A GOOD bloke and great auctioneer has been lost to Australian agriculture with the passing of former Elders stock agent Gary Nowlan in Adelaide last Saturday.
ELECTRONIC sheep and goat ear tag sales have increased in Victoria with the introduction of a new protocol enabling rural distributors to order tags through the State Government’s online service.
VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers needing more information on electronic identification technology and data have several workshops to choose from over the next two months.
New exclusion fencing technologies have come to the rescue of Barcaldine (Central western Queensland) sheep producer David Counsell as wild dogs and biosecurity risks challenge his family’s sheep operation.
A NATIONAL decision on electronic identification of sheep and goats has been put off for at least three years, despite Australia’s Sheepcatcher II exercise showing traceability performance standards are not being met with the current mob-based system.
NATIONAL Vendor Declaration compliance has been highlighted by the Sheepcatcher II exercise as a major issue in the National Livestock Identification System for sheep and goats meeting traceability performance benchmarks.
ANIMAL rights body PETA has linked sheep shearing with drugs on a large roadside billboard in the western Victorian city of Horsham, as four shearers are about to be sentenced over 60 animal cruelty charges.
The Productivity Commission has been accused of ignoring significant industry and Government efforts to achieve world-leading animal welfare standards in Australian agriculture, and favouring skewed welfare group policies to solve problems that don’t actually exist.
Should Objective Carcase Measurement (OCM) be fast-tracked or is further investigation needed before implementation?
WOOL and sheep industry workers and students from New South Wales and Victoria are vying for the prestigious Peter Westblade Scholarship this year.
STRONG online demand for good quality Australian superfine wool continued last week, with 120 bales traded.
Tropical Cyclone Debbie brought heavy rainfall to a large area of central Queensland coastal areas. The highest weekly total was 630 mm at Plane Creek Sugar Mill in the central coast of Queensland. Rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm were recorded along the east Queensland coast between Bowen and Gladstone, and around Port Hedland on the Pilbara coast of Western Australia.
WOOL grower-owned Graziers Investment Company Ltd is on track to be wound up this year, with an estimated $20 million in assets to be distributed to shareholders.
CHAMPION New Zealand shearer Rowland Smith is as busy as his country’s Prime Minister – and that’s just in his spare time.
WELLARD Limited’s Beaufort River Meats is the first Western Australian meat processor to receive electronic National Vendor Declarations from sheep producers.
DNA parentage testing of progeny from multiple sire mating groups significantly improves the accuracy of breeding values associated with their bloodlines, a new trial has found.
A FOOTROT vaccine available for all but rare strains of the debilitating sheep hoof disease has been developed by the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science.
Chinese investor Binxi Foods has backed out of its proposed investment in Invercargill, NZ sheepmeat processor, Blue Sky Meats.
RECENT gross margin analysis of wool and prime lamb operations is predicting stellar profits for fine wool growers in western Victoria and across Australia at current auction prices.
PROMOTION of a protocol for the export of Australian slaughter sheep and goats is listed among trade restrictions set to be unlocked by a joint statement signed by Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce and China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister Wang Yi, today.