Month: September 2019

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 30, 2019

The dollar majors have mostly held comfortably within their respective ranges so far today. EUR-USD dipped to the 1.0919, which is about 20 pips down on Friday’s closing levels though lacking the impetus for a move on the 28-month at 1.0904. USD-JPY dipped to a low of 107.75 before recouping to near net unchanged levels… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 30, 2019

A moderate risk-off theme has coursed through the main currencies, which has seen AUD-JPY shed about 0.3% and the Yen post modest gains versus other currencies. USD-JPY dipped to a low of 107.75 after closing in New York on Friday near 107.95, though the dollar held firmer against most other currencies. EUR-USD dipped to the… Read more »

African Swine Fever reaches East Timor – just 650 km away

OUTBREAKS of African Swine Fever were confirmed last Friday in East Timor, just 650km from Darwin, bringing into focus an ongoing close working relationship between Australia and East Timor on prevention of exotic diseases that will now prove to be critical in keeping ASF at bay and from entering Australia. Source: Sheep Central African… Read more »

Young Merino ewes sell to $265 at Swan Hill + VIDEOS

KEEN restocker demand for new season young lambs has delivered a strong result for the Swan Hill annual September sheep sale held Friday. Source: Sheep Central Young Merino ewes sell to 5 at Swan Hill + VIDEOS

A pig-killing disease is now on Australia's doorstep

It’s estimated that African swine fever has killed 25 per cent of the world’s pig population. The deadly disease has now reached Timor-Leste, about 650 kilometres from Darwin. Source: ABC Livestock A pig-killing disease is now on Australia’s doorstep

New perennial legume destined for poor soils

A NEW perennial legume with the potential to revolutionise grazing in sandy infertile pastoral areas will be available to Australian and South African farmers next year. Source: Sheep Central New perennial legume destined for poor soils

AuctionsPlus online sheep and lamb offering increases

RECENT rainfall rejuvenated online sheep and lamb demand from central west New South Wales buyers last week. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus online sheep and lamb offering increases

AWI announces director candidates as Chick fights on

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has announced eight candidates for its 2019 board election while New South Wales grower and former director Chick Olsson continues to contest his elimination from consideration. Mr… Source: Sheep Central AWI announces director candidates as Chick fights on

African Swine Fever reaches East Timor – 650 km from Australia

An outbreak of African Swine Fever was confirmed last Friday in East Timor, just 650km from Darwin, bringing into focus an ongoing close working relationship between Australia and East Timor on prevention of exotic diseases that will now prove to be critical in keeping ASF at bay and from entering Australia. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Values retreat from highs in heated north

Prompt northern feedgrain values have retreated a little as the market transitions to imminent, paltry NSW new-crop supply, while in southern markets timely rain in some areas trimmed prices a few dollars. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Values retreat from highs in heated north

EU weaners to $820 at special Wodonga sale

Buyers from four states purchased all 1500 one mark EU weaner cattle, in a unique special store sale at Barnawatha in Victoria on Friday. Source: Beef Central EU weaners to 0 at special Wodonga sale

CBH Group delivers $16 million operations rebate

Western Australia’s CBH Group is giving its growers a rebate of $1 per tonne on its 2018-19 deliveries, but is forecasting a zero rebate for 2019-20. Source: Grain Central CBH Group delivers million operations rebate

Live sheep export discussion paper gets mixed reaction

A DISCUSSION paper listing options for future Middle East live sheep export regulation has been welcomed by industry, but is already under fire from the RSPCA. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep export discussion paper gets mixed reaction

Heifer prices lift in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

Cattle numbers offered on AuctionsPlus declined further this week, falling 7pc to 5933 head. Buyer demand was strong with the decrease of numbers, with clearance rates hitting 75pc. Most heifer weight categories were higher in price, especially light heifers less than 200kg which rose sharply. Source: Beef Central Heifer prices lift in smaller AuctionsPlus… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 27, 2019

The Dollar eased some overall in N.Y. trade on Friday, taking the DXY from near one-month overnight highs of 99.31 to U.S. lows of 98.99. FX trade was choppy through the morning, though the USD was little impacted by incoming U.S. data, which overall, was decent. The White House shook up markets when it was… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 27, 2019

The dollar was showing a mixed performance on the day heading into the New York interbank open, having printed a fresh 28-high against the euro following another round of sub-forecast Eurozone data, an 18-day low against the pound at the prompt of dovish BoE-speak, a nine-day high against the yen, which underperformed as stock markets… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 27, 2019

The euro has carved out fresh lows in an otherwise narrow ranging day among the main currencies so far, with dollar majors making it to the London interbank open showing no more than 0.2% net changes. EUR-USD edged out a fresh 28-month low at 1.0904 and EUR-JPY a three-week low at 117.44, before quickly recouping… Read more »

Time to value certainty with forward wool marketing

IT was another volatile week in the wool spot auction and forward markets, with supply/demand flows dominating direction. Source: Sheep Central Time to value certainty with forward wool marketing

Australian wool prices regain more ground despite demand concerns

AUSTRALIA’S wool prices lifted across all fleece categories this week as processors and traders moved to fill a reportedly near-empty greasy wool pipeline, despite overall global demand concerns. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices regain more ground despite demand concerns

Drought darkens New England area’s near-term livestock outlook

HIGH-LEVEL water restrictions introduced this week in Tamworth, and coming next week to Armidale, are the biggest sign yet that inland New South Wales is in real trouble when it comes to water supplies. Source: Sheep Central Drought darkens New England area’s near-term livestock outlook

Meat processors seek urgent talks with Littleproud over water

PEAK meat processor body the Australian Meat Industry Council is seeking drought support for processors affected by the continuing drought. Source: Sheep Central Meat processors seek urgent talks with Littleproud over water

Ridley announces FY19 earnings, closure of Murray Bridge mill

Leading national stockfeed miller Ridley will close its mill at Murray Bridge, and concentrate its South Australian operations at its existing Wasleys facility. Source: Grain Central Ridley announces FY19 earnings, closure of Murray Bridge mill

$100 million added to Federal drought support funding + VIDEO

Visiting Dalby today Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that nearly $100 million has been added to the Federal Government’s drought support package, on top of more than $7 billion in drought support funding already provided by the Government. But NSW Farmers says more detail is needed. Source: Beef Central 0 million added to… Read more »

Dubbo Sale 26 Sep 2019: Cow quality a highlight

There were some consignments of top quality and very well finished cows coming in from the far western areas and northern areas which did enjoy healthy rain around three months ago. Source: Beef Central Dubbo Sale 26 Sep 2019: Cow quality a highlight

Beef 2018 Pitch in the Paddock winners – where are they now?

Last year’s Pitch in the Paddock at Beef 2018 at Rockhampton showcased some of the hottest ideas in the beef industry. So where are they now?        Source: Beef Central Beef 2018 Pitch in the Paddock winners – where are they now?

Aus beef exports to China up 65pc so far this year

China is on the cusp of becoming Australia’s largest beef export market in 2019, with little sign of demand abating anytime soon, as Chinese consumers shift away from pork to other proteins in the wake of African Swine Fever, according to a leading animal protein analyst visiting from China. Source: Beef Central Aus beef… Read more »

2020 Australian National Meat Judging team announced 

Five Australian students from a strong field of 11 finalists have been selected as the 2020 Australian national meat judging team to travel to USA in January. Source: Beef Central 2020 Australian National Meat Judging team announced 

B Steak – a story of Aussie beef’s bright future in Asia

In 2016 Aussie expatriate, Jason Hatchett and his family opened the “B Steak Grill and Pancake” restaurant in Bogor, a satellite city of one million people near Jakarta, one of a huge number of similar initiatives which demonstrate that the fundamentals for the future of Australian beef in Asia are indeed very bright. Source:… Read more »

East Gippsland Merino breeders add flock test and ASBVs to tool box

A DNA Flock Profile test has delivered new insights into the value of genetic selection for East Gippsland ultra-fine Merino breeders Doug Pemberton and son Hugh. Source: Sheep Central East Gippsland Merino breeders add flock test and ASBVs to tool box

MLA spring campaign aims to make lamb ‘too easy’ + VIDEO

INSPIRING consumers to diversify their mundane mid-week meal repertoire with lamb is the focus of Meat & Livestock Australia’s new Spring Lamb campaign launched today. Source: Sheep Central MLA spring campaign aims to make lamb ‘too easy’ + VIDEO

Proposed new processing developments: Gladstone update

Partners involved in the proposal to build a major new abattoir near Gladstone have told Beef Central a non-disclosure agreement has now been signed, which includes an in-principle funding agreement, with a foreign investor who has existing meat industry interests overseas. Source: Beef Central Proposed new processing developments: Gladstone update

What did recent studies say about meat processing competition and capacity?

What recent studies have had to say about existing levels of processing capacity versus supply, the extent of processing competition, and barriers to entry for new abattoir projects in Australia. Source: Beef Central What did recent studies say about meat processing competition and capacity?

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 26, 2019

The Dollar came under some broad pressure early in the session, following the release of the whistle blower report and ahead of the testimony of acting DNI Maguire at the House Intelligence Committee. The risk-sensitive USD-JPY slid to session lows of 107.43 from 107.70 into the 8:30 EDT round of data, while EUR-USD rallied to… Read more »

Recruitment: Retaining staff in tough times – a farmer’s perspective

NEW South Wales farmer Gus O’Brien has a straightforward philosophy when it comes to successful staff retention: ‘Pay well, provide reasonable accommodation and give them some rein’. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Retaining staff in tough times – a farmer’s perspective

Recruitment: Retaining staff in tough times – a farmer’s perspective

New South Wales farmer Gus O’Brien has a straightforward philosophy when it comes to successful staff retention: ‘Pay well, provide reasonable accommodation and give them some rein’. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Retaining staff in tough times – a farmer’s perspective

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 26, 2019

The dollar printed fresh highs against the euro and sterling, though remained below yesterday’s highs against the yen and Canadian and Australian dollars, among other currencies. EUR-USD printed a 28-month low at 1.0922, reaffirming a the long-germ bear trend the pairing has been in since early 2018. Unexpected news that ECB board member Lautenschlaege is… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 26, 2019

The dollar has given some of the gains seen yesterday, tracking the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield, which has deflated by a few basis points after rising notably yesterday. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) has ebbed back to around 98.95, off from yesterday’s two-week peak at 99.05. EUR-USD concurrently lifted to around 1.0960-64 from its… Read more »

Fonterra rings up $562m loss, announces focus will shift across the ditch

Fonterra has announced a loss of more than half a billion dollars and called on its Australian business to “stand on its own two feet” as the dairy company shifts its focus to its New Zealand operations. Source: ABC Livestock Fonterra rings up 2m loss, announces focus will shift across the ditch

Wellard vote to determine fate of Ocean Swagman sale

The fate of the US$22 million sale of the MV Ocean Swagman by Wellard Limited to Heytesbury Cattle Company will come down to a shareholder vote to be held next month. Source: Beef Central Wellard vote to determine fate of Ocean Swagman sale

Dalby sale 25 Sep 2019: Prices lift in smaller yarding

The supply of stock penned moved into line with most other markets to experience a large reduction of 2,346 head to 3,507 head. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 25 Sep 2019: Prices lift in smaller yarding

One-eyed mare defies one in 10,000 odds to give birth to live twin foals

Labelled “exceptional” by the state’s most experienced equine vet, twin fillies delivered by a mare in WA’s Wheatbelt are still alive through a crucial period after being born. Source: ABC Livestock One-eyed mare defies one in 10,000 odds to give birth to live twin foals

Federal loan support for Moranbah abattoir project

The new on farm beef processing facility soon to be constructed near Moranbah by Blair and Josie Angus’ Signature Onfarm Pty Ltd has been approved for a Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan of up to $25 million, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan announced today. Source: Beef Central Federal loan support for… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 25, 2019

The Dollar perked up in N.Y. trade on Wednesday, helped by better U.S. housing data, and the apparent lack of a smoking gun in Trump’s Ukraine transcripts. The DXY topped at two-week highs of 99.06, coming from early lows of 98.71. Wall Street rallied as well following Trump comments that a trade deal with China… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 25, 2019

The dollar has traded higher since the New York interbank close yesterday, recouping losses seen in the immediate wake of the impeachment news in the U.S. yesterday. EUR-USD has settled back near 1.1000 after failing to sustain gains to 1.1024, which was seen in the immediate wake of the news that the Democrats initiated an… Read more »

Queensland producer claims top honours at Sydney Royal Fine Food Show

Queensland producers have impressed the judges of the 2019 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, taking two of the three branded beef classes contested and the grand champion beef exhibit trophy. Darling Downs based Mort & Co took out the top honours for the company’s Phoenix F1-F4 Wagyu product. Source: Beef Central Queensland producer claims… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 25, 2019

The dollar recouped losses seen yesterday in the immediate wake of news that the Democrats were commencing a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. The news, coupled with disappointing September consumer confidence data out of the U.S. and the harshly criticism of Trump on China’s trade practices at the UN, saw S&P 500 futures close… Read more »

Weekly property review: More perspectives on issues surrounding due diligence

In this second instalment of a two-part series discussing due diligence over beef property acquisitions, a number of industry experts explain how carrying capacity is crucial to valuation, indicating to the buyer and financier what the cash flow has been and is predicted to be. Source: Beef Central Weekly property review: More perspectives on… Read more »

WAMMCO to use $5 million loan to upgrade mutton processing

WESTERN Australia meat processor WAMMCO has had a $5 million state government loan approved to upgrade its Katanning facility. Source: Sheep Central WAMMCO to use million loan to upgrade mutton processing

Aspiring AWI director Olsson to contest election signatures ruling

ASPIRING former Australian Wool Innovation director Chick Olsson is contesting a ruling that he is ineligible to stand in the 2019 election after it was claimed he failed to produce 100 eligible shareholder signatures supporting his nomination. Source: Sheep Central Aspiring AWI director Olsson to contest election signatures ruling

Cattle groups issue ‘SOS’ rallying call against red meat reform recommendations

In a brief but strongly worded document which has been circulated throughout industry this week, a coalition of cattle groups has issued an SOS urging cattle transaction levy payers to demand the Federal Government reject the RMAC proposal and implement the 2014 Senate Report recommendations to give ownership and control to grass fed levy payers. … Read more »

Innovate, adapt and engage says Victorian rural show ambassador

AGRICULTURAL shows must innovate, adapt and be relevant to their communities to engage youth, according to Victoria’s new rural ambassador Grace Calder. Source: Sheep Central Innovate, adapt and engage says Victorian rural show ambassador

English shearers set new strong wool record of 1075 ewes + VIDEO

BRITISH sheep shearing duo Jonny Roberts and Martin Howlett have set a new two-stand strong wool record of 1075 ewes in eight hours. In the first shearing record attempt by… Source: Sheep Central English shearers set new strong wool record of 1075 ewes + VIDEO

Australia and China finalise red meat agreement

AUSTRALIA has finalised a new red meat agreement with China to strengthen food safety processes and bilateral exchanges around technical know-how, marketing, and research and development investment. Source: Sheep Central Australia and China finalise red meat agreement

Strong demand and limited supply to underpin lamb prices

STRONG overseas demand for lamb, a limited New Zealand turn-off and a softer Australian dollar is expected to continue to support Australian exports and domestic saleyard prices, MLA has forecast. Source: Sheep Central Strong demand and limited supply to underpin lamb prices

Cotton makes a comeback in Australia’s north

Advances in genetically-modified plant technology and a better understanding of how to grow the crop in a tropical environment have reignited efforts to develop a cotton industry in northern Australia. Source: Grain Central Cotton makes a comeback in Australia’s north

Tasmania’s top MSA producers announced

Beef producers from throughout Tasmania, including Flinders Island, have taken out the top awards at the 2019 Meat Standards Australia (MSA) Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for the State last week. Source: Beef Central Tasmania’s top MSA producers announced

Roma store sale 24 Sep 2019: Prices fluctuate in smaller yarding

Prices fluctuated with the lighter yearling cattle easing while the medium weight to heavy weight end saw improvements for both steers and heifers. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 24 Sep 2019: Prices fluctuate in smaller yarding

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 September 2019

Cold fronts and a transient low on the east coast brought moderate falls to coastal southern Australia and Tasmania, while isolated showers brought moderate falls to parts of the Northern Territory and Kimberley. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 September 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 Sep 2019

Cold fronts and a transient low on the east coast brought moderate falls to coastal southern Australia and Tasmania, while isolated showers brought moderate falls to parts of the Northern Territory and Kimberley. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 Sep 2019

Hungry livestock, failed crops drive sell-out demand for hay balers

Farmers and contractors rush to spend up to $350,000 for hay-baling equipment to make the most of grain crops and strong demand for fodder as the drought rolls on. Source: ABC Livestock Hungry livestock, failed crops drive sell-out demand for hay balers

Cattle Council appoints new CEO

The Cattle Council of Australia has this morning announced a new CEO to replace Margo Andrae who left to join Australian Pork Limited in June. Source: Beef Central Cattle Council appoints new CEO

Hungry bats move north earlier in search of food as drought bites

Bats have been migrating earlier than usual this year due to inland drought and a lack of food in Queensland’s south-east, with red flying foxes seen covering Mount Isa’s sky. Source: ABC Livestock Hungry bats move north earlier in search of food as drought bites

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 24, 2019

The Dollar headed lower in N.Y. on Tuesday, with losses coming on reports that the House Democrats are moving forward with impeachment proceedings against president Trump, based on reports that the president may have pressured the Ukraine president to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his family’s business dealings. Earlier in the session, softer… Read more »

Industry-first technology to help deliver enhanced levels of insight for property buyers

Rural services provider Ruralco is rolling out a new technology to its property marketing team, after earlier making an investment in Digital Agriculture Services, a Melbourne based rural technology company, and conducting a six-month trial and development phase of its property information gathering platform. Source: Beef Central Industry-first technology to help deliver enhanced levels… Read more »

Selecting northern Australia’s bulls for tomorrow

NT DPI&R’s Whitney Dollemore summarises bull selection and how to set breeding objectives for extensive northern Australian beef herds, for the mating year ahead… Source: Beef Central Selecting northern Australia’s bulls for tomorrow

Weekly genetics review: Defining the drivers behind selection

Selection is a process for all breeding herds. But without a clear focus on the profit drivers – more kilograms of beef per hectare – producers may be overlooking cows that are less profitable in a herd. This makes improvement slower and can impact selection of bulls as there is less chance to really drive… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Sterling Finds Joy After PM Johnson Tastes Defeat In Supreme Court

OVERVIEW PM Boris Johnson and President Donald Trump are both facing unprecedented tests to their leadership.  Spot gold steadies below 2-week high Crude oil slides lower due to fear of slowing global demand    HIGHLIGHT The British Pound is trading firmer, jumping 60 pips after the UK Supreme Court ruled the prorogation as “unlawful”. WTI… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 24, 2019

The dollar has traded mixed, losing ground to the pound, which rallied into (not after) the UK’s Supreme Court’s decision to rule that the Boris Johnson’s government’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful, and the Australian dollar, which found demand via the AUD-JPY cross as equity markets in Europe rallied. In contrast, the dollar lifted against… Read more »

China and Australia finalise red meat MoU

Australia’s Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie has welcomed the finalisation of a new memorandum of understanding between the Australian and Chinese meat industries. Source: Beef Central China and Australia finalise red meat MoU

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 24, 2019

Narrow ranges have been prevailing among the main currencies so far today. EUR-USD has been maintaining less than a 15 pip range just under 1.1000 and above yesterday’s 12-day low at 1.0966. Cable has been in a similarly narrow range under 1.2450. The UK’s Supreme Court will rule on the government’s appeal of the illegal… Read more »

Wagga sale 23 Sep 2019: Dearer trend in 3400 head yarding

A shortage of export cattle gave the market greater momentum this week, with prices improving by up to 35c/kg. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 23 Sep 2019: Dearer trend in 3400 head yarding

Livestock unloading frame trial underway at Kilcoy

An important trial to provide a significant boost to safety in the livestock industry is underway at Kilcoy Global Foods in South-East Queensland’s Somerset Region. Source: Beef Central Livestock unloading frame trial underway at Kilcoy

Machine learning to improve water management for rangeland graziers

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of California have developed a new machine-learning tool that will improve the management, restoration and irrigation of rangeland areas used for grazing. Source: Beef Central Machine learning to improve water management for rangeland graziers

Tasmanian lifeline re-emerging for mainland cattle

Tasmania could provide a lifeline to struggling mainland producers this spring in the form of a ready market for store cattle. Source: Beef Central Tasmanian lifeline re-emerging for mainland cattle

Abattoir expansion biggest investment in John Dee’s 80 year history

An expansion project to create 155 long-term jobs at John Dee’s meat processing facility at Warwick and beef feedlot at Inglewood has received support from the Queensland Government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund. Source: Beef Central Abattoir expansion biggest investment in John Dee’s 80 year history

Retaining staff in tough times: a grower’s perspective

NSW grain and cotton grower Gus O’Brien has a straightforward philosophy when it comes to successful staff retention: ‘pay well, provide reasonable accommodation and give them some rein’. Source: Grain Central Retaining staff in tough times: a grower’s perspective

Weekly kill: Grid prices steady, after previous week’s retreats

Direct consignment grid prices have stabilised across much of eastern Australia this week, after retreats in some processor offers the week before caused by the continuation of heavy supply driven by more drought-forced herd reductions. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grid prices steady, after previous week’s retreats

Farmers shocked to see cow give birth to four calves

A cow has amazed a pair of cattle farmers and fascinated a veterinarian after giving birth to rare quadruplets. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers shocked to see cow give birth to four calves

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 23, 2019

The Dollar steadied in N.Y. on Monday, after putting in a mixed performance overnight. Trade was generally light however. EUR-USD fell to 1.0966 lows in London morning trade after weak EU PMI data, resulting in European equities tumbling. The risk-off conditions weighed down USD-JPY, which fell to two-week lows of 107.31. In N.Y., the two… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 23, 2019

The Dollar saw a two-week low against the Yen, but otherwise held steady-to-firmer, gaining most notably against the Euro and the Pound, the former underperforming following sub-forecast Eurozone PMI data and the latter taking a rotation lower after UK Prime Minister Johnson downplayed near-term prospects for a breakthrough in his negotiations with EU leaders on… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 23, 2019

The Pound has come under modest pressure at the open of the London interbank market, with markets reacting to UK Prime Minister Johnson remarks on Brexit, that he did not wish “to elevate excessively the belief that there will be a New York breakthrough,” referring to the meetings he has scheduled this week with various… Read more »

Agriculture Victoria scoops rural ambassador titles

AGRICULTURE Victoria has scooped the pool at the 2019 Victorian Agricultural Shows Rural Ambassador titles at the Royal Melbourne Show. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture Victoria scoops rural ambassador titles

Victorian Government launches new farm crime unit

A FARM Crime Co-ordination Unit with boosted resources will be created in Victoria, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville announced today. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Government launches new farm crime unit

Strong competition for store lambs on AuctionsPlus

STRONG competition for store lambs boosted clearance levels in AuctionsPlus online sheep and lamb sales last week. Source: Sheep Central Strong competition for store lambs on AuctionsPlus

Need for rain prompts interest in climate science

INTEREST in non-conventional climate influencers is on the rise as conventional models watched by Australian agriculture continue to generate forecasts devoid of rain for drought-stricken areas. Source: Sheep Central Need for rain prompts interest in climate science

English shearer sets new British nine-hour lamb record

ENGLISH shearer Stu Connor has set a new British nine-hour record for shearing strong wool lambs, but failed in his attempt for a new world mark. Source: Sheep Central English shearer sets new British nine-hour lamb record

Ag Minister McKenzie releases RDC discussion paper

MODERNISING Australia’s agricultural research and development corporation structure is the focus of a discussion paper released for comment today. Source: Sheep Central Ag Minister McKenzie releases RDC discussion paper

Repeat NSW and Victorian buyers support Hay sale

A ONE-OFF eye-popping sale at $358 a head for a classy line of large-framed young Merino ewes was the icing on the cake of a remarkably consistent September sheep sale at Hay in New South Wales last Friday. Source: Sheep Central Repeat NSW and Victorian buyers support Hay sale

Spying on heifer grazing habits from space, using GPS collars

It is well known that the grazing habits of cattle differ between night and day, but the Self Herding Project at Kidman Springs in the NT has shed new light on what cattle get up to when they’re not being watched. Through a compilation of hourly GPS trackable collar ‘pings’ over several months, an animation… Read more »