Same-day on-farm test for sheep footrot moves a step closer

ON-FARM same-day footrot testing is a step closer after successful testing of a new method on several sheep properties across Victoria…Read More

Terry Sim, March 18, 2019

New conditions on Middle East live sheep exports proposed

LIVE sheep exports from Australia to the Middle East would be formally banned in June, July and August this year in a new law, as part of proposed conditions released for comment by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources…Read More

Sheep Central, March 18, 2019

Scanned in-lamb ewes and selected dry ewes meet strongest online demand

SCANNED in-lamb crossbred and Merino ewes and lines suitable for immediate joining attracted the strongest competition from restocking sheep breeders in online sales last week…Read More

Sheep Central, March 18, 2019

‘First look’ climate outlook for April-June 2019

THERE are ‘near-equal’ chances of a wetter or drier months from April to June for most of Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘first-look’ climate outlook for the period this year…Read More

Sheep Central, March 18, 2019

WA releases improved sheep condition scoring app + VIDEO

A NEW improved sheep condition scoring app has been released in Western Australia to help boost productivity in the states sheep meat and wool industry…Read More

Sheep Central, March 18, 2019

WA sheep research scholarship deadline only weeks away

VALUABLE tertiary sheep research scholarships worth up to $38,000 annually are now available for Western Australian students…Read More

Sheep Central, March 18, 2019

Animal welfare groups seek new mulesing phase-out timeline from AWI

ANIMAL welfare groups have asked Australian Wool Innovation to implement a more proactive strategy to rapidly phase out surgical mulesing and deal more effectively with flystrike…Read More

Terry Sim, March 15, 2019



Industry Dashboard

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Elders $5.85
Australian Agricultural Co $0.95
Graincorp $9.33
Ruralco $4.41
Ridley $1.31
Woolworths $30.28
Wellard $0.05
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What readers are saying

Animal welfare groups seek new mulesing phase-out timeline from AWI

People against farm animals and welfare groups are always ready to speak to the media and have some publicity. They should not; however, be advising wool growers on how..

susan finnigan
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Reference group to address livestock R&D adoption challenge

Producers will adopt research when they see positive results demonstrated to them, as in the paired paddock phosphate sites in Victoria. They are rightly very skeptical about other extension..

Colin Earl
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Four red meat reform options released, one month to have your say

Red meat production is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emission and may be recognised as the lowest hanging fruit for greenhouse gas reduction in the future as other..

Peter Griffin
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AWI and WoolProducers disagree over chair and director tenure proposals

Excellent leadership shown by Ed Story and Martin Oppenheimer holding AWI to account on these key EY recommendations. It's a terrible look for any chair to retire and then hang..

Chick Olsson
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Markets

AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb listings and clearance rates drop

DRY seasonal conditions continued to limit listings and clearance of online sheep and lamb lots on AuctionsPlus last week…Read More

Sheep Central, March 12, 2019

Online AuctionsPlus wool demand limited but consistent

ONLINE wool buyer enquiry for finer micron Merino wool and short combing lambs fleece was limited yet consistent on the AuctionsPlus Wool platform last week…Read More

Sheep Central, March 11, 2019

Crossbred wool prices continue to ride return of fake fur processing in China

CROSSBRED wool prices continued to rise at Australian auctions this week, while Merino fleece values suffered under the flood of drought-affected lines…Read More

Sheep Central, March 8, 2019

Steady AuctionsPlus listings dominated by Merino wethers and lambs

AUCTIONSPLUS’ online sheep and lamb listings increased slight last week, dominated by Merino wethers and lambs as dry conditions continued…Read More

Sheep Central, March 4, 2019

Lamb Production

Lower lamb prices, exclusion fencing and light rain spells opportunity for some

FALLING sheep and lamb prices, exclusion fencing growth and an expected short season providing short-term grazing has prompted limited sheep purchases by Queensland producers…Read More

Terry Sim, March 8, 2019

Swan Hill sheep farm put under quarantine after anthrax is detected

A SWAN Hill sheep farm has been quarantined after the bacterial disease anthrax was confirmed in the flock by authorities…Read More

Sheep Central, March 5, 2019

Monaro sheep and beef producers to learn new skills for profitability

SHEEP meat and beef producers in New South Wales’ Monaro region will get tips on improving farm productivity at a free Meat & Livestock Australia workshop at Nimmitabel next week…Read More

Sheep Central, March 5, 2019

Wool grower Hugh has designed his own Smart Fencer for you

WOOL grower Hugh McKay’s dislike of farm fencing has led to an innovation that could slash time and labour on the fenceline…Read More

Sheep Central, March 1, 2019

Wool Production

Lower lamb prices, exclusion fencing and light rain spells opportunity for some

FALLING sheep and lamb prices, exclusion fencing growth and an expected short season providing short-term grazing has prompted limited sheep purchases by Queensland producers…Read More

Terry Sim, March 8, 2019

Merinos on the menu at St Arnaud, but the Lambassador is not coming

MAKING Merinos more sustainable and profitable will be the focus of a St Arnaud Victorian Farmers Federation event in the Wimmera town on March 21…Read More

Sheep Central, March 8, 2019

Latest AWI graduate trainees grew up growing wool in NSW and WA

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has welcomed two new recruits to its graduate training program — Emma Murphy from New South Wales and Miles Barritt from Western Australia…Read More

Sheep Central, March 8, 2019

German documentary on Australian Merino wool highlights animal welfare issues

A NEED for greater transparency about Australian Merino wool production, marketing and sheep welfare trends – especially mulesing and pain relief — has been highlighted in a recent German television and newspaper investigation…Read More

Terry Sim, March 6, 2019

Processing

Australian shearers take out trans-Tasman test at 2019 Golden Shears

AUSTRALIA’S shearing team of Jason Wingfield, Daniel McIntyre and new member Callum O’Brien has defeated New Zealand in the trans-Tasman shearing test at the Golden Shears International Shearing and Woolhandling Championships at Masterton in New Zealand at the weekend…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, March 4, 2019

AWEX enlists classers in campaign against light and overweight bales

AUSTRALIA’S wool classers are being asked to report underweight and overweight bales in an attempt to cut down on the number of bales outside the industry’s acceptable range of 120-204kg…Read More

Sheep Central, March 4, 2019

Shearing trailblazer Welch wins historic Golden Shears women’s event

WITH some of women’s greatest shearing achievements behind her Emily Welch is looking for even better after winning a new women’s event at the 59th Golden Shears in Masterton on Saturday…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, March 4, 2019

Virtual reality lamb tour coming to NSW Hunter region + VIDEO

MEAT & Livestock Australia’s virtual reality Australian Lamb Paddock to Plate Story will be at the Newcastle Show this weekend…Read More

Sheep Central, February 28, 2019

Trade

Online AuctionsPlus wool demand limited but consistent

ONLINE wool buyer enquiry for finer micron Merino wool and short combing lambs fleece was limited yet consistent on the AuctionsPlus Wool platform last week…Read More

Sheep Central, March 11, 2019

Lamb prices to dip, but stay above historical levels – ABARES

SALEYARD lamb prices are expected to drop as production increases in the next few years, but stay above historical average levels, according to the latest ABARES latest commodities forecast and outlook report…Read More

Sheep Central, March 5, 2019

AWEX enlists classers in campaign against light and overweight bales

AUSTRALIA’S wool classers are being asked to report underweight and overweight bales in an attempt to cut down on the number of bales outside the industry’s acceptable range of 120-204kg…Read More

Sheep Central, March 4, 2019

South Africa plans livestock traceability scheme after FMD outbreak

SOUTH Africa’s government aims to implement a national animal identification and traceability system following its latest Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak…Read More

Sheep Central, March 4, 2019

Property

Merino breeders buy Victorian showcase Mt Fyans for $37 million

NEW South Wales stud Merino breeders Ian and Camilla Shippen have paid $37 million for Mt Fyans, one of the largest and most highly regarded agricultural holdings in Victoria’s Western District…Read More

Linda Rowley, December 7, 2018

Weekly Property Review: Is it possible to fence in value?

IS the growing momentum being seen in investment in exclusion fencing for wild dog and kangaroo control yet being reflected in property values? Property editor Linda Rowley puts the question to a number of rural land valuers and other stakeholders…. ..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, November 29, 2018

Property: No ceiling in sight for climbing ag land prices

Agricultural land prices in Australia are set to continue to climb over the next two years with no peak in sight, according to a new report issued by Rabobank. This is driven in the most part, the report says, by projected continuing high demand for ag properties, which in most regions will continue to far outstrip supply…Read More

Sheep Central, August 23, 2018

Property: Hassad’s $70m-plus Telopea Downs sale sets Vic record

QATAR-owned Hassad Australia has offloaded its 47,677ha Telopea Downs Station in western Victoria for more than $70 million, in what could be the largest single farm transaction in the state’s history…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, August 16, 2018

Beef Central

More DEXA installations coming in lamb and beef plants

Three new contracts have been signed in recent weeks with lamb processors across Australia for the installation of Dual-Energy X-ray (DEXA) carcase scanning systems, while an additional beef system.. Read More

Elders expects strong year despite challenging trading conditions

Elders Limited says it expects to record a similar net profit after tax to last year in the vicinity of $61-$64 million for the 12 months to 30 September.. Read More

Quad bikes and motorbikes: does your insurance pass muster?

Quad bikes and motorbikes are a popular farming tool, but can also present risks to users. McCullough Robertson's Stephen White explains how risk management and insurance solutions can minimise.. Read More

Recruitment: Why is it important to manage worker fatigue?

Whenever people are working in potentially hazardous environments, which can often be the case in meat and livestock industry, it's important that a high degree of alertness be maintained.. Read More

Grain Central

Murray Darling jobs to decentralise to regional centres

Regional communities have welcomed the Federal Government’s move to bolster the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) presence in regional centres to 104 positions – or around one-third of its.. Read More

Seeds and squirrels among Australian biosecurity intercepts

Australian biosecurity officers intercepted more than 350,000 items of biosecurity concern across the country in 2018, with approximately 60,000 items sniffed out by biosecurity detector dogs...Read More.. Read More

Australia’s top beer a complex, malty drop

A Gold Coast brewery has won the title of Australia’s best beer at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS) Beer Awards at the Brisbane Showgrounds with a.. Read More

Grain sector confidence rises as growers await autumn break: Rabobank

Times are still tough, but the grains sector has shown the biggest upswing in confidence in the past few months, with sentiment among grain growers outstripping other commodity sectors,.. Read More

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