BOM releases autumn 2020 climate outlook

Rainfall is likely to be above average in some southern regions in March and April and below average in parts of the north in March, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s outlook for autumn released today. ..Read More

Bureau of Meteorology, February 27, 2020

Wool auctions re-scheduled as cyber attack impact hits

WOOL auctions across Australia were today deferred to later in the week as industry software provider Talman continued its firefighting efforts to restore services after a ransomware cyber attack…Read More

Terry Sim, February 26, 2020

Ballarat lambs gazump Bendigo to set new national record of $380

AUSTRALIA’S heavy lamb market went on a record-breaking streak in saleyards this week as numbers fell in some major centres, forcing buyers to pay more than 900c/kg and up to 1000c/kg for quality slaughter lines…Read More

Terry Sim, February 26, 2020

Wild dog control in Victoria gets $840,990 boost from AWI

WILD dog and pest control in Victoria will be boosted by more than $840,000 in funding over the next three years from Australian Wool Innovation..Read More

Sheep Central, February 26, 2020

Cyber attack threatens Australian wool sales and shipments

AUSTRALIA’S wool auction and export system has been threatened by a ransomware cyber attack on major industry software systems supplier Talman…Read More

Terry Sim, February 25, 2020

Sheep freeze branding developer opposes latest NWD proposal

A PROPOSAL to describe sheep freeze branding as an ‘alternative method’ or AM on the National Wool Declaration does not have the support of the company promoting the breech process…Read More

Terry Sim, February 26, 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 26 February 2020

TROPICAL cyclone Esther produced heavy falls about the gulf coast in Queensland and the Northern Territory, while a trough brought heavy falls over the east coast, central, and southern inland Queensland…Read More

Bureau of Meteorology, February 26, 2020



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Elders $8.08
Australian Agricultural Co $1.11
Graincorp $7.97
Ridley $0.90
Woolworths $40.22
Wellard $0.07
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News

BOM releases autumn 2020 climate outlook

Rainfall is likely to be above average in some southern regions in March and April and below average in parts of the north in March, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s outlook for autumn released today. ..Read More

Bureau of Meteorology, February 27, 2020

Wild dog control in Victoria gets $840,990 boost from AWI

WILD dog and pest control in Victoria will be boosted by more than $840,000 in funding over the next three years from Australian Wool Innovation..Read More

Sheep Central, February 26, 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 26 February 2020

TROPICAL cyclone Esther produced heavy falls about the gulf coast in Queensland and the Northern Territory, while a trough brought heavy falls over the east coast, central, and southern inland Queensland…Read More

Bureau of Meteorology, February 26, 2020

Wool body welcomes first national feral pig co-ordinator

PEAK body WoolProducers Australia has welcomed the appointment of Dr Heather Channon as Australia’s first national feral pig co-ordinator…Read More

Sheep Central, February 24, 2020

Markets

Ballarat lambs gazump Bendigo to set new national record of $380

AUSTRALIA’S heavy lamb market went on a record-breaking streak in saleyards this week as numbers fell in some major centres, forcing buyers to pay more than 900c/kg and up to 1000c/kg for quality slaughter lines…Read More

Terry Sim, February 26, 2020

Crossbred and Merino ewes in demand on AuctionsPlus

CROSSBRED and Merino ewe prices increased on AuctionsPlus last week, but ewe and wether lamb values dropped…Read More

Sheep Central, February 24, 2020

Growers match supply to demand as coronavirus impacts loom

AUSTRALIA’S wool market continued to defy shipment and finance issues associated with China’s coronavirus outbreak last week, as growers’ desire to sell matches buyer demand…Read More

Sheep Central, February 21, 2020

Wool forward marketing lifts ahead of firming auction results

THE wool forward market traded at a premium to cash ahead of the spot auction opening on Wednesday this week, bringing further selling interest from growers and traders…Read More

Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Markets partner, February 21, 2020

Lamb Production

English shepherdess sells collie for world record price of A$37,000

A NEW world record for a sheep dog has been set with a collie bitch selling for £18,900 or just over A$37,000 at the Skipton Auction Mart in England last..Read More

Terry Sim, February 24, 2020

Draft livestock ramp standard released for public comment

A DRAFT national standard for livestock ramps has been released for feedback, with submissions due by 27 April 2020…Read More

Sheep Central, February 24, 2020

Lamb and beef producers showcase welfare and sustainability cred

LAMB and beef producers feature in a series of new on-farm videos designed to showcase the Australian industries’ strong environmental, social and animal welfare credentials to consumers…Read More

Sheep Central, February 21, 2020

ACMA backs ag research hub with $230,000 grant

AUSTRALIA’S media regulator has backed a national hub of agricultural research knowledge with a $230,000 grant…Read More

Sheep Central, February 21, 2020

Wool Production

Drought recovery and blowflies to feature at Trangie Merino day

DROUGHT recovery, improved flock reproduction, new blowfly chemical resistance strategies and sheep classing are on the agenda for the Macquarie Merino Lifetime Productivity project field day at the Trangie Agricultural Research Centre next month…Read More

Sheep Central, February 17, 2020

New sheep and wool podcast launched for Queensland

QUEENSLAND sheep and wool producers now have access to a new podcast to keep up to date with the latest trends, research and practices in the wool industry…Read More

Sheep Central, February 13, 2020

Australia’s most worm-resistant Merino flock to be sold

AUSTRALIA’S most worm-resistant Merino flock is to be offered for sale by tender by Western Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development…Read More

Sheep Central, February 10, 2020

Delegate plans first Monaro Stationhand Challenge

STATION hands of all ages will get to test their skills for a cash and prize pool valued at $2500 in the inaugural Monaro Stationhand Challenge at the Delegate show in March…Read More

Terry Sim, January 24, 2020

Processing

Young Aussie shearer stumps up for first record attempt

YOUNG Australian shearer Ethan Harder’s childhood dream of becoming a world record holder is on the verge of reality with an attempt on the solo Merino ewe record for eight hours in Western Australia tomorrow…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand., February 14, 2020

Nation’s main wool handler wants more electronic specis

AUSTRALIA’S biggest wool handler is encouraging wider use of electronic clip specification tools, estimating errors made using a paper-based system cost the industry about $1 million dollars annually…Read More

Terry Sim, February 12, 2020

TFI to start national sheep and beef assurance push

MAJOR red meat exporter Thomas Foods International will undertake roadshows throughout South Australia next month in the first step to increase its national throughput of assured sheep meat and beef…Read More

Sheep Central, February 5, 2020

NZ shearing quartet sets new women’s record of 2066 lambs

A FOUR-STAND women’s shearing record of 2066 lambs in nine hours yesterday has been lauded by one of the greatest of record-breakers as one of the great moments in shearing in New Zealand…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, January 24, 2020

Trade

Wool auctions re-scheduled as cyber attack impact hits

WOOL auctions across Australia were today deferred to later in the week as industry software provider Talman continued its firefighting efforts to restore services after a ransomware cyber attack…Read More

Terry Sim, February 26, 2020

Cyber attack threatens Australian wool sales and shipments

AUSTRALIA’S wool auction and export system has been threatened by a ransomware cyber attack on major industry software systems supplier Talman…Read More

Terry Sim, February 25, 2020

Sheep freeze branding developer opposes latest NWD proposal

A PROPOSAL to describe sheep freeze branding as an ‘alternative method’ or AM on the National Wool Declaration does not have the support of the company promoting the breech process…Read More

Terry Sim, February 26, 2020

Wool brokers’ centenary brings back memories

CENTENARY celebrations by Australia’s wool brokers last week brought back memories for Newstead grower Craig Hepburn — of the days when every serious producer came to town to see their..Read More

Terry Sim, February 24, 2020

Property

$6.3 million Marnoo property sale highlights land value increase

SHEEP, lamb and grain prices have helped lift farm prices by up to 30 percent over the past three years in more secure rainfall areas of Victoria’s cropping and livestock farming areas…Read More

Terry Sim, December 16, 2019

SA’s versatile Maylands aggregation tests the property market

PRIZED South Australian grazing and farming aggregation Maylands, spanning 1500 hectares of farmland on the Fleurieu Peninsula is being offered to the market via expression of interest…Read More

Sheep Central, December 5, 2019

Well-equipped NSW sheep feeding property offers options

AN EXTENSIVE capital expenditure program has turned the Mogal Plain Aggregation at Tottenham in central New South Wales into a premier mixed farming operation capable of feeding close to 10,000 sheep…Read More

Liz Wells, November 6, 2019

Historic Kadlunga sale will add to Collinsville Merino operations

THE historic Kadlunga aggregation in South Australia’s Clare Valley has been bought in an off-market buyer-initiated deal by Collinsville Merino Stud’s George and Sophie Millington. The 3923ha aggregation near Mintaro..Read More

Sheep Central, June 12, 2019

Beef Central

Beef news roundup mid-Feb 2020

Keeping up with the never ending stream of beef news headlines, blogs and social media posts rolling out 24/7 is no easy task for busy people - here's a wrap..Read More

Transporters push for own FMD-style income smoothing scheme

Calls for the Australian Government to establish an income smoothing scheme for rural transport businesses, similar to the Farm Management Deposit scheme used by farming businesses across the country, are..Read More

Recruitment & HR: Labor appointees dominate Fair Work Commission ranks

Coalition Government appointees to the Fair Work Commission have been overwhelmingly frozen out of significant Full Bench determinations over the past three years, according to new analysis...Read More

EvokeAg speakers explore barriers to agtech uptake

Challenges surrounding the adoption of ag technologies by producers surfaced during discussion at a number of panel sessions held during Melbourne’s EvokeAg event this week...Read More

Grain Central

UK farmers set sights on 10t/ha wheat yields

Farmers in the UK are finding it hard to turn a profit on a national crop that averages 8.5t/ha, so they are mounting a concerted effort to lift production to..Read More

Dalby conference next week focuses on intensive ag sector

Following the success of the 2018 Intensive Ag Conference, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise is hosting Protein 2020, bringing the intensive beef, pork, poultry and dairy sectors with the view..Read More

Ridley 1H20 earnings at $30.7M, profit at $400,000

Ridley's first-half 2020 profits have taken a hit to come in at $400,000, but its earnings at $30.7M are up marginally on the 2019 period. ..Read More

Time to tackle climate variability, emissions

The Australian grain industry needs to mitigate climate variability and reduce the greenhouse gas intensity of production to stay ahead of the game in a rapidly-changing world...Read More

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