Category: Sheep

Australian goat meat industry performs in mid-term strategic review

AUSTRALIA’S goat meat industry is proceeding with projects on eating quality, kid loss and breeding doe management after a mid-term review showed it was making good progress under its strategic plan. The post Australian goat meat industry performs in mid-term strategic review appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian goat meat industry… Read more »

‘Smart’ NSW sheep producers will use electronic identification tags – Vallance

“SMART” New South Wales farmers who usually sell sheep and lambs into Victoria will be putting electronic ear tags in their livestock, Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock president Leonard Vallance said today. The post ‘Smart’ NSW sheep producers will use electronic identification tags – Vallance appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central ‘Smart’ NSW… Read more »

Melbourne wins out in bidding contest for Lambex 2020

VICTORIA has won the right to hold the prestigious Lambex conference in 2020, returning the lamb industry expo to the state for the first time since 2012. The post Melbourne wins out in bidding contest for Lambex 2020 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Melbourne wins out in bidding contest for Lambex… Read more »

Infrared technology helps NSW authorities control feral pigs

INFRARED technology was employed to help eliminate thousands of feral pigs across the Riverina, Murray and western regions of New South Wales. The post Infrared technology helps NSW authorities control feral pigs appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Infrared technology helps NSW authorities control feral pigs

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 Dec 2018

Broad low pressure troughs produced moderate falls through Western Australia and northern and eastern Australia, while heavy falls were recorded in the north tropical Queensland coast after ex-tropical cyclone Owen crossed near Port Douglas. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 Dec 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Lamb and wool prices expected to hold high during rest of 2018-19

LAMB and wool prices are expected to maintain higher levels throughout 2018-19 due to supply constraints, the latest Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences’ commodities Report said today. The post Lamb and wool prices expected to hold high during rest of 2018-19 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lamb and… Read more »

Modest enquiry for wool on AuctionsPlus platform

THERE was modest enquiry for wool on AuctionsPlus Wool last week as buyers sought superfine and ultrafine lines online. The post Modest enquiry for wool on AuctionsPlus platform appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Modest enquiry for wool on AuctionsPlus platform

Wool forward market opportunities available in volatile market

THE volatile nature of the spot auction wool market was shown again last week, with the crossbreds giving back gains and the Merinos tightening slightly under short supply. The post Wool forward market opportunities available in volatile market appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool forward market opportunities available in volatile market

Wool growers present new baggy green cap fabric for Aussie cricketers

WOOL growers have handed the Australian cricket team enough woollen cloth to make the prized baggy green caps for the next 100 years. The post Wool growers present new baggy green cap fabric for Aussie cricketers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers present new baggy green cap fabric for Aussie… Read more »

Australia set for record year of lamb exports to the United States

AUSTRALIA is still on track for a record year of lamb exports to the United States, despite fewer shipments in the past two months and high cold store inventories. The post Australia set for record year of lamb exports to the United States appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia set for… Read more »

Have some salt with your lucerne, say NSW lamb researchers

A SALT supplement could help lamb producers make better use of dryland lucerne, according to research from the  Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation. The post Have some salt with your lucerne, say NSW lamb researchers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Have some salt with your lucerne, say NSW lamb researchers

Southern buyers dominate bidding for bigger AuctionsPlus offering

SOUTHERN buyers dominated the bidding in online sheep and lamb sales last week, as rain increased demand for a bigger AuctionsPlus offering. The post Southern buyers dominate bidding for bigger AuctionsPlus offering appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Southern buyers dominate bidding for bigger AuctionsPlus offering

NSW stock water levels critically low as drought re-intensifies

STOCK water levels are critically low across large parts of New South Wales as drought conditions re-intensify across large parts of the state. The post NSW stock water levels critically low as drought re-intensifies appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW stock water levels critically low as drought re-intensifies

Chatsworth House lamb brand for sale with historic property

A rare opportunity to purchase an established premium lamb brand with provenance and a large commercial ewe flock  is being offered to rural property purchasers in Victoria. The post Chatsworth House lamb brand for sale with historic property appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Chatsworth House lamb brand for sale with historic… Read more »

Merino breeders buy Victorian showcase Mt Fyans for $37 million

  NEW South Wales stud Merino breeders Ian and Camilla Shippen have paid $37 million for Mt Fyans, one of the largest and most highly regarded agricultural holdings in the Western district of Victoria. The 5946ha Dundonnell grazing and cropping enterprise changed hands three years ago when the Western Australian-based Harmony Agriculture and Food Company… Read more »

Recruitment: Using effective story-telling to attract job candidates

Most meat and livestock industry supply chain stakeholders are fortunate to have the ‘gift of the gab’, but we don’t necessarily transfer that well into talking about our business and culture to potential staff that might consider working for us. Here are seven tips for getting your message across through a story. The post Recruitment:… Read more »

Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Diesel fuel prices across regional and rural areas of Australia have eased by up to 12c litre in some states, after hitting four-year highs a month ago. The post Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Dubbo to host Sheep CRC and Sheep Genetics events

DUBBO will host four consecutive days of important sheep breeding business in March next year, when it hosts the Sheep CRC’s final conference and the Sheep Genetics Leading Breeder Forum. The post Dubbo to host Sheep CRC and Sheep Genetics events appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Dubbo to host Sheep CRC… Read more »

It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please

NEW research hopes to boost goat kid production and survival, as slaughter figures flag nationally despite strong international demand for Australian goat meat. The post It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please

Live export trade survives parliamentary attack by Labor and independents

LIVE sheep exports survived a sustained attack in Federal Parliament today as a motion supporting concurrent debate on a Private Member’s Bill to phase the trade out was narrowly lost in the House of Representatives. The post Live export trade survives parliamentary attack by Labor and independents appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 5 Dec 2018

BROAD low pressure troughs produced moderate falls in northern and central Australia, while a deep low pressure system off the New South Wales coast produced locally heavy falls in Sydney, the Illawarra and Central Tablelands districts. The highest weekly total was 222 mm at Faulconbridge in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. The post… Read more »

Wellard reduces live sheep trade exposure with feed mill and facility sale

LISTED live export shipping company Wellard has sold its Western Australian feed mill and sheep feeding operations for an undisclosed sum. The post Wellard reduces live sheep trade exposure with feed mill and facility sale appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wellard reduces live sheep trade exposure with feed mill and facility… Read more »

Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium

Australian live sheep exporters will next year impose a three-month moratorium on Middle East shipments during the Northern Hemisphere summer. The post Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium

Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium

AUSTRALIAN live sheep exporters will next year impose a three-month moratorium on Middle East shipments during the Northern Hemisphere summer. The post Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium

Solid online demand for crossbred lines on AuctionsPlus Wool

AUCTIONSPLUS Wool followed the physical market to last week experience solid demand for its online offering, and especially for cheaper crossbred lines. The post Solid online demand for crossbred lines on AuctionsPlus Wool appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Solid online demand for crossbred lines on AuctionsPlus Wool

AWI to invest $2.5 million in sheep flystrike vaccine research

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will spend $2.5 million over four years to research a flystrike vaccine for sheep, seen as a potential option to mulesing. The post AWI to invest $2.5 million in sheep flystrike vaccine research appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI to invest .5 million in sheep flystrike vaccine research

Australia needs one traceability system for sheep says SPA leader

DIFFERENT traceability systems for sheep in Australia’s states will not help the nation’s international competitiveness, according to Sheep Producers of Australia chief executive officer Graham Smith. The post Australia needs one traceability system for sheep says SPA leader appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia needs one traceability system for sheep says… Read more »

Clunes Quick Shear to support shearer with Motor Neurone Disease

A SPECIAL Quick Shear event to raise funds for well-known Clunes district shearer Anthony ‘Bushy’ Hill will be held at the town’s show ground on December 8. The post Clunes Quick Shear to support shearer with Motor Neurone Disease appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Clunes Quick Shear to support shearer with… Read more »

Victorian and NSW lambs swell AuctionsPlus online listings

RESTOCKER and prime lambs met strong competition on AuctionsPlus last week, with the national lamb and 14th Annual North East Victorian lamb sales swelling the online offering. The post Victorian and NSW lambs swell AuctionsPlus online listings appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian and NSW lambs swell AuctionsPlus online listings

NSW DPI releases profit and performance data on 73 Merino bloodlines

A NEW report detailing performance data from 73 Merino bloodlines will give a reliable indication of potential bloodline profitability, according to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. The post NSW DPI releases profit and performance data on 73 Merino bloodlines appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW DPI releases profit… Read more »

Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and exports decline

GOAT meat prices have held steady at above average levels as exports continue to flag on the back of lower eastern states slaughter figures. The post Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and exports decline appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and… Read more »

Crossbred wool: the exception that proves the rule

IN a season where volatility has reigned supreme, this week’s spot auction wool market was overall quiet and stable, with the exception of the crossbreds, and prices mostly realigned after last week’s dramatic rise. The post Crossbred wool: the exception that proves the rule appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Crossbred wool:… Read more »

Australia needs more independent live export observers

AUSTRALIA’S live export regulator is under fire over delays in the release of independent observer reports from live sheep and cattle shipments, including from some voyages completed seven months ago. The post Australia needs more independent live export observers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia needs more independent live export observers

Australian vet group signs deal to double Chinese sheep flock meat output

A JOINT Australian-Chinese initiative to boost China’s sheep meat production by doubling the production of local flocks over the next 3-5 years was announced this week. The post Australian vet group signs deal to double Chinese sheep flock meat output appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian vet group signs deal to… Read more »

Fine crossbred and Merino wool prices lift to keep indicator steady

FLAGGING Chinese domestic demand for woollen garments has been partially blamed for Australian wool prices this week, which lifted for fine crossbred and Merino fleece, and for skirtings, but fell for medium Merino types. The post Fine crossbred and Merino wool prices lift to keep indicator steady appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Recruitment: Why job-seekers should keep up the search during the holidays

As the holiday season approaches, job-seekers in the red meat and livestock industry might be considering putting their search on hold. However, it is a common misconception that businesses do not hire at all over Christmas and it could in fact be the ideal time to rev-up the job search. The post Recruitment: Why job-seekers… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2018 – Feb 2019

Summer rainfall is forecast to be below average across much of northern Australia, with warmer than average days and nights likely, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s three month seasonal climate outlook for December to February. The post Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2018 – Feb 2019 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

AWI’s marketing versus research and development spend — is the split right?

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is prepared to consider changing its expenditure split between wool marketing and other research and development, company chair Colette Garnsey told shareholders last week. The post AWI’s marketing versus research and development spend — is the split right? appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI’s marketing versus research and… Read more »

Lamb processors search for quality as restockers get active after rain

QUALITY new season lambs and mutton sold generally dearer at saleyards early this week, with buyers chasing weight and finish among limited New South Wales and northern Victorian supplies. The post Lamb processors search for quality as restockers get active after rain appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lamb processors search for… Read more »

White Suffolk-Merino wool hits a soft spot with small Queensland spinner

WHITE Suffolk-Merino cross wool has proven to be a hit with one of Australia’s few fine worsted spinning mills, Paddock to Ply at Cooroy in Queensland. The post White Suffolk-Merino wool hits a soft spot with small Queensland spinner appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central White Suffolk-Merino wool hits a soft spot… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 Nov 2018

Surface troughs generated storms and showers in northern, central and eastern Australia, while a series of cold fronts and associated low pressure systems produced moderate fall in the southeast. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 Nov 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28… Read more »

Full transparency on live exports needed to rebuild public trust – Littleproud

FULL transparency is needed to rebuild public trust in live exports, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said as he released the first independent observer report from a livestock export shipment. The post Full transparency on live exports needed to rebuild public trust – Littleproud appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Full transparency… Read more »

Online wool sales lift with turnaround in auction prices

ONLINE wool sales increased last week as overseas supply demands coupled with grower defiance at lower prices also led to an upward swing in physical auction rates. The post Online wool sales lift with turnaround in auction prices appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online wool sales lift with turnaround in auction… Read more »

WoolProducers leader questions AWI’s online WoolQ Market move

THE need for Australian Wool Innovation’s proposed online WoolQ Market trading platform has been questioned just weeks before its launch. The post WoolProducers leader questions AWI’s online WoolQ Market move appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers leader questions AWI’s online WoolQ Market move

Goats help graziers through the drought

Their milk and meat have made goats a prized possession for many and now western Queensland producers are taking them on as they look to diversify because of the ongoing drought. Source: ABC Livestock Goats help graziers through the drought

World champion shearer to keep travelling despite NZ pay rise back home

Pay rates have risen for New Zealand shearers, but that will not stop Maori women’s speed shearing world champion Kerri-Jo Te Huia travelling to Australia and beyond to work. Source: ABC Livestock World champion shearer to keep travelling despite NZ pay rise back home

NSW wool grower to lead peak body WoolProducers Australia

NEW South Wales wool grower Ed Storey is the new president of peak body WoolProducers Australia and his new deputy as senior vice president is Gippsland grower Steve Harrison. The post NSW wool grower to lead peak body WoolProducers Australia appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW wool grower to lead peak… Read more »

Women’s shearing events to take centre stage at major NZ championships

WOMEN’S shearing competitions will be held at New Zealand’s major championships’ early next year as their sport caters to growing numbers of women and capitalises on the success of new docu-movie She Shears. The post Women’s shearing events to take centre stage at major NZ championships appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Sheep CRC forms RamSelect and flock profile advisory network

SHEEP producers needing help managing ram selection and progeny data and using digital tools will welcome a new advisory network established recently. The post Sheep CRC forms RamSelect and flock profile advisory network appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep CRC forms RamSelect and flock profile advisory network

NSW AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering drops 17,000 with more rain

AUCTIONSPLUS’ sheep and lamb listings eased almost 19,000 to 83,470 head last week, with the New South Wales’ offering falling by 17,000 as rain fell across the eastern half of the state. The post NSW AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering drops 17,000 with more rain appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW… Read more »

Wool market rally should deliver forward hedging opportunities

VOLATILITY has been the constant partner of the wool market this last twelve months and this was no more evident than during last week. The post Wool market rally should deliver forward hedging opportunities appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool market rally should deliver forward hedging opportunities

AWI farewells 'man in the mirror', addresses levy reduction at AGM

Outgoing Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has been saluted as a “giant of the business” at the peak body’s AGM, which follows a historic ballot in which growers voted to reduce the levy they pay the organisation. Source: ABC Livestock AWI farewells ‘man in the mirror’, addresses levy reduction at AGM

Former AWI chairman Merriman ready to re-stand in 2019

Former Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman stands ready to stand again for the board in direct contravention of a recommendation of the company’s recent independent EY performance and governance review. The post Former AWI chairman Merriman ready to re-stand in 2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Former AWI chairman Merriman… Read more »

Live export ship ‘detained’ after rolling at sea

A livestock export vessel carrying 4237 cattle was forced to return to the Port of Portland yesterday when it began rolling from side to side soon after departure. The post Live export ship ‘detained’ after rolling at sea appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Live export ship ‘detained’ after rolling at sea

NAB calendar stars share their stories + PICS

Every year NAB selects 12 leading agricultural businesses from its thousands of rural customers all over Australia to appear in its annual agribusiness calendar, and at a launch event in Toowoomba last night several stars of the 2019 version shared their stories and strategies for success. The post NAB calendar stars share their stories +… Read more »

Industry advocacy for live exports a double-edged sword, MLA members told

A need for industry advocacy for live exports, calls for an independent arbiter in carcase grading disputes, and the direction of dung beetle research were some of the diverse topics on producers’ minds during question time at Wednesday’s MLA annual general meeting in Canberra. The post Industry advocacy for live exports a double-edged sword, MLA… Read more »

Big live sheep shipment bound for new $70m Kuwait abattoir

Australia’s largest live sheep shipper is expecting its first shipment for several months to arrive in the Middle East in less than a week. The post Big live sheep shipment bound for new $70m Kuwait abattoir appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Big live sheep shipment bound for new m Kuwait abattoir

Recruitment: Effectively managing remotely-located employees

The red meat industry supply chain is a classic example of a business sector where some staff may operate remotely from the main business. Having remote employees presents unique challenges to management that may be overlooked. However addressing a few key points will help improve morale, productivity and team cohesion. The post Recruitment: Effectively managing… Read more »

Buyer confidence returns to Australian wool auctions

AUSTRALIAN wool prices turned around this week, with rates for all fleece and oddment categories improving. The post Buyer confidence returns to Australian wool auctions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Buyer confidence returns to Australian wool auctions

Three-year strategic plan is focus for new Sheep Producers Australia leader

INDEPENDENT Sheep Producers Australia board director Chris Mirams was elected as chair of peak producer body at a board meeting in Canberra yesterday. The post Three-year strategic plan is focus for new Sheep Producers Australia leader appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Three-year strategic plan is focus for new Sheep Producers Australia… Read more »

MLA members elect two new directors and Norton urges collaboration

MEAT & Livestock Australia members have elected two new directors to the board with nutrition and marketing skills, at the 2018 annual general meeting. The post MLA members elect two new directors and Norton urges collaboration appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA members elect two new directors and Norton urges collaboration

Wild dog 'Hannibal Lecter' blamed for silencing the lambs

NSW pest officials say trappers are getting the upper hand in the wild dog fight that saw a dog named after an infamous fictional serial killer take the lives of more than 600 sheep. Source: ABC Livestock Wild dog ‘Hannibal Lecter’ blamed for silencing the lambs

Minister for Agriculture has signed off on new Aussie lamb definition

AUSTRALIA’S move to align its lamb definition with New Zealand gained teeth in Canberra today, with Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud declaring his support for the change at Red Meat 2018. The post Minister for Agriculture has signed off on new Aussie lamb definition appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Minister for… Read more »

Wool growers seek changes to WoolPoll after 1.5pc levy vote

AUSTRALIA’S wool grower bodies are seeking a full review of, and changes to, the triennial WoolPoll process that determines the compulsory levy that growers pay to fund industry research, development and marketing campaigns. The post Wool growers seek changes to WoolPoll after 1.5pc levy vote appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool… Read more »

Australian Lamb Paddock to Plate Story to tour after Canberra launch

AUSTRALIA’S paddock to plate lamb story will brought to life in a virtual reality showcase to be taken on the road next year. How Australia produces the world’s most sought-after lamb, from the farm to the consumer, has been brought to life using innovative 360 degree virtual reality technology. The post Australian Lamb Paddock to Plate… Read more »

National Agriculture Day poll finds Generation Y apathy on food and fibre

A NATIONAL Agriculture Day poll has indicated young Australians are the most likely to say they don’t care at all how their food and fibre is grown. The post National Agriculture Day poll finds Generation Y apathy on food and fibre appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central National Agriculture Day poll finds… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Nov 2018

A weak cold front resulted in light to moderate falls in southeast Australia at the start of the week, while a broad surface troughs across northern Australia produced thunderstorms and showers with moderate falls. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Nov 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly… Read more »

Online wool buying improves with slight lift in physical auctions

ONLINE wool buying strengthened on AuctionsPlus Wool late last week, as prices for some wool types improved at physical auctions. The post Online wool buying improves with slight lift in physical auctions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online wool buying improves with slight lift in physical auctions

Minister Littleproud expects implementation of 1.5pc wool levy rate

MINISTER for Agriculture David Littleproud is expecting to implement a 1.5 percent wool levy from July 1 next year, after the 2018 WoolPoll ballot results was announced last week. The post Minister Littleproud expects implementation of 1.5pc wool levy rate appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Minister Littleproud expects implementation of 1.5pc… Read more »

New Zealand shearer shortage adds pressure for Australian contractors

Shearing contractors reliant on New Zealand shearers are struggling to fill vacancies in the wool industry’s busiest period after New Zealand increased its pay rates by 25 per cent. Source: ABC Livestock New Zealand shearer shortage adds pressure for Australian contractors

GIC and AWI seek stamp duty agreement to free up $20 million distribution

MORE than $20 million in Australian wool grower capital held in the defunct Graziers Investment Company won’t be distributed until the GIC liquidator and Australian Wool Innovation agree over an unresolved stamp duty issue. The post GIC and AWI seek stamp duty agreement to free up $20 million distribution appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

The Mountain Dam Merino Stud sells to former ‘friendly competitor’

WELL-KNOWN western Victorian Merino stud The Mountain Dam has been sold to the Close family’s Kurra-Wirra Pastoral Company for an undisclosed amount. The post The Mountain Dam Merino Stud sells to former ‘friendly competitor’ appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central The Mountain Dam Merino Stud sells to former ‘friendly competitor’

Anthrax outbreak on Swan Hill sheep property prompts quarantine

AN anthrax outbreak on a Swan Hill property has led to the disposal and vaccination of sheep by Agriculture Victoria veterinarians and animal health staff. The post Anthrax outbreak on Swan Hill sheep property prompts quarantine appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Anthrax outbreak on Swan Hill sheep property prompts quarantine

MLA updates sheep, goat meat and beef market snapshots

PREMIUM lamb consumption and import demand are forecast to continue increasing in Middle East and North Africa markets, particularly in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Meat & Livestock Australia says in its latest global and domestic red meat market snapshots. The post MLA updates sheep, goat meat and beef market snapshots appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

NSW turn-off boosts AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb listings

THE continued sheep and lamb turn-off in New South Wales boosted AuctionsPlus’ online offering last week, with listings increasing by 9500 nationally to 102,303 and the New South Wales offering rising 18,000 to 70,285. The post NSW turn-off boosts AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb listings appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW turn-off… Read more »

Wool market uncertainty highlights value in hedging strategies

VOLATILITY continued in the wool auction and forward markets last week, highlighting the value in growers implementing hedging strategies. The post Wool market uncertainty highlights value in hedging strategies appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool market uncertainty highlights value in hedging strategies

Wool growers opt to reduce compulsory levy to 1.5pc in historical protest vote

BIG wool growers protesting at Australian Wool Innovation’s governance record have played a key role in voting to reduce the compulsory levy on gross clip proceeds by 25 percent to 1.5pc in WoolPoll 2018. The post Wool growers opt to reduce compulsory levy to 1.5pc in historical protest vote appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Sheep meat prices to stay strong, lamb above five-year average – Rabobank

AUSTRALIA’s sheep meat and beef producers are set to enjoy strong prices into next year, supported by a growing global appetite for meat amid limited supply availability, according to Rabobank’s just-released Global Animal Protein Outlook 2019. The post Sheep meat prices to stay strong, lamb above five-year average – Rabobank appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Middle East demand for boxed sheep meat continues to grow

MIDDLE East boxed lamb and mutton imports from Australia increased since the suspension of some live sheep trade operators in April this year, according to Meat & Livestock Australia. The post Middle East demand for boxed sheep meat continues to grow appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Middle East demand for boxed… Read more »

Recruitment: Five tips to secure quality staff in a shrinking resource pool

Hiring the best people for your business is never easy, particularly when there is a small pool to choose from with the particular skills you need. It is fast becoming an employees’ market in many rural and regional areas, and that means fewer applicants who demand better employment offers. Here are five tips to making… Read more »

Fewer sheep cutting less wool to drop Australian clip to 305 million kgs

AUSTRALIA’S wool production for the current financial year is predicted to be 305 million greasy kilograms, almost 11 percent lower than in 2017-18, due to dry conditions, lower fleece weights and increased slaughter of sheep. The post Fewer sheep cutting less wool to drop Australian clip to 305 million kgs appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Sheep Producers Australia set to elect new president after 2018 AGM

SHEEP Producers Australia will need to elect a new president after current office-holder Allan Piggott was not among the two candidates recommended for election at the 2018 annual general meeting. The post Sheep Producers Australia set to elect new president after 2018 AGM appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia… Read more »

Australian wool price indicator lifts, but fine wool rates languish

PRICES for Australian wool prices improved for all but finer Merino types at auctions this week as buyer confidence improved. The post Australian wool price indicator lifts, but fine wool rates languish appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool price indicator lifts, but fine wool rates languish

New AWI leader non-commital on need for cultural and governance change

NEW Australian Wool Innovation chair Colette Garnsey was this week deliberately non-committal on the need or otherwise for cultural and governance change at the research, development and marketing company. The post New AWI leader non-commital on need for cultural and governance change appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New AWI leader non-commital… Read more »

Littleproud urges AWI to finalise agreement on sheep data analysis

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has been strongly encouraged by Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud to finalise an agreement with Meat & Livestock Australia on software licensing and Merino Lifetime Productivity Project data analysis. The post Littleproud urges AWI to finalise agreement on sheep data analysis appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud urges… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Nov 2018

A cloudband produced moderate falls from central to southeast Australia, and surface troughs resulted in moderate falls across the west, central and east of Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Nov 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Nov 2018

Ruralco lifts profit, announces 6c dividend

Ruralco has announced an underlying net profit after tax of $28.8million for the full year ended 30 September 2018, up 10 percent on last year. The post Ruralco lifts profit, announces 6c dividend appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Ruralco lifts profit, announces 6c dividend

WoolPoll scrutineers requested as AWI claims regulation ‘ambiguity’

WOOL growers have requested scrutineers be appointed to oversee a 2018 WoolPoll vote recount after Australian Wool Innovation announced the ballot will go to a preference count for the first time. The post WoolPoll scrutineers requested as AWI claims regulation ‘ambiguity’ appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WoolPoll scrutineers requested as AWI… Read more »

Re-elected AgForce sheep and wool president seeks industry revitalisation

A BLUEPRINT to revitalise Queensland’s sheep and wool industry with government, financier and producer collaboration will be developed by AgForce’s Sheep and Wool Board, re-elected president Alan Rae said yesterday. The post Re-elected AgForce sheep and wool president seeks industry revitalisation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Re-elected AgForce sheep and wool… Read more »

Newborn lambs' lives could be saved with new 'lambulance' drone technology

Drones fitted with infra-red cameras that take thermal images of lambs to help assess their health could soon be flying over paddocks in Tasmania, potentially saving famers tens of thousands of dollars in mortality costs each year. Source: ABC Livestock Newborn lambs’ lives could be saved with new ‘lambulance’ drone technology

Merriman: the man in the mirror now ‘overboard’, but will it be enough?

PRESSURE is mounting on former Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman to resign from the company’s board, after his shock resignation from the leadership role was announced last Friday. The post Merriman: the man in the mirror now ‘overboard’, but will it be enough? appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Merriman: the… Read more »

Kelpie with purpose wins 2018 Victorian Yard Dog Championship

A KELPIE with natural no-nonsense get-the-job-done purpose has won the CopRice Victorian Yard Dog Championship at Casterton at the weekend. The post Kelpie with purpose wins 2018 Victorian Yard Dog Championship appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Kelpie with purpose wins 2018 Victorian Yard Dog Championship

Elders reports strong full year result and 9c dividend

Elders Limited has this norming released its full year financial results for the 12 months to 30 September 2018, headlined by an improved underlying profit and the announcement of a fully franked final dividend of 9 cents per share. The post Elders reports strong full year result and 9c dividend appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering drops

AUCTIONSPLUS’ online sheep and lamb offering dropped 18,429 to 92,423 last week, following rain in several areas. The post AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering drops appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering drops

Get the dirt on the management of sandy soils at Lucindale update

MANAGEMENT of sandy soils in Limestone Coast farms will be the focus of a Grassland Society MLA Pasture Update at Lucindale later this month. The post Get the dirt on the management of sandy soils at Lucindale update appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Get the dirt on the management of sandy soils… Read more »

Forward wool-trading flurry as spot auction market falls again

DESPITE a flurry of forward wool trading last week, market volatility indicates it’s never too late to manage price risk. The post Forward wool-trading flurry as spot auction market falls again appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool-trading flurry as spot auction market falls again

AWI chairman Wal Merriman resigns, but will stay on the board

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has stood down as the body’s leader and been replaced by his former deputy Colette Garnsey. The post AWI chairman Wal Merriman resigns, but will stay on the board appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI chairman Wal Merriman resigns, but will stay on the board

Australian wool prices slump on quality, the dollar and retail concern

AUSTRALIAN wool prices fell further this week, impacted by end-market price resistance, processor finance issues, quality and exchange rates. The post Australian wool prices slump on quality, the dollar and retail concern appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices slump on quality, the dollar and retail concern