Category: Sheep

Lamb processor Frewstal goes to solar and wood chips for energy

A PLAN to generate two thirds of Victorian lamb processor Frewstal’s electricity needs with solar energy heads its investments to lift efficiency, productivity, sustainability and product shelf life. Source: Sheep Central Lamb processor Frewstal goes to solar and wood chips for energy

Online wool sales hit by falling demand before Christmas

AUCTIONSPLUS wool sales were confined to a 25-bale line of Merino fleece wool last week as demand followed the pre-Christmas trend of auction trading. Source: Sheep Central Online wool sales hit by falling demand before Christmas

$20 million-plus GIC distribution now expected early next year

AUSTRALIAN wool growers are unlikely to get their share of a $20 million-plus distribution of funds from the liquidated grower-owned entity Graziers’ Investment Company before Christmas. Source: Sheep Central million-plus GIC distribution now expected early next year

Pig PICs are important for sheep and cattle too….

AGRICULTURE Victoria is reminding pig owners that every property with livestock is legally required to have a Property Identification Code or PIC. Source: Sheep Central Pig PICs are important for sheep and cattle too….

NAB survey highlights lamb strength and drought impact

LAMB and mutton sector resilience has failed to offset a flattening of agribusiness conditions due to seasonal conditions in the last quarter of 2019, according to the latest NAB Agribusiness… Source: Sheep Central NAB survey highlights lamb strength and drought impact

Merino ewe hoggets sell to $262 on AuctionsPlus

DEMAND intensified for breeding sheep on AuctionsPlus last week, with Merino ewe hoggets selling to $262 and older ewes making to $252. Source: Sheep Central Merino ewe hoggets sell to 2 on AuctionsPlus

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

AWEX is maintaining silence on its position on sheep freeze branding as some Merino breeders mount a campaign opposing the procedure’s recognition as a ‘non-mulesed’ classification on the National Wool… Source: Sheep Central Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

Canada’s Pauline shears record 510 lambs in 8 hours

NEW Zealand-based Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay has become a world record holder in an historic day in a Waikato wool shed. Source: Sheep Central Canada’s Pauline shears record 510 lambs in 8 hours

Canadian shearer to attempt world 8-hour lamb record

WORRIES about a possible December storm in an otherwise warm New Zealand summer has resulted in Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay’s historic world shearing record attempt being brought-forward to tomorrow. Source: Sheep Central Canadian shearer to attempt world 8-hour lamb record

Forward wool market tires as pre-Christmas demand wanes

THE forward wool market finally fatigued this week as buyers finally relinquished their support into the first quarter of 2020. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market tires as pre-Christmas demand wanes

Opinion: 2030 – What is your bottom line going to look like?

Agribusiness consultant Ian McLean from Bush Agribusiness offers his thoughts on the industry’s Red Meat 2030 document, and what it means for priority setting over the next decade. Source: Beef Central Opinion: 2030 – What is your bottom line going to look like?

Saleyard numbers move trade lamb price closer to mutton rate

SALEYARD trade, export and restocker lamb prices slipped across the eastern states in the past week as seasonal conditions and water concerns increased sales of lighter lambs in the north and the southern sucker turn-off gained momentum. Source: Sheep Central Saleyard numbers move trade lamb price closer to mutton rate

Shipping deadlines, a stronger dollar and volumes hit wool demand

AUSTRALIAN wool prices continued to deteriorate this week as demand was hit by a stronger dollar and increased supply, and tightening shipping deadlines leading up to the Chinese New Year. Source: Sheep Central Shipping deadlines, a stronger dollar and volumes hit wool demand

Reinforcing the magic of red meat for Australian athletes

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) have entered into a new partnership to develop practical nutrition resources designed to help Australians enjoy red meat as part of a healthy diet. Source: Beef Central Reinforcing the magic of red meat for Australian athletes

Hardwick appointed to lead AMIC for next four years

INDUSTRY veteran Gary Hardwick has been appointed chairman of the peak processing, wholesale, retail and smallgoods body, the Australian Meat Industry Council. Source: Sheep Central Hardwick appointed to lead AMIC for next four years

Low methane sheep in New Zealand – what a gas….

NEW Zealand sheep breeders are testing their sheep for gas to underpin the accuracy of the world’s first breeding value for methane production. Source: Sheep Central Low methane sheep in New Zealand – what a gas….

Ex-patriate Kiwi wool handler to sweep for Australia again

A NEW Zealander who became Australia’s only world wool handling champion is back in the shirt of her adopted nation for two test matches against New Zealand next year. Source: Sheep Central Ex-patriate Kiwi wool handler to sweep for Australia again

AuctionsPlus wool sales stall with market drop

AUCTIONSPLUS wool bale sales stalled last week as Australia’s physical auction market took another backward step. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus wool sales stall with market drop

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – November 2019

The sheep, lamb and goat space is bouncing along nicely, with lambs from Victoria and south-east South Australia yielding well and many being trucked to northern New South Wales and southern works for slaughter. Source: Sheep Central Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – November 2019

Twittersphere not sheepish after Paul’s mail ram is stolen

POLICE have no leads but social media is doing its bit to help New South Wales wool grower Paul Cocking find his missing ram. Source: Sheep Central Twittersphere not sheepish after Paul’s mail ram is stolen

McCormack firm on RSPCA call to drop sheep vessel exemptions

DEPUTY Prime Minister Michael McCormack has indicated he won’t reconsider a government decision to consider exemptions for twin-tiered live sheep export vessels. Source: Sheep Central McCormack firm on RSPCA call to drop sheep vessel exemptions

Red Meat signatories meet to discuss MoU review

The Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) has released a summary of discussions held during a meeting of industry and Government signatories to the Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding in Canberra on November 27. Source: Beef Central Red Meat signatories meet to discuss MoU review

Aussie machine shearers defeat Kiwis in Dubbo test

NEW Zealand claimed a 2-1 triumph in the trans-Tasman shearing sports test matches at Dubbo in New South Wales last Friday. Source: Sheep Central Aussie machine shearers defeat Kiwis in Dubbo test

MLA launches accelerated adoption initiative for levy payers

SHEEP, cattle and goat levy-payers can get a wide range of Meat & Livestock Australia’s products and services delivered directly at no cost under its accelerated adoption initiative. Source: Sheep Central MLA launches accelerated adoption initiative for levy payers

First cross ewe lamb and Merino ewe prices strong on AuctionsPlus

SHEEP and lamb prices eased for most categories online last week as the AuctionsPlus offering fell to 117,118 head, a drop of 5770 head. Source: Sheep Central First cross ewe lamb and Merino ewe prices strong on AuctionsPlus

Two-tiered sheep vessel exemptions divide exporters

LIVE sheep exporters are divided over the Federal Government’s plans to grant exemptions for two-tiered vessels to operate past a January deadline. Source: Sheep Central Two-tiered sheep vessel exemptions divide exporters

Merino underwear Wundies creators get Qld grant boost

QUEENSLAND woollen garment manufacturer and Wundies creator Merino Country Australia plans to undertake early stage processing in the state with the help of a $209,200 grant. Source: Sheep Central Merino underwear Wundies creators get Qld grant boost

Forward wool trading muted by market fatigue

THE recent trend of selling inaction continued again this week, with the only forward wool trades executed ended up being at levels 30 cents over the closing spot cash prices. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool trading muted by market fatigue

Wool supply-sensitive market drops for second week

AUSTRALIAN wool growers continued to resist a further slide in auction wool prices this week as buyers react to large bale offering. Source: Sheep Central Wool supply-sensitive market drops for second week

Welfare bodies oppose sheep freeze branding despite strong uptake

ANIMAL protection groups are maintaining their opposition to sheep freeze branding as an alternative to surgical mulesing, as growers embrace the process and plans are made to independently research its welfare impacts. Source: Sheep Central Welfare bodies oppose sheep freeze branding despite strong uptake

Dubbo buzzes for trans-Tasman shearing and wool battles + VIDEO

SHEARING and wool handling competition followers can monitor trans-Tasman and national selection events at the 2019 Australian titles in Dubbo on a number of Facebook sites from 4.30pm today and over the weekend. Source: Sheep Central Dubbo buzzes for trans-Tasman shearing and wool battles + VIDEO

MLA’s Accelerated Adoption Initiative commences  

Red meat livestock (Cattle, Sheep and Goat) levy-payers can now access a wide range of Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) products and services delivered directly to them at no cost following the commencement of the Accelerated Adoption Initiative. Source: Beef Central MLA’s Accelerated Adoption Initiative commences  

Sheep Producers Australia CEO departs after 15 months

SHEEP Producers Australia has announced the departure today of its first chief executive officer, Graham Smith, after he served just 15 months in the position. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia CEO departs after 15 months

China protein deficit reflected in JBS’s booming third quarter results

A vast protein deficit in China caused by the onset of African Swine Fever has been reflected in the world’s largest meat processor, JBS’s third quarter results announced last week.    Source: Beef Central China protein deficit reflected in JBS’s booming third quarter results

New online hub for Australia’s red meat integrity system

Livestock producers and supply chain stakeholders can now access information and resources for Australia’s red meat integrity system in the one location with the new Integrity Systems Company (ISC) website launched last week at Red Meat 2019 in Tamworth. Source: Beef Central New online hub for Australia’s red meat integrity system

Naracoorte first cross ewe lambs sell to $361

FIRST cross ewe lambs have sold to a South Australia state record of $361 at the annual Naracoorte sale last week. The Naracoorte saleyard agencies of Pinkerton Palm Hamlyn &… Source: Sheep Central Naracoorte first cross ewe lambs sell to 1

Online wool bale sales stall as auction rates drop

ONLINE wool sales stalled last week as prices dropped across Australia’s physical auctions. Source: Sheep Central Online wool bale sales stall as auction rates drop

Three sheep-farming brothers bring Movember to Avenel

MOVEMBER’S simple message to talk about mental health has already had real benefits for three brothers at Avenel in Victoria and the community around them. Source: Sheep Central Three sheep-farming brothers bring Movember to Avenel

Dubbo set for some trans-Tasman shearing and wool handling sport

AUSTRALIAN efforts to officially recognise shearing as a sport have been backed by the mayor of New South Wales city Dubbo as it prepares to host the 2019 National Shearing and Wool handling Championships. Source: Sheep Central Dubbo set for some trans-Tasman shearing and wool handling sport

Cruelty charges aim to halt South African sheep exports

MAJOR Middle East livestock importer Al Mawashi is among defendants to criminal charges laid in relation to a live sheep shipment from South Africa last month. Source: Sheep Central Cruelty charges aim to halt South African sheep exports

MLA MD Jason Strong’s views on anti-meat activism, alternative proteins

Eight months into his new job as Meat & Livestock Australia managing director and CEO, Jason Strong gave a frank and forthright account of his views on anti-meat activism and the perceived threat to red meat from plant based proteins during last week’s annual general meeting in Tamworth. Source: Sheep Central MLA MD Jason… Read more »

Light forward wool trading in uncertain market

FORWARD bidding on wool remained consistent last week with a light volume traded at or around cash levels. Source: Sheep Central Light forward wool trading in uncertain market

Composite and crossbred ewes sell well on AuctionsPlus

COMPOSITE and crossbred ewes continued to sell well in AuctionsPlus sales last week, but Merinos met weaker competition. Source: Sheep Central Composite and crossbred ewes sell well on AuctionsPlus

AWI election exposes ongoing wool industry divide

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s 2019 director election has exposed an ongoing divide within the industry over animal welfare and governance, according to analysts. Source: Sheep Central AWI election exposes ongoing wool industry divide

MLA MD Jason Strong’s views on anti-meat activism, alternative proteins

Eight months into his new job as Meat & Livestock Australia managing director and CEO, Jason Strong gave a frank and forthright account of his views on anti-meat activism and the perceived threat to red meat from plant based proteins during last week’s annual general meeting in Tamworth. Source: Beef Central MLA MD Jason… Read more »

Race to rescue thousands of sheep from sinking ship

Rescuers say they hope more than 14,000 sheep trapped inside a sinking cargo ship off Romania are still alive, in an accident which has shed light on Europe’s live export trade. Source: ABC Livestock Race to rescue thousands of sheep from sinking ship

Consumers still love red meat, but some feel ‘conflicted’

Latest data from long running consumer research confirms most Australians still love red meat, but are increasingly conflicted by messaging indicating it is unhealthy and bad for the environment. Source: Beef Central Consumers still love red meat, but some feel ‘conflicted’

Former AWI chairman Wal Merriman dumped from board after divisive election

The wool industry has shaken up Australian Wool Innovation, with woolgrowers electing two new candidates to the board and dumping former chairman Wal Merriman. Source: ABC Livestock Former AWI chairman Wal Merriman dumped from board after divisive election

MLA AGM questions: What’s bugging red meat stakeholders?

The impact of African Swine Fever on global meat trade, the MLA board election process, dung beetle research funding and the wisdom of engaging with environmental and animal welfare activists were among the broad suite of topics occupying the minds of red meat industry stakeholders during questiontime at this week’s MLA annual general meeting in… Read more »

Wool prices fail to maintain positive momentum

AUSTRALIAN wool auction prices have faltered again, recording losses across the entire Merino range and reversing last week’s 19-cent gain in the benchmark AWEX Eastern Market Indicator. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices fail to maintain positive momentum

Henderson and Humphries on AWI board, Merriman out

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has gained two new directors in a strong grower move for change that has ousted former chairman Wal Merriman in his first contested election since 2006. Source: Sheep Central Henderson and Humphries on AWI board, Merriman out

Australia’s wool clip forecast to go lower

FALLING sheep numbers and lower drought-affected wool cuts are forecast to shrink Australia’s clip to 272 million greasy kilograms in 2019/20. Source: Sheep Central Australia’s wool clip forecast to go lower

Te Huia’s shearing record bid from the heart

PROLIFIC shearing record breaker Stacey Te Huia arrived back in New Zealand at the weekend to start the countdown to a rare Merino wether record bid in Central Otago. Source: Sheep Central Te Huia’s shearing record bid from the heart

Fewer, bigger, bolder: Jason Strong unveils new MLA plan

“Fewer, Bigger, Bolder” will become Meat & Livestock Australia’s mantra as it works to achieve a new industry goal of doubling the value of Australian red meat sales by 2030, Jason Strong announced in his first address as managing director to the MLA AGM in Tamworth on Wednesday. Source: Sheep Central Fewer, bigger, bolder:… Read more »

MLA AGM endorses the new and the re-elected

A new boardmember and two incumbents returning for a second three-year term were endorsed by levy payers during Meat & Livestock Australia’s annual general meeting in Tamworth on Wednesday afternoon. Source: Sheep Central MLA AGM endorses the new and the re-elected

Fewer, bigger, bolder: Jason Strong unveils new MLA plan

“Fewer, Bigger, Bolder” will become Meat & Livestock Australia’s mantra as it works to achieve a new industry goal of doubling the value of Australian red meat sales by 2030, Jason Strong announced in his first address as managing director to the MLA AGM in Tamworth on Wednesday. Source: Beef Central Fewer, bigger, bolder:… Read more »

AWI defends social media support for preferred candidate

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has shrugged off suggestions its social media support for 2019 director election candidate Michelle Humphries represented inappropriate agri-political activity. Source: Sheep Central AWI defends social media support for preferred candidate

Stronger auction demand flows into online wool sales

STRONGER auction demand for wool flowed through to the online platform AuctionsPlus last week. Source: Sheep Central Stronger auction demand flows into online wool sales

RED MEAT 2019: ‘Cultural shift’ emerging in R&D adoption

AUSTRALIA’S red meat sector is seeing the emergence of a cultural shift in the way adoption of research and development is conducted, the opening session of Meat & Livestock Australia’s Red Meat 2019 event in Tamworth was told on Tuesday. Source: Sheep Central RED MEAT 2019: ‘Cultural shift’ emerging in R&D adoption

Sheep Producers Australia to focus on rebuilding flock

REVERSING the decline in the nation’s sheep flock is an immediate priority, according to Sheep Producers Australia. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia to focus on rebuilding flock

RED MEAT 2019: Customers backing red meat despite softer economy

A softer Australian economy is putting pressure on household budgets, but despite higher prices sales of premium red meat products are holding up, a domestic market forum at Red Meat 2019 heard this morning. Source: Beef Central RED MEAT 2019: Customers backing red meat despite softer economy

RED MEAT 2019: Call to define sheep pain relief ‘gold standard’

RESEARCH to identify a ‘gold standard’ for sheep pain relief should be fast-tracked to enable producers to effectively compare the available pain relief products, a Victorian veterinarian said this week. Source: Sheep Central RED MEAT 2019: Call to define sheep pain relief ‘gold standard’

RED MEAT 2019: ‘Cultural shift’ emerging in R&D adoption

Australia’s red meat sector is seeing the emergence of a cultural shift in the way adoption of research and development is conducted, the opening session of Meat & Livestock Australia’s two-day Red Meat 2019 event in Tamworth heard morning. Source: Beef Central RED MEAT 2019: ‘Cultural shift’ emerging in R&D adoption

New Zealand shearers get ready for trans-Tasman test at Dubbo

NEW Zealand machine and blade shearers have been honing their skills in the lead up to the next trans-Tasman tests at the Australian national shearing and woolhandling championships in Dubbo later this month. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand shearers get ready for trans-Tasman test at Dubbo

Merino ewes in demand on AuctionsPlus sales

DEMAND for Merino ewe lambs and young ewes strengthened on AuctionsPlus last week. Source: Sheep Central Merino ewes in demand on AuctionsPlus sales

Trend in brands rejecting ‘mulesed’ wool to continue

AUSTRALIA’S wool industry faces the prospect of more retail and fashion brands moving away from using wool from mulesed sheep, according to an exporter body leader. Source: Sheep Central Trend in brands rejecting ‘mulesed’ wool to continue

AWI clauses to retain board nomination committee control

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will seemingly retain the ability to determine its board nomination committee structure if constitutional changes proposed at its annual general meeting are passed. Source: Sheep Central AWI clauses to retain board nomination committee control

WoolProducers retains leaders and elects new director

AUSTRALIA’S peak wool grower body WoolProducers Australia has retained its leadership and elected a new board member. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers retains leaders and elects new director

African Swine Fever “overwhelms” global protein outlook, but Aus producers set to benefit

Australian beef and sheepmeat prices are set to remain strong in 2020, as African Swine Fever continues to grip the global animal protein sector and pull down overall sectoral growth, according to Rabobank’s just-released Global Animal Protein Outlook 2020. Source: Beef Central African Swine Fever “overwhelms” global protein outlook, but Aus producers set to… Read more »

Wild dogs were eating this farmer's sheep. Here's how she stopped them

Sheep farmers in western Queensland have found a solution to their debilitating wild dog problem, and they have renewed hope that they will be to be able to restock with after the drought. Source: ABC Livestock Wild dogs were eating this farmer’s sheep. Here’s how she stopped them

Early auction rally sparks forward market bidding

BIDDING in the forward wool market began the week ahead of cash into the first quarter of 2020, but failed to excite the sellers with sentiment and rumour suggesting a solid rally. Source: Sheep Central Early auction rally sparks forward market bidding

Hand-to-mouth wool auction market to be tested

MERINO wool prices enjoyed a general lift across all microns at Australian auctions in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle this week. Source: Sheep Central Hand-to-mouth wool auction market to be tested

AWI-backed election candidate Humphries gets Olsson tick

FORMER Australian Wool Innovation director Chick Olsson has made the surprising move to back New South Wales veterinarian Dr Michelle Humphries in the 2019 AWI election. Source: Sheep Central AWI-backed election candidate Humphries gets Olsson tick

Italian spinner Loro Piana calls for AWI board change

PREMIUM Italian spinner and weaver Loro Piana has publicly supported a change in Australian Wool Innovation’s board, while urging AWI to comply with market requirements in animal welfare and sustainability. Source: Sheep Central Italian spinner Loro Piana calls for AWI board change

Rodwell’s Edenhope sets Victorian first cross ewe sale record

YOUNG first cross ewes sold for a Victorian record price of $388 at Rodwell’s Edenhope sale yesterday and ewe lambs made to $340. The sale was regarded as very strong… Source: Sheep Central Rodwell’s Edenhope sets Victorian first cross ewe sale record

$280m commitment in new Brisbane further-processing meat facility

A new $280 million meat further-processing and distribution facility in south-east Queensland was officially opened yesterday, servicing the growing needs of Woolworths supermarkets across eastern Australia. Source: Beef Central 0m commitment in new Brisbane further-processing meat facility

Naracoorte first cross ewes set national record at $402

NARACOORTE’S annual first cross ewe sale has set a new Australian record of $402 for the popular Border Leicester-Merino prime lamb mothers. Source: Sheep Central Naracoorte first cross ewes set national record at 2

AWI leadership course attracts applicants nationwide

BUDDING young wool industry leaders have flocked from five states to undertake Australian Wool Innovation’s biennial breeding leadership course. Source: Sheep Central AWI leadership course attracts applicants nationwide

AuctionsPlus Wool reports increased bale sales

AUCTIONSPLUS wool sales slipped back with a fall in auction prices last week, although online demand increased after AWEX auctions ceased and there are reports of increased Chinese demand. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus Wool reports increased bale sales

Sheep lot-feeding and confinement systems gain traction

THIS drought is changing the way sheep breeders and fatteners run their enterprises, with lot-feeding of lambs and pen-feeding of sheep playing a crucial part in keeping some enterprises afloat. Source: Sheep Central Sheep lot-feeding and confinement systems gain traction

Will no change to AWI’s board culture lead to its own demise?

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s 2019 director election could have more hinging on it than just board or cultural change at the levy and taxpayer-funded company, according to market, levy income and industry trends. Source: Sheep Central Will no change to AWI’s board culture lead to its own demise?

Sheep producer questions Agriculture Victoria staff changes

LEADING Victorian sheep meat industry representative Tim Leeming has called for wide producer consultation on proposed changes at Agriculture Victoria centres. Source: Sheep Central Sheep producer questions Agriculture Victoria staff changes

Drought impacts on 2019 MSA index performance, but broader trend is up

Drought has had an inevitable impact on MSA eating quality index performance in 2018-19, however the longer-term trend remains up. The national average MSA Index figure last financial year was 57.62, down from about 57.75 the year before, but still improving 0.73 index points since 2010-11. Source: Beef Central Drought impacts on 2019 MSA… Read more »

Record prices for Bendigo first cross ewes + VIDEO

PRIME lamb producers intensified their search for quality breeding stock and bid season-high prices for all young ewe categories at the Bendigo Independent Agents First Cross Sale on Friday. Source: Sheep Central Record prices for Bendigo first cross ewes + VIDEO

MSA underpins quality lamb and beef marketing and production

THE benefits of the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) program to major processors are far-reaching and span from on-farm production to the end consumer, according to Meat & Livestock Australia. Source: Sheep Central MSA underpins quality lamb and beef marketing and production

New South Wales and Victoria dominate online store sheep buying

NEW South Wales sheep and lamb buyers have continued their online buying dominance, purchasing more than 60 percent of last week’s AuctionsPlus listings. Source: Sheep Central New South Wales and Victoria dominate online store sheep buying

WoolProducers Australia rejects unfounded mulesing ban claims

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s 2019 director election campaign has descended into rumour-mongering, with suggestions candidates running against AWI’s preferred ‘ticket’ wanted to ban mulesing. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers Australia rejects unfounded mulesing ban claims

New merged ag entity to become wool and livestock force

UP TO 30 percent of Australia’s wool clip and livestock numbers is set to sold by a North American company, with the launching of a rebranded merged Ruralco-Landmark entity today. Source: Sheep Central New merged ag entity to become wool and livestock force

Intercollegiate Meat Judging to return to Rocky in 2020

The Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) Northern Conference and Competition will return to Rockhampton in 2020, with dates now in place for its second edition after this year’s successful inaugural event. Source: Beef Central Intercollegiate Meat Judging to return to Rocky in 2020

Risk strategy needed as wool market volatility continues

BIDDING on the wool forward market was steady at the start of the week, with trading confined to the early New Year. Source: Sheep Central Risk strategy needed as wool market volatility continues

Wool grower price reserves kick in as auction demand softens

AUSTRALIAN wool growers’ selling reserves kicked in as the auction market dipped again this week, with brokers passing in 17.6 percent of the 34,084 bales offered. Source: Sheep Central Wool grower price reserves kick in as auction demand softens

Lamb wholesaler stays in administration with debts over $5m

A Queensland-based meat wholesale business remains in voluntary administration this week, after creditors expressed opposition to a Deed of Company Arrangement proposed during a meeting on Friday. Source: Sheep Central Lamb wholesaler stays in administration with debts over m

Increasing discounts for wool from mulesed sheep ‘inevitable’

ITALIAN wool processor Vitale Barberis Canonico will not buy wool grown by its exclusive Wool Excellence Club members from surgically mulesed sheep or those treated with breech freeze branding from 2021. Source: Sheep Central Increasing discounts for wool from mulesed sheep ‘inevitable’

AWI-MLA amalgamation fear prompts wool body election stance

A FEAR that Australian Wool Innovation might be amalgamated with Meat & Livestock Australia has prompted an independent industry body to oppose AWI-backed candidates in the coming AWI director election. Source: Sheep Central AWI-MLA amalgamation fear prompts wool body election stance

AWI director says little to fear with shareholder expulsion clauses

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation director Don Macdonald believes wool growers and industry bodies have little to fear from expulsion clauses proposed for the AWI Constitution. Source: Sheep Central AWI director says little to fear with shareholder expulsion clauses

Bendigo first cross ewe lambs hit $374, young ewes to $370

WELL-GROWN first cross ewe lambs have sold for up $374 at the Bendigo Blue Ribbon sale today, exceeding the top price for 1.5 year-old ewes at the annual breeder fixture. Source: Sheep Central Bendigo first cross ewe lambs hit 4, young ewes to 0