Category: Sheep

More time to make WoolPoll review submissions

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is extending the due date for submissions on the WoolPoll Review to give stakeholders the best opportunity to share their thoughts on how the poll is run. Source: Sheep Central More time to make WoolPoll review submissions

MLA’s cattle and sheep market indicators back in action

Meat & Livestock Australia’s full suite of cattle and sheep market indicators will return from tomorrow, 3 June, after being suspended since March due to COVID-19 disruptions to market reporting. Source: Beef Central MLA’s cattle and sheep market indicators back in action

MLA mid-year projections: Lamb production to fall as restocker demand lifts

A recovery in the national flock is underway, with sheep producers in key regions now in a position to consider increasing flock numbers, buoyed by improved seasonal conditions, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2020 Sheep Industry Projections June update. Source: Sheep Central MLA mid-year projections: Lamb production to fall as restocker demand lifts

MLA winter lamb campaign: Sharing lamb through ‘secret recipes’

SINCE the outbreak of COVID-19 and current social distancing restrictions, Australians are feeling more isolated than ever before. In response, Meat & Livestock Australia’s upcoming winter lamb campaign is set… Source: Sheep Central MLA winter lamb campaign: Sharing lamb through ‘secret recipes’

Parasite research project targets new treatments for nematodes

Sheep dung could hold the key to developing the next generation of antiparasitic treatments that could protect Australian livestock and save the industry millions of dollars a year. Source: Sheep Central Parasite research project targets new treatments for nematodes

AuctionsPlus online wool sales increase

ONLINE wool purchases increased on AuctionsPlus over the past week, possibly because of the lower industry-wide offerings. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus online wool sales increase

Some highlights in slow week for forward wool marketing

IT was a slow week for wool forward market trading volumes, although there were a couple of highlights in this time when commodity markets generally struggle to find good news. Source: Sheep Central Some highlights in slow week for forward wool marketing

Wool prices improve slightly as limited demand meets lower supplies

AUSTRALIAN wool prices recovered slightly this week, with improvement in Merino and crossbred values, as the limited supplies matched current demand. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices improve slightly as limited demand meets lower supplies

Sheep lice product concerns over proposed Elanco-Bayer deal

AUSTRALIA’S competition regulator is seeking market feedback on the sheep lice and pet worm control product implications of Elanco’s proposed acquisition of Bayer’s animal health business. Elanco has entered into… Source: Sheep Central Sheep lice product concerns over proposed Elanco-Bayer deal

WA farmers and RSPCA face off over live sheep export exemption

WESTERN Australian farmers and the RSPCA today faced off over a proposed export exemption for a shipment of sheep delayed by a COVID-19 outbreak on a vessel docked in Fremantle.… Source: Sheep Central WA farmers and RSPCA face off over live sheep export exemption

Exemption option for WA sheep shipment delayed by COVID-19

A WESTERN Australian live sheep exporter could gain an exemption for an impending shipment despite an approaching Middle East moratorium deadline and an outbreak of COVID-19 on a vessel berthed in Fremantle. Source: Sheep Central Exemption option for WA sheep shipment delayed by COVID-19

WoolProducers seeks independence in WoolPoll process

PEAK wool grower WoolProducers Australia is pushing for greater independence in the WoolPoll process that decides the levy options growers currently vote on every three years. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers seeks independence in WoolPoll process

Emails reveal warning of illness on live export ship with coronavirus outbreak

The WA Government is forced to back down after lashing the Commonwealth’s handling of a coronavirus outbreak on a live export ship, with the Federal Agriculture Minister hitting back. Source: ABC Livestock Emails reveal warning of illness on live export ship with coronavirus outbreak

Outbreak ship may carry live sheep into summer heat, despite welfare laws

Vessel delayed by COVID-19 outbreak could trigger an exemption to new live export animal welfare laws and send 56,000 live sheep to the Middle East in peak summer heat. Source: ABC Livestock Outbreak ship may carry live sheep into summer heat, despite welfare laws

Wool market contraction hits online clearance rates

AUSTRALIA’S wool market contraction also hit online offerings last week, cutting bale clearance rates. Source: Sheep Central Wool market contraction hits online clearance rates

Forward wool markets hold their ground

FORWARD wool markets held their ground despite another difficult week for the wool market and commodities in general. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool markets hold their ground

High scanning rate justifies record $446 first cross ewe price

UNPARALLELED demand for scanned in-lamb ewe replacements drove prices to a new record of $446 for first cross ewes on AuctionsPlus last week. Source: Sheep Central High scanning rate justifies record 6 first cross ewe price

Asymmetrical warfare approach needed for wool – Olsson

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s wool marketing model of funding directors and senior management to jet to European fashion parades at growers’ expense has failed, argues former director Chick Olsson. Source: Sheep Central Asymmetrical warfare approach needed for wool – Olsson

Wool prices drop back to reflect depressed demand conditions

AUSTRALIA’S wool prices returned to levels matching current demand at auctions this week, losing last week’s gains due mainly to a May shipping squeeze. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices drop back to reflect depressed demand conditions

Global non-mulesed wool standard makes restocking concession

A GROUP of non-mulesed wool growers in drought-stricken New South Wales and Queensland have been given approval to restock with mulesed sheep without losing their Responsible Wool Standard status. The… Source: Sheep Central Global non-mulesed wool standard makes restocking concession

Western Queensland to get 20,000-head sheep feedlot

A NEW 20,000-head capacity sheep feedlot will be built in in western Queensland with the help of a $250,000 State Government grant announced today. Source: Sheep Central Western Queensland to get 20,000-head sheep feedlot

Sheep meat and wool risk concern with China trade issues

AUSTRALIA’S Federal Government risked escalating its agricultural trade issues with China into wool and sheep meat if they were not handled diplomatically, a wool exporter said today. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat and wool risk concern with China trade issues

Is mulesed wool lowering prices and building Australia’s stockpile?

WOOL from Australian sheep mulesed without pain relief is more likely to be passed-in under grower auction reserves than fleece from animals treated more humanely or not mulesed, AWEX data shows. Source: Sheep Central Is mulesed wool lowering prices and building Australia’s stockpile?

Three directors sought, as MLA 2020 board selection process gets started

Expertise in northern cattle production systems, sheepmeat production systems and financial, audit and risk framework oversight are the core skills being sought as Meat & Livestock Australia seeks to elect three board-members later this year. Source: Beef Central Three directors sought, as MLA 2020 board selection process gets started

AuctionsPlus store sheep prices correct with strong clearances

STORE sheep prices corrected on AuctionsPlus last week, but clearances remained strong for scanned in-lamb first cross ewes and Merino wethers. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus store sheep prices correct with strong clearances

Success for this NSW family is Outback Lamb on a roll

A NEW South Wales farming family has stayed viable by expanding vertically rather than horizontally to bring their Outback Lamb to regional and city consumers. Source: Sheep Central Success for this NSW family is Outback Lamb on a roll

Forward wool market ignores auction price volatility

THE wool forward market tended to ignore the machinations of the spot auction sectors this week by trading in a narrow range from May through to November. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market ignores auction price volatility

AuctionsPlus fields more buyer interest in online wool purchases

A LIFT in buyer interest increased the AuctionsPlus online wool auction clearance rate this week and more than doubled the number of bales sold on the platform’s offer board. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus fields more buyer interest in online wool purchases

Merino wool prices lift, but crossbreds sink to new lows

PRICES for fine and medium Merino wool lifted in Australian auctions this week, but crossbred fleece values fell to record lows. Source: Sheep Central Merino wool prices lift, but crossbreds sink to new lows

COVID-19 sheep meat and wool impacts continue

AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat and wool exports have continued to be impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 sheep meat and wool impacts continue

AI could help sheep producers meet a zero-flystrike target

ARTIFICIAL intelligence technology could help reliably predict the flystrike susceptibility of Australian sheep, according to a review that sets a five-year $10 million investment timeline toward a flystrike-resistant Australian flock. Source: Sheep Central AI could help sheep producers meet a zero-flystrike target

Wool buyers access AuctionsPlus online platforms

AUCTIONSPLUS sold about 400 bales of wool last week on its auction and offer board platforms as the physical market prices fell again. Source: Sheep Central Wool buyers access AuctionsPlus online platforms

Trace mineral warning with first green pasture

A PASTURE flush expected after recent rain has prompted Agriculture Victoria to remind sheep producers of the potential for trace mineral deficiency diseases to affect lambs this year. Source: Sheep Central Trace mineral warning with first green pasture

Copper deficiency could be fleecing farmers, SA sheep manager warns

EXPERIENCED South Australian sheep producer Martin Flower believes copper-deficient pastures could be silently robbing wool and lamb producers of valuable yield. Source: Sheep Central Copper deficiency could be fleecing farmers, SA sheep manager warns

Lamb and beef brand owners get MLA support during COVID-19

MEAT & Livestock Australia (MLA) has introduced extra short-term financial support measures via its CoMarketing program for lamb and beef brand owners during the difficult COVID-19 trading conditions. Source: Sheep Central Lamb and beef brand owners get MLA support during COVID-19

AuctionsPlus sells first cross ewes to $422, Merino ewe hoggets to $341

SCANNED in-lamb Merino ewes sold to $341 and young first cross ewes made to $422 on AuctionsPlus last week. AuctionsPlus offered 68,351 sheep and lamb last week, 31,938 fewer than… Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus sells first cross ewes to 2, Merino ewe hoggets to 1

Live sheep and cattle vessel’s first voyage with new owner lauded

MIDDLE East importer Kuwait Livestock Transport & Trading has reported zero cattle deaths and sheep mortality of about one percent during the first voyage of the its new vessel the MV Al Kuwait, despite wet bulb temperatures reaching up to 31 degrees Celsius. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep and cattle vessel’s first voyage with… Read more »

Federal grants to fund ag show sheep, wool and shearing upgrades

SEVERAL agricultural shows across Australia will upgrade sheep, wool and shearing facilities as part of $20 million in grants announced by Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud last week. Source: Sheep Central Federal grants to fund ag show sheep, wool and shearing upgrades

Forward market falls with auction price slump

FORWARD wool markets traded in a wide range in another difficult week for spot auctions, with prices coming off 50 to 80 cents across all categories. Source: Sheep Central Forward market falls with auction price slump

New lamb eating quality measurements to be outlined in webinar

NEW technologies to measure the eating quality of lamb and beef will be outlined next week in the first of a series of webinars by the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association. Source: Sheep Central New lamb eating quality measurements to be outlined in webinar

Big drops in Australian sheep meat prices not forecast with COVID-19

AUSTRALIAN sheep meat prices are not expected to drop dramatically unless large numbers of processors close due to reduced margins or a COVID-19 outbreak, according to Rabobank analyst Angus Gidley-Baird. Source: Sheep Central Big drops in Australian sheep meat prices not forecast with COVID-19

Good wool in demand as Australian prices slump to new lows

AUSTRALIAN wool prices fell to new lows this week, as COVID-19 continued to impact global supply chains and consumer confidence. Source: Sheep Central Good wool in demand as Australian prices slump to new lows

New technologies to evaluate meat quality under scrutiny in ICMJ webinar

Red meat industry stakeholders and agriculture students will have access to latest insights into the development of new technologies for the evaluation of meat eating-quality, in a new webinar series being launched next week. Source: Beef Central New technologies to evaluate meat quality under scrutiny in ICMJ webinar

Vic meat plant hit by 45 COVID cases hopes to re-open by 18 May

Brooklyn (VIC) sheepmeat, goat and veal abattoir Cedar Meats is planning to resume operations on May 18, despite battling the biggest COVID-19 cluster in the nation, currently numbering 45 cases among staff. Source: Beef Central Vic meat plant hit by 45 COVID cases hopes to re-open by 18 May

COVID-19 hit Cedar Meats plans to re-open in two weeks

BROOKLYN sheep meat, goat and veal abattoir Cedar Meats is planning to resume operations in about two weeks, despite battling the biggest COVID-19 cluster in the nation. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 hit Cedar Meats plans to re-open in two weeks

Falling wool auction prices impacts forward trading curve

A FALL in auction wool prices of around 60 cents across the board last week has impacted the forward market curve and support levels. Source: Sheep Central Falling wool auction prices impacts forward trading curve

WoolProducers wants grower feedback on COVID-19 impact

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia wants to know how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the nation’s wool-growing businesses. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers wants grower feedback on COVID-19 impact

Top Australian intercollegiate lamb judge sees big US potential

AUSTRALIA’S top performing intercollegiate lamb meat judge sees potential for increased high quality exports to the United States. Source: Sheep Central Top Australian intercollegiate lamb judge sees big US potential

Melbourne meat processor Cedar Meats hit by 34 COVID-19 cases

WEST Melbourne meat processor and exporter Cedar Meats has been confirmed as the location of Victoria’s latest COVID-19 cluster, with a total of 34 coronavirus cases up to this morning. Source: Sheep Central Melbourne meat processor Cedar Meats hit by 34 COVID-19 cases

COVID confirmed in Victorian meat processing plant

VICTORIAN Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has confirmed Australia’s first COVID-19 outbreak in an un-named Victorian meat processing plant. Source: Beef Central COVID confirmed in Victorian meat processing plant

Kay’s Cuts: US meat industry on its knees

The giant US meat processing industry is renowned the world over for its scale and efficiency. But in the space of just four weeks, the giant has been brought to its knees by the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Steve Kay, in his latest monthly column for Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: US meat… Read more »

Ewe must be joking! Prickles fleeced of seven years of wool in minutes

Prickles the sheep disappeared when she was just a lamb when bushfires destroyed the boundary fences at her farm in 2013. Following her surprise return two weeks ago, she has finally been shorn for the first time in seven years. Source: ABC Livestock Ewe must be joking! Prickles fleeced of seven years of wool… Read more »

Australian wool growers withdraw bales as prices drop lower

AUSTRALIAN wool prices continued to track downward this week as the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic hit major garment markets. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool growers withdraw bales as prices drop lower

Victorian Agriculture Minister sees merit in onshore wool processing

VICTORIA’S Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has come out in support of expanding onshore wool processing in Australia as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts global manufacturing and supply chains. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Agriculture Minister sees merit in onshore wool processing

MLA offers support for brand owners amid COVID-19 disruption

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has today announced short-term additional financial support measures via the CoMarketing program to support brand owners during the difficult trading environment created by COVID-19. Source: Beef Central MLA offers support for brand owners amid COVID-19 disruption

Smaller flock, sheep meat growth and wool prices to cut clip

AUSTRALIA’S wool production is predicted to drop further to 276 million kilograms next year, with clip recovery expected to be slowed by sheep meat flock and cropping growth, ewe replacement costs and COVID-19 impacts. Source: Sheep Central Smaller flock, sheep meat growth and wool prices to cut clip

Italian brands urge AWI chair to lead change to non-mulesed wool

PROMINENT Italian textile processor Reda and clothing company Loro Piana have penned an open letter to Australian Wool Innovation chair Colette Garnsey to tell her that the movement to non-mulesed/ceased mulesed wool sourcing is massive and increasing annually. Source: Sheep Central Italian brands urge AWI chair to lead change to non-mulesed wool

BOM warns sheep graziers of potentially deadly chill this weekend

People are being urged to batten down the hatches as the cold weather hits, including sheep graziers who could lose animals to the potentially deadly chill. Source: ABC Livestock BOM warns sheep graziers of potentially deadly chill this weekend

SA sheep biosecurity to get on-farm planning boost

ON-FARM biosecurity planning in South Australia will be boosted with the appointment of SA academic and sheep farmer Dr Emily Buddle in a specialist extension role with Animal Health Australia. Source: Sheep Central SA sheep biosecurity to get on-farm planning boost

There is opportunity in COVID-19, says NSW sheep dairy farmer

NEW South Wales sheep dairy farmer Cressida Cains sees opportunities for small farmers to replace speciality cheese imports with homegrown branded products as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts global supply chains and domestic consumer preferences. Source: Sheep Central There is opportunity in COVID-19, says NSW sheep dairy farmer

Wool broker AWN announces expansion of its livestock business

AUSTRALIA’S largest independent wool broker AWN has announced further expansion of its livestock agency business across the country. Source: Sheep Central Wool broker AWN announces expansion of its livestock business

Online wool sellers meet the market on AuctionsPlus

AUSTRALIAN growers continued to sell wool online last week despite auction prices easing in the COVID-19-affected market. Source: Sheep Central Online wool sellers meet the market on AuctionsPlus

AuctionsPlus Wool live online selling rate is increasing

AUCTIONSPLUS has almost doubled its online wool auction selling rate in just one week as it continues weekly sales. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus Wool live online selling rate is increasing

NSW wool grower urges AWI to promote non-mulesed production

NEW South Wales wool grower Jim Gordon puts his case for Australian Wool Innovation to urge Australian Merino breeders to move to plain-bodied sheep to remove the need for mulesing. Source: Sheep Central NSW wool grower urges AWI to promote non-mulesed production

Scanned first cross ewes sell to record $444 on AuctionsPlus

PRICES for scanned in-lamb first cross ewe prices reached again record levels on AuctionsPlus last week, as sheep producers across the nation continued to restock after recent rain. Source: Sheep Central Scanned first cross ewes sell to record 4 on AuctionsPlus

Growers hedge wool on forward markets as auction prices slip

WOOL forward markets seemed to find a base into the spring as the spot auction sector continued to taper downwards this week. Source: Sheep Central Growers hedge wool on forward markets as auction prices slip

Australian wool market retracts further as COVID-19 bites harder

AUSTRALIA’S wool market continued to retract this week, with general overall losses recorded across the country for most Merino and crossbred types. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool market retracts further as COVID-19 bites harder

No wool market commentary ‘prudent’, says AWI’s CEO

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation Stuart McCullough has claimed suspending wool market commentary earlier this month was “the prudent thing to do” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central No wool market commentary ‘prudent’, says AWI’s CEO

Heavy lamb prices continue to fall in saleyards

HEAVY lamb prices continued to lose ground at major saleyard sales mid-week, while rates for quality trade, light export and restocker lambs were generally firm to dearer. Source: Sheep Central Heavy lamb prices continue to fall in saleyards

Live sheep exporter Emanuel continues to fight licence cancellations

WESTERN Australian live exporter Emanuel Exports and subsidiary EMS Rural Exports will continue to seek reversal of their licence cancellations after a criminal investigation into it over sheep losses during Middle East shipments in 2017 was dropped. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep exporter Emanuel continues to fight licence cancellations

Live sheep exporter Emanuel fighting licence cancellations

Western Australian live exporter Emanuel Exports and subsidiary EMS Rural Exports will continue to seek reversal of their licence cancellations after a criminal investigation into over sheep losses during Middle East shipments in 2017 was dropped. Source: Beef Central Live sheep exporter Emanuel fighting licence cancellations

COVID-19 to put global meat prices under pressure, says ABARES

Global meat prices are expected to come under downward pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but remain high by historical standards, according to an Australian government report released today. Source: Beef Central COVID-19 to put global meat prices under pressure, says ABARES

Criminal investigation into live sheep exporters abandoned

A CRIMINAL investigation into live sheep exporters Emanuel Exports and EMS Rural Exports in relation to losses during several shipments in 2017 has been dropped. Source: Sheep Central Criminal investigation into live sheep exporters abandoned

COVID-19 to put global meat prices under pressure – ABARES

GLOBAL meat prices are expected to come under downward pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but remain high by historical standards, according to an Australian government report released today. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 to put global meat prices under pressure – ABARES

MLA receives positive feedback from independent performance review

An independent review into the performance of Meat & Livestock Australia between 2016 and 2020 has indicated that industry service delivery company is in good shape. Source: Beef Central MLA receives positive feedback from independent performance review

Criminal investigation into live sheep exporters abandoned

A criminal investigation into live sheep exporters Emanuel Exports and EMS Rural Exports in relation to losses during several shipments of sheep in 2017 has been dropped. Source: Beef Central Criminal investigation into live sheep exporters abandoned

AWI chair urged to ‘channel the right messages’ on non-mulesed wool

TOP maker and Italian Wool Trade Association board member Claudio Lacchio has penned an open letter to Australian Wool Innovation chair Colette Garnsey contesting her assertion that the “push” to non-mulesed wool is being driven by two European fashion houses. Source: Sheep Central AWI chair urged to ‘channel the right messages’ on non-mulesed wool

AgriFutures Australia releases provenance toolkit + VIDEO

A PROVENANCE toolkit released by AgriFutures Australia today aims to help farmers and other rural businesses stand out from the crowd by telling their stories. Source: Sheep Central AgriFutures Australia releases provenance toolkit + VIDEO

MLA bushfire recovery support continues online amid COVID-19

MEAT & Livestock Australia is continuing to provide red meat producers impacted by recent bushfires with online support and services to help with their recovery amid COVID-19 restrictions. Source: Sheep Central MLA bushfire recovery support continues online amid COVID-19

Light Middle East export lambs lead on carcase prices in saleyards

LOWER supply continues to underpin solid saleyard demand for lambs and mutton across Australia this week despite less demand from some export sectors. Source: Sheep Central Light Middle East export lambs lead on carcase prices in saleyards

Australian wool’s ‘lost transparency opportunity’ in recent NWD review

AUSTRALIA’S wool industry has lost an opportunity to promote unequivocal transparency by allowing wool from freeze-branded sheep to be described as ‘non-mulesed’, according to Italian processors Reda and Vitale Barberis Canonico. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool’s ‘lost transparency opportunity’ in recent NWD review

SA sheep and cattle funds to seek new projects next year

TRANSITION of South Australia’s sheep and cattle industry funds to industry management has been finalised following the appointment of two new boards and an executive officer. Source: Sheep Central SA sheep and cattle funds to seek new projects next year

South African wool sales to resume electronically this week

SOUTH African wool sales will resume this week with an electronic auction after a five-week recess due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central South African wool sales to resume electronically this week

First cross ewes to $401 and Merinos to $356 on AuctionsPlus

COMPETITION for pregnant ewes continued on AuctionsPlus last week, with scanned first cross lines making to $401 and young Merino breeders making to $363. Source: Sheep Central First cross ewes to 1 and Merinos to 6 on AuctionsPlus

AWI leader Garnsey’s view on non-mulesed wool demand rejected

AUSTRALIAN wool exporters and a leading global sheep welfare standard have rejected statements that non-mulesed wool demand was driven by a few European fashion houses and not garment customers. Source: Sheep Central AWI leader Garnsey’s view on non-mulesed wool demand rejected

Wool buyers battle for style and yield in small bale offering

HIGHER fine Merino fleece prices in Melbourne were the highlight in a generally flat wool auction market in Australia this week, reflecting stronger demand for stylish, well-measured lots versus discounts for low-yielding, poorly measured lots. Source: Sheep Central Wool buyers battle for style and yield in small bale offering

AuctionsPlus Wool and WoolQ Market hold first live online sales

AUSTRALIA’S online wool selling platforms – AuctionsPlus Wool and WoolQ Market — have held live sales this week, providing options to the physical open cry system that continues to operate under COVID-19 social distancing and lot restrictions. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus Wool and WoolQ Market hold first live online sales

Lambs Alive bootcampers discover hidden treasure in their twins

INCREASED focus on twin lamb survival has been shown to represent a $121 million opportunity for Australian sheep producers participating in the Lambs Alive program. For the past two weeks,… Source: Sheep Central Lambs Alive bootcampers discover hidden treasure in their twins