy falls over the north tropical coast of Queensland The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 15 Nov 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

SA’s Allan Piggott elected to lead new Sheep Producers Australia Ltd

AUSTRALIA’S sheep sector has a new team of leaders after the election of the inaugural board of Sheep Producers Australia Ltd in Perth this afternoon. The post SA’s Allan Piggott elected to lead new Sheep Producers Australia Ltd appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central SA’s Allan Piggott elected to lead new Sheep… Read more »

Ruralco announces record full year result

Ruralco Holdings has today announced record second half and full year earnings for the 12 months to September 30, 2017, headlined by a 95 percent rise in net profit after tax to $26.2 million. The post Ruralco announces record full year result appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Ruralco announces record full… Read more »

On-board live export insights highlighted at LIVEXchange conference

THE unique perspectives of the professionals who work on board livestock export vessels in animal welfare roles will be shared at this week’s LIVEXchange 2017 conference in Perth. The post On-board live export insights highlighted at LIVEXchange conference appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central On-board live export insights highlighted at LIVEXchange conference

Heritage Seeds extends its coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector

HERITAGE Seeds has strengthened its position as one of the largest seed companies in Australia after acquiring three key Queensland-based seed businesses. The post Heritage Seeds extends its coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Heritage Seeds extends its coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector

Online wool sales increase as auction price benchmark hits record level

ONLINE wool sales strengthened last week as demand increased through the physical auction market. The post Online wool sales increase as auction price benchmark hits record level appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online wool sales increase as auction price benchmark hits record level

Australian Wool Innovation shareholders in three states claim no voting papers

WOOL growers in three states have claimed they had not received their Australian Wool Innovation election voting papers with only days before the 2017 poll closes. The post Australian Wool Innovation shareholders in three states claim no voting papers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian Wool Innovation shareholders in three states… Read more »

Lifetime Ewe Management course gets new app, online hub and website update

A NEW online Lifetime Ewe Management hub and website, and the launch of the new android app highlight the latest opportunities for sheep producers accessing the popular course. The post Lifetime Ewe Management course gets new app, online hub and website update appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lifetime Ewe Management course… Read more »

Elders announces $116m net profit for FY17

STRONG cattle and sheep prices and an expanded business network helped Elders Limited to almost double its net profit in the 2017 financial year, the publicly-listed agribusiness announced this morning. The post Elders announces $116m net profit for FY17 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Elders announces 6m net profit for FY17

Victorian subsidised sheep and goat tags can be any colour in 2018

VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers will be able to order subsidised ear tags of any colour in 2018. The post Victorian subsidised sheep and goat tags can be any colour in 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian subsidised sheep and goat tags can be any colour in 2018

Demand for Australian has grown and there is still room to move

AUSTRALIAN lamb exports have grown by 50 percent in the past 10 years, but there are still opportunities for growth in some key markets, according to MLA’s general manager – international markets, Michael Finucan said. The post Demand for Australian has grown and there is still room to move appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Thousands of red meat producers complete new LPA accreditation

MORE than 4440 Australian red meat producers have updated their Livestock Production Assurance accreditation as part of changes implemented to strengthen the program. The post Thousands of red meat producers complete new LPA accreditation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Thousands of red meat producers complete new LPA accreditation

WA producer help sought on spread of Red Leaf Sub Clover Syndrome

WESTERN Australian livestock producers are being surveyed to increase understanding of the spread of Red Lead Sub Clover Syndrome across the state’s southern region. The post WA producer help sought on spread of Red Leaf Sub Clover Syndrome appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WA producer help sought on spread of Red… Read more »

TFI releases forward lamb contracts of 600-620c/kg for December-March

COMPETITION for forward lamb supplies escalated today with the release of Thomas Foods International contracts paying 600-620c/kg for 18-32kg crossbred lambs delivered from December to March. The post TFI releases forward lamb contracts of 600-620c/kg for December-March appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central TFI releases forward lamb contracts of 600-620c/kg for December-March

Australian Wool Innovation director Sheil proposed as option to Merriman

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation director Meredith Sheil has thrown her support behind AWI chairman Wal Merriman, despite an industry call for her to replace the incumbent leader. The post Australian Wool Innovation director Sheil proposed as option to Merriman appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian Wool Innovation director Sheil proposed as option… Read more »

Wool prices soar to record levels as exporters battle Chinese interests

WOOL prices soared to record levels this week, with Merino prices lifting 40-100 cents and crossbred rates rising 50-80 cents. The post Wool prices soar to record levels as exporters battle Chinese interests appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices soar to record levels as exporters battle Chinese interests

Victorian sheep producers to pay 45 cents for subsidised tags in 2018

VICTORIAN sheep producers will pay 45 cents for subsidised electronic sheep tags next year. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced the 2018 tender tag price while on a Donald farm today. The post Victorian sheep producers to pay 45 cents for subsidised tags in 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian… Read more »

Recruitment: Is automated farming a threat to future job security?

There is a digital revolution underway in Australian agriculture, with the timely confluence of record production levels marking agriculture as one of the key ‘industries of the future’. But will the pace of implementation of automated farming technologies threaten or enhance the farm sector’s job opportunities of the future? The post Recruitment: Is automated farming… Read more »

South Australian processor pays record $366 for first cross ewes at Naracoorte

AUSTRALIA’S largest fully family-owned meat processor Thomas Foods International has paid a record price of $366 for 1.5 year-old first cross ewes at Naracoorte today, in what was seen as a strong gesture of confidence in the prime lamb industry. The post South Australian processor pays record $366 for first cross ewes at Naracoorte appeared… Read more »

Improved access agreed for Australian feeder and slaughter sheep into China

NEW and improved market access for Australian live feeder and slaughter sheep and goats into China will results from protocol conditions agreed to in high level negotiations. The post Improved access agreed for Australian feeder and slaughter sheep into China appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Improved access agreed for Australian feeder… Read more »

Coles 620-630c/kg January lamb contract prompts quick take-up

LAMB producers have reacted quickly to the release of a Coles forward contract offering up 620-630c/kg for 18-25kg lambs delivered to Gundagai and Colac during December and January. The post Coles 620-630c/kg January lamb contract prompts quick take-up appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Coles 620-630c/kg January lamb contract prompts quick take-up

South Australian Merino breeders back Merriman AWI election picks

SOUTH Australia’s peak stud Merino stud breeder body, Merino SA, has come out in support of Australian Wool Innovation’s recommended 2017 election candidates in a clear call for maintenance of the AWI board’s positions on marketing, mulesing, research and development, and pest control. The post South Australian Merino breeders back Merriman AWI election picks appeared first… Read more »

MLA leader Norton to talk on building lamb consumer trust at Victorian field day

LAMB value chain support and building consumer trust will be discussed by Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton at a north east Victorian field day next week. The post MLA leader Norton to talk on building lamb consumer trust at Victorian field day appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA… Read more »

Telstra offers customers remedies and compensation for slow internet speeds

AUSTRALIA’s peak communication consumer and competition bodies have demanded the National Broadband Network and retailers make achievable internet speed data available to customers at their premises. The post Telstra offers customers remedies and compensation for slow internet speeds appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Telstra offers customers remedies and compensation for slow… Read more »

Strong AuctionsPlus wool sales last week are continuing

ONLINE wool trading platform AuctionsPlus had strong buyer and exporter enquiry last week, as auction market prices lifted, and the trend was continuing this week. The post Strong AuctionsPlus wool sales last week are continuing appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Strong AuctionsPlus wool sales last week are continuing

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Nov 2017

Broad surface troughs produced showers and thunderstorms in the north and east of Australia. An intensifying low pressure system tracked across New South Wales, producing moderate to locally heavy falls. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Nov 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Sheep Producers of Australia candidates set for new peak sheep meat board

STATE farming organisation delegates will elect the inaugural board of Sheep Producers Australia in Perth next week, replacing the peak body, the Sheepmeat Council of Australia. The post Sheep Producers of Australia candidates set for new peak sheep meat board appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers of Australia candidates set… Read more »

NSW wool grower claims Wool Exchange Portal at risk from AWI election moves

UPROAR in the Australian Wool Innovation 2017 election escalated today with claims the proposed Wool Exchange Portal has been politicised and put at risk by the actions ofAWI chairman Wal Merriman and board candidate Will Wilson. The post NSW wool grower claims Wool Exchange Portal at risk from AWI election moves appeared first on Sheep… Read more »

Rain boosts AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering

RAIN across Australia helped boost AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb listings to 91,290 last week, up just over 9000 more than the previous week. The post Rain boosts AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Rain boosts AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering

Merinos and cropping working well on the Yorke Pensinsula

MERINOS are a vital part of the enterprise mix at Craig and Abigail Hickman’s Curramulka property Seaview, on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, producing $130 per winter grazed hectare per 100mm of growing season rainfall in 2016. The post Merinos and cropping working well on the Yorke Pensinsula appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Sheep reproductivity, survival and technology projects win levy funding

NEW approaches to increase the national flock’s weaning rate and improve the survival of triplet dams and their lambs are among projects to benefits from $9.5 million in levy funding from Meat & Livestock Australia. The post Sheep reproductivity, survival and technology projects win levy funding appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Inland wool brokers voice lack of support for AWI’s Wool Exchange Portal

AUSTRALIA’S inland wool brokers have joined other peak trade bodies in rejecting a claim by Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman that there was unanimous agreement for AWI’s Wool Exchange Portal project to proceed. The post Inland wool brokers voice lack of support for AWI’s Wool Exchange Portal appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Victoria’s on-farm energy survey extended for another week

VICTORIA’S on-farm energy survey deadline has been extended for another week. The state’s farmers are being urged to complete the Agriculture Victoria On-Farm Energy Survey before its deadline of midnight November 12. The post Victoria’s on-farm energy survey extended for another week appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victoria’s on-farm energy survey extended… Read more »

Former Australian Ambassador to China will be keynote speaker at LIVEXchange

FORMER Australian Ambassador to China, Dr Geoff Raby, will be a keynote speaker at LIVEXchange 2017 later this month. The post Former Australian Ambassador to China will be keynote speaker at LIVEXchange appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Former Australian Ambassador to China will be keynote speaker at LIVEXchange

Wool prices boom as supply concerns deepen in Europe and China

SUPPLY concerns from European and Chinese buyers, and a favourable exchange rate, helped push the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator up 45 cents to 1623c/kg clean, surpassing the previous peak set in mid-August. The post Wool prices boom as supply concerns deepen in Europe and China appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool… Read more »

Wool exporters also voice lack of agreement on Wool Exchange Portal

AUSTRALIA’S wool exporters have joined brokers in voicing concerns at purported “unanimous” agreement that Australian Wool Innovation’s Wool Exchange Portal project proceed. The post Wool exporters also voice lack of agreement on Wool Exchange Portal appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool exporters also voice lack of agreement on Wool Exchange Portal

NZ research indicates milking sheep is a more sustainable option than dairy cows

MILKING sheep could be a more sustainable option than dairy cows for New Zealand farmers, new Lincoln University research has indicated. The post NZ research indicates milking sheep is a more sustainable option than dairy cows appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NZ research indicates milking sheep is a more sustainable option… Read more »

Meat & Livestock Australia Board Selection Committee nominees named

SOUTH Australian sheep producer Jane Kellock is set to continue as the sheep meat representative on the Meat & Livestock Australia Board Selection Committee. The post Meat & Livestock Australia Board Selection Committee nominees named appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Meat & Livestock Australia Board Selection Committee nominees named

WAFarmers urges wool growers to vote for change, in AWI director election

WESTERN Australian producer body WAFarmers has urged wool growers to vote for change in the 2017 Australian Wool Innovation election. The post WAFarmers urges wool growers to vote for change, in AWI director election appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WAFarmers urges wool growers to vote for change, in AWI director election

NSW DPI highlights importance of testing feed quality of failed crops

THE importance of testing crop hay for quality has been highlighted by recent variable results in New South Wales. The post NSW DPI highlights importance of testing feed quality of failed crops appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW DPI highlights importance of testing feed quality of failed crops

Wool broker body rejects AWI chairman’s claim of unaminous WEP support

AUSTRALIA’S peak wool broker body has refuted Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman’s claim that its members unanimously agree AWI’s proposed Wool Exchange Portal should proceed. The post Wool broker body rejects AWI chairman’s claim of unaminous WEP support appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool broker body rejects AWI chairman’s claim… Read more »

WoolProducers Australia urges growers to not appoint AWI election proxies

PEAK grower body WoolProducers Australia is urging all Australian Wool Innovation shareholders to personally vote in this year’s AWI director elections and not appoint any proxies for the November 17 ballot. The post WoolProducers Australia urges growers to not appoint AWI election proxies appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers Australia urges… Read more »

Kiwi shearers and wool handlers dominate at Warrnambool Shears

NEW ZEALAND shearers have scored a near-clean sweep at Australia’s top crossbred shearing competition at Warrnambool in Victoria, but failed in the trans-Tasman teams event. The post Kiwi shearers and wool handlers dominate at Warrnambool Shears appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Kiwi shearers and wool handlers dominate at Warrnambool Shears

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 1 Nov 2017

A complex low pressure system produced storms and moderate falls in eastern New South Wales, while surface troughs across northern and eastern Australia generated showers and thunderstorms throughout the week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 1 Nov 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Western VIC livestock producers trial perennial-annual pasture options

WESTERN Victorian producers will investigate high value annual forage options for the region’s perennial pastures dominate livestock systems in a Meat & Livestock Australia Producer Demonstration Site project. The post Western VIC livestock producers trial perennial-annual pasture options appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Western VIC livestock producers trial perennial-annual pasture options

Zoetis raises $100,000 for mental health service beyondblue for second year

ANIMAL health company Zoetis has raised $100,000 for support service beyondblue for the second consecutive year. The post Zoetis raises $100,000 for mental health service beyondblue for second year appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Zoetis raises 0,000 for mental health service beyondblue for second year

Sheep feeding tips for Western NSW producers in free webinar

WESTERN New South Wales landholders can gain useful insights on managing the nutritional needs of stock in an upcoming webinar focusing on pastoral livestock nutrition for dry times. The post Sheep feeding tips for Western NSW producers in free webinar appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep feeding tips for Western NSW… Read more »

Agribusiness: StockCo partners with AWN to provide livestock funding solutions

Livestock finance provider StockCo has partnered with the Australian Wool Network to provide AWN’s customer base with access to StockCo’s strategic livestock funding solutions. The post Agribusiness: StockCo partners with AWN to provide livestock funding solutions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Agribusiness: StockCo partners with AWN to provide livestock funding solutions

Peak wool grower body brands Merriman AWI election letter as ‘inappropriate’

AUSTRALIAN Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has personally endorsed the AWI board’s preferred candidates in the 2017 election in a letter branded as inappropriate by peak grower body WoolProducers Australia. The post Peak wool grower body brands Merriman AWI election letter as ‘inappropriate’ appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Peak wool grower body… Read more »

Daniel McIntyre reclaims national open shearing title for New South Wales

NEW South Wales’s Daniel McIntyre has reclaimed the title of Australia’s top open shearer with a quick yet clean performance at the Bendigo showgrounds on Saturday. The post Daniel McIntyre reclaims national open shearing title for New South Wales appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Daniel McIntyre reclaims national open shearing title… Read more »

Sustainability of Western Australia’s sheep flock will be live export focus

THE long-term sustainability of Western Australia’s sheep flock will be in focus when livestock export industry stakeholders gather in Perth next month for the LIVEXchange 2017 conference. The post Sustainability of Western Australia’s sheep flock will be live export focus appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sustainability of Western Australia’s sheep flock… Read more »

Plans unveiled for Creswick Woollens Mills development

PLANS to boost Creswick Woollen Mills visitor numbers by 30 percent within four years have been unveiled by the Andrews Labor Government. The post Plans unveiled for Creswick Woollens Mills development appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Plans unveiled for Creswick Woollens Mills development

Wild dog control focus turns peri-urban with northern NSW survey

NORTHERN New South Wales’s peri-urban residents are being enlisted in the war against wild dogs. Next month northern NSW residents can have their say in local wild dog management plans and activities by participating in a targeted survey. The post Wild dog control focus turns peri-urban with northern NSW survey appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Lamb and wool shipments help boost Victoria to new export record

RISING lamb and wool shipments have helped Victoria set a new record with food and fibre exports reaching $12.8 billion – the biggest total in the state’s history. The post Lamb and wool shipments help boost Victoria to new export record appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lamb and wool shipments help… Read more »

Top NZ and Aussie shearers and rousies hit Bendigo and Warrnambool

TOP Australian and New Zealand shearers and wool handlers have flocked to Bendigo and Warrnambool for a big program of competition at the week’s end. The post Top NZ and Aussie shearers and rousies hit Bendigo and Warrnambool appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Top NZ and Aussie shearers and rousies hit… Read more »

Potentially $5-6 million unclaimed in GIC Ltd wind-up

LIQUIDATORS for the wool grower-owned Graziers’ Investment Company Ltd estimate up to $5-6 million could remain unclaimed in the wind-up of the company. The post Potentially $5-6 million unclaimed in GIC Ltd wind-up appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Potentially -6 million unclaimed in GIC Ltd wind-up

Merino wool prices lift again, but crossbreds fall further

MERINO wool prices improved 10-40 cents a kilogram this week as buyers fought for market share, but crossbred values fell a further 20-30 cents. The post Merino wool prices lift again, but crossbreds fall further appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Merino wool prices lift again, but crossbreds fall further

Sheep meat and wool leadership gets $637,000 boost + VIDEO

LEADERSHIP capability in Australia’s sheep meat and wool sectors has been given a $630,000-plus boost from the Federal Government. The post Sheep meat and wool leadership gets $637,000 boost + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat and wool leadership gets 7,000 boost + VIDEO

Recruitment survey: What’s more important – qualifications or experience?

Some time back, we asked readers what they thought was more important for the meat and livestock industry workforce – practical experience, qualifications or both. There were some interesting responses. The post Recruitment survey: What’s more important – qualifications or experience? appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment survey: What’s more important… Read more »

Nationals Senator O’Sullivan considering audit office investigation into AWI

NATIONALS Senator Barry O’Sullivan is considering seeking an Australian National Audit Office investigation into the decision-making processes of the wool grower levy-funded body Australian Wool Innovation. The post Nationals Senator O’Sullivan considering audit office investigation into AWI appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Nationals Senator O’Sullivan considering audit office investigation into AWI

Seasonal climate outlook Nov 2017-Jan 2018

For the three months November to January, most of the country has just a 50 percent chance of being wetter than average, according to the latest Seasonal Climate outlook statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology today. The post Seasonal climate outlook Nov 2017-Jan 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal… Read more »

Wild dog gun fight: Why farmers want to keep their pistols

Farmers who have used handguns on their properties for years are angry and confused by new, tighter restrictions on their weapons. Source: ABC Livestock Wild dog gun fight: Why farmers want to keep their pistols

No action from Agriculture Minister Joyce on AWI Senate Estimates admissions

MINISTER for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce has indicated he will take no action over Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman’s admissions in Senate Estimates of breaching AWI’s Code of Conduct and damaging the body’s standing. The post No action from Agriculture Minister Joyce on AWI Senate Estimates admissions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

AWI chairman Wal Merriman admits breach of wool body’s conduct code

AUSTRALIAN Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has admitted in a Senates Estimates hearing that he breached the AWI Code of Conduct and had damaged the standing of the wool grower-owned levy-funded body. The post AWI chairman Wal Merriman admits breach of wool body’s conduct code appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI chairman… Read more »

WoolProducers seeks release of AWI report into ‘man in the mirror’ incident

AUSTRALIA’S peak wool grower body has sought the release of a report into the ‘man in the mirror’ incident involving Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman. The post WoolProducers seeks release of AWI report into ‘man in the mirror’ incident appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers seeks release of AWI report… Read more »

How the pet goat is setting up home in suburbia

More people on city fringes are choosing goats as pets, but a rise in ownership prompts a warning from vets. Source: ABC Livestock How the pet goat is setting up home in suburbia

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 25 Oct 2017

An extensive cloudband and surface trough became associated with a cold front producing moderate to locally heavy falls between southwestern Queensland and eastern Victoria. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 25 Oct 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 25 Oct 2017

AWI chairman estimates he could hold up to half the votes in director elections

AUSTRALIAN Wool innovation chairman Wal Merriman was told he should decline proxies given by grower shareholders, after he estimated in a Senate Estimates hearing today that could hold up to half the potential votes in a board election. Under questioning from Regional and Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee chairman Barry O’Sullivan, it was revealed… Read more »

'I'm from the bush': Wool boss apologises for telling reporter to f*** off

Australian wool industry chairman Wal Merriman apologises for telling a journalist to f*** off, saying he used language that was more fitting for a shearing shed. Source: ABC Livestock ‘I’m from the bush’: Wool boss apologises for telling reporter to f*** off

AWI’s ‘man in the mirror’ chairman Wal Merriman sends a qualified apology

AUSTRALIAN Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has formally apologised to Merino breeders in a research focus group he covertly observed behind a one-way mirror, but not for continuing to watch and listen to them. The post AWI’s ‘man in the mirror’ chairman Wal Merriman sends a qualified apology appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

MerinoLink lifetime productivity trial progeny on display in NSW

ECONOMICALLY important fleece and carcase traits in Merino sheep will be under the spotlight at the MerinoLink inspection and field day in southern NSW this week. The post MerinoLink lifetime productivity trial progeny on display in NSW appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MerinoLink lifetime productivity trial progeny on display in NSW