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Barnaby the Merino ram is top of the sires on performance at Harrow

Terry Sim, 21 February 2018

A YOUNG poll Merino ram dubbed Barnaby has made a name for himself in a ewe flock at Harrow, in Victoria’s Western District.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 21 Feb 2018

James Nason, 21 February 2018

Tropical cyclone Kelvin made landfall between Broome and Port Hedland in Western Australia on 18 February, and brought very heavy rainfall to the western Kimberley. Broad areas of low pressure across western, northern and eastern Australia produced showers and storms.

Wool and cotton spin the yarn of natural fibre biodegradability

Sheep Central, 21 February 2018

WOOL has united with cotton to spread the good news about natural fibre biodegradability around the world.

Sale and Leongatha saleyards next on list for sheep EID equipment

Sheep Central, 21 February 2018

SALEYARDS at Sale and Leongatha are set to be the next selling centres to install equipment for the electronic scanning of sheep and goats in Victoria.

Pest animal skills trainers are bound for Pooncarie

Sheep Central, 21 February 2018

WESTERN New South Wales landowners will have an opportunity to increase their pest animal control skills at a one-day training workshop in Pooncarie next month.

Top young auctioneers set for NSW and national competition in Sydney

Sheep Central, 20 February 2018

TOP young auctioneers competing in the New South Wales and national competitions in Sydney next month have been named.

Steady online wool demand on AuctionsPlus trading platform

Sheep Central, 20 February 2018

ONLINE wool demand was continual last week as the auction market price benchmark fell slightly.

Review finds South Australia’s OJD flock infection rate is underestimated

Terry Sim, 19 February 2018

OVINE Johne’s Disease management in South Australia should be de-regulated and OJD infections in sheep flocks would probably increase in high rainfall areas even if regulatory controls continue, a confidential review has concluded.

Only 10 pc of Australian lamb skins suit high quality apparel market

Guest Author, 19 February 2018

SHEEP producers have been urged by a prominent southern Australian skin buyer to use only a keyhole crutch, minimise shearing cuts and avoid the use of branding fluid on sale lambs.

WA government to investigate sheep deaths on live export vessel

Sheep Central, 19 February 2018

WESTERN Australia’s state government will investigate the reported deaths of 2400 sheep on a live export vessel bound for the Middle East in August last year.

Joined Merino ewes sell to $265, first cross mothers to $251, on AuctionsPlus

Sheep Central, 19 February 2018

JOINED Merino ewes sold to $265 and scanned in-lamb first cross ewes made $251 on AuctionsPlus last week.  

NSW Farmers fights for working dog recognition in breeding standards

Sheep Central, 19 February 2018

PROPOSED New South Wales dog breeding standards and guidelines must exempt working dogs, NSW Farmers said today.

AgriFutures Horizon scholarship applicants have less than a week

Sheep Central, 19 February 2018

MORE than 300 expressions of interest have been received in the 2018 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship since applications opened in January. Australian university students studying an agriculture-related degree have less than one week to apply for the 2018 scholarship by Friday, February 23.

New Zealand wool handler scores first open class win at Southern Shears

Guest Author, 19 February 2018

MILTON wool handler Cheri Peterson has become the latest addition to the ranks of open class winners by claiming the Southern Shears title at Gore in New Zealand last week. Uniquely, all three in Friday’s final were gunning for their first open win in New Zealand, with the South Otago rookie winning by just over

Ouyen saleyard installs Victoria’s first sheep EID scanners, Hamilton to follow

Terry Sim, 16 February 2018

VICTORIA’S first sheep saleyard scanning system has been installed at the Ouyen Livestock Exchange, as the state’s selling centres prepare for mandatory electronic identification of sheep and goats across the supply chain.

Merino wool buyers focus on quality as $A lifts against US currency

Sheep Central, 16 February 2018

MERINO wool prices generally fell for a larger auction offering this week, as the Australian dollar’s value rose and more lines with tensile strength faults came forward.

White Suffolk breeders aim for breed meat brand within 18 months

Guest Author, 16 February 2018

WHITE Suffolk sheep breeders aim to be supplying lambs for a branded product within 18 months.

Auction wool price retraction impacts forward prices and volumes

Guest Author, 16 February 2018

A STRONG Aussie dollar with lower demand triggered by the Chinese New Year has led to spot auction prices retracting from their record levels, impacting forward market prices and trading volumes.

Peter Westblade Scholarhip finalists announced from national field

Sheep Central, 16 February 2018

FINALISTS in the prestigious Peter Westblade Scholarship have been announced from a national field, with seven young wool professionals vying for the award.

Recruitment: Farming’s next-gen eyes expansion, as baby boomers retire

Sheep Central, 16 February 2018

A significant amount of farming assets will be passed on to the next generation as the baby boomer population looks to retire in the next decade, representing a great opportunity for farming families to expand, add staff and diversify their businesses, a young Western Australia sheep producer believes.

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