Victorian sheep farmer pleads guilty to cruelty

A WESTERN Victorian sheep farmers has received a two-year good behaviour bond and been ordered to pay costs of $5700 after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges at the Horsham Magistrates’ Court…Read More

Sheep Central, May 17, 2022

Ultrafine fleece features in Zegna wool award winners

AUSTRALIA’S top superfine wool growers celebrated their farms’ best efforts at the weekend, led by a world-best 9.8 micron fleece from Victoria and a 15 micron bale from New South..Read More

Terry Sim, May 16, 2022

Wool sustainability set to bring investment

A STRONGER commitment to excellence and sustainability would lead to more brands considering direct investment in superfine wool-growing farms, Australian growers were told at the weekend…Read More

Terry Sim, May 16, 2022

Mary-Anne and the Lambassadors lamb it up

VICTORIA’S Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas has swapped lamb preparation tips with 30 international chefs as part of Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2022 Lambassador program…Read More

Sheep Central, May 16, 2022

Declining Aussie dollar lifts export meat appeal

The Australian dollar continued to trade at well below US70 cents this morning, having deteriorated sharply over the past fortnight driven by sentiment over accelerating inflation, worries about a global recession and China’s COVID lockdowns. ..Read More

Jon Condon, May 16, 2022

Demand for lambs and joined ewes improves online

DEMAND for lambs and joined ewes improved on AuctionsPlus last week and the offering increased by four percent to 57,624 head…Read More

Sheep Central, May 16, 2022

MLA seeks applications for new director positions

MEAT & Livestock Australia has called for applications to fill three non-executive director positions on its board…Read More

Sheep Central, May 16, 2022

JBS records double digit growth in first quarter

In line with vigorous demand for animal protein worldwide as many economies continue to emerge from COVID, sector giant JBS has reported substantial growth in all key metrics for its first quarter ended March 31…Read More

Jon Condon, May 16, 2022


Solid wool auction results spur on forward traders
Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Markets partner, May 13, 2022

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What readers are saying

Merino growers hear call for more wool traceability

After watching the video on “Your Future in Merinos” I would like to congratulate everyone involved and would highly recommend interested parties to have a listen. Highlights for me, Josh....

Jim Gordon
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NSW research highlights sheep EID awareness issues

As for the AWEX trace back to farm with wool traceability for disease traceback, I can't see any advantage. Staff are stuck on a computer in an office making....

Don Mudford
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NSW Farmers leader plays biosecurity blame game

EID works in Victoria. Sure it costs a bit more, but in the scheme of a premium product it’s pretty cheap insurance to ensure market access . ....

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NSW research highlights sheep EID awareness issues

What is the difference in cost for the normal tags and the EID tags? I have a friend who has used the tags EID for watering. The water....

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News

Victorian sheep farmer pleads guilty to cruelty

A WESTERN Victorian sheep farmers has received a two-year good behaviour bond and been ordered to pay costs of $5700 after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges at the Horsham Magistrates’ Court…Read More

Sheep Central, May 17, 2022

Ultrafine fleece features in Zegna wool award winners

AUSTRALIA’S top superfine wool growers celebrated their farms’ best efforts at the weekend, led by a world-best 9.8 micron fleece from Victoria and a 15 micron bale from New South..Read More

Terry Sim, May 16, 2022

Wool sustainability set to bring investment

A STRONGER commitment to excellence and sustainability would lead to more brands considering direct investment in superfine wool-growing farms, Australian growers were told at the weekend…Read More

Terry Sim, May 16, 2022

Mary-Anne and the Lambassadors lamb it up

VICTORIA’S Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas has swapped lamb preparation tips with 30 international chefs as part of Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2022 Lambassador program…Read More

Sheep Central, May 16, 2022

Markets

Chris Howie on chops, ewes, lambs and AUS-MEAT

KING Island chops, online sheep selling issues, buying opportunities, lamb price predictions, AUS-MEAT’s dispute settlement role and advice for job seekers all get an airing in Chris Howie’s latest market wrap…Read More

Guest Author, April 7, 2022

Only shedding lambs survive price dive on AuctionsPlus

LAMB prices generally fell on AuctionsPlus last week as the number of commercial sheep and lambs on the online platform increased 17 percent to 121,947 head…Read More

Sheep Central, March 14, 2022

Solid wool price gains in highly competitive market

AUSTRALIA’S wool price benchmark this week made its largest weekly increase since October last year…Read More

Sheep Central, February 4, 2022

Forward wool market offers rise as auction prices lift

WOOL buyers lifted forward market offers as the spot auction delivered its strongest week since June 2021 and the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator rose 42 cents…Read More

Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Markets partner, February 4, 2022

Lamb Production

MLA genetics forum to focus on sustainability

BREEDING animals for climate change will be among the themes covered by the 2022 Meat & Livestock Australia Livestock Genetics Forum in Adelaide next month…Read More

Sheep Central, March 14, 2022

Wool and beef outperform lamb in benchmark analysis

AUSTRALIA’S leading prime lamb producers generated historically high profits on the back of higher prices and a better season in 2020/21…Read More

Sheep Central, February 4, 2022

Connect on ewe reproduction and composite wool $

SHEEP producers’ questions on ewe reproduction and ovulation enhancers, composite wool economics, confinement feeding and succession will be answered at Hamilton’s Sheep Connect seminars this month…Read More

Sheep Central, February 4, 2022

MLA and AWI split on lamb pain relief drug scheduling

MEAT & Livestock Australia has withdrawn its support for releasing the Numnuts lamb and calf pain relief product NumOcaine from veterinary-only prescription after providing more than $5.2 million in funding…Read More

Terry Sim, January 31, 2022

Wool Production

WoolProducers offers more opportunities

WOOLPRODUCERS Australia is offering more opportunities for young industry participants to do an online Australian Institute of Company Director (AICD) course…Read More

Sheep Central, March 23, 2022

La Niña weather prompts QLD flystrike warning

QUEENSLAND sheep and wool producers have been urged to remain vigilant for flystrike as La Niña weather conditions continue…Read More

Sheep Central, February 4, 2022

Call to oppose vet action on lamb pain relief drug

AUSTRALIA’S sheep industry is being asked to help oppose a move by veterinarians to retain prescription control over the lamb and calf castration pain relief medication NumOcaine…Read More

Terry Sim, January 26, 2022

WoolProducers leader rules out more breeders on panel

AUSTRALIA’S peak wool producer body opposes giving the Western Australian and New South Wales stud Merino breeder bodies separate membership of the industry’s consultative body…Read More

Terry Sim, January 26, 2022

Processing

Real meat businesses are investing in plant protein

THE Australian plant-based protein sector is experiencing exponential growth, with a most unlikely industry sector — real meat processors — leading the way in pioneering investments…Read More

Emma Alsop, March 21, 2022

Red meat R&D: ‘Spot’ the robotic dog goes on patrol + VIDEO

MEET ‘Spot’ the dog – a disconcertingly life-like robot being used to test uses of automated guided vehicle (AGV) technology in the meat processing industry…Read More

Sheep Central, February 25, 2022

AWEX pitches NWD Ceased Mulesing wool deadline

AUSTRALIAN wool exporters and brokers have seemingly managed to delay the loss of the Ceased Mulesing (CM) description on the National Wool Declaration until potentially 2024…Read More

Terry Sim, February 2, 2022

Colley supports NWD changes despite CM contracts

WOOL growers contracted with Australia’s largest independent broker AWN are among those with the most to lose with a phasing out of the Ceased Mulesing description from the National Wool Declaration…Read More

Terry Sim, February 2, 2022

Trade

Australian wool exporters highlight market crisis

AUSTRALIA’S wool market could be hit hard in coming weeks by a growing cash flow, bale dumping and shipment crisis…Read More

Terry Sim, April 22, 2022

Sea freight rates are spiralling to record highs

MEAT processors are battling another round of spiralling sea freight shipment rates for chilled and frozen containers leaving Australia this year, further undermining margins. ..Read More

Jon Condon, April 5, 2022

Senators debate Australia’s relationship with China

AUSTRALIA’S handling of its relationship with China and the ensuing collateral damage to trade is again under scrutiny after the cancellation of a 10th Australian abattoir’s export license by Chinese authorities last week…Read More

James Nason, February 7, 2022

Lifting certified non-mulesed wool kgs is a way forward

SEASON-HIGH wool prices show lifting non-mulesed wool production is increasingly a good strategy to raise grower returns and demand for Australian wool worldwide, according to Schneider Australia’s southern region wool..Read More

Terry Sim, February 4, 2022

Property

Well developed New England aggregation makes $80m

A QUEENSLAND family with extensive grazing interests has secured Upton Farms on the New England for a figure believed to be around $80 million, making it among the largest grazing property transactions in New South Wales…Read More

Guest Author, April 14, 2022

Neighbour factor to drive farm property sales

Established farms buoyed by strong returns, low interest rates and the option to grow efficiency through scale, are expected to continue to drive the rural property market in 2022…Read More

Guest Author, February 24, 2022

Property: Farming scale on sale with Nicoletti’s Apache

ANOTHER large-scale offering from Western Australia’s John Nicoletti is up for sale to kick off action in the big end of the market for cropping and sheep grazing property…Read More

Liz Wells, January 17, 2022

Farran wool-growing legacy to continue after farm sale

WOOL grower Andrew Farran will continue his long-standing philanthropic contributions to agriculture and education, aided by the sale of the Edenhope district property Yiddinga…Read More

Terry Sim, November 15, 2021

Beef Central

Impact of government carbon market intervention still unknown, as market plunges $20 overnight

The impact of changes made to the management of government carbon contracts is still unknown as the regulator looks answer some questions...Read More

RMAC chair John McKillop to address Qld Rural Press Club

With FMD and lumpy skin disease now in Indonesia, how likely is an outbreak here, what would a detection in Australia mean, and how well prepared are Australia’s world-leading biosecurity..Read More

NFF scrutinises parties’ credentials on ag ahead of election

In an election campaign of hits and misses for farmers and regional Australia, the National Farmers’ Federation has revealed how the major parties stack up against its election priorities, rating..Read More

Russia-Ukraine war continues to drive up costs: Rabobank

Cost increases will be felt right across Australia’s farm sector in 2022, driven by expected further hikes in energy and fertiliser prices as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war, according..Read More

Grain Central

Barley Australia merges with Grain Australia

Grains Australia is now responsible for classifying barley as well as wheat following its merger this week with Barley Australia...Read More

Australian canola crop forecast at 5.2Mt: AOF

The AOF forecasts 3.32 million hectares 2022-23 canola area, up 12pc on last year, but production at 5.2 million tonnes, down from 6.3Mt last year...Read More

Russia-Ukraine war continues to drive up costs: Rabobank

Cost increases will be felt right across Australia’s farm sector in 2022, driven by expected further hikes in energy and fertiliser prices as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war, according..Read More

Dirranbandi property sells pre-auction

Queensland irrigated cotton and dryland cropping property, Tooroora, has sold before auction to NSW farmers Andrew and Jo Slack-Smith...Read More

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