Category: Sheep

Ewe and lamb survival webinar is webinar focus

TOOLS to optimise ewe and lamb survival and manage risk will be outlined in a webinar next week. Source: Sheep Central Ewe and lamb survival webinar is webinar focus

Most sheep producers to rebuild flocks without buying ewes

MOST Australian sheep producers intend to maintain or increase their breeding ewe flock without buying in over the next 12 months, a recent survey has indicated. Source: Sheep Central Most sheep producers to rebuild flocks without buying ewes

TFI launches $10m automated lamb boning project at Tamworth

Australian meat processor Thomas Foods International has awarded a $10 million automated lamb boning systems contract to New Zealand’s Scott Technology Ltd. Source: Beef Central TFI launches m automated lamb boning project at Tamworth

Scott wins $10m lamb boning system contract with TFI + VIDEO

Australian meat processor Thomas Foods International has awarded a $10 million automated lamb boning systems contract to New Zealand’s Scott Technology Ltd. Source: Sheep Central Scott wins m lamb boning system contract with TFI + VIDEO

National sheep electronic identification system costing call

SHEEP Producers Australia is seeking a full assessment and costing of a national electronic identification system for sheep and goats by the Federal Government. Source: Sheep Central National sheep electronic identification system costing call

‘Mules with pain relief’ reminder for Victorian sheep flocks

AGRICULTURE Victoria has reminded sheep producers and contractors mulesing lambs, it is now a requirement to administer a registered pain-relief product. Source: Sheep Central ‘Mules with pain relief’ reminder for Victorian sheep flocks

Wool sales continue online during Easter auction recess

WOOL sales continued online on the AuctionsPlus platform last week, despite the one-week Easter recess for physical auctions. Source: Sheep Central Wool sales continue online during Easter auction recess

Joined Merino ewes sell to $417 on AuctionsPlus

JOINED Merino ewes carrying plenty of wool sold to $417 and lambs of all types were popular at firm to dearer prices in reduced offering on AuctionsPlus last week. Source: Sheep Central Joined Merino ewes sell to 7 on AuctionsPlus

Wool exporters seek finalised sheep freeze branding report

AUSTRALIA’S wool exporters and brokers believes industry stakeholders must be given the opportunity to adjust their submissions to a National Wool Declaration review after viewing a finalised sheep freeze branding research report. Source: Sheep Central Wool exporters seek finalised sheep freeze branding report

Mustering sheep safely with drones at Beeac + VIDEO

VICTORIAN farmers Tom and Bill Alston use drones to take some of the stress and injury risk out of mustering sheep and cattle on their Beeac property in the state’s south-west. Source: Sheep Central Mustering sheep safely with drones at Beeac + VIDEO

Will our sheep dogs need to learn how to fly? + VIDEO

FARM quality assurance programs could one day specify the use of drones rather than dogs or motorbikes to muster livestock, after research showing mustering with an unmanned aerial vehicle was less stressful for sheep and goats. Source: Sheep Central Will our sheep dogs need to learn how to fly? + VIDEO

Saudi live sheep trade not good for animal welfare – RSPCA

A PLAN to re-open the live sheep trade to Saudi Arabia is bad news for the welfare of Australian animals, according to the RSPCA. Source: Sheep Central Saudi live sheep trade not good for animal welfare – RSPCA

Scabby mouth is one of many obstacles to Saudi sheep trade

AUSTRALIAN sheep will need to vaccinated just once for scabby mouth to be eligible for export to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under a new pathway announced this week. Source: Sheep Central Scabby mouth is one of many obstacles to Saudi sheep trade

AWEX rejects industry calls to delay National Wool Declaration Review

THE Australian Wool Exchange has rejected a call from brokers and exporters to extend the submission period for the National Wool Declaration review. Source: Sheep Central AWEX rejects industry calls to delay National Wool Declaration Review

AWI to propose that 10-year director terms are not for everyone

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation intends to find a way around a performance review recommendation for a 10-year director term limit for at least one sitting director, even as it asks shareholders to approve the measure. Source: Sheep Central AWI to propose that 10-year director terms are not for everyone

Fine micron preference shows in online wool sales

ONLINE wool bale sales increased on AuctionsPlus last week as prices lifted at physical auctions. Source: Sheep Central Fine micron preference shows in online wool sales

Australian White and in-lamb crossbred ewes sell well online

STRONG demand for Australian White and shedding breed ewes and for lines of in-lamb or joinable crossbred ewes featured in AuctionsPlus online sales last week. Source: Sheep Central Australian White and in-lamb crossbred ewes sell well online

Shearing contractors welcome new New Zealand travel rules

AUSTRALIA’S shearing contractors have welcomed the pending introduction of quarantine-free travel to New Zealand later this month. Source: Sheep Central Shearing contractors welcome new New Zealand travel rules

Saudi sheep exports back on, but no mention of ESCAS

LIVESTOCK exporters have welcomed the establishment of a new pathway to export Australian sheep to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Source: Sheep Central Saudi sheep exports back on, but no mention of ESCAS

Webinar will look at hidden costs of difficult lamb births

NEW research on the hidden costs of difficult lamb births in the Australian sheep industry will be shared in a Meat & Livestock Australia webinar next week. Source: Sheep Central Webinar will look at hidden costs of difficult lamb births

Wool indicator hits 1300c/kg as delivery deadlines loom

AUSTRALIAN wool prices improved this week as exporters purchased supplies for immediate shipment before a week’s recess in auctions. Source: Sheep Central Wool indicator hits 1300c/kg as delivery deadlines loom

Peak bodies approve Australian Sheep Sustainability Framework

PEAK industry bodies have approved the first Australian Sheep Sustainability Framework and it will be launched in New South Wales this month. Source: Sheep Central Peak bodies approve Australian Sheep Sustainability Framework

‘Premature’ wool declaration review sparks feedback

PEAK grower body WoolProducers Australia has labelled the current National Wool Declaration review “premature”, as major animal welfare bodies reiterate calls for the Australian Wool Exchange to cease defining sheep freeze branding as a non-mulesed process. Source: Sheep Central ‘Premature’ wool declaration review sparks feedback

Wool plans coalition to impress natural fibre case on EU

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation plans to form an international natural fibre coalition to ensure plant and animal fibres are not harmed under the European Union’s Product Environmental Footprint Scheme. Source: Sheep Central Wool plans coalition to impress natural fibre case on EU

AuctionsPlus Bale sales double over online wool offer board

The AuctionsPlus online offer board doubled sales to 318 bales last week, with the most buyer interest shown in fine and medium Merino lines. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus Bale sales double over online wool offer board

Online sheep and lambs in demand after east coast rain

ONLINE sheep and lamb supplies contracted and prices improved last week after rain fall across the eastern states. Source: Sheep Central Online sheep and lambs in demand after east coast rain

Autumn Lamb Legends launch gives easy options

MEAT & Livestock Australia has launched its Autumn lamb campaign, aiming to show that cooking with Australian lamb is easy. Source: Sheep Central Autumn Lamb Legends launch gives easy options

Wool prices lift slightly as growers hold back bales

WOOL growers withdrew or refused to sell nearly a quarter of the bales catalogued bales for auctions across Australia this week. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices lift slightly as growers hold back bales

Forward wool market trading restricted to the short-term

FORWARD wool trading was light and physical auctions opened with great expectations in a mixed week for the markets. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market trading restricted to the short-term

Brokers seek further extension of National Wool Declaration review

WOOL brokers have sought a further extension of the Australian Wool Exchange’s National Wool Declaration review to allow consideration of the final peer-reviewed results from recent sheep freeze branding research. Source: Sheep Central Brokers seek further extension of National Wool Declaration review

Australian Wool Innovation defends evidence to senators

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has declared it has not misled a Senate Estimates committee despite several discrepancies in its evidence to a hearing in Canberra this week. Source: Sheep Central Australian Wool Innovation defends evidence to senators

AWEX extends the NWD review submissions deadline to 6 April

AUSTRALIA’S wool growers could be faced with making submissions to a review of the National Wool Declaration without access to finalised research results on the sheep freeze branding process. Source: Sheep Central AWEX extends the NWD review submissions deadline to 6 April

AWI grilled on 2019 election and agri-political activity claim

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has been grilled over its 2019 board election nomination process and a claim of agri-political activity, at a Senate Estimates hearing yesterday. Source: Sheep Central AWI grilled on 2019 election and agri-political activity claim

No WoolQ revenue after $6.3 million spent over five years

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has spent $6.3 million in growers’ levy funds on the WoolQ Market platform over the past five years but it has failed to generate any revenue, Senate Estimates was told yesterday. Source: Sheep Central No WoolQ revenue after .3 million spent over five years

Online wool sales settle as physical auction rates fall

ONLINE wool buying eased last week — with 151 bales traded — as prices eased on the physical auction market. Source: Sheep Central Online wool sales settle as physical auction rates fall

Prices shift as AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offerings rise

AUCTIONSPLUS’ sheep and lamb offerings continued to increase last week, rising 11 percent to 107,418 head and flow of stock over the past two weeks has had a notable impact on prices, especially for the joined ewe lines. Source: Sheep Central Prices shift as AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offerings rise

Shearing rate increase continues, but would KPIs work?

AUSTRALIA’S peak shearing contractor body is continuing a 15pc shearer rate and industry wage increase trial until a review later in the year, when New Zealand-based workers might be able to return. Source: Sheep Central Shearing rate increase continues, but would KPIs work?

Sheep freeze branding trial results fast-tracked for NWD review

FINAL preliminary results of a sheep freeze branding trial undertaken by the University of Melbourne will be fast-tracked for the Australian Wool Exchange’s National Wool Declaration review. Source: Sheep Central Sheep freeze branding trial results fast-tracked for NWD review

Wool growers hold as demand softens with larger offerings

AUSTRALIAN wool brokers passed in more clips this week as finance issues and softer demand contributed to a general weakening in wool prices at national auctions. The Australian Wool Exchange… Source: Sheep Central Wool growers hold as demand softens with larger offerings

Trust In Australian Wool campaign attracts worldwide interest

MORE than 300 industry stakeholders worldwide registered for the inaugural Trust in Australian Wool campaign launch last night. Source: Sheep Central Trust In Australian Wool campaign attracts worldwide interest

Research finds sheep freeze branding is painful for lambs

PRELIMINARY research results indicating sheep freeze branding is a painful procedure for lambs, even when using available pain relief, have been published by the University of Melbourne. Source: Sheep Central Research finds sheep freeze branding is painful for lambs

AWN exits sheep freeze branding joint venture

AUSTRALIA’S largest independent wool broker, AWN, has handed full control of the business promoting the mulesing alternative, sheep freeze branding, back to its developor John Steinfort. Source: Sheep Central AWN exits sheep freeze branding joint venture

Meridian Agriculture seminar series to cover farmer options

LEADING agricultural consulting firm Meridian Agriculture will host a series of seminars across the Victoria’s Western District this month to help producers maximise future benefits from recent successful seasons. Source: Sheep Central Meridian Agriculture seminar series to cover farmer options

AWEX should get out of wool welfare issues says Olsson

WOOL welfare judgments should not be made on the Australian Wool Exchange’s National Wool Declaration, according to New South Wales wool grower Chick Olsson. And the Australian Wool Growers Association… Source: Sheep Central AWEX should get out of wool welfare issues says Olsson

Wool growers to vote on AWI director terms as chair Garnsey retires

AUSTRALIAN Wool innovation has bowed to industry and government pressure to recommend a 10-year limit on director terms, and the AWI chair, Colette Garnsey, will retire this year, potentially leaving an opening for at least one new director on the seven-member board. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers to vote on AWI director terms as… Read more »

AuctionsPlus wool bale sales steady with market

AUCTIONSPLUS online wool sale volumes steadied last week as the physical auction price benchmark held firm. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus wool bale sales steady with market

Crossbred and Merino wether lamb numbers surge online

CROSSBRED and Merino wether lamb numbers surged on AuctionsPlus last week, lifting the overall online sheep and lamb offering by 15 percent to 96,643 head. Source: Sheep Central Crossbred and Merino wether lamb numbers surge online

MLA and AHA join forces to rebuild Australia’s sheep flock

A PROJECT aimed at defining Australian sheep meat demand and boosting supply is being jointly funded by Meat & Livestock Australia and Animal Health Australia. Source: Sheep Central MLA and AHA join forces to rebuild Australia’s sheep flock

Call to add pain relief status to National Wool Declaration

A REVIEW into the description of mulesing status on Australia’s National Wool Declaration will be held this month, before the completion of research into sheep freeze branding. But sheep freeze… Source: Sheep Central Call to add pain relief status to National Wool Declaration

Hamilton’s 2021 Sheepvention to be split into two events

HAMILTON’S popular three-day Sheepvention expo will be split into two separate events in 2021, organisers have announced. Source: Sheep Central Hamilton’s 2021 Sheepvention to be split into two events

Wool prices settle around quality in national auctions

AUSTRALIA’S national wool auction price benchmark held firm this week, balanced by continued demand for quality and discounting of drought-affected and lower yielding lesser style wools. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices settle around quality in national auctions

Shearing and wool handling events resume after COVID-19 lockdowns

SHEARING and wool handling competitions have resumed in Australia after a 12-month COVID-19-imposed break, with events planned in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Shearing and wool handling events resume after COVID-19 lockdowns

Wool women urged to unite and challenge unacceptable behaviour

WOMEN in Australia’s wool industry have been urged to challenge any unacceptable behaviour in their industry by Australian Wool Exchange chair Robyn Clubb. Source: Sheep Central Wool women urged to unite and challenge unacceptable behaviour

Is there any such thing as 'vegan wool'?

“Vegan wool” made from cotton and weed fibres riles up Australian woolgrowers. Source: ABC Livestock Is there any such thing as ‘vegan wool’?

Barbers pole worm explosion prompts NSW sheep flock warning

SHEEP on some New South Wales northern tablelands properties have been killed by barber’s pole worm infestations only two weeks after drenching, prompting a call for increased flock monitoring. Source: Sheep Central Barbers pole worm explosion prompts NSW sheep flock warning

Innovative shearer trainer and trainee program “a gamechanger”

A VICTORIAN-BASED sheep shearer trainer and trainee program was helping to solve the industry’s national labour shortage and providing a model for collaborative training in other sectors. Source: Sheep Central Innovative shearer trainer and trainee program “a gamechanger”

Chris Wilcox to retire from national wool brokers’ role

INTERNATIONALLY respected wool market analyst Chris Wilcox will retire as executive director of the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia next month. Source: Sheep Central Chris Wilcox to retire from national wool brokers’ role

Online wool buying eases as auction offering increases

WOOL buying activity eased slightly on the AuctionsPlus offer board last week as more clips were offered at national physical auctions. Source: Sheep Central Online wool buying eases as auction offering increases

Italian team and AWI put wool into the America’s Cup final

WOOL growers are reaping benefits from linking with Italy’s America’s Cup Challenger, the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team, according to Australian Wool Innovation chief executive officer Stuart McCullough. Source: Sheep Central Italian team and AWI put wool into the America’s Cup final

South Australian releases plan to grow flock size and value to 2030

SOUTH Australia’s sheep meat and wool industry will need to increase the state flock by 13 percent to 12 million sheep by 2030 to achieve the goal of the updated South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint launched last Friday. Source: Sheep Central South Australian releases plan to grow flock size and value to 2030

Physical and forward wool markets trade sideways

THE physical wool auction and forward markets continued their sideways movement this week and all micron groups traded the week within narrow bands. Source: Sheep Central Physical and forward wool markets trade sideways

Crossbred wool prices improve, but mixed Merino results

AUSTRALIA’S wool market generally held firm this week, with crossbred prices improving while Merino micron results were mixed, across the auctions in Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle. Source: Sheep Central Crossbred wool prices improve, but mixed Merino results

Bianca is milking Merinos for her latest research project

MERINO milk quality and its impact on ram reproductive potential is the next project of University of Adelaide researcher Bianca Agenbag. Source: Sheep Central Bianca is milking Merinos for her latest research project

WoolProducers confirms Trust in Australian Wool campaign launch

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia will launch a ‘Trust in Australian Wool’ campaign on 18 March complete with its own handbook, interactive website, and links to other sites and resources. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers confirms Trust in Australian Wool campaign launch

Sheep meat prices to track delayed African Swine Fever recovery

A DELAYED Chinese recovery from African Swine Fever, strong ongoing global lamb and mutton demand, and higher beef prices point to continued high prices for Australian sheep producers this decade,… Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat prices to track delayed African Swine Fever recovery

Management, board changes for WA’s Yeeda and Kimberley Meat Co

Yeeda Pastoral Co and its subsidiary, Kimberley Meat Co – the nation’s most isolated beef processing facility operating near Broome in WA – has made a series of management and board appointments in advance of its 2021 slaughter season   Source: Beef Central Management, board changes for WA’s Yeeda and Kimberley Meat Co

MerinoLink conference adds extra field day to 2021 program

AUSTRALIA’S premier Merino conference MerinoLink at Wagga Wagga will return in 2021 with an extended three-day program, including an on-farm field day. Source: Sheep Central MerinoLink conference adds extra field day to 2021 program

ABARES forecasts small falls in lamb and mutton prices, wool to lift

LAMB and sheep saleyard prices are forecast to fall over the next two years, but wool prices are expected to increase, according to the ABARES Agriculture Commodities March 2021 quarter report. Source: Sheep Central ABARES forecasts small falls in lamb and mutton prices, wool to lift

Non-mulesed wool sale moves continue despite NASC knockback

A GROWER call for a designated non-mulesed wool sale in late March has been denied by the Australian Wool Exchange’s National Auction Selling Committee. Source: Sheep Central Non-mulesed wool sale moves continue despite NASC knockback

Women In Wool zoom into second International Women’s Day conference

WOMEN in Wool will be celebrated with a special International Women’s Day Zoom conference this week. The second annual Women in Wool conference to be held online on 5 March… Source: Sheep Central Women In Wool zoom into second International Women’s Day conference

Woolworths restructures red meat business across Australia

Australia’s largest supermarket retailer, Woolworths, is restructuring its red meat business, forming a stand-alone business called GreenStock. The move is designed to better organise the company’s end-to-end meat supply chain, it said. Source: Sheep Central Woolworths restructures red meat business across Australia

Woolworths restructures red meat business across Australia

Australia’s largest supermarket retailer, Woolworths, is restructuring its red meat business, forming a stand-alone business called GreenStock. The move is designed to better organise the company’s end-to-end meat supply chain, it said. Source: Beef Central Woolworths restructures red meat business across Australia

Forward wool trading hit by currency movement

WOOL forward markets continued to trade in premium early this week across all microns and maturities, but pulled back against modest demand and as the Australian dollar strengthened against the US currency. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool trading hit by currency movement

WA Merino breeder Steven Bolt to lead 2021 WoolPoll

WESTERN Australian Merino breeder Steven Bolt has been elected as chairman of the 2021 WoolPoll Panel. Source: Sheep Central WA Merino breeder Steven Bolt to lead 2021 WoolPoll

Australian Merino growers hold clips as wool prices drop

AUSTRALIAN growers passed in almost 20 percent of the wool offered at auctions this week as the prices for all Merino lines fell this week. Source: Sheep Central Australian Merino growers hold clips as wool prices drop

New WA feedmill to target sheep and cattle pellet market

A NEW feedmill is to be built at Cuballing in the Western Australian wheatbelt to supply 180,000 tonnes per year of pellets for sheep and cattle. Source: Sheep Central New WA feedmill to target sheep and cattle pellet market

Less competition drags saleyard lamb prices back

SLAUGHTER lamb and mutton prices generally eased in several saleyards this week as not all processors or supermarkets operated in all centres, and restocker demand and quality varied. Source: Sheep Central Less competition drags saleyard lamb prices back

Short-tailed Merino ewes were ‘the buy of the day’ at Parkdale

TRANGIE wool grower Tim Burns has paid just $230 for the first offering of short-tailed Merino ewes in Australia and he believes he got the deal of the day. Source: Sheep Central Short-tailed Merino ewes were ‘the buy of the day’ at Parkdale

Angus takes shearing to LEGO land with woolshed idea

A LEGO woolshed has put Tahara’s Angus Dohle on the path to recognition as a designer, but he needs the help of every Sheep Central reader and their friends. After… Source: Sheep Central Angus takes shearing to LEGO land with woolshed idea

Strong wool auctions put forward markets in premium

ANOTHER strong week on the spot wool auction market helped keep the forward markets in premium as hedging levels broke through some grower’s initial target levels. Source: Sheep Central Strong wool auctions put forward markets in premium

Australian wool prices rebound with better competition

WOOL prices rose strongly this week, driven by interest from multiple buying companies, according to the Australian Wool Exchange. AWEX’s weekly report said strong spirited bidding helped to push prices… Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices rebound with better competition

Australian grower bodies plan wool awareness initiatives

AUSTRALIAN wool grower bodies are planning international campaigns for their fibre highlighting its high quality and sustainability, industry animal welfare practices and health, disease and biosecurity systems. Source: Sheep Central Australian grower bodies plan wool awareness initiatives

New Australian sheep meat and beef processing joint venture deal

BRAZILIAN meat packer Minerva Foods has signed an agreement with the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company for the possible acquisition of Australian assets and establishment of a joint venture to process sheep meat and beef. Source: Sheep Central New Australian sheep meat and beef processing joint venture deal

Red meat, green facts – embracing the emissions challenge

The cattle industry has grown a little too accustomed to seeing negative headlines around red meat’s impact on our environment, and not enough coverage of the positive, proactive steps the industry is taking, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong writes in this guest post. Source: Beef Central Red meat, green facts –… Read more »

Trade and heavy lamb prices climb as supplies wane

TRADE lamb prices pushed well over 900c/kg in eastern states’ saleyards this week as numbers dropped in most centres and buyers competed for weight and quality. Source: Sheep Central Trade and heavy lamb prices climb as supplies wane

Latest analysis shows undeclared wool risks price discount

WOOL from sheep whose mulesing status is not declared has been discounted by up to 9c/kg recently and the price gap to non-mulesed wool is widening as the Australian auction market improves. Source: Sheep Central Latest analysis shows undeclared wool risks price discount

Nominations open for 2021 Australian Wool Industry Medal

NOMINATIONS have opened for the 2021 Australian Wool Industry Medal, but the continuing COVID-19 pandemic is preventing presentations for all the 2020 winners from proceeding. Source: Sheep Central Nominations open for 2021 Australian Wool Industry Medal

Aussie White ewes make $453 as some Merino and first cross ewe prices drop

AVERAGE prices for several Merino and first cross ewe categories dropped on AuctionsPlus last week, although scanned in-lamb Merino ewes lifted in value. The average price for the largest category,… Source: Sheep Central Aussie White ewes make 3 as some Merino and first cross ewe prices drop

Lamb and beef operations choose high rainfall zone to finish stock

SHEEP and beef producers seeking reliable land for livestock finishing are buying into the higher rainfall areas of Victoria, including former dairy regions, according to Elders rural real estate specialist at Camperdown Rob Rickard. Source: Sheep Central Lamb and beef operations choose high rainfall zone to finish stock