Category: Sheep

Barnaby the Merino ram is top of the sires on performance at Harrow

A YOUNG poll Merino ram dubbed Barnaby has made a name for himself in a ewe flock at Harrow, in Victoria’s Western District. The post Barnaby the Merino ram is top of the sires on performance at Harrow appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Barnaby the Merino ram is top of the… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 21 Feb 2018

Tropical cyclone Kelvin made landfall between Broome and Port Hedland in Western Australia on 18 February, and brought very heavy rainfall to the western Kimberley. Broad areas of low pressure across western, northern and eastern Australia produced showers and storms. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 21 Feb 2018 appeared first on… Read more »

Wool and cotton spin the yarn of natural fibre biodegradability

WOOL has united with cotton to spread the good news about natural fibre biodegradability around the world. The post Wool and cotton spin the yarn of natural fibre biodegradability appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool and cotton spin the yarn of natural fibre biodegradability

Sale and Leongatha saleyards next on list for sheep EID equipment

SALEYARDS at Sale and Leongatha are set to be the next selling centres to install equipment for the electronic scanning of sheep and goats in Victoria. The post Sale and Leongatha saleyards next on list for sheep EID equipment appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sale and Leongatha saleyards next on list… Read more »

Pest animal skills trainers are bound for Pooncarie

WESTERN New South Wales landowners will have an opportunity to increase their pest animal control skills at a one-day training workshop in Pooncarie next month. The post Pest animal skills trainers are bound for Pooncarie appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Pest animal skills trainers are bound for Pooncarie

Top young auctioneers set for NSW and national competition in Sydney

TOP young auctioneers competing in the New South Wales and national competitions in Sydney next month have been named. The post Top young auctioneers set for NSW and national competition in Sydney appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Top young auctioneers set for NSW and national competition in Sydney

Steady online wool demand on AuctionsPlus trading platform

ONLINE wool demand was continual last week as the auction market price benchmark fell slightly. The post Steady online wool demand on AuctionsPlus trading platform appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Steady online wool demand on AuctionsPlus trading platform

Review finds South Australia’s OJD flock infection rate is underestimated

OVINE Johne’s Disease management in South Australia should be de-regulated and OJD infections in sheep flocks would probably increase in high rainfall areas even if regulatory controls continue, a confidential review has concluded. The post Review finds South Australia’s OJD flock infection rate is underestimated appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Review… Read more »

Only 10 pc of Australian lamb skins suit high quality apparel market

SHEEP producers have been urged by a prominent southern Australian skin buyer to use only a keyhole crutch, minimise shearing cuts and avoid the use of branding fluid on sale lambs. The post Only 10 pc of Australian lamb skins suit high quality apparel market appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Only… Read more »

WA government to investigate sheep deaths on live export vessel

WESTERN Australia’s state government will investigate the reported deaths of 2400 sheep on a live export vessel bound for the Middle East in August last year. The post WA government to investigate sheep deaths on live export vessel appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WA government to investigate sheep deaths on live… Read more »

NSW Farmers fights for working dog recognition in breeding standards

PROPOSED New South Wales dog breeding standards and guidelines must exempt working dogs, NSW Farmers said today. The post NSW Farmers fights for working dog recognition in breeding standards appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers fights for working dog recognition in breeding standards

AgriFutures Horizon scholarship applicants have less than a week

MORE than 300 expressions of interest have been received in the 2018 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship since applications opened in January. Australian university students studying an agriculture-related degree have less than one week to apply for the 2018 scholarship by Friday, February 23. The post AgriFutures Horizon scholarship applicants have less than a week appeared first… Read more »

New Zealand wool handler scores first open class win at Southern Shears

MILTON wool handler Cheri Peterson has become the latest addition to the ranks of open class winners by claiming the Southern Shears title at Gore in New Zealand last week. Uniquely, all three in Friday’s final were gunning for their first open win in New Zealand, with the South Otago rookie winning by just over… Read more »

Miners are using cow poo to power a dairy farm

Minerals processing specialists Gekko Systems are turning manure into a precious resource. Source: ABC Livestock Miners are using cow poo to power a dairy farm

Drier autumn ahead for mainland; wetter for Tassie: BOM

Large parts of central Australia are likely to have a drier than average autumn, while Tasmania is likely to have a wet autumn, according to the Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook. The post Drier autumn ahead for mainland; wetter for Tassie: BOM appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Drier autumn… Read more »

Recruitment: Farming’s next-gen eyes expansion, as baby boomers retire

A significant amount of farming assets will be passed on to the next generation as the baby boomer population looks to retire in the next decade, representing a great opportunity for farming families to expand, add staff and diversify their businesses. The post Recruitment: Farming’s next-gen eyes expansion, as baby boomers retire appeared first on… Read more »

Ouyen saleyard installs Victoria’s first sheep EID scanners, Hamilton to follow

VICTORIA’S first sheep saleyard scanning system has been installed at the Ouyen Livestock Exchange, as the state’s selling centres prepare for mandatory electronic identification of sheep and goats across the supply chain. The post Ouyen saleyard installs Victoria’s first sheep EID scanners, Hamilton to follow appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Ouyen… Read more »

Merino wool buyers focus on quality as $A lifts against US currency

MERINO wool prices generally fell for a larger auction offering this week, as the Australian dollar’s value rose and more lines with tensile strength faults came forward. The post Merino wool buyers focus on quality as $A lifts against US currency appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Merino wool buyers focus on… Read more »

White Suffolk breeders aim for breed meat brand within 18 months

WHITE Suffolk sheep breeders aim to be supplying lambs for a branded product within 18 months. The post White Suffolk breeders aim for breed meat brand within 18 months appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central White Suffolk breeders aim for breed meat brand within 18 months

Auction wool price retraction impacts forward prices and volumes

A STRONG Aussie dollar with lower demand triggered by the Chinese New Year has led to spot auction prices retracting from their record levels, impacting forward market prices and trading volumes. The post Auction wool price retraction impacts forward prices and volumes appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Auction wool price retraction… Read more »

Peter Westblade Scholarhip finalists announced from national field

FINALISTS in the prestigious Peter Westblade Scholarship have been announced from a national field, with seven young wool professionals vying for the award. The post Peter Westblade Scholarhip finalists announced from national field appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Peter Westblade Scholarhip finalists announced from national field

Victorian fox shooters claim more than $6 million in bounty since 2011

FOX shooters have presented more than 618,000 scalps for Victoria’s $10 bounty on the pest since 2011. And a bounty has been claimed for 2675 wild dogs destroyed over the same period. The post Victorian fox shooters claim more than $6 million in bounty since 2011 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Textile Exchange investigates aligning wool welfare system with a global meat standard

TEXTILE Exchange’s international wool assurance system, the Responsible Wool Standard, is investigating alignment with a global sheep meat standard. The post Textile Exchange investigates aligning wool welfare system with a global meat standard appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Textile Exchange investigates aligning wool welfare system with a global meat standard

Sheep producers – can you spare a few blowflies for flystrike vaccine research?

AUSTRALIAN sheep producers take note: Victorian researchers want your green blowflies. The post Sheep producers – can you spare a few blowflies for flystrike vaccine research? appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep producers – can you spare a few blowflies for flystrike vaccine research?

Future investments in livestock genetics on Brisbane forum agenda

MORE than 300 red meat industry stakeholders will discuss current and future investments in livestock genetics at a forum in Brisbane next week. The post Future investments in livestock genetics on Brisbane forum agenda appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Future investments in livestock genetics on Brisbane forum agenda

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 14 Feb 2018

Broad areas of low pressure across northern Australia produced storms and showers. A deepening surface trough and low pressure system inland of the west coast of Western Australia produced moderate falls. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 14 Feb 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Ceres Tag and CSIRO partner on next-gen smart ear tags for livestock

A new smart ear tag designed to give cattle producers more flexibility over grazing management, to locate livestock remotely and alert them to stock theft has moved a step closer to commercialisation this week. The post Ceres Tag and CSIRO partner on next-gen smart ear tags for livestock appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Wild dogs in urban areas pose health risks to humans and livestock + VIDEO

WILD dogs in peri-urban areas of north-eastern Australia pose a significant public and livestock health risk, new research has found. The post Wild dogs in urban areas pose health risks to humans and livestock + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wild dogs in urban areas pose health risks to humans… Read more »

AuctionsPlus sells more than 500 bales as wool auction market lifts

ONLINE wool sales increased last week as all types were well-supported on Australia’s physical auction market.   The post AuctionsPlus sells more than 500 bales as wool auction market lifts appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus sells more than 500 bales as wool auction market lifts

Victorian beef and sheep producers to convene together in Bendigo

VICTORIAN sheep and beef producers will come together for the first time to hold annual conferences on consecutive days in Bendigo this year. The post Victorian beef and sheep producers to convene together in Bendigo appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian beef and sheep producers to convene together in Bendigo

Peru-Australia FTA to eliminate sheep meat tariffs immediately – Littleproud

TARIFFS on sheep meat imports into Peru will be eliminated immediately under a free trade agreement signed in Canberra today. The post Peru-Australia FTA to eliminate sheep meat tariffs immediately – Littleproud appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Peru-Australia FTA to eliminate sheep meat tariffs immediately – Littleproud

Scanned in-lamb first cross and Merino ewes top AuctionsPlus listings

SCANNED in-lamb first cross ewes sold to $251 and Merinos made to $237.50 on AuctionsPlus last week. The number of sheep and lambs listed for sale online dropped by about 5683 to 77,094. The post Scanned in-lamb first cross and Merino ewes top AuctionsPlus listings appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Scanned… Read more »

World wool handling champion Henare closes in on 100 open wins

REIGNING Golden Shears champions Rowland Smith and Joel Henare are looming as possibly the hottest favourites to win again this year after dominating events in New Zealand at the weekend. The post World wool handling champion Henare closes in on 100 open wins appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central World wool handling… Read more »

Livestock productivity Partnership co-ordinator appointed, new chair needed

SUSTAINABLE livestock systems specialist Dr Tom Davison has been appointed as lead co-ordinator for the Livestock Productivity Partnership. The post Livestock productivity Partnership co-ordinator appointed, new chair needed appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Livestock productivity Partnership co-ordinator appointed, new chair needed

Livestock owners warned on seasonal blue-green algae poisoning risk

LIVESTOCK owners have been urged to be alert for the possibility of blue-green algae poisoning, following the recent stretch of hot weather. The post Livestock owners warned on seasonal blue-green algae poisoning risk appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Livestock owners warned on seasonal blue-green algae poisoning risk

Esperance abattoir re-opens on beef cattle, will kill sheep within weeks

SOUTH-EAST Western Australian sheep and cattle producers are welcoming the re-opening of the Esperance abattoir this week. The post Esperance abattoir re-opens on beef cattle, will kill sheep within weeks appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Esperance abattoir re-opens on beef cattle, will kill sheep within weeks

New business pushes wool price benchmark through 1800-cent barrier

AUSTRALIAN wool prices regained recent losses this week, with new business and favourable exchange rate movements boosting demand from Chinese buyers. The post New business pushes wool price benchmark through 1800-cent barrier appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New business pushes wool price benchmark through 1800-cent barrier

Victoria Police arrest man over alleged $80,000 sheep theft

VICTORIAN police have charged a man in connection with alleged theft of sheep worth $80,000 over the past three months. The post Victoria Police arrest man over alleged $80,000 sheep theft appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victoria Police arrest man over alleged ,000 sheep theft

Australian sheep meat export opportunities and challenges abound

POTENTIAL to grow Australian sheep meat exports continues in major export markets, but with the opportunities there are also challenges on the domestic market and overseas, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s new online market snapshots. The post Australian sheep meat export opportunities and challenges abound appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Forward wool market trades strongly with weaker Australian dollar

ANTICIPATION of a strong spot auction on the back of a weak Australian dollar saw the forwards trade strongly to start the week. The post Forward wool market trades strongly with weaker Australian dollar appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market trades strongly with weaker Australian dollar

WA beef, sheepmeat plant re-opens for business

The Esperance beef and sheepmeat abattoir in Western Australia’s southeast has re-opened this week. The plant closed under the ownership of Shark Lake Holdings in May last year, but has been sold to businessman Rami Koyu’s PT Central Agri Group and re-opened on Tuesday, employing about 70 former workers. The post WA beef, sheepmeat plant… Read more »

Recruitment: Greater diversity will benefit rural industries

Australian agriculture is on the brink of enormous growth, and increasing diversity in rural industries will play an important part in unlocking the innovation necessary for the agriculture sector to grow and prosper, says AgriFutures Australia managing director, John Harvey. The post Recruitment: Greater diversity will benefit rural industries appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Sheep and goat EID property-to-property transfer workshops announced

ELECTRONIC property-to-property transfer requirements for sheep and goats under Victoria’s new traceability system will be outlined in a series of workshops across the state in February and March. The post Sheep and goat EID property-to-property transfer workshops announced appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep and goat EID property-to-property transfer workshops announced

Australia’s ethical Merino wool growers co-op is looking for new members

AUSTRALIAN Merino wool producers committed to transparent, traceable ethical fibre and meat production, and landscape management, are being sought to join a co-operative. The post Australia’s ethical Merino wool growers co-op is looking for new members appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia’s ethical Merino wool growers co-op is looking for new… Read more »

Value-added goat meat opportunities worth $13 million await

PRODUCERS and brands wanting to invest in value-added goat meat marketing opportunities are being sought by Meat & Livestock Australia’s Donor Company. The post Value-added goat meat opportunities worth $13 million await appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Value-added goat meat opportunities worth million await

Live exporter Wellards turns its ship around and signals renewed sheep interest

WESTERN Australian live exporter Wellard has signalled a potential lift in its involvement in the Middle East live sheep trade as it posted an $8.9 million increase in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization in the first six months of the current financial year. The post Live exporter Wellards turns its ship around and… Read more »

Federal government seeks public submissions on live export standards

PUBLIC consultation on stage one of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock review has opened. The post Federal government seeks public submissions on live export standards appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Federal government seeks public submissions on live export standards

Merinos feature at Harrow in largest on-property sheep genetics display

AUSTRALIA’S largest on-property Merino sheep genetics display will be held at Harrow in western Victoria next week. The post Merinos feature at Harrow in largest on-property sheep genetics display appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Merinos feature at Harrow in largest on-property sheep genetics display

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 7 Feb 2018

A monsoon trough brought continued heavy rain over the Cape York Peninsula. Moderate falls recorded from showers associated with surface and upper level troughs over the north, eastern Queensland, and parts of central and southern Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 7 Feb 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

WA pastoralists granted $4.03m to build more than 1500km of wild dog fences

MORE than $4 million has been allocated to Western Australian pastoral fencing projects aimed at boosting sheep and goat numbers in rangeland areas. The post WA pastoralists granted $4.03m to build more than 1500km of wild dog fences appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WA pastoralists granted .03m to build more than… Read more »

Is improving quad bike safety a design or rider behaviour issue?

An ACCC inquiry is looking at whether Australia should mandate specific safety design requirements for quad bikes, and the public has had a say through more than 50 submissions so far. The post Is improving quad bike safety a design or rider behaviour issue? appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Is improving… Read more »

Goat fencing video is first in MLA best practice management series

FENCING requirements for goat farming is the focus for the first in a series of best practice videos by Meat & Livestock Australia to help boost productivity in the sector. The post Goat fencing video is first in MLA best practice management series appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat fencing video… Read more »

White Suffolk breeders to gather in Victoria for latest genomic news

SHEEP genomic advances and maternal trials results will be outlined to stud and commercial producers at the annual Australian White Suffolk Association conference next week. The post White Suffolk breeders to gather in Victoria for latest genomic news appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central White Suffolk breeders to gather in Victoria for… Read more »

NZ blade shearer Dobbs wins first round in selection series for world titles

SOUTH Canterbury blade shearer Tony Dobbs has successfully started another bid for World championship honours by winning the first round of a new New Zealand team selection series. The post NZ blade shearer Dobbs wins first round in selection series for world titles appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NZ blade shearer… Read more »

Latest MLA and AWI wool and sheep meat survey needs your input

AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat and wool producers have about three weeks to complete the latest industry flock owner production and intention survey. The post Latest MLA and AWI wool and sheep meat survey needs your input appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Latest MLA and AWI wool and sheep meat survey needs your… Read more »

AWEX investigates complaints of wool classer stencil misuse

COMPLAINTS alleging misuse of wool classer stencils are being investigated by the Australian Wool Exchange. The post AWEX investigates complaints of wool classer stencil misuse appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWEX investigates complaints of wool classer stencil misuse

MERINOSELECT and DNA tech uptake increasing among wool growers

STUDS registered with MERINOSELECT are now supplying about half the nation’s Merino rams, according to a new report by Sheep CRC chief executive officer James Rowe. The post MERINOSELECT and DNA tech uptake increasing among wool growers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MERINOSELECT and DNA tech uptake increasing among wool growers

Wool prices consolidate with Merino demand holding firm

WOOL prices generally consolidated in Australian auctions this week, but buyers were selective and particularly about tensile strength and staple length variation. The post Wool prices consolidate with Merino demand holding firm appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices consolidate with Merino demand holding firm

Mortlake to Masterton – NZ shearer Ethan keeps flying for circuit points

HE is based in south-west Victoria, hours from his closest international airport in Melbourne, but New Zealand shearer Ethan Pankhurst is not afraid to clock kilometres to improve his competition shearing standing. The post Mortlake to Masterton – NZ shearer Ethan keeps flying for circuit points appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Recruitment: How to give (and take) constructive criticism in the workplace

If you’re a manager, supervisor, team leader or any type of boss working in the grains industry, there will be times when you will have to give feedback to employees. Sometimes it will be positive and sometimes not, so you might like to consider how it is delivered. The post Recruitment: How to give (and… Read more »

Woolmark and adidas challenge tertiary students to innovate with wool

EUROPEAN and North American tertiary students will vie for prizemoney of €10,000 and the chance to work with global sports brand adidas in the Woolmark Performance Challenge. The post Woolmark and adidas challenge tertiary students to innovate with wool appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Woolmark and adidas challenge tertiary students to… Read more »

Adding value for clients key focus for Landmark’s new MD

Diversified national rural agency Landmark has appointed Rob Clayton as the business’s new managing director, replacing Tommy Warner. The post Adding value for clients key focus for Landmark’s new MD appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Adding value for clients key focus for Landmark’s new MD

New farm sale rules to give Australian buyers a jump on foreign investors

Real estate agents will be required to market farmland worth more than $15 million to domestic buyers before it can be sold to foreign investors, under new Federal Government rules. Source: ABC Livestock New farm sale rules to give Australian buyers a jump on foreign investors

Price competitiveness and transparency is vital to WA sheep industry

SHEEP and lamb price competitiveness and transparency with the eastern states is vital to the future of Western Australia’s sheep meat and wool industry, according to WAFarmers livestock executive officer Kim Haywood. The post Price competitiveness and transparency is vital to WA sheep industry appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Price competitiveness… Read more »

WoolProducers puts faith in first independently selected WoolPoll panel

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s 2018 WoolPoll panel is more independent than past committees entrusted to determine the industry’s preferred levy options, according to WoolProducers Australia president Richard Halliday. The post WoolProducers puts faith in first independently selected WoolPoll panel appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers puts faith in first independently selected WoolPoll… Read more »

Bourke workshop set to develop pest animal control skills

WESTERN New South Wales landholders are being offered a great opportunity to upskill through a one-day 1080 Pindone and canid pest ejector training workshop in Bourke next month. The post Bourke workshop set to develop pest animal control skills appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Bourke workshop set to develop pest animal… Read more »

Market conditions and livestock prices favour soil fertility investment

CURRENT market conditions and livestock prices were making it more rewarding than ever to invest in soil fertility, according to Meridian Agriculture farm business and livestock adviser, James Whale. The post Market conditions and livestock prices favour soil fertility investment appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Market conditions and livestock prices favour… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 31 Jan 2018

An active monsoon trough and associated tropical low produced moderate to heavy rainfall in northern Australia during the week. Surface troughs produced showers and moderate falls in parts of the west and east. The highest weekly total was 716 mm at Humpty Doo in the Darwin–Daly District of the Northern Territory. The post Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Western truck route into South Australia opens to longer livestock B-doubles

COSTLY cross-loading of sheep and cattle at South Australia’s border with Western Australia has ended with 27.5 metre B-double livestock trucks being allowed entry to the SA Livestock Exchange at Dublin. The post Western truck route into South Australia opens to longer livestock B-doubles appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Western truck… Read more »

Online wool demand minimal with auction market correction

ONLINE wool sales were limited to 29 bales traded in Australia last week, as the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator fell 57 cents to 1744c/kg clean. The post Online wool demand minimal with auction market correction appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online wool demand minimal with auction market correction

National OJD plan under review, but states retain power to regulate

AUSTRALIA’S sheep producers have six weeks to tell their leaders whether the National Ovine Johne’s Disease Management Plan should continue, be changed or dropped. The post National OJD plan under review, but states retain power to regulate appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central National OJD plan under review, but states retain power… Read more »

NZ shearer Samuels abandons world ewe shearing record attempt

NEW Zealand shearer Leon Samuels late this morning abandoned his attempt to reclaim the world eight-hour ewe shearing record. The post NZ shearer Samuels abandons world ewe shearing record attempt appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NZ shearer Samuels abandons world ewe shearing record attempt

Victorian Farmers Federation appoints Sheridan as new CEO

ENSURING agriculture is valued by the community, industry and government is a key challenge for the new chief executive officer of the Victorian Farmers Federation, Stephen Sheridan. The post Victorian Farmers Federation appoints Sheridan as new CEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Farmers Federation appoints Sheridan as new CEO

Frenchman wins his first international shearing final at Rotorua show

FRENCH shearer Jeremy Leygonie hasn’t yet emulated his brother’s achievement in shearing at a world championships. The post Frenchman wins his first international shearing final at Rotorua show appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Frenchman wins his first international shearing final at Rotorua show

Webinar spotlight turns to motion-activated cameras

INCREASING use of motion-activated cameras on outback properties has prompted Leading Sheep to hold a free webinar on their use next month. The post Webinar spotlight turns to motion-activated cameras appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Webinar spotlight turns to motion-activated cameras

Online AuctionsPlus ewe lamb demand strong for select lines

AUSTRALIAN White ewe lambs made $346, unjoined Merino ewe hoggets made to $261 and first cross ewes with lambs sold for $275 on AuctionsPlus last week. The post Online AuctionsPlus ewe lamb demand strong for select lines appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online AuctionsPlus ewe lamb demand strong for select lines

How long to keep the chops?

Researchers have found that two weeks in the fridge is best for tasty lamb but freezing for up to a year does not affect its quality. Source: ABC Livestock How long to keep the chops?

Carding wool types hit hard in latest auction market correction

AUSTRALIAN wool prices fell further at auctions this week, with carding types most affected and reducing by 150-250c/kg, as demand adjusted to recent price levels, exchange rates, type availability and pipeline stocks. The post Carding wool types hit hard in latest auction market correction appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Carding wool… Read more »

Can the trade lamb indicator top 700c/kg and wool’s EMI reach 1800c?

LAMB price indicators could reach record levels early this year, possibly above 700c/kg, according to the Rural Bank’s latest Ag Answers report. The post Can the trade lamb indicator top 700c/kg and wool’s EMI reach 1800c? appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Can the trade lamb indicator top 700c/kg and wool’s EMI… Read more »

Some opportunities exist in challenging forward wool market

IT was a challenging week for the physical wool auction and forward markets. The post Some opportunities exist in challenging forward wool market appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Some opportunities exist in challenging forward wool market

Australian wool growers send their finest to Baggy Green project

AUSTRALIAN wool growers are batting well in their support for a project to make the first batch of woollen Baggy Green cricket caps. The post Australian wool growers send their finest to Baggy Green project appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool growers send their finest to Baggy Green project

TFI doubles small stock processing at Lobethal after Murray Bridge fire

SMALL stock production – lambs, mutton and goats – has doubled at Thomas Food International’s Lobethal plant after staff redeployments and the granting of conditional B-Double access to the South Australian plant. The post TFI doubles small stock processing at Lobethal after Murray Bridge fire appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central TFI… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2018

The February to April rainfall outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning indicates a wetter three months are likely for Western Australia, while the month of February is forecast to be wetter than average for WA, southern Australia and parts of southern and central Queensland. The post Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2018 appeared… Read more »

AgForce welcomes new Farm Debt Restructure Office in Queensland

AGFORCE has welcomed the establishment of a new Farm Debt Restructure Office to assist Queensland farmers in financial distress to access expert advice. The post AgForce welcomes new Farm Debt Restructure Office in Queensland appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AgForce welcomes new Farm Debt Restructure Office in Queensland

TFI redeploys staff in wake of Murray Bridge plant fire

Staff impacted by the catastrophic fire at Thomas Foods International’s Murray Bridge export beef and lamb processing plant in South Australia earlier this month are being redeployed, as the company navigates its way through the early stages of recovery. The post TFI redeploys staff in wake of Murray Bridge plant fire appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Wool growers support call to phase-out shaft-driven shearing equipment

WOOL growers are replacing antiquated overhead shaft-driven sheep shearing systems after a young woman suffered significant head injuries in a New South Wales shed accident. The post Wool growers support call to phase-out shaft-driven shearing equipment appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers support call to phase-out shaft-driven shearing equipment

Call for full transparency in over-the-hook sheep meat prices

FULL transparency in over-the-hook sheep meat prices in Australia has been suggested in a report into the sector’s market structures and systems. The post Call for full transparency in over-the-hook sheep meat prices appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Call for full transparency in over-the-hook sheep meat prices

NSW fine wool enterprise gross margins up 55pc since 2016

GROSS margins in New South Wales Merino fine wool enterprises have risen by 55 percent since 2016, NSW Department of Primary Industry analysis has shown. The post NSW fine wool enterprise gross margins up 55pc since 2016 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW fine wool enterprise gross margins up 55pc since… Read more »

Increased demand for farm business training in South Australia

INCREASED demand for farm business training has prompted the Limestone Coast Red Meat Cluster to offer a series of courses focussing on profitability in February and March. The post Increased demand for farm business training in South Australia appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Increased demand for farm business training in South… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 23 Jan 2018

An active monsoon trough produced moderate to heavy rainfall in far northern Australia during the week. Surface and upper level troughs brought moderate falls to the western half of Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 23 Jan 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 24 Jan 2018

An active monsoon trough produced moderate to heavy rainfall in far northern Australia during the week. Surface and upper level troughs brought moderate falls to the western half of Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 24 Jan 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap… Read more »

Lamb and mutton prices expected to stay strong in 2018

ONGOING international demand for Australia’s forecast flat to declining sheep meat production is expected to keep lamb and mutton prices strong this year. The post Lamb and mutton prices expected to stay strong in 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lamb and mutton prices expected to stay strong in 2018

Online bale sales dip as wool market reacts to stronger dollar

ONLINE wool sales were minimal in Australia last week, as a strengthening Australian dollar impacted on the market. The post Online bale sales dip as wool market reacts to stronger dollar appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online bale sales dip as wool market reacts to stronger dollar

Competitor watch: China extends Argentina’s access to chilled beef and lamb

Continuing its re-emergence as a significant player in global beef exports, Argentina last week reached agreement with China over chilled beef and lamb access. The post Competitor watch: China extends Argentina’s access to chilled beef and lamb appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Competitor watch: China extends Argentina’s access to chilled beef… Read more »