A ‘MOTHER-IN-LAW’ approach by Australian Wool Innovation to not fight animal right activist criticism of the wool industry has received qualified acceptance from international risk communication specialist Peter Sandman.
MEAT & Livestock Australia is going ahead with its campaign to install objective measurement systems across the red meat processing sector, despite an industry review of the initiative.
TOP prime lamb producers in a leading Australian benchmarking dataset achieved a $25/dry sheep equivalent profit last financial year, more than double the return of other participants. But opinions differ on what this means to other sheep producers and how they should rank the importance of benchmarking.
VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers have been allocated almost $690,000 of the $750,000 allocated to them for electronic identification software and equipment grants.
SCANNED in-lamb ewes and ewe-lamb units topped the AuctionsPlus listings online last week – with first cross ewes with lambs selling for up to $351.50, first cross ewes selling to $324 and Merino ewes making $244.
AUSTRALIA’S livestock and red meat quality assurance programs are to be rolled into a single streamlined management structure.
ANIMAL rights activists have been likened to mothers-in-laws and profitability lauded as an important plank in the wool industry’s social licence defence, during a Victorian farm tour last weekend.
WOOL quality and preparation will continue to be essential to the viability of superfine wool growers, according to former industry leader Kevin Dunn.
COLES supermarket has released a forward contract of 690c/kg for 18-26kg lambs for July, as saleyard prices surged by up to $20 for the limited trade lamb supplies available mid-week.
MERINO wool auction price trends varied across Australia this week; falling in Melbourne, while rising in Fremantle and holding relatively firm in Sydney.
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FARMERS will get tips on off-grid energy production at a unique forum in Hamilton, Victoria, next week. Speakers with specialist knowledge of the Australian energy market and the economics of renewable energy system options will feature at the forum on May 25.
AUSTRALIA’S shearing industry does not know the extent of drug and alcohol use in wool sheds. But there have been enough anecdotal reports for Shearing Contractors Association of Australia secretary Jason Letchford and other industry leaders to appreciate there is a problem.
WESTERN Australian exporter Wellard Ltd has re-established live sheep exports to the Gulf Region of the Middle East after a hiatus of almost two years.
SHEEP and beef producers are expected to reap significant internal parasite control advantages, including potentially minimising worm drench use, from a dung beetle project announced this week.
ULTRAFINE wool growers Ed and Jill Hundy are proud first-time winners of the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association fleece competition’s Cleckheaton grand champion fleece award.
SLAUGHTER lamb prices held generally firm to dearer this week, as restocking, domestic trade and export interest in lambs remained strong.
In another dry week across most of Australia, the highest falls were recorded in southern Western Australia, Tasmania, eastern Victoria, parts of central and eastern New South Wales, and in central and southeastern Queensland.
WESTERN Australian sheep flocks are expected to be at a higher risk of pregnancy toxaemia this year, following summer rains, a dry April and a higher than usual rate of twin pregnancies.
WOOLTRADE experienced limited buyer activity last week as the auction market continued to fluctuate.