Category: Sheep

Mrs Lambkin knits up a storm to help orphaned lambs

A passion for helping lambs survive the cold has reignited a Perth resident’s love of knitting, and saved her from “going nuts” during coronavirus restrictions. Source: ABC Livestock Mrs Lambkin knits up a storm to help orphaned lambs

Demand for data drives Western Australian Sheep Notes online

DATA-DRIVEN decision-making in the Western Australian sheep industry has been given a boost, with the state’s popular Sheep Notes reference publication going online. Source: Sheep Central Demand for data drives Western Australian Sheep Notes online

NSW wool producers reject proposed mulesing ban in 2022

NEW South Wale’s wool industry was not ready or willing for mulesing to be banned within 18 months, a New South Wales parliamentary inquiry heard yesterday. Source: Sheep Central NSW wool producers reject proposed mulesing ban in 2022

JBS to close Brooklyn and Dinmore processing plants

In a sharp reminder of how tough the Australian red meat processing environment is at present,   JBS Australia has confirmed it will close two of its flagship Australian red meat processing facilities, for different reasons. Source: Beef Central JBS to close Brooklyn and Dinmore processing plants

Cattle Council welcomes global methane conversation

Cattle Council of Australia has welcomed fresh international debate on the best method for measuring the global warming impact of animal agriculture. Source: Beef Central Cattle Council welcomes global methane conversation

Mulesing ban will lead to chemical dependency – NSW Farmers

NSW Farmers claims a push to ban the surgical mulesing of sheep could lead to an increased dependency on trade-sensitive chemical. Source: Sheep Central Mulesing ban will lead to chemical dependency – NSW Farmers

Overseas pastures to feature on next online GSSA session

OVERSEAS pastures will be the focus of the fourth session of the online Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s 61st Annual Conference this week. Source: Sheep Central Overseas pastures to feature on next online GSSA session

Fear-based red meat activist tactics can be countered

AUSTRALIA’S red meat industry could consider adopting the successful strategies of its American counterpart to combat fear-based attacks from activists. Source: Sheep Central Fear-based red meat activist tactics can be countered

NSW restockers snap up ewes with lambs to handle grass

NEW South Wales restockers buying ewes with lambs dominated purchases from the AuctionsPlus offering last week. Source: Sheep Central NSW restockers snap up ewes with lambs to handle grass

COVID’s second wave is distorting domestic meat market in previously unseen ways

The second wave of COVID-related consumer demand being seen for red meat this week – most evident in Victoria and NSW, but gradually extending into other states – is pushing wholesale buying patterns in some unusual and even unique directions. Source: Beef Central COVID’s second wave is distorting domestic meat market in previously unseen… Read more »

Wool sells strongly online despite weak auction result

WOOL sold strongly online this week despite Australia’s physical auction market suffering one of its biggest falls in history. Source: Sheep Central Wool sells strongly online despite weak auction result

Meat Standards Australia program sheep meat adoption lifts

ALMOST 60 percent of Australia’s lambs were slaughtered through Meat Standards Australia-licensed processors last year. Source: Sheep Central Meat Standards Australia program sheep meat adoption lifts

Tough start for wool auction and forward trading markets

IT was another tough August start to the wool auction season with a large fall in auction prices and forward trading dormant during the week. Source: Sheep Central Tough start for wool auction and forward trading markets

Tell the world how much wool we have says analyst

AUSTRALIA’S wool industry should publish regular estimations of its bale stocks, according to Independent Commodity Services market analyst Andrew Woods. Source: Sheep Central Tell the world how much wool we have says analyst

MLA assures domestic consumers on lockdown meat supplies

MEAT & Livestock Australia has assured consumers the Stage Four COVID-19 lockdown processor workforce reductions in Victoria are not anticipated to create domestic product shortages. Source: Sheep Central MLA assures domestic consumers on lockdown meat supplies

MSA index, grading compliance continues to improve, despite drought’s shadow

Meat Standards Australia grading compliance and index results have continued to improve during the past financial year, despite the debilitating effects of drought for at least the first nine months of the year. Source: Beef Central MSA index, grading compliance continues to improve, despite drought’s shadow

MLA releases new videos for sheep and beef sire selection

NEW videos and producer profiles explaining sheep and beef sire selection traits and the use of genetic tools have been released by Meat & Livestock Australia. Source: Sheep Central MLA releases new videos for sheep and beef sire selection

Australian growers back a non-mulesed wool future + VIDEO

AUSTRALIAN wool growers who successfully ceased mulesing have been recruited by major animal welfare groups in the battle to ban the practice on the nation’s sheep properties. A new report… Source: Sheep Central Australian growers back a non-mulesed wool future + VIDEO

Mixed lamb market results as rain and COVID-19 impacts hit

LAMB and sheep prices generally lifted in saleyards last week as rainfall sucked supplies out of some northern markets, while exporter competition due to COVID-19 impacts firmed as plants planned the resumption of operations. Source: Sheep Central Mixed lamb market results as rain and COVID-19 impacts hit

MLA’s Red Meat 2020 event cancelled

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) on Friday announcts that its annual Red Meat event will not take place this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Source: Beef Central MLA’s Red Meat 2020 event cancelled

Shorter wools moving in limited online market business

SHORTER fleece wool, pieces, bellies, crutchings and locks drew the most buyer interest in AuctionsPlus online sales over the last week, reflecting demand for semi-worsted products. AuctionsPlus commercial manager –… Source: Sheep Central Shorter wools moving in limited online market business

Sheep Producers Australia supports COVID-19 collaboration

PEAK industry body Sheep Producers Australia has called for greater ‘ground level’ collaboration by government authorities with livestock processors to ensure red meat supplies continue. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia supports COVID-19 collaboration

Wool growers want a government director on the AWI board

WOOL growers want the Federal Government to have a seat on the board of the industry’s research, development and marketing body – Australian Wool Innovation — to assist with ongoing governance issues. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers want a government director on the AWI board

Three new red meat resources for schools

MLA has launched three new video-based initiatives to continue educating students and their teachers about red meat production during COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Three new red meat resources for schools

Australian Lamb Company plans its comeback from COVID-19

VICTORIAN meat processor, the Australian Lamb Company at Colac, is planning to re-open on Monday next week, after being closed for about two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Source: Sheep Central Australian Lamb Company plans its comeback from COVID-19

AuctionsPlus premiums answer the ‘scan or not to scan’ question

AUCTIONSPLUS analysis has shown multiple/single pregnancy scanning of Merino ewes generated an average $23/head sale online price advantage over ewe lots with only wet/dry details, over the last six months. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus premiums answer the ‘scan or not to scan’ question

Vic processor Midfield flies in meat inspectors to keep plant running

Victorian meat processor Midfield has had to fly in coronavirus-free inspectors from interstate to keep its plant running after a brief closure last week to test all its workers for COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Vic processor Midfield flies in meat inspectors to keep plant running

Wean lambs early for sheep production and pasture benefits

WESTERN Australian sheep producers are being urged to wean lambs no later than 14 weeks after lambing starts to optimise lamb and ewe production, and pasture benefits. Source: Sheep Central Wean lambs early for sheep production and pasture benefits

Midfield flies in meat inspectors to keep lamb and beef chains going

VICTORIAN meat processor Midfield has had to fly in coronavirus-free inspectors from interstate to keep its plant running after a brief closure last week to test all its workers for COVID-19. Source: Sheep Central Midfield flies in meat inspectors to keep lamb and beef chains going

JBS Brooklyn abattoir resumes lamb and beef processing

VICTORIA’S largest meat processing facility – JBS Australia’s Brooklyn abattoir — is gradually returning to full production after suffering a COVID-19 outbreak about three weeks ago. Source: Sheep Central JBS Brooklyn abattoir resumes lamb and beef processing

Full wool Merino ewes carrying multiple lambs make $284

SCANNED in-lamb Merino ewes were in strong demand on AuctionsPlus last week as the national online sheep and lamb offering fell by 27,849 head to 43,054. Source: Sheep Central Full wool Merino ewes carrying multiple lambs make 4

South Australia suffers OJD incursion from WA sheep

SOUTH Australia has suffered a major incursion of Ovine Johne’s Disease via Western Australian sheep sold into its mid-north region. Source: Sheep Central South Australia suffers OJD incursion from WA sheep

Genetic selection for improved MSA scores

While many of the factors that affect the eating quality of a carcase and its suitability for Meat Standards Australia programs are heavily influenced by animal handling and management, many factors are also influenced by the genetics of an animal. Bull selection for traits relevant to MSA performance can substantially improve results, in both temperate… Read more »

Mandate pain relief, but don’t ban mulesing – AWGA

NATIONAL producer body, the Australian Wool Growers Association, supports mandating pain relief when mulesing sheep in New South Wales, but rejects a proposed ban on the flystrike preventative practice in the state. Source: Sheep Central Mandate pain relief, but don’t ban mulesing – AWGA

Competition needed to sustain lamb markets hit by COVID-19

AUSTRALIAN lamb and sheep prices have been hit by COVID-19 impacts and abattoir maintenance shutdowns in recent weeks, but stock agents have welcomed the resumption of Warrnambool processor Midfield after its voluntary closure earlier this week. Source: Sheep Central Competition needed to sustain lamb markets hit by COVID-19

MLA members urged to secure voting entitlements for November AGM

Meat & Livestock Australia members are being encouraged to return their Levies Notice to ensure they secure their full voting entitlement for any ballots and board elections held by MLA in 2020-21. Source: Sheep Central MLA members urged to secure voting entitlements for November AGM

MLA members urged to secure voting entitlements for November AGM

Meat & Livestock Australia members are being encouraged to return their Levies Notice to ensure they secure their full voting entitlement for any ballots and board elections held by MLA in 2020-21. Source: Beef Central MLA members urged to secure voting entitlements for November AGM

Victorian sheep and beef processor Midfield resumes operations

VICTORIAN sheep and beef processor Midfield appears to have avoided any spread of COVID-19 to its Warrnambool abattoir workforce after resuming operations yesterday. Source: Sheep Central Victorian sheep and beef processor Midfield resumes operations

National shearer shortage looms as New Zealanders battle the border

Seven million sheep might not get shorn in time if overseas shearer don’t get granted entry to Australia due to coronavirus restrictions, leaving producers risk animal health and severe financial losses. Source: ABC Livestock National shearer shortage looms as New Zealanders battle the border

Wool growers asked for priorities on keeping industry profitable

AUSTRALIA’s wool growers are being asked to state their priorities and ideas on keeping wool profitable via an online survey that will be open until Sunday August 16. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers asked for priorities on keeping industry profitable

Weekly genetics review: Managing double muscling through selection

This week’s column looks at what double muscling in beef cattle is, the importance of using gene testing to identify carriers to avoid creating double muscled cattle, and how breeders can live with animals carrying a copy of the myostatin gene if managed properly Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: Managing double muscling through… Read more »

Weekly kill: First cracks appear in grid prices, as export meat trade struggles

Increasingly tough trading conditions and renewed COVID uncertainty in international markets has prompted major processors to drop rates by up to 20c/kg on direct consignment slaughter cattle in recent days, and it looks like there is more to come. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: First cracks appear in grid prices, as export meat trade… Read more »

Middle East chilled carcase imports hit by COVID-19 air travel bans

LIVE sheep exports remain a key pathway for Middle East markets as chilled carcase exports are impacted by COVID-19 travel bans, Meat and Livestock Australia said this week. Source: Sheep Central Middle East chilled carcase imports hit by COVID-19 air travel bans

Merino ewe and wether prices lift on AuctionsPlus

MERINO ewe, lamb and wether prices lifted on AuctionsPlus last week, as the online offering dropped by 12,184 head to 70,903. Source: Sheep Central Merino ewe and wether prices lift on AuctionsPlus

Australian Lamb Company plant closes as COVID-19 cases confirmed

VICTORIAN sheep meat processor, the Australian Lamb Company, has been forced to close for at least two weeks as COVID-19 testing confirms eight coronavirus cases among employees. Source: Sheep Central Australian Lamb Company plant closes as COVID-19 cases confirmed

RMAC commences search for new Independent Chair

The Board of the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) has announced it has commissioned a formal search for a new Independent Chair for an initial two-year term. Source: Beef Central RMAC commences search for new Independent Chair

NFF launches workforce survey to target industry needs

WOOL growers and sheep meat producers — the National Farmers’ Federation wants to know if you need workers and how you source labour. Source: Sheep Central NFF launches workforce survey to target industry needs

Australian lamb and mutton production slumps in May

AUSTRALIA recorded its lowest monthly national slaughter in more than eight years in May this year and the number of sheep processed halved compared to a year ago. Source: Sheep Central Australian lamb and mutton production slumps in May

Mandate pain relief or risk premature mulesing ban – Windsor

NOT mandating pain relief for mulesing will increase calls to ban the practice, with a premature cessation potentially leading to higher levels of flystrike in sheep flocks, according to a leading Australian and international animal welfare researcher. Source: Sheep Central Mandate pain relief or risk premature mulesing ban – Windsor

Sheep Producers Australia rejects UK claim of hormone use

A CLAIM that Australian sheep producers use hormones that give them a cost of production advantage over United Kingdom farmers has been rejected by the peak body Sheep Producers Australia. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia rejects UK claim of hormone use

Free webinars coming on Queensland sheep, meat and wool, and water

FREE webinars on Queensland sheep management, sheep meat and wool prices, and Australian water market issues will be held over the next two weeks. Source: Sheep Central Free webinars coming on Queensland sheep, meat and wool, and water

JBS suspends Brooklyn plant’s exports to China

JBS Australia has voluntarily suspended exports to China from the company’s Brooklyn (Victoria) beef and lamb plant. Source: Beef Central JBS suspends Brooklyn plant’s exports to China

Scanned in-lamb first cross ewe prices defy online trend

ONLY scanned in-lamb first cross ewes held or increased their value in AuctionsPlus online sheep sales last week as the national offering increased. Source: Sheep Central Scanned in-lamb first cross ewe prices defy online trend

Lamb and WA ewe sales growth underpins record AuctionsPlus year

STRONG online store lamb and restocker sales, especially Western Australian ewe offerings, have boosted AuctionsPlus sheep turnover to a record level in 2019-20. Source: Sheep Central Lamb and WA ewe sales growth underpins record AuctionsPlus year

NSW farmers urged to speak up on sheep mulesing ban bill

NEW South Wales sheep producers have been urged to have their say in an Upper House inquiry on whether to mandate pain relief for mulesing and/or ban the flystrike prevention practice in the state. Source: Sheep Central NSW farmers urged to speak up on sheep mulesing ban bill

Victorian shearer training gives COVID-19 workers new options

VICTORIA’S rejuvenated shearer and wool handler training courses are offering new work options for workers laid off or at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic business downturn. Source: Sheep Central Victorian shearer training gives COVID-19 workers new options

Forward wool market factors in auction movements

THE spot wool auction market closed Wednesday ahead of the three-week winter recess with all microns posting gains. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market factors in auction movements

Wool prices makes last minute dash before recess

AUSTRALIAN wool prices improved this week, consistent with a slight improvement in business in recent weeks and buyers taking their last auction-buying opportunity to meet shipping deadlines before a three-week recess. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices makes last minute dash before recess

Delving into industry targets: Doubling the value of red meat sales by 2030

In response to producer questions about industry plans to double the value of Australian red meat sales by 2030, Meat & Livestock Australia has provided further details explaining the target, why MLA produces a Strategic Plan and how it aligns, and is guided by, the wider goals and plans of industry. Source: Beef Central Delving… Read more »

Middle East live sheep moratorium could be shortened, says exporter

A RECENT Middle East live sheep shipment indicated there was a case for shortening the current Northern Summer moratorium, according to the exporter Rural Export and Trading WA. The exporter… Source: Sheep Central Middle East live sheep moratorium could be shortened, says exporter

Australian wool traceability ‘disconnect’ to be examined

DOMESTIC and global traceability systems for Australian wool and sheep will be reviewed with the help of Federal Government funding. Peak grower body WoolProducers Australia has won funding for a… Source: Sheep Central Australian wool traceability ‘disconnect’ to be examined

With coronavirus limiting training, the wool industry fears a shearer shortage

Shearing school is in session but only half the usual number of students can attend due to new coronavirus restrictions. Teachers say that won’t be enough to keep the industry afloat. Source: ABC Livestock With coronavirus limiting training, the wool industry fears a shearer shortage

Record first cross ewe price, but clearance rates slip online

SCANNED in-lamb first cross ewes sold to a new record price of $476 on AuctionsPlus last week, but clearance rates and average prices dipped for several categories. Source: Sheep Central Record first cross ewe price, but clearance rates slip online

AWN trades Merino & Co and MerinoSnug brand for expansion

AUSTRALIA’S largest wool broker AWN has sold its Merino & Co and MerinoSnug brand and operation in a joint venture deal with Western Australian-based company AClink. Source: Sheep Central AWN trades Merino & Co and MerinoSnug brand for expansion

Wool Week face-to-face events cancelled in Melbourne

AUSTRALIA’S Wool Week events in Victoria’s capital Melbourne have been cancelled as COVID-19 disruptions continued in the state. Source: Sheep Central Wool Week face-to-face events cancelled in Melbourne

Mulesing contractors query liability under new regulations

CONTRACTORS mulesing sheep in Victoria without pain relief will be potentially liable to prosecution under new state regulations, according to Agriculture Victoria. Source: Sheep Central Mulesing contractors query liability under new regulations

WoolProducers persists in levy waive call despite legal hurdle

WOOLPRODUCERS Australia is persisting in its call for the Federal Government to consider subsidising the temporary waiving of wool and sheep levies despite a lack of enabling legislation. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers persists in levy waive call despite legal hurdle

Composite and terminal sires in demand as wool prices flounder

Composite and terminal sires could be in hot demand this spring as Merino producers consider turning their backs on fibre production. Source: Sheep Central Composite and terminal sires in demand as wool prices flounder

Two directors being sought for SPA board

Nominations have opened for two Sheep Producers Australia board positions, to be decided at this year’s annual general meeting in November. Source: Sheep Central Two directors being sought for SPA board

VIC producers now required to administer pain relief when mulesing

Victorian producers are now required to administer a registered pain-relieving product when mulesing sheep. The new provisions, which come into effect yesterday, have been introduced as part of the state’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019. Source: Sheep Central VIC producers now required to administer pain relief when mulesing

Sheep farmer brings home the bacon with bright idea

Victorian sheep farmer Toni Barton’s bright idea of creating “lamb bacon” almost didn’t get off the ground when food standards authorities said her product had to be made from pork. Source: ABC Livestock Sheep farmer brings home the bacon with bright idea

New National Vendor Declarations now available

SHEEPMEAT, beef and goat producers and other value chain stakeholders are reminded that new versions of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declarations for all species are now available, identified… Source: Sheep Central New National Vendor Declarations now available

New National Vendor Declarations now available

Beef, sheepmeat and goat producers and other value chain stakeholders are reminded that new versions of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declarations for all species are now available, identified by version number 0720. Source: Beef Central New National Vendor Declarations now available

Wool outstrips price losses among all fibres in 2019-20 year

Wool has taken the greatest hit of all fibre prices in the past financial year, falling 36 percent to the end of June. While fibre prices have fallen across the board, wool’s decline was the biggest with some individual micron prices falling by 57pc. Source: Sheep Central Wool outstrips price losses among all fibres… Read more »

First-cross ewes set new national record

Ewes from South Australia have set a new Australian record sale price, at a staggering $476 a head. Source: ABC Livestock First-cross ewes set new national record

Pain relief is now mandatory for mulesing in Victoria

As of today, a person must not mules a lamb without using a pain relief product registered for use by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. Source: ABC Livestock Pain relief is now mandatory for mulesing in Victoria

COVID second wave could impact sheepmeat, wool demand

While a largely recovered Australian dollar explains some of the downward pressure, weak global demand fundamentals for some commodities will be an issue over the coming months, National Australia Bank says in its latest monthly Rural Commodities Wrap. Source: Sheep Central COVID second wave could impact sheepmeat, wool demand

End of an era for Quoiba saleyard in Tasmania's north-west

The region’s last remaining livestock-selling facility near Devonport holds its last sheep sale, with livestock being shifted to a central facility at Powranna in the northern Midlands. Source: ABC Livestock End of an era for Quoiba saleyard in Tasmania’s north-west

WoolProducers seeks temporary halt to wool and sheep levies

PEAK grower body WoolProducers Australia wants wool and sheep transaction levy collection halted for 12 months from August this year to help producers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers seeks temporary halt to wool and sheep levies

Forward wool market levels trend lower

FORWARD wool markets traded marginally lower last week, with bidding from exporters keen to cover some of the forward sales providing hedge opportunities for growers into the spring. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market levels trend lower

On-the-spot fines not on with new mulesing pain relief rules

VICTORIAN sheep producers will not be issued with ‘on-the-spot’ fines under new regulations that mandate pain relief for mulesing from Wednesday this week. Source: Sheep Central On-the-spot fines not on with new mulesing pain relief rules

Growers call for WoolPoll independence and MLA alignment

INDUSTRY groups and sheep producers have called for the WoolPoll ballot process to be more independent of Australian Wool Innovation and aligned with the five-yearly Meat & Livestock Australia strategic planning cycle. Source: Sheep Central Growers call for WoolPoll independence and MLA alignment

Wool prices fall further, with slight recovery in later sales

AUSTRALIAN wool growers met the market as wool prices fell further this week, with a slight improvement in rates before the close of the last sales for the 2019/20 season. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices fall further, with slight recovery in later sales

Recruitment: ICMJ’s online careers expo extends to three days

The Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association will host a three-day digital careers expo, with a range of activities now planned starting with an industry advice panel on Wednesday July 8. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: ICMJ’s online careers expo extends to three days

Future of falling WA sheep flock hinges on a good season

WESTERN Australia’s falling sheep flock has been drained by record meat exports in 2019 and more sales of ewes and lambs to eastern states restockers this year, including via increased online sales. Source: Sheep Central Future of falling WA sheep flock hinges on a good season

Fox & Lillie joins opposition to AWEX stance on sheep freeze branding

THE Australian Wool Exchange’s inclusion of sheep freeze branding within its non-mulesed category on the National Wool Declaration is unlikely to be reviewed until next year, despite exporter Fox & Lillie joining calls for a re-think. Source: Sheep Central Fox & Lillie joins opposition to AWEX stance on sheep freeze branding

Will 2021 be the year for lamb payments on IMF and meat yield?

NEW South Wales lamb processor Gundagai Meat Processors could be paying producers on a lean meat yield basis for lambs that meet a minimum intramuscular fat threshold by next year,… Source: Sheep Central Will 2021 be the year for lamb payments on IMF and meat yield?