Category: Sheep

Australia needs more lambs from its fewer ewes to unlock value

AUSTRALIA’S sheep producers will need to produce more lambs from fewer ewes to meet world sheep meat market demand and unlock value in a differentiated product, consultant Jason Trompf told the recent Lambex 2018 conference in Perth. The post Australia needs more lambs from its fewer ewes to unlock value appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Grass works best for small-scale WA lamb operation

LAMB feeding costs can be as cheap as $120/tonne of dry matter in pasture-based systems, according to a Western Australian consultant and producer. The post Grass works best for small-scale WA lamb operation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Grass works best for small-scale WA lamb operation

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018

Two cold fronts generated moderate falls in southwestern and southeastern Australia, while Western Tasmania had wet and windy conditions throughout the week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018

Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up $15

STRONG demand from restockers helped push goat prices up to $15 higher at Dubbo’s quarterly sale on Tuesday. The post Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up $15 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up

Steady online enquiry for wool during auction recess

AUCTIONSPLUS had steady enquiry for wool during the three-week recess in physical auction sales. The post Steady online enquiry for wool during auction recess appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Steady online enquiry for wool during auction recess

Middle East cattle orders held up by live sheep trade uncertainty

CATTLE export shipments from Western Australia have been disrupted by the uncertainty over the continuation of the Middle East live sheep trade from the state. The post Middle East cattle orders held up by live sheep trade uncertainty appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Middle East cattle orders held up by live… Read more »

English shepherd urges Australian sheep farmers to tell their story

AN English sheep producer who has more followers on Twitter than any other farmer in the world says he could return to the social media platform. The post English shepherd urges Australian sheep farmers to tell their story appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central English shepherd urges Australian sheep farmers to tell… Read more »

AuctionsPlus listings increase with WA lamb sale

SHEEP and lamb numbers increased last week and clearance rates improved with a successful forward lamb sale in Western Australia. The post AuctionsPlus listings increase with WA lamb sale appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus listings increase with WA lamb sale

WA sheep producer juggles sheep trade fall-out

WESTERN Australian sheep producers like Glenn Woodhams are juggling the fall-out from the halting of the live export trade to the Middle East. The post WA sheep producer juggles sheep trade fall-out appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WA sheep producer juggles sheep trade fall-out

Boyanup saleyard closure plan prompts expressions of interest call

EXPRESSIONS of interest for alternative livestock selling options for Western Australia’s south-west producers were called today. The post Boyanup saleyard closure plan prompts expressions of interest call appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Boyanup saleyard closure plan prompts expressions of interest call

Trough-mounted EID device reader wins Sheepvention award

Electronic eartag data for Victoria’s recently mandated sheep and goat electronic ID system could soon be captured by readers attached to stock water water troughs in paddocks. The AgMesh start-up, founded by Peter Higgins and Cormac Dolen, won the Sheep and Wool Innovation Award at Sheepvention held near Hamilton, VIC last week, for their Smart… Read more »

Harmony diversifying cattle shipments, as it puts sheep export program on hold

Harmony Foods will send two loads of live cattle this month but has put its live sheep exports program on hold. The post Harmony diversifying cattle shipments, as it puts sheep export program on hold appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Harmony diversifying cattle shipments, as it puts sheep export program on… Read more »

WA live exporter reassesses investment amid sheep trade uncertainty

WESTERN Australian-based live exporter Harmony Agriculture and Food will send two loads of cattle this month, but has put its sheep export program on hold. The post WA live exporter reassesses investment amid sheep trade uncertainty appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WA live exporter reassesses investment amid sheep trade uncertainty

Fine wool sellers happy with $3230 bale average for six months’ shearing

FINE wool producers like the Lawrance family at Vasey were happy with the improved 16-19.5 micron prices in the Australian auction market this week. The post Fine wool sellers happy with $3230 bale average for six months’ shearing appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Fine wool sellers happy with 30 bale average… Read more »

Recruitment: Five ways to build loyalty, not turnover

High employee turnover is costly for any agribusiness. It typically costs thousands of dollars in advertising charges, interview costs, training time and other expenses every time an employee decides to leave your business. Here’s five tools that can help with retention and reducing turnover. The post Recruitment: Five ways to build loyalty, not turnover appeared… Read more »

Moorundie Poll’s $20,000 ram tops strong Sheepvention sale

ONGOING confidence in the wool market pushed the Sheepvention ram sale to another record in Hamilton this week. The post Moorundie Poll’s $20,000 ram tops strong Sheepvention sale appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Moorundie Poll’s ,000 ram tops strong Sheepvention sale

EID tag-reading system wins Sheepvention innovation award

EAR tag data for Victoria’s recently mandated sheep and goat electronic identification system could soon be captured by a paddock trough. The post EID tag-reading system wins Sheepvention innovation award appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central EID tag-reading system wins Sheepvention innovation award

Wool supply concerns, but prices encourage innovation

SUPPLY concern is the dark cloud over an otherwise buoyant wool industry, Australian Wool Exchange chair Robyn Clubb said this week. The post Wool supply concerns, but prices encourage innovation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool supply concerns, but prices encourage innovation

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 8 August 2018

Thunderstorms produced moderate falls in western, central and northeastern Victoria, elevated areas of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, and in northwest Tasmania, while another cold front moved north over the South West Land Division, bringing cold southwest to southerly winds in the wake of the front and further moderate falls to the South West… Read more »

Littleproud works on live sheep trade resumption

WESTERN Australian farmers are hoping live sheep shipments will resume with changes to export licence approval regulations discussed with Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud in Perth yesterday. The post Littleproud works on live sheep trade resumption appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud works on live sheep trade… Read more »

Sheepvention ram pen victory is Roseville’s relief

WINNING the champion pen of rams sash at Hamilton’s Sheepvention gave Matthew Coddington some welcome relief from the crippling drought his Roseville Park Merino stud at Dubbo is experiencing. The post Sheepvention ram pen victory is Roseville’s relief appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheepvention ram pen victory is Roseville’s relief

Wearable sheep tech needed for virtual fencing progress

THE ability for sheep producers to use virtual fencing will be stymied until there are suitable devices for the sheep to wear. The post Wearable sheep tech needed for virtual fencing progress appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wearable sheep tech needed for virtual fencing progress

American Millennials are US lamb sales focus

ADVENTUROUS Millennials and ‘infrequent lamb users’ have been identified as key American lamb lovers, a visiting US industry leader said at Lambex 2018 this week. The post American Millennials are US lamb sales focus appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central American Millennials are US lamb sales focus

Sheep tech can deliver big returns, WA study reveals

INVESTMENT in technology for the sheep industry can deliver returns of more than $25 for each dollar invested according to a new study. The post Sheep tech can deliver big returns, WA study reveals appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep tech can deliver big returns, WA study reveals

Three generations of superfine Merinos produce top clip

THE Hayes family were justly rewarded for what could be the final clip from their Dunkeld property Balintore this week. The post Three generations of superfine Merinos produce top clip appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Three generations of superfine Merinos produce top clip

‘Pocket shepherd’ online tool delivers predictive sheep management

An online tool that provides timely and accurate predictions for sheep wellbeing and productivity using climate, stock and pasture information is now available online for sheep producers throughout Australia. The post ‘Pocket shepherd’ online tool delivers predictive sheep management appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ‘Pocket shepherd’ online tool delivers predictive sheep… Read more »

Record price heavy lambs are concern for sheep meat industry

HEAVY weight lambs might be commanding attention and record prices, but they are causing concern for parts of the sheep meat industry. The post Record price heavy lambs are concern for sheep meat industry appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Record price heavy lambs are concern for sheep meat industry

Use trust and look forward to build agriculture’s social licence

PRODUCERS looking to defend their industry against attack should rely on trust rather than science and facts. The post Use trust and look forward to build agriculture’s social licence appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Use trust and look forward to build agriculture’s social licence

WA meat co-operative to pay record lamb and mutton rebate

WESTERN Australia’s meat marketing Co-operative WAMMCO will pay its highest ever sheep meat rebate to members for 2017-18 – adding more than $11 a head to producers’ lamb returns. The post WA meat co-operative to pay record lamb and mutton rebate appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WA meat co-operative to pay… Read more »

Breeding not feeding is the key to lamb eating quality

MARBLING might be a common breeding goal for the beef industry but it could soon be a major factor for lamb producers too. The post Breeding not feeding is the key to lamb eating quality appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Breeding not feeding is the key to lamb eating quality

Vibrating pocket shepherd ASKBILL launched at LAMBEX 2018

AUSTRALIA’S unique ‘vibrating shepherd in a pocket’ ASKBILL is continuing to break new ground in predictive sheep management applications. The post Vibrating pocket shepherd ASKBILL launched at LAMBEX 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Vibrating pocket shepherd ASKBILL launched at LAMBEX 2018

WAFarmers call to action on Australian Wool Innovation changes

WOOL growers are being urged to become shareholders of Australian Wool Innovation in the lead-up to the 2018 AWI annual general meeting. The post WAFarmers call to action on Australian Wool Innovation changes appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WAFarmers call to action on Australian Wool Innovation changes

Fletcher pushes one sheep body case at Lambex 2018

ONE sheep industry body, and a 20 percent lift in lamb and wool production within five years, were the challenges issued to Lambex 2018 delegates in Perth last night. The post Fletcher pushes one sheep body case at Lambex 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Fletcher pushes one sheep body case… Read more »

Novel forage crops have no influence on lamb eating quality

A five-year study has shown the use of novel forage crops has no impact on the eating quality of lamb. Concerns that feeding crops like chicory or plantain would influence the flavour of the end product may have discouraged some producers from using them, but work detailed today at LambEx in Perth has shown this… Read more »

Emanuel Exports selling sheep, but hopes to resume shipments

CLARITY was needed for the resumption of the Western Australia’s live sheep export trade after the northern summer, WA’s Minister for Regional Development Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said last night. The post Emanuel Exports selling sheep, but hopes to resume shipments appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Emanuel Exports selling sheep,… Read more »

Processors focus on mutton online as light lambs keep coming

PROCESSORS focussed on older Merino and Dohne ewes in a larger listing of sheep and lambs on AuctionsPlus last week. The post Processors focus on mutton online as light lambs keep coming appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Processors focus on mutton online as light lambs keep coming

Shearers to take to the stand for mental health

SHEARERS from around the world are expected to support a charity shearing event aimed at helping those with mental health issues, at the National Trust’s Glencoe wool shed near Mount Gambier next year. The post Shearers to take to the stand for mental health appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Shearers to… Read more »

State farm organisations welcome $190m Federal drought support package

Farmers and graziers impacted by drought will receive up to an additional $12,000 in financial support, under a $190 million support package announced by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning. The post State farm organisations welcome $190m Federal drought support package appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central State farm organisations welcome 0m… Read more »

Deputy PM throws support behind live export industry

Michael McCormack is in WA on a fact finding tour, just weeks after his predecessor Barnaby Joyce delivered a speech to more than 1,000 local farmers in defence of the live export industry. Source: ABC Livestock Deputy PM throws support behind live export industry

Heavy lamb shortage raises price record to $301.20, but will a new definition help?

WOULD Australia’s proposed new lamb definition help the current tight heavy trade and export supply situation as prices hold at record levels? The post Heavy lamb shortage raises price record to $301.20, but will a new definition help? appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Heavy lamb shortage raises price record to 1.20,… Read more »

Wellard to focus on cattle exports as Troncone departure announced

WESTERN Australian live exporter Wellard Ltd has not ruled out future sheep shipments despite today announcing a strategic refocus centred on cattle trading and shipping. The post Wellard to focus on cattle exports as Troncone departure announced appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wellard to focus on cattle exports as Troncone departure… Read more »

Hay growers can't meet demand as prices triple

North Queensland hay growers are receiving calls from farmers thousands of kilometres away looking for feed to keep their stock alive. Source: ABC Livestock Hay growers can’t meet demand as prices triple

Recruitment: Four hints to help give constructive feedback to employees

Any effective agribusiness leader needs the ability to give constructive feedback and criticism to their staff. While everyone should be able to handle a certain amount of constructive feedback, the way it is delivered can be the difference between offending someone and motivating them to do a better job next time. The post Recruitment: Four… Read more »

Stranded sheep costs rocket as live export impasse threatens $250m trade

AN impasse between live sheep exporters, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and his department is a real threat to the nation’s $250 million sheep trade, Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chief executive officer Simon Westaway said today. The post Stranded sheep costs rocket as live export impasse threatens $250m trade appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Latest MSA developments will be outlined at international congress

TOP Australian lamb and beef researchers and processors will outline the importance of Meat Standards Australia to the industry at the 64th annual International Congress of Meat Science and Technology in Melbourne this month. The post Latest MSA developments will be outlined at international congress appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Latest… Read more »

How can I help? The dos and don'ts of drought donation

The devastation of the drought has captured the nation’s attention, and thousands of people want to know the best way to help. Source: ABC Livestock How can I help? The dos and don’ts of drought donation

AWI board can make director term cap and board nomination changes

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation directors can implement a 10-year term cap, restructure the board nomination committee and make proxy declaration changes without a shareholder vote, peak wool grower body WoolProducers Australia said yesterday. The post AWI board can make director term cap and board nomination changes appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI… Read more »

Forbes cracks $300 lamb mark and supplies plenty of cheap lamb options

FORBES’ Central West Livestock Exchange is the first Australian saleyard to crack $300 for extra heavy slaughter lambs as demand remains strong from exporters. The post Forbes cracks $300 lamb mark and supplies plenty of cheap lamb options appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Forbes cracks 0 lamb mark and supplies plenty… Read more »

Minister calls out WA exporters and farmers on sheep trade future

AUSTRALIA’S Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has hit out at live sheep exporters with a suggestion they step up to ship sheep left in a Western Australian feedlot after Emanuel Exports’ licence was suspended. The post Minister calls out WA exporters and farmers on sheep trade future appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14-day rain outlook, 1 August 2018

Rainfall deficiencies over 6 months have increased both in extent and severity for most of New South Wales, agricultural and east pastoral regions of South Australia, northern Victoria and southern coastal Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14-day rain outlook, 1 August 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Sheep from top Merino sale and show rams at Chiswick field day

NEW England wool growers will be able to compare progeny from a range of genetically and subjectively assessed sires at a Merino Lifetime Productivity sire evaluation field day at Uralla on Friday. The post Sheep from top Merino sale and show rams at Chiswick field day appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Agriculture minister Littleproud urged to meet WA live sheep exporters

AUSTRALIA’S Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has refused to meet with a Western Australian exporter seeking clarification on the pathway forward for live sheep exports to the Middle East. The post Agriculture minister Littleproud urged to meet WA live sheep exporters appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture minister Littleproud urged to… Read more »

Drought through the eyes of a 16-year-old

As her family’s farm started being destroyed by what she calls “the disease”, teenager Zara King picked up a camera and drone to record it. Source: ABC Livestock Drought through the eyes of a 16-year-old

Middle East importers act as Australian live sheep exports halt

AUSTRALIA’S Middle Eastern live sheep markets are turning to other sources as a stalemate between live exporters, the regulator and Animals Australia continues to stall shipments from Western Australia. The post Middle East importers act as Australian live sheep exports halt appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Middle East importers act as… Read more »

NSW Premier announces $500m drought subsidies package

A $500 million emergency drought relief package has been welcome by New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian today has been welcomed by farmers. The post NSW Premier announces $500m drought subsidies package appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW Premier announces 0m drought subsidies package

New season lambs flood AuctionsPlus listings as tough season continues

EARLY marketing of new season lambs across New South Wales swelled the AuctionsPlus listings last week. The number of new season lambs more than tripled on Auctionsplus to 19,000 head, with most coming from New South Wales properties battling the continued dry and now cold conditions. The post New season lambs flood AuctionsPlus listings as… Read more »

AuctionsPlus lifts national manager Street to CEO role

AUSTRALIA’S leading online livestock marketing company AuctionsPlus has appointed former national sales and marketing manager as the company’s new chief executive officer. The post AuctionsPlus lifts national manager Street to CEO role appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus lifts national manager Street to CEO role

Farm Household Allowance review to look at why farmers don’t seek help

QUEENSLAND’S AgForce has welcomed a proposed review of the Farm Household Allowance to ensure drought-affected farmers can access and make the most of available assistance. The post Farm Household Allowance review to look at why farmers don’t seek help appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Farm Household Allowance review to look at… Read more »

It’s Ewe Time and early lamb weaning is worth considering – Duddy

SHEEP producers could look at weaning lambs early to reduce stocking rates and feed requirements in the challenging seasonal conditions, Sheep Solutions consultant Geoff Duddy said. The post It’s Ewe Time and early lamb weaning is worth considering – Duddy appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central It’s Ewe Time and early lamb… Read more »

The big dry: 'See us, hear us, help us'

Ninety-eight per cent of NSW and 57 per cent of Queensland is in drought or is drought-affected. Farmers and communities are facing ruin and say it’s time their plight was recognised. Source: ABC Livestock The big dry: ‘See us, hear us, help us’

Lamb turning into luxury item as prices continue to head north

Consumers are treating lamb as a treat rather than a staple as prices continue to climb, with overseas demand helping to keep prices high. Source: ABC Livestock Lamb turning into luxury item as prices continue to head north

$300 lambs in sight as exporters keep demand strong for quality heavy weights

EVEN the beef producers in New South Wales are getting in on the price bonanza for heavy lambs in the nation’s saleyards, as the record national price inches closer to $300. The post $300 lambs in sight as exporters keep demand strong for quality heavy weights appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Wellard’s MV Ocean Drover listed for sale by shipping brokers

Shipping brokers have listed Wellard’s livestock export vessel the Ocean Drover for sale. The post Wellard’s MV Ocean Drover listed for sale by shipping brokers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wellard’s MV Ocean Drover listed for sale by shipping brokers

Underdog Bill becomes giant killer at Bendigo yard dog championships

A RARE five complete runs within time by experienced farm Kelpie Jim with tough sheep won the Central Victorian Yard Dog Championships for Trawalla stockman Rob Hart at Bendigo last Sunday. The post Underdog Bill becomes giant killer at Bendigo yard dog championships appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Underdog Bill becomes… Read more »

A ram for Ronald as Eyre Peninsula family gives back

A family on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula will donate the money made from one of its stud rams to Ronald McDonald House in Adelaide, after they stayed there when their daughter was born prematurely. Source: ABC Livestock A ram for Ronald as Eyre Peninsula family gives back

Recruitment: Five questions great job candidates ask

During any job interview, great candidates ask questions they genuinely want answers to, because they’re evaluating you and your company, and whether they really want to work for you. Here’s five questions that are likely to arise – do you have the right answers? The post Recruitment: Five questions great job candidates ask appeared first… Read more »

Sheepmeat industry poised for DEXA-led advance

The sheepmeat industry is on the cusp of a processing revolution that will pave the way for a long overdue change in the way producers are paid for their livestock, MLA said in a press release issued today. Managing director Richard Norton said 90pc of Australia’s sheepmeat processing capacity had now been ‘costed’ for the… Read more »

More than 90pc of sheep meat processing capacity costed for DEXA

AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat industry is on the cusp of a processing revolution that will pave the way for a long overdue change in the way producers are paid for their livestock, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton said. The post More than 90pc of sheep meat processing capacity costed for DEXA appeared first… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2018

August to October is likely to be drier than average for most of mainland Australia. Chances are highest in the southeast, where there is a greater than 80pc chance of a drier season for northern Victoria and southern NSW. The post Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

AgBiz and Product News: Animal Ethics signs NZ deal, Profarmer & ACF sold

LEADING Australian animal pain relief product Tri-Solfen is expected to be launched in New Zealand by German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer early next year. The post AgBiz and Product News: Animal Ethics signs NZ deal, Profarmer & ACF sold appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AgBiz and Product News: Animal Ethics… Read more »

Saleyard lamb price surge yields $292 national record at Tamworth

LAMB prices leapt higher in eastern states saleyards this week, with a new national record of $292 at Tamworth and centre records at Dubbo, Bendigo, Dublin and Ballarat for extra heavy weight lambs. The post Saleyard lamb price surge yields $292 national record at Tamworth appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Saleyard… Read more »

George’s 96-year-old mother shares Montrose Hill’s supreme Merino joy

THE first phone calls Illabarook Merino breeder George McKenzie’s wife Helen made when their Montrose Hill stud ewe reigned supreme at the 2018 Australian Sheep and Wool Show were to his 96 year-old mother Lucy. The post George’s 96-year-old mother shares Montrose Hill’s supreme Merino joy appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Tasmania’s Trefusis Merino Stud enters third grand champion fleece

TASMANIAN Merino stud Trefusis has won the prestigious Australian Fleece Competition’s grand champion fleece award for the third time in four years, with a three year-old ewe fleece. The post Tasmania’s Trefusis Merino Stud enters third grand champion fleece appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Tasmania’s Trefusis Merino Stud enters third grand… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 25 July 2018

A series of cold fronts and troughs embedded in a vigorous westerly flow brought moderate falls to the north and west of Western Australia’s South West Land Division and southern Goldfields and southeastern South Australia, parts of western Victoria and northern Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 25 July 2018 appeared… Read more »

MLA members encouraged to secure their full voting entitlement

MEAT & Livestock Australia members are being encouraged to return their levy notice to ensure they secure their full voting entitlement for any ballots and board elections held by MLA in 2018-19. The post MLA members encouraged to secure their full voting entitlement appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA members encouraged… Read more »

NZ blade shearer considers record attempt after Irish tally success

NEW Zealand blade shearer Allan Oldfield is considering a possible world record attempt after helping an Irishman to one of the biggest one-day tallies ever shorn with the clippers. The post NZ blade shearer considers record attempt after Irish tally success appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NZ blade shearer considers record… Read more »

Support for farmers’ fighting fund to test Animals Australia’s live sheep stance

AUSTRALIAN Farmers’ Fighting Fund assistance has been proposed to test the Animals Australia legal case against live sheep shipments to the Middle East during the northern summer months of July to September. The post Support for farmers’ fighting fund to test Animals Australia’s live sheep stance appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

AWI leaders seek legal advice on review recommendations

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s board has identified several issues from the recent independent AWI review that shareholders will need to vote on, AWI chief executive officer Stuart McCullough said at the weekend. The post AWI leaders seek legal advice on review recommendations appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI leaders seek legal advice… Read more »

Sun shines on trio of top Victorian hay makers in national awards

THREE Victorian farmers have made the best hay crops in Australia, earning national recognition in the 2018 Feed Central National Hay Quality competition. The post Sun shines on trio of top Victorian hay makers in national awards appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sun shines on trio of top Victorian hay makers in national… Read more »

New grasslands society leader seeks change to stay relevant

NEW Grasslands Society of Southern Australia president, Mansfield’s Matt Mahoney, wants the society to reinvent itself to grow its membership base. The post New grasslands society leader seeks change to stay relevant appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New grasslands society leader seeks change to stay relevant

Sheep Producers Australia appoints former NZ farmer body leader as CEO

PEAK sheep meat body Sheep Producers Australia has appointed former New Zealand’s Federated Farmers chief executive officer Graham Smith to lead the body. The post Sheep Producers Australia appoints former NZ farmer body leader as CEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia appoints former NZ farmer body leader as… Read more »

New season lambs boost online AuctionsPlus offering

NEW season lambs helped boost AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb listings last week to almost 50,000. AuctionsPlus market operations supervisor Tom Rookyard said agents offered 47,784 sheep and lambs online, an increase of just over 4000 head. The post New season lambs boost online AuctionsPlus offering appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New… Read more »

Ute-load of kindness a random act giving a struggling farmer hope

Struggling NSW farmer David Wicks was shocked when he received a phone call from a bloke in the city offering a well-needed contribution during the worst drought in living memory. Source: ABC Livestock Ute-load of kindness a random act giving a struggling farmer hope

Merino lamb prices peak at $235 at Wagga Wagga as supplies dwindle

RECORD Australian lamb prices spilled over into heavy Merino lines this week, as exporters and supermarkets paid dearly in supermarkets for quality among dwindling supplies of old lambs and a slow new season turn-off. The post Merino lamb prices peak at $235 at Wagga Wagga as supplies dwindle appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Wool buyer requests for mulesing status are growing – AWEX

BUYERS requests for mulesing status certification of Australian wool continues to grow, AWEX quality and project manager Kerrie Hansford said this week. The post Wool buyer requests for mulesing status are growing – AWEX appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool buyer requests for mulesing status are growing – AWEX

Kiwi Scot shearer Mutch too much for the Canadians at Calgary

SCOTTISH-BORN New Zealeand farmer and shearer Gavin Mutch has had a successful trans-Atlantic break from a bid to retain his place in Scotland’s World Championships team by winning one of North America’s major titles. The post Kiwi Scot shearer Mutch too much for the Canadians at Calgary appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

Working dogs are gathered for the State of Origin Cobber challenge

THE State-of-Origin competition for farm working dogs – the Cobber Challenge – has attracted 12 competitors from six states this year. The post Working dogs are gathered for the State of Origin Cobber challenge appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Working dogs are gathered for the State of Origin Cobber challenge

Zoetis sets $100,000 fundraising target for beyondblue + VIDEO

Animal Health company Zoetis has committed to raise another $100,000 through its partnership with beyondblue, the independent, not-for-profit organisation working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide across Australia. The post Zoetis sets $100,000 fundraising target for beyondblue + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Zoetis sets 0,000 fundraising… Read more »

Non-mulesed wool price premiums more than double at AWEX auctions

PREMIUMS paid for Australian Merino wool declared as coming from non-mulesed sheep have more than doubled since 2016-17, according to figures released by the Australian Wool Exchange. The post Non-mulesed wool price premiums more than double at AWEX auctions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Non-mulesed wool price premiums more than double… Read more »

Australian Merino wool to be sold under New Zealand ZQ brand

AUSTRALIAN Merino wool from non-mulesed sheep will be sold under a New Zealand brand after a trans-Tasman marketing partnership was announced recently. The post Australian Merino wool to be sold under New Zealand ZQ brand appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian Merino wool to be sold under New Zealand ZQ brand

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

A weak low pressure system over Victoria produced moderate falls in southeastern South Australia and western Victoria, while a series of cold fronts tracked across the south, generating moderate falls along the South West Land Division in Western Australia, and in western and northern Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 18… Read more »

Big crowd expected for Western Australian live export forum on Friday

MORE than 1000 people are expected at a public forum in Western Australia on Friday to discuss strategies to continue the live sheep trade and highlight the impacts of the current shipment suspension. The post Big crowd expected for Western Australian live export forum on Friday appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Quality wool lines sell well on AuctionsPlus as auction market dips

QUALITY wool lines continued to sell on AuctionsPlus last week as the physical auction market fell slightly in the last sales before a three week recess. The post Quality wool lines sell well on AuctionsPlus as auction market dips appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Quality wool lines sell well on AuctionsPlus… Read more »

Another live sheep shipment put on hold as exporters seek clarity

ANOTHER potential live sheep shipment to the Middle East has been put on hold after Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources suspended a second export licence last week. The post Another live sheep shipment put on hold as exporters seek clarity appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Another live sheep shipment… Read more »

Little Annie brings out the wool industry big guns to raise $105,000

A HUMBLE request to put a return-and-earn bin for 10 cent cans in a Wagga wool store has grown into a much-appreciated boon for families like that of eight year-old girl Annie Singe. The post Little Annie brings out the wool industry big guns to raise $105,000 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

NSW sheep and lamb sell-off intensifies in AuctionsPlus marketplace

AUCTIONSPLUS sheep and lamb listings increased by 10,000 to 43,536 head last week as the seasonally-driven sell-off continued in New South Wales. The post NSW sheep and lamb sell-off intensifies in AuctionsPlus marketplace appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW sheep and lamb sell-off intensifies in AuctionsPlus marketplace

Alarming statistics put farming at the top of the danger list

THE statistics tell a disturbing story – farms remain among the most dangerous workplaces in Australia. In 2017, there were 68 on-farm fatalities, nine of those involving a child aged under 15 years. The post Alarming statistics put farming at the top of the danger list appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

New guidance on red leaf syndrome in sub clover released for producers

DETAILED guidance to help livestock producers manage the impacts of subterranean clover Red Leaf syndrome has been released, following recent outbreaks of the syndrome and associated pasture loss in Western Australia. The post New guidance on red leaf syndrome in sub clover released for producers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New guidance on… Read more »