Category: Sheep

Spike in Merino skin prices reflects wool market

A spike in Merino skin prices is less a sign of improving pelt demand and more a reflection of a lift in wool rates, trade and industry sources suggested this week. Source: Sheep Central Spike in Merino skin prices reflects wool market

Webinar: Foot issues in sheep during a persistently wet winter

As a wet winter continues across eastern Australia’s sheep areas, producers will be monitoring for signs of lameness in their flocks. MLA is hosting another webinar in its ‘Productivity & Profitability’ series – this time on managing foot issues in sheep over winter. Source: Sheep Central Webinar: Foot issues in sheep during a persistently… Read more »

RSPCA Australia calls for sheep exporter’s suspension

RSPCA Australia has called on the Australian Government to strip the export licence from live sheep exporter Livestock Shipping Services, claiming it has breached live export regulations 44 times. Source: Sheep Central RSPCA Australia calls for sheep exporter’s suspension

MLA Summer Lamb ad wins award and boosts sales

MEAT & Livestock Australia’s ‘Make Lamb Not Walls’ advertisement has backed up its strong retail sales result by winning the ‘TV Ad of the year’ and ‘Ad Campaign of the Year’ at The Mumbrella Awards last night. Source: Sheep Central MLA Summer Lamb ad wins award and boosts sales

Australian exporter withdraws sheep from Jordanian facility

AUSTRALIAN sheep have been withdrawn from a Jordanian slaughter facility after non-compliant mishandling was reported to exporter Livestock Shipping Services during the Eid festival by animal rights body Animals Australia. Source: Sheep Central Australian exporter withdraws sheep from Jordanian facility

English shearer sets new nine-hour lamb record of 872

A GLAMOUR shearing record once the domain of New Zealand’s best has been broken in the United Kingdom for the second time in five years by a shearer averaging one lamb every 37.16 seconds over nine hours. Source: Sheep Central English shearer sets new nine-hour lamb record of 872

Three-day Wool Connect conference planned for September

WOOL growers across the world will again be connected with supply chain stakeholders in the second annual Wool Connect virtual conference in September this year. Source: Sheep Central Three-day Wool Connect conference planned for September

Merino wethers gain weight in industrial hemp feed trial

WESTERN Australian research has found production gains could be made by feeding sheep industrial hemp as a summer feed option. Source: Sheep Central Merino wethers gain weight in industrial hemp feed trial

Olympic sheep dog trial idea has international support

SHEEP dog trialling will be an Olympic sport in Brisbane in if New South Wales Angie White and hundreds of supporters have their way. Source: Sheep Central Olympic sheep dog trial idea has international support

British shearer to make second world record attempt

COVID-19 restrictions have cancelled a shearing record attempt planned in New South Wales next weekend, but English shearer Stuart Connor will have another go at the world nine-hour strongwool lamb record in Cornwall tomorrow. Source: Sheep Central British shearer to make second world record attempt

Sheep Producers Australia seeks new chair and directors

AUSTRALIA’S peak national sheep producer body has started a search for a new independent chairman and two board directors. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia seeks new chair and directors

Nation’s largest wool handler AWH plans Hamilton store

AUSTRALIA’S largest warehouse provider, AWH, plans to have a new wool store in operation in the Victorian city of Hamilton by early next year. Source: Sheep Central Nation’s largest wool handler AWH plans Hamilton store

First AWI director election hopefuls declare their hands

NEW South Wales grower Michael Field and South Australian-based exporter executive Steven Read have declared their intention to seek nomination in the 2021 Australian Wool Innovation director election. Source: Sheep Central First AWI director election hopefuls declare their hands

Victorian farmer disqualified from owning sheep

A VICTORIAN sheep farmer has been disqualified from owning sheep for ten years after he pleaded guilty to three charges of animal cruelty. Source: Sheep Central Victorian farmer disqualified from owning sheep

Farmonline gives AWI’s 2pc levy release an early, easy run

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation and Farmonline have refused to explain why the online rural news platform published verbatim an AWI statement promoting a 2 percent WoolPoll levy two hours before it was received by other media outlets. Source: Sheep Central Farmonline gives AWI’s 2pc levy release an early, easy run

Sheep, cattle and machinery underpin record AuctionsPlus result

ONLINE selling platform AuctionsPlus hasn’t had a big year in sales of camels, baby formula, wine or water, but sheep, cattle, machinery and goats are another story. With huge increases… Source: Sheep Central Sheep, cattle and machinery underpin record AuctionsPlus result

Hamilton ram sale goes digital as Sheep Connect is cut

HAMIILTON Sheepvention has had to cancel its planned Sheep Connect events planned for next month, due to Victoria’s ongoing COVID lockdown. Source: Sheep Central Hamilton ram sale goes digital as Sheep Connect is cut

Animal welfare bodies support AWEX NWD freeze branding changes

LEADING animal welfare bodies have welcomed changes to Australia’s National Wool Declaration that distinguish wool from sheep treated with liquid nitrogen or freeze branding from ‘non-mulesed’ lines. Source: Sheep Central Animal welfare bodies support AWEX NWD freeze branding changes

AWI refuses to release report on WoolQ platform’s future

WOOL grower bodies have urged senators to seek a private briefing with Australian Wool Innovation about its online trading and tools platform WoolQ after the company refused to release a key report. Source: Sheep Central AWI refuses to release report on WoolQ platform’s future

Early results in on Gundagai’s world-first lamb IMF grid

A LAMB producer has achieved a 43c/kg carcase weight premium for a high intramuscular fat consignment in the first results from the Gundagai Meat Processors world-first IMF grid offering. Source: Sheep Central Early results in on Gundagai’s world-first lamb IMF grid

Wool growers slam increased levy recommendation

Australian Wool Innovation wants growers to pay more for research, development and marketing. Some growers aren’t happy.  Source: ABC Livestock Wool growers slam increased levy recommendation

'Extremely disappointing': Premier sheep event cancelled due to COVID

Another major rural event in Victoria falls victim to the coronavirus pandemic, with organisers of Sheep Connect, formerly known as Sheepvention, announcing its cancellation. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Extremely disappointing’: Premier sheep event cancelled due to COVID

Online sheep and lamb prices and clearances lift

SHEEP and lambs sold dearer in several categories on AuctionsPlus last week as listings dropped 16 percent to 45,371 head and clearance rates increased. Source: Sheep Central Online sheep and lamb prices and clearances lift

Freeze branding loses ‘non-mulesed’ status on wool declaration

AUSTRALIA’S wool exporter and brokers have supported a revised National Wool Declaration that does not define wool from sheep that have undergone the freeze-branded process as non-mulesed. Source: Sheep Central Freeze branding loses ‘non-mulesed’ status on wool declaration

Wool growers kick back against AWI’s 2pc levy campaign

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has been condemned for recommending growers support a 2 percent levy in the 2021 WoolPoll ballot, without releasing budgetary, wool price and production projections to support its position. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers kick back against AWI’s 2pc levy campaign

Nation’s top sheep show welcomes call for compensation

AUSTRALIA’S top sheep and wool show should have been told earlier that a statewide lockdown was planned last week, according to the show’s chief executive officer Margot Falconer. Source: Sheep Central Nation’s top sheep show welcomes call for compensation

Wool growers focus forward hedging at fine end

GROWERS focused their forward hedging on fine wools as auction  prices closed on a steady note, with the major movement between microns. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers focus forward hedging at fine end

Merino and crossbred wool prices peak at auction

AUSTRALIAN wool prices pushed still higher this week, despite almost 50,000 bales being offered in the second auction series of the new season and the last week before the annual three-week mid-year recess. Source: Sheep Central Merino and crossbred wool prices peak at auction

National Biosecurity Committee receives key sheep EID report

A REPORT on how sheep and goat electronic identification could be implemented nationally has been presented to Australia’s National Biosecurity Committee. Source: Sheep Central National Biosecurity Committee receives key sheep EID report

Conrayn Merino Stud scores fleece competition double

NEW South Wales’ Conrayn Merino Stud has won the prestigious grand champion fleece prize at this year’s Australian Fleece Competition. Source: Sheep Central Conrayn Merino Stud scores fleece competition double

Rowensville ultrafine wool tops bouyant auction market

NON-MULESED ultrafine Merino wool sold for up 9000c/kg for south-west Victorian growers this week in the highest Australian auction prices paid for several years. Source: Sheep Central Rowensville ultrafine wool tops bouyant auction market

AWI WoolPoll supplementary levy rate ‘unnecessary’

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s recommendation of 2.5 percent as the supplementary rate in the coming WoolPoll levy ballot has been branded as unnecessary and unjustified. Source: Sheep Central AWI WoolPoll supplementary levy rate ‘unnecessary’

Kangaroo Island farmer and his sheep stuck in Bendigo

When Jared McArdle hopped on the ferry to Victoria from South Australia this week, he did not expect to be plunged into lockdown alongside 12 of his sheep.  Source: ABC Livestock Kangaroo Island farmer and his sheep stuck in Bendigo

More lamb and wool won’t be an issue says Rural Bank

AUSTRALIAN sheep producers should benefit from increased lamb production coinciding with demand recovery, according to the Rural Bank’s Australian Agriculture Mid-year Outlook 2021 report. Source: Sheep Central More lamb and wool won’t be an issue says Rural Bank

Sheep Producers Australia calls for policy council members

SHEEP Producers Australia is looking for industry people interested in joining its new policy council or being available for taskforces. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia calls for policy council members

AWI board nomination committee independent chair appointed

EXPERIENCED company director Samantha Hogg has been appointed as the independent chair of Australian Wool Innovation’s board nomination committee. Source: Sheep Central AWI board nomination committee independent chair appointed

No turning back from Nudies to wool for the Mitchells

IF Merino wool prices doubled Glenthompson sheep producers Russell and Fiona Mitchell would not turn back from their flock’s progression away from Merinos, to composites and now to Nudie shedding sheep. Source: Sheep Central No turning back from Nudies to wool for the Mitchells

Forward wool contracts trade at premium into Spring

FORWARD wool markets remained well bid and trading at a premium to cash into the Spring, when a spot market base was set after a weaker than expected opening in auctions on Tuesday. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool contracts trade at premium into Spring

Medium Merino wool demand strong on AuctionsPlus

STRONG demand for medium Merino wool helped boost online bale sales on the AuctionsPlus offer board last week. Source: Sheep Central Medium Merino wool demand strong on AuctionsPlus

$484 million return potential for sheep and beef producers

MEAT & Livestock Australia’s BredWell FedWell program has generated an estimated $33.8 million in extra profits across the sheep industry, according to a report released today. Source: Sheep Central 4 million return potential for sheep and beef producers

Prices drops span AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering

SHEEP and lamb prices trended cheaper on AuctionsPlus last week as numbers lifted about 10 percent to 53,963 head. Source: Sheep Central Prices drops span AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering

WoolPoll reminder goes out …. without the levy options

AUSTRALIA’S wool growers are being asked to think about the levy rate they want to pay for the next three year period, weeks before all the options have been put to them. Source: Sheep Central WoolPoll reminder goes out …. without the levy options

New South Wales committee set to fight sheep footrot spread

INCREASING footrot infections in some New South Wales sheep areas have led to the formation of a new producer-led steering committee to help develop a plan to fight the spread. Source: Sheep Central New South Wales committee set to fight sheep footrot spread

Grassland society offers ‘green gold’ insights in virtual conference

‘GREEN Gold’ is the theme of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s second virtual conference since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic later this month. Source: Sheep Central Grassland society offers ‘green gold’ insights in virtual conference

Hannaton Merinos is making its ewes farm-fit at Kaniva

HANNATON Merinos stud master Jonno Hicks has seen the value of genetic selection in his stud and commercial flocks after one of the driest seasonal starts on record around Kaniva in Victoria’s west Wimmera region. Source: Sheep Central Hannaton Merinos is making its ewes farm-fit at Kaniva

No ‘absolute clarity’ around mulesing and wool for AWI leader

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s new chairman Jock Laurie has highlighted the importance of supply chain transparency while declaring there was not “absolute clarity” in market feedback on mulesing and animal welfare. Source: Sheep Central No ‘absolute clarity’ around mulesing and wool for AWI leader

MLA seeks sheep sale data for levy payer register

MEAT and Livestock Australia has this month commenced the development of the cattle and livestock levy payer register, seeking detailed client information from stock agents. Source: Sheep Central MLA seeks sheep sale data for levy payer register

Lamb and joined ewe prices improve online

LAMB and joined ewe prices generally improved on AuctionsPlus last week, as rain forecasts improved and listings tailed off. Source: Sheep Central Lamb and joined ewe prices improve online

Top young Merino fleece and sheep judges heading north

AUSTRALIA and New Zealand’s finest young Merino fleece and sheep judges will compete for the national titles in Queensland next month. Source: Sheep Central Top young Merino fleece and sheep judges heading north

From Merinos to composites to shedding Nudies

ENTERPRISE diversification and the psychology of risk and change will be on the menu at a Nudie shedding sheep event in Hamilton this month. Glenthompson Nudie producers Russell and Fiona… Source: Sheep Central From Merinos to composites to shedding Nudies

Forward wool market support as auction prices give up gains

FORWARD wool trading showed support at current levels as the spot auction market gave up around a third of its hard-earned gains this week. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market support as auction prices give up gains

Australian wool prices ease in last sale of season

AUSTRALIAN wool prices eased this week with the prospect of larger offerings in the next two weeks before a three-week auction recess. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices ease in last sale of season

Kilcoy Global Foods purchases Victorian beef and lamb processor, Hardwicks

Queensland grainfed beef export processor Kilcoy Global Foods has finalised its purchase of Victorian beef and lamb processor Hardwicks Meats. Rumours of the deal have been widespread across the industry for the past week, and staff at Hardwick’s Kyneton plant were informed of the change of ownership this morning. Source: Beef Central Kilcoy Global… Read more »

MLA plan to add mulesing and pain relief declarations on eNVDs

MEAT & Livestock Australia is working toward enabling producers to declare whether their sale sheep and lambs have been breech modified and if pain relief was used. Source: Sheep Central MLA plan to add mulesing and pain relief declarations on eNVDs

AWI appoints NSW grower Jock Laurie its new chairman

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation chair Colette Garnsey has retired prematurely to usher in grower Jock Laurie as the levy-funded body’s new leader, just months before key 2021 elections and the WoolPoll levy ballot. Source: Sheep Central AWI appoints NSW grower Jock Laurie its new chairman

Victoria's first large-scale solar farm now home for 300 sheep

Greg Fowler’s flock is settling well into its new home near Kerang, where they once huddled under scattered trees on a hot day but are now loving the shade created by hundreds of solar panels. Source: ABC Livestock Victoria’s first large-scale solar farm now home for 300 sheep

Paddock to store: How e-bales may help wool supply chain

For the first time, a commercial batch of Tasmanian wool is being packed in specially designed packs with QR codes and microchips, designed to link them back to the paddock. Source: ABC Livestock Paddock to store: How e-bales may help wool supply chain

Lamb prices fall, but clearances rise on AuctionsPlus

CROSSBRED, composite and shedding lamb prices trended lower on AuctionsPlus last week as the online sheep and lamb offering increased. Source: Sheep Central Lamb prices fall, but clearances rise on AuctionsPlus

Wool price benchmark predicted to hit 1600c/kg

RECOVERING global demand and garment sales are forecast to drive the Australia’s wool price benchmark up to the 1600c/kg clean mark in the next year, according to agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank. Source: Sheep Central Wool price benchmark predicted to hit 1600c/kg

Growers look at forward wool options as auction prices lift

THE month-long rally in the spot wool auction market continued early in the week, fuelled by a weaker Australian dollar. Source: Sheep Central Growers look at forward wool options as auction prices lift

Australian wool prices rise for smaller auction offering

AUSTRALIAN wool prices continued to rise at auctions this week, helped by stronger demand and a weaker domestic currency. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices rise for smaller auction offering

Passion gives Tarrington wool artists a trio of 1PP superfine bales

PRODUCING excellent superfine Merino wool is an art, a passion and a livelihood for the Linke family at their Glenholme property at Tarrington in Victoria’s south-west. Source: Sheep Central Passion gives Tarrington wool artists a trio of 1PP superfine bales

AWEX e-Bale trial wins $180,000 in federal funding

A TRIAL of the Australian Wool Exchange’s e-Bale system has been funded by $180,000 from the Federal Government’s Traceability Grants Program. Source: Sheep Central AWEX e-Bale trial wins 0,000 in federal funding

Australian White breeder breaks own record with $994 ewes

A NEW South Wales Australian White sheep breeder has set a new price record of $994 for commercial ewes for the second consecutive week. Source: Sheep Central Australian White breeder breaks own record with 4 ewes

Processor pays premium to ensure tastier lamb meat

X-rays are helping one Riverina meat processor find the tastiest lamb and farmers who raise such beasts are being offered a premium. Source: ABC Livestock Processor pays premium to ensure tastier lamb meat

Wool auction surge puts forward market into disarray

THE spot wool market continued its march forward for the 12th consecutive selling day in auctions across Australia last week. Source: Sheep Central Wool auction surge puts forward market into disarray

Medium and broad Merino in strong demand online

ONLINE wool sales fell slightly in Australia last week, with medium and broad Merino wool in strong demand on AuctionsPlus. Source: Sheep Central Medium and broad Merino in strong demand online

Terminal and maternal ewe and lamb prices stay bouyant

PRIME lamb and maternal crossbred lamb prices improved in an overall reduced sheep and lamb offering on AuctionsPlus last week. Source: Sheep Central Terminal and maternal ewe and lamb prices stay bouyant

Better collaboration call on sheep research and development

AUSTRALIAN rural research and development corporations need to do better on collaborating on sheep projects, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong told the MerinoLink conference last week. Source: Sheep Central Better collaboration call on sheep research and development

Wool prices surge as buying strength diversifies

MORE wool sold for more money in Australian auctions this week, as evidence of a broader cross-section of buyers continued a record run of price benchmark rises in recent weeks. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices surge as buying strength diversifies

Tattykeel Certified red tag works for $988 ewes

A UNIQUE red Tattykeel Certified ear tag has potentially added more than $300 to the price of the most expensive commercial ewes sold in Australia. Source: Sheep Central Tattykeel Certified red tag works for 8 ewes

TFI releases new forward lamb contracts up to 880c/kg

MAJOR export processor Thomas Foods international has finalised new late Winter/Spring forward lamb contracts and kill space availability as it plans plant maintenance and upgrades at its Tamworth and Lobethal facilities. Source: Sheep Central TFI releases new forward lamb contracts up to 880c/kg

Merino wether lambs and joined ewes lift online offering

SHEEP and lamb throughput on AuctionsPlus increased for the second consecutive week last week, with large offerings of Merino wethers and joined Merino ewes. Source: Sheep Central Merino wether lambs and joined ewes lift online offering

Australian sheep meat duty-free access boosted in UK FTA

AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat exporters will have immediate access to a duty-free quota of 25,000 tonnes, rising to 75,000 tonnes in 10 year, on the signing of the proposed Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement. Source: Sheep Central Australian sheep meat duty-free access boosted in UK FTA

Hoover’s $35,200 price sets world record at Casterton auction

EDENHOPE livestock contractor David Lee has set a new world and Australian record price for Kelpie dog when he was paid $35,200 for 26 month-old Eulooka Hoover at the Coprice Casterton Working Dog Auction on Sunday. Source: Sheep Central Hoover’s ,200 price sets world record at Casterton auction

Is there scope for more ‘clean labelling’ of value-added meat products?

A recently completed industry research project has reviewed recent advancements in ‘clean label’ food products to identify new opportunities for the Australian red meat sector to value-add products under clean label claims. Source: Beef Central Is there scope for more ‘clean labelling’ of value-added meat products?

Dogs out in record numbers for Barmera Sheep Dog Trials

After being cancelled last year, the Barmera Sheep Dog Trials returned to the Riverland this weekend and attracted a record number of handlers and dogs. Source: ABC Livestock Dogs out in record numbers for Barmera Sheep Dog Trials

Australian wool prices lift at Melbourne and Sydney auctions

AUSTRALIAN Merino and crossbred wool prices increased strongly across all micron categories at auctions this week, with renewed Chinese interest. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices lift at Melbourne and Sydney auctions

MerinoLink conference is on, but superfine event postponed

AUSTRALIA’S premier Merino conference MerinoLink will go ahead at Wagga Wagga next week despite recent concerns about recent interstate movement of COVID sufferers from Victoria. Source: Sheep Central MerinoLink conference is on, but superfine event postponed

NSW Farmers set to debate new sheep traceability evidence

NSW Farmers’ opposition to mandatory electronic sheep identification is set for review next month, following evidence the state’s current visual tag mob-based system might not be meeting national traceability performance standards. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers set to debate new sheep traceability evidence

Pastoral Poddy focus on ewe and goat strategies in western NSW

SHEEP and goat farmers in western New South Wales can now access the first Pastoral Poddy podcasts covering reproduction and general management issues. Western Local Land Services has worked with… Source: Sheep Central Pastoral Poddy focus on ewe and goat strategies in western NSW

WA sheep producers go into buying mode after sell-off

THE flow of Western Australian sheep to the eastern states is expected to slow with improved seasonal and market conditions, with the state’s producers already in flock rebuild mode. Source: Sheep Central WA sheep producers go into buying mode after sell-off

Australia’s sheep flock is showing signs of recovery

AUSTRALIA’S sheep flock is expected to rebound to more than 68 million this year as more ewes and ewe lambs are retained for breeding, encouraged by stronger meat and wool… Source: Sheep Central Australia’s sheep flock is showing signs of recovery

Progress on national sheep and goat EID system recommendation

AUSTRALIA’S National Biosecurity Committee will this month receive recommendations on how to implement a national digital/electronic identification system for sheep and goats. Source: Sheep Central Progress on national sheep and goat EID system recommendation

British consumers want more Australian beef and lamb – but at a price

Half of the Britons surveyed in a recent poll would buy Australian lamb and beef more often if it was stocked in United Kingdom supermarket shelves more frequently at cheaper prices. Source: Beef Central British consumers want more Australian beef and lamb – but at a price

AuctionsPlus online wool sales lift with renewed demand

AUCTIONSPLUS online wool sales increased slightly last week as demand also increased for most Merino and crossbred wools at physical auctions. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus online wool sales lift with renewed demand