Melbourne wool auctions told to go ‘remote’ in COVID-19 lockdown

MELBOURNE’S wool auctions have been ordered out of the Brooklyn selling centre as part of Victoria’s Stage Four COVID-19 lockdown…Read More

Terry Sim, August 14, 2020

Department investigating Jordan sheep ESCAS breach

A JORDANIAN facility has been removed from an Australian live sheep supply chain after animals were sold outside export assurance system guidelines…Read More

Sheep Central, August 14, 2020

Australia’s wool industry needs to market innovative products

CREATING and marketing innovative woollen products is the way forward for Australia’s struggling wool industry, according to leading textile consultant Jimmy Jackson…Read More

Terry Sim, August 14, 2020

Australian wool growers meet the market as fleece prices lift

MORE Australian wool growers met the market this week as Merino and crossbred fleece prices improved…Read More

Sheep Central, August 14, 2020

Wool production estimate for 2020-21 lifted slightly

AUSTRALIA’S shorn wool production dropped by more than 5 percent in 2019-20, but the rate of decline is slowing, according to industry estimates…Read More

Sheep Central, August 14, 2020

Recruitment: Hiring to avoid future firing

HERE are some recruiting approaches that can help agribusiness employers without a human resources background to find staff that shine without handballing the task to a recruitment specialist…Read More

Sheep Central, August 14, 2020

Sheep meat candidate needed for MLA board selection committee

A SHEEP meat candidate is being sought for producer representative positions on Meat & Livestock Australia’s board selection committee at its annual general meeting on 19 November 2020…Read More

Sheep Central, August 14, 2020



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Elders $10.14
Australian Agricultural Co $1.05
Graincorp $4.22
Ridley $0.71
Woolworths $40.31
Wellard $0.04
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News

Melbourne wool auctions told to go ‘remote’ in COVID-19 lockdown

MELBOURNE’S wool auctions have been ordered out of the Brooklyn selling centre as part of Victoria’s Stage Four COVID-19 lockdown…Read More

Terry Sim, August 14, 2020

Wool production estimate for 2020-21 lifted slightly

AUSTRALIA’S shorn wool production dropped by more than 5 percent in 2019-20, but the rate of decline is slowing, according to industry estimates…Read More

Sheep Central, August 14, 2020

Recruitment: Hiring to avoid future firing

HERE are some recruiting approaches that can help agribusiness employers without a human resources background to find staff that shine without handballing the task to a recruitment specialist…Read More

Sheep Central, August 14, 2020

Sheep meat candidate needed for MLA board selection committee

A SHEEP meat candidate is being sought for producer representative positions on Meat & Livestock Australia’s board selection committee at its annual general meeting on 19 November 2020…Read More

Sheep Central, August 14, 2020

Markets

Australian wool growers meet the market as fleece prices lift

MORE Australian wool growers met the market this week as Merino and crossbred fleece prices improved…Read More

Sheep Central, August 14, 2020

AuctionsPlus premiums answer the ‘scan or not to scan’ question

AUCTIONSPLUS analysis has shown multiple/single pregnancy scanning of Merino ewes generated an average $23/head sale online price advantage over ewe lots with only wet/dry details, over the last six months…Read More

By Michael McManus and Tom Rookyard, AuctionsPlus, July 29, 2020

Full wool Merino ewes carrying multiple lambs make $284

SCANNED in-lamb Merino ewes were in strong demand on AuctionsPlus last week as the national online sheep and lamb offering fell by 27,849 head to 43,054…Read More

Sheep Central, July 27, 2020

Competition needed to sustain lamb markets hit by COVID-19

AUSTRALIAN lamb and sheep prices have been hit by COVID-19 impacts and abattoir maintenance shutdowns in recent weeks, but stock agents have welcomed the resumption of Warrnambool processor Midfield after its voluntary closure earlier this week…Read More

Sheep Central, July 24, 2020

Lamb Production

NSW bluetongue transmission zone is extended further south

THE New South Wales bluetongue virus (BTV) transmission zone has been extended further south following the second detection of BTV in Shoalhaven cattle herds this winter…Read More

Sheep Central, August 12, 2020

Need help in making cents$ of carbon and emissions on farm?

PRACTICAL options for lowering on-farm carbon emission are outlined in Agriculture Victoria’s updated ‘Making cent$ of carbon and emissions’ booklet…Read More

Sheep Central, August 12, 2020

Wean lambs early for sheep production and pasture benefits

WESTERN Australian sheep producers are being urged to wean lambs no later than 14 weeks after lambing starts to optimise lamb and ewe production, and pasture benefits…Read More

Sheep Central, July 29, 2020

Top sheep and beef cattle research forum goes online on Friday

NEW research that sheep and beef producers can apply directly on their farms will be presented in an online forum this Friday…Read More

Sheep Central, July 29, 2020

Wool Production

NSW wool producers reject proposed mulesing ban in 2022

NEW South Wale’s wool industry was not ready or willing for mulesing to be banned within 18 months, a NSW parliamentary inquiry heard yesterday…Read More

Terry Sim, August 12, 2020

South Australia suffers OJD incursion from WA sheep

SOUTH Australia has suffered a major incursion of Ovine Johne’s Disease via Western Australian sheep sold into its mid-north region…Read More

Terry Sim, July 27, 2020

Mandate pain relief, but don’t ban mulesing in NSW – AWGA

NATIONAL producer body, the Australian Wool Growers Association, supports mandating pain relief when mulesing sheep in New South Wales, but rejects a proposed ban on the flystrike preventative practice in the state…Read More

Sheep Central, July 24, 2020

Wool growers asked for priorities on keeping industry profitable

AUSTRALIA’s wool growers are being asked to state their priorities and ideas on keeping wool profitable via an online survey that will be open until Sunday August 16…Read More

Sheep Central, July 22, 2020

Processing

JBS employees win COVID-19 payments as Brooklyn plant closes

MAJOR meat processor JBS Australia has announced its employees will receive COVID-19 pandemic leave payments as it starts the process of closing its meat processing facility in Brooklyn, Victoria, for an indefinite period…Read More

Sheep Central, August 12, 2020

JBS Brooklyn abattoir resumes lamb and beef processing

VICTORIA’S largest meat processing facility – JBS Australia’s Brooklyn abattoir — is gradually returning to full production after suffering a COVID-19 outbreak about three weeks ago…Read More

Terry Sim, July 29, 2020

Midfield flies in meat inspectors to keep lamb and beef chains going

VICTORIAN meat processor Midfield has had to fly in coronavirus-free inspectors from interstate to keep its plant running after a brief closure last week to test all its workers for COVID-19…Read More

Terry Sim, July 29, 2020

Red meat sector supports Premier Andrews’ ‘stay at home’ message

AUSTRALIA’S red meat industry has supported Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ message for workers to stay at home if they develop COVID-19 symptoms, but urged against any industry shutdowns…Read More

Terry Sim, July 27, 2020

Trade

Department investigating Jordan sheep ESCAS breach

A JORDANIAN facility has been removed from an Australian live sheep supply chain after animals were sold outside export assurance system guidelines…Read More

Sheep Central, August 14, 2020

Australia’s wool industry needs to market innovative products

CREATING and marketing innovative woollen products is the way forward for Australia’s struggling wool industry, according to leading textile consultant Jimmy Jackson…Read More

Terry Sim, August 14, 2020

Repeat win for Woodward Foods in QLD branded lamb competition

FAMILY-OWNED Woodward Foods Australia claimed the champion lamb of show title for the second year in a row during the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show branded beef and lamb competition at the Brisbane Showgrounds this week…Read More

Sheep Central, July 15, 2020

Middle East live sheep moratorium could be shortened, says exporter

A RECENT Middle East live sheep shipment indicated there was a case for shortening the current Northern Summer moratorium, according to the exporter Rural Export and Trading WA…Read More

Terry Sim, July 8, 2020

Property

Agricultural land prices to defy COVID-19 economic downturn, says report

AUSTRALIAN agricultural land prices are expected to hold firm through 2020, defying the effects of a severe COVID-19-led global recession, according to a new report compiled by Rabobank. In the..Read More

Sheep Central, June 1, 2020

Sheep potential in recent grazing property sales

Benchmark price for Monaro’s Mooresprings | Above expectations price for Yass’s Jindalee | Last Clark & Tait property under contract..Read More

Sheep Central, April 23, 2020

$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

Beef Central

Kay’s Cuts: Price discovery worries US producers

While the US beef processing sector has largely recovered from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, US cattle feeders are still getting far less for their cattle than last year,..Read More

Recruitment: Hiring to avoid future firing

If you're an agribusiness employer who doesn't come from a HR background, or you simply don’t have the resources to hand-ball the task to a recruitment specialist, how do you..Read More

Updated: Webinars and online events for beef industry stakeholders

A rolling list of upcoming webinars and video conferencing events of relevance to Australia's beef and cattle industry...Read More

Will contrasting cattle and meat prices see US beef back on Australian retail shelves?

In Aussie dollar terms, US beef is 25pc cheaper than Australian at present, a recent analysis shows. Will it spark renewed interest in imports?..Read More

Grain Central

Border closures play havoc with ag consultancy businesses

Agricultural consultancies along the borders of Australia’s eastern states are among the many businesses and individuals grappling with the challenge of operating under the strictures of the latest border closures...Read More

Rains across WA grainbelt prove game-changer for winter crops

‘Just in time’ rainfall across most WA grain growing regions has been a game changer, increasing the chances of WA producing at least an average total winter crop of around..Read More

Harvesters hope to clear Queensland COVID hurdle

Contract harvesters in NSW and Victoria are hoping to gain exemptions from the Qld Government which will allow them to harvest crops in Qld in the face of new restrictions..Read More

Rising mouse numbers put eastern croppers on alert

Early signs of mouse activity have been reported in southern Queensland, putting growers on alert for a rise in numbers leading into summer crop planting...Read More

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