Category: Sheep

Meat Business Women conference develops diversity tool kit

A MEAT Business Women conference in Brisbane this week has laid the groundwork laid for new industry toolkit to deliver practical diversity and inclusion strategies for business. Source: Sheep Central Meat Business Women conference develops diversity tool kit

AuctionsPlus wool clients sell on market upswing

ONLINE wool sellers took advantage of the market upswing last week, selling 617 bales on Australia’s digital trading platform AuctionsPlus. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus wool clients sell on market upswing

Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

The Red Meat 2030 plan released today outlines a strategy for Australia’s red meat sector for the next 10 years. How the industry governance bodies that will deliver that strategy will be structured over that period is still in question. Source: Sheep Central Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

Brands force Authentico scheme to drop wool from mulesed flocks

AUSTRALIA’S arm of international luxury fibre processor The Schneider Group has decided to accept only wool from non-mulesed or ceased mulesed flocks for branding under its Authentico integrity scheme. Source: Sheep Central Brands force Authentico scheme to drop wool from mulesed flocks

Pressure for transparency on AWI committee’s election picks

PRESSURE is continuing on Australian Wool Innovation and its board nomination committee to release documents and information relating to a recommendation to re-elect former AWI chairman Wal Merriman and fellow director David Webster next month. Source: Sheep Central Pressure for transparency on AWI committee’s election picks

Collapse of the wool market is simple and logical – Small

NO funny business is in play with Australia’s currently volatile raw wool auction markets – just over-priced stocks, a lack of global consumer confidence and a failure to address rising non-mulesed wool demand, writes Western District wool producer and garment manufacturer Peter Small in his perspective on the current market conditions. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

The Red Meat 2030 plan released today outlines a strategy for Australia’s red meat sector for the next 10 years. How the industry governance bodies that will deliver that strategy will be structured over that period is still in question. Source: Beef Central Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

MLA Board Director nominees announced

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) members will be asked to elect one new Director and re-elect two existing Directors of MLA at the service company’s upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Tamworth on 20 November 2019. Source: Beef Central MLA Board Director nominees announced

MLA Board nominees announced, chair to retire

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) members will be asked to elect one new Director and re-elect two existing Directors of MLA at the service company’s upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Tamworth on 20 November 2019. Source: Beef Central MLA Board nominees announced, chair to retire

Red Meat 2030 plan aims to double red meat sales value in 10 years

A PLAN to guide and grow Australia’s red meat industry over the next 10 years has been released this morning, setting an ambitious goal to double the value of industry sales to $57 billion and triple the amount of capital invested in the sector within the next decade. Source: Sheep Central Red Meat 2030… Read more »

Levy revenue up, but overall income down for MLA in 2019

Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2019 annual report, now released on its website ahead of its annual general meeting in Tamworth on November 20, has reported a net deficit of $4.4m for 2018-19. Source: Beef Central Levy revenue up, but overall income down for MLA in 2019

Meat Business Women conference: Time for action to bridge diversity gap

Over 250 attendees gathered in Brisbane for the second Australian Meat Business Women (MBW) conference, headlined by founder and global chair of MBW, Laura Ryan. Source: Beef Central Meat Business Women conference: Time for action to bridge diversity gap

MLA report confirms Australia as world’s top sheep and goat meat exporter

AUSTRALIA is the world’s largest sheep and goat meat exporter and exports more than 65 percent of its red meat production, according to a report released last week. Source: Sheep Central MLA report confirms Australia as world’s top sheep and goat meat exporter

Kiwi shearers beat Aussie blades to retain trans-Tasman supremacy

NEW ZEALAND has reinforced its world blade shearing champion status by keeping its unbeaten trans-Tasman record with a win over Australia at the Waimate Shears New Zealand Spring shearing and… Source: Sheep Central Kiwi shearers beat Aussie blades to retain trans-Tasman supremacy

Sheep CRC story ‘a road map for high-impact research’

A HISTORY of Australia’s Sheep CRC has been lauded as a potential road map for other industries to deliver high-impact research. Source: Sheep Central Sheep CRC story ‘a road map for high-impact research’

AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb sale clearance rate lifts

A COMPLETE clearance of first cross ewe lambs, Merino wethers and shedding breed lambs was achieved in AuctionsPlus online sales last week. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb sale clearance rate lifts

How the red meat sector backs Foodbank’s vital protein program

LEARN how a collaborative protein program is uniting generous companies in the meat and freight industry to help tackle Australia’s hunger problem. Source: Sheep Central How the red meat sector backs Foodbank’s vital protein program

Sheep meat markets put solid base to Deniliquin sheep sale + VIDEO

IT was a case of spot the agent through the dust when Deniliquin’s Landmark, Elders and Rodwells agencies conducted their annual spring sheep sale last Friday. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat markets put solid base to Deniliquin sheep sale + VIDEO

Former AWI chairman Merriman recommended for re-election

FORMER Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman and fellow long-serving director David Webster have been recommended for re-election through a process being questioned for its lack of independence and transparency. Source: Sheep Central Former AWI chairman Merriman recommended for re-election

State of the red meat industry report 2019 released

The 2019 State of the Red Meat Industry report provides an update on production, consumption and export figures and the economic significance of the industry. Source: Beef Central State of the red meat industry report 2019 released

New rapid tests for bluetongue virus

New rapid molecular tests have been developed to identify bluetongue virus in Australian cattle and sheep. The new tests cut the result time from weeks or months to just a few hours, and can also accommodate testing for more than one strain at a time. Source: Beef Central New rapid tests for bluetongue virus

Forward wool trading dries up around market volatility

THE roller coaster ride continued in Australia’s spot wool market again this week, rallying off a dramatic pull-back last week. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool trading dries up around market volatility

Australian wool market rises, but with a warning

AUSTRALIA’S wool market lifted again this week, but with a warning that many wool growers now stood prepared to resist price declines by withdrawing supply. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool market rises, but with a warning

NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

VICTORIA and Queensland are yet to follow New South Wales’ lead in urging statewide vaccinations against anthrax by livestock producers, despite heightened awareness of an increased infection risk nationally. Source: Sheep Central NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

Victorian wool operation wins at sustainability awards

A FAMILY-OWNED fine wool operation in south-west Victoria has won its category in the state’s prestigious Premier’s Sustainability Awards.    Source: Sheep Central Victorian wool operation wins at sustainability awards

Sheep producers needed to value the lamb benefits of native vegetation

AUSTRALIAN sheep producers can help researchers put a property value on the lamb survival benefits of native vegetation through a nationwide survey. Source: Sheep Central Sheep producers needed to value the lamb benefits of native vegetation

Sheep Producers Australia opens up board nomination process

SHEEP Producers Australia has opened up its board selection process to allow nominations from individuals without an endorsement from a state farming organisation. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia opens up board nomination process

Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

The Australian red meat industry urged both sides of Government to proceed with ratification of two critical free trade agreements without delay, following today’s release of a Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) report. Source: Beef Central Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

Innovative packaging solutions taking red meat in exciting new directions

A host of innovative new packaging solutions are taking red meat products in exciting new directions, adding convenience, shelf-life, flexibility and value to supply chain offerings, as well as helping reduce food and packaging waste. Source: Beef Central Innovative packaging solutions taking red meat in exciting new directions

New processing technologies seek to extract greater carcase yield

Australian beef processors are exploring new technologies to squeeze every last morsel of meat yield from each carcase they handle, including units designed to extract residual lean meat from beef bones. Source: Beef Central New processing technologies seek to extract greater carcase yield

New Zealand 2019 lamb crop predicted to dip 2.4 percent

NEW Zealand’s lamb crop is estimated to fall 2.4 percent this year, with a decline in the number of breeding ewes, according to the country’s annual stock number survey. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand 2019 lamb crop predicted to dip 2.4 percent

Merino flock shines as Victorian Sustainability Awards finalist

A VICTORIAN Merino flock aiming to be carbon neutral by 2025 but with a strong focus on sheep welfare is a finalist in the Premier’s 2019 Sustainability Awards. Source: Sheep Central Merino flock shines as Victorian Sustainability Awards finalist

SA livestock carrier convicted and fined $5000 for sheep cruelty

A SOUTH Australian livestock transporter who threw live and dead sheep off his truck into a pile has been convicted on animal cruelty charges and fine $5000 in the Horsham Magistrate’s Court. Source: Sheep Central SA livestock carrier convicted and fined 00 for sheep cruelty

WA shearer Damien Boyle shows Kiwis how to shear Merinos..again

WESTERN Australian shearer Damien Boyle has made the best of a holiday with the family in New Zealand by winning the New Zealand Merino Shears Open shearing title in Alexandra – for the eighth time in 10 years. Source: Sheep Central WA shearer Damien Boyle shows Kiwis how to shear Merinos..again

Young Merino ewes sell to $285 at Elders Jerilderie sale + VIDEOS

A LINE of heavy cutting medium wool Merino ewes has sold for $285 to make the Wettenhall family’s Cara Pty Ltd back-to-back winners of the highly prized John Wells Memorial Shield at the Elders Jerilderie annual sheep sale last Friday. Source: Sheep Central Young Merino ewes sell to 5 at Elders Jerilderie sale +… Read more »

Forward wool markets struggle as auction prices drop again

FORWARD wool markets struggled to find their bearings this week as the spot auction market continued its crazy rollercoaster ride. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool markets struggle as auction prices drop again

Proposed new processing developments: Guyra update

LOCAL investors have funded an advanced concept design, feasibility study, development application and land purchase for a proposed abattoir at Guyra in New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Proposed new processing developments: Guyra update

Proposed new processing developments: Port Pirie update

MEETING demand for niche red meat processing and service kill capacity in South Australia is a key driver behind a proposed new $70 million abattoir development at Port Pirie. Source: Sheep Central Proposed new processing developments: Port Pirie update

Biochar sheep, beef and crop options to feature in farm tour

BIOCHAR’S benefits in sheep, cattle and cropping systems will be the focus of a three-day study tour across south-east South Australia and south-west Victoria this month, as part of the 2019 Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference. Source: Sheep Central Biochar sheep, beef and crop options to feature in farm tour

Australian wool growers hold as auction prices take another dive

AUSTRALIAN wool growers refused to sell clips en masse this week as prices take another dive and the auction market lost all of the gains of the past three weeks. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool growers hold as auction prices take another dive

Health officials struggle to digest positive red meat study

A new scientific study has been published casting serious doubt on the scientific methods used to underpin public dietary guidelines that recommend significant reductions in red meat consumption – and the finding isn’t being well received by public health officials. Source: Beef Central Health officials struggle to digest positive red meat study

Otways sheep farmer Alison Stone to lead meat regulator Primesafe

EXPERIENCED public servant and Otways sheep farmer Alison Stone has been appointed as the new chair of state meat processing and food safety body Primesafe. Source: Sheep Central Otways sheep farmer Alison Stone to lead meat regulator Primesafe

AuctionsPlus online sales point to medium micron Merino wool demand

ONLINE wool seller AuctionsPlus enjoyed increased sales last week, especially of medium micron Merino lines, as the physical auction market lifted. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus online sales point to medium micron Merino wool demand

NSW New England police investigate missing Guyra sheep

NEW South Wales police are investigating the reported loss of 120 shorn pregnant Merino ewes from a Guyra district property. Source: Sheep Central NSW New England police investigate missing Guyra sheep

What’s driving new abattoir proposals and are they realistic?

More than 100 abattoirs have closed across Australia since the 1980s, including 16 in the past decade. Against that backdrop, why the sudden interest in building new abattoirs, and are the proposals realistic? Source: Sheep Central What’s driving new abattoir proposals and are they realistic?

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – September 2019

IT SEEMS everything happens at once in a normal year; however, this year, we have three extremes of seasonal experiences across the country — drought, maintenance rainfall and a normal spring, writes Chris Howie in this month’s southern sheep and cattle market wrap and look at opportunities ahead. Source: Sheep Central Chris Howie’s southern… Read more »

What’s driving new abattoir proposals, and are they realistic?

More than 100 abattoirs have closed across Australia since the 1980s, including 16 in the past decade. Against that backdrop, why the sudden interest in building new abattoirs, and are the proposals realistic? Source: Beef Central What’s driving new abattoir proposals, and are they realistic?

Revamped app offers more power for feeding decisions

A significant upgrade to a NSW DPI Drought Feeding App is allowing beef and sheep producers across eastern and southern Australia to make more informed decisions about drought feeding options Source: Beef Central Revamped app offers more power for feeding decisions

Proposed new processing developments: Guyra update

Three years after forming a company to advance an abattoir project, six New England business people have self-funded the development of advanced conceptual plans and development applications and have secured a 40 hectare site of undeveloped industrial zoned land near Guyra. Source: Beef Central Proposed new processing developments: Guyra update

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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?

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 »

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

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

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

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

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

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

US meat judging team gains different perspective after Aussie ICMJ visit

While Texas Tech University’s meat judging team is considered an odds-on favourite to claim its fourteenth national crown in the annual US uni student competition this year, it gained a whole new level of experience following participation in Australia’s equivalent competition in July. Source: Beef Central US meat judging team gains different perspective after… Read more »

New independent umpire to oversee live export sector

Federal Parliament has passed new laws to introduce independent oversight of the $1.7 billion live export industry, to boost animal welfare outcomes and further enhance Australia’s position as a “world leader”. Source: Beef Central New independent umpire to oversee live export sector

Farmers and families fight plans for abattoir at 'idyllic' Victorian location

A $30 million proposal for a sheep abattoir that would employ 150 full-time workers is opposed by a group of residents, who are concerned about potential health impacts and devaluation of their properties. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers and families fight plans for abattoir at ‘idyllic’ Victorian location

Politics of conflict won’t help meat sector: marketing expert

Should the meat industry be working to actively counter every misleading or unsubstantiated claim reported about meat and its environmental impact? One marketing expert says no, but says the industry is heading in the right direction by building its long term sustainability strategy. Source: Beef Central Politics of conflict won’t help meat sector: marketing… Read more »

Stable wool auctions prompt forward trading activity

A RELATIVELY stable week of wool auctions has delivered a better environment for the forward market, with trading activity through to June 2020. Source: Sheep Central Stable wool auctions prompt forward trading activity

Aged mutton could be the next product on our plates

VICTORIAN research has highlighted the potential for the production and marketing of premium aged mutton products. Source: Sheep Central Aged mutton could be the next product on our plates

Australian wool market consolidates further after wild ride

AUSTRALIA’S wool market has consolidated this week despite a lift in the bale offering, with the benchmark Eastern Market Indicator adding 7 cents for the week to close at 1542c/kg clean. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool market consolidates further after wild ride

Merino project data to flow, but too late for this year’s rams

MERINO Lifetime Productivity Project data will flow into the national genetic benchmarking service MERINOSELECT within months, but is too late for producers seeking rams with updated breeding values in the spring ram-buying season. Source: Sheep Central Merino project data to flow, but too late for this year’s rams

AWI was paid $30,000 from $20 million-plus GIC funds

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has been paid $30,000 from the $20 million-plus held by the now defunct grower-owned Graziers Investments Company. Source: Sheep Central AWI was paid ,000 from million-plus GIC funds

Young Merino ewes selling to $358 at the Hay sheep sale today

BIG plain-bodied young Merino ewes have generally made $250-$300 with an outstanding sale at $358 in early selling at the Hay sheep sale today. Source: Sheep Central Young Merino ewes selling to 8 at the Hay sheep sale today

Recruitment: Four behaviours that define effective leadership

GLOBAL management advisory company, McKinsey & Co set out to discover what the top behaviours are that successful leaders consistently demonstrate. The survey found that just four kinds of behaviour accounted for 89 percent of leadership effectiveness. What are they? Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Four behaviours that define effective leadership

Elders promises ‘light touch integration’ of AIRR network

ELDERS has assured “a light touch integration” of the Australian Independent Rural Retailers business into its network, after Australia’s competition regulator decided not to oppose its proposed acquisition of the rural wholesale buying group. Source: Sheep Central Elders promises ‘light touch integration’ of AIRR network

Livestock producers urged to plan summer water needs now

AGRICULTURE Victoria is urging livestock producers to take steps to assess on-farm stock water  storage levels and make plans now for peak livestock demand periods over summer. Source: Sheep Central Livestock producers urged to plan summer water needs now

Sustainability focus for 2020 Nuffield Farming Scholarship winners

DROUGHT has prompted New South Wales Merino stud breeder Tom Hooke to look for ways to build more resilience into pastoral sheep production systems. Source: Sheep Central Sustainability focus for 2020 Nuffield Farming Scholarship winners

AuctionsPlus online wool sales bounce back

ONLINE wool sales lifted last week as the physical auction market rebounded with its largest weekly rise ever. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus online wool sales bounce back

Processors facing water supply issues as drought deepens

SEVERAL regional meat processing operations could soon be facing water supply challenges if there is no reprieve to the severe drought conditions gripping eastern and northern Australia. Source: Sheep Central Processors facing water supply issues as drought deepens

Sheep pain relief petition gets 200,000-plus signatures

PROPOSED New South Wales legislation mandating pain relief for sheep surgical procedures and the phasing out of mulesing will be supported by an international petition with more than 200,000 signatories this week. Source: Sheep Central Sheep pain relief petition gets 200,000-plus signatures

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 September 2019

Cold fronts and surface troughs generated moderate rainfall in southeastern Australia, while a cold front produced moderate falls in southern, coastal New South Wales, and snow in Canberra at the end of the week. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 September 2019

Live export value to WA sheep industry highlighted in report

LIVE sheep exports generate about $100 million a year for Australia’s producers, underpinned by about 30 percent of Western Australia’s flock turn-off going into the trade in the past five years, a recent analysis has found. Source: Sheep Central Live export value to WA sheep industry highlighted in report