$20 million-plus GIC distribution now expected early next year

AUSTRALIAN wool growers are unlikely to get their share of a $20 million-plus distribution of funds from the liquidated grower-owned entity Graziers’ Investment Company before Christmas…Read More

Terry Sim, December 10, 2019

Online wool sales hit by falling demand before Christmas

AUCTIONSPLUS wool sales were confined to a 25-bale line of Merino fleece wool last week as demand followed the pre-Christmas trend of auction trading…Read More

Sheep Central, December 10, 2019

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

AWEX is maintaining silence on its position on sheep freeze branding as some Merino breeders mount a campaign opposing the procedure’s recognition as a ‘non-mulesed’ classification on the National Wool..Read More

Terry Sim, December 9, 2019

Canada’s Pauline shears record 510 lambs in 8 hours

NEW Zealand-based Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay has become a world record holder in an historic day in a Waikato wool shed…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, December 9, 2019

Merino ewe hoggets sell to $262 on AuctionsPlus

DEMAND intensified for breeding sheep on AuctionsPlus last week, with Merino ewe hoggets selling to $262 and older ewes making to $252…Read More

Sheep Central, December 9, 2019

NAB survey highlights lamb strength and drought impact

LAMB and mutton sector resilience has failed to offset a flattening of agribusiness conditions due to seasonal conditions in the last quarter of 2019, according to the latest NAB Agribusiness..Read More

Terry Sim, December 9, 2019

Pig PICs are important for sheep and cattle too….

AGRICULTURE Victoria is reminding pig owners that every property with livestock is legally required to have a Property Identification Code or PIC…Read More

Sheep Central, December 9, 2019


Forward wool market tires as pre-Christmas demand wanes
Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Markets partner, December 6, 2019

Industry Dashboard

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ASX Market Index

11 Dec 2019 (updated 10am daily)
Company Price Trending
Elders $6.27
Australian Agricultural Co $1.12
Graincorp $7.70
Ridley $1.11
Woolworths $38.25
Wellard $0.04
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699
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Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

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-9.07
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Eastern States 12.1-16kg c/kg cwt

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880
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What readers are saying

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

John, I have enjoyed reading your comments; however, you of all people, who has run huge businesses understand that the first thing you learn in marketing 101 is to....

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Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

It’s difficult to comprehend the thought process of wool growers who would condemn the use of any form of breech modification. Let’s allow a full assessment of animal discomfort....

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Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

If AWEX classifies wool from freeze branded wool as non-mulesed wool, that is the end of ethically produced non-mulesed wool... industrial madness on a national scale.....

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News

$20 million-plus GIC distribution now expected early next year

AUSTRALIAN wool growers are unlikely to get their share of a $20 million-plus distribution of funds from the liquidated grower-owned entity Graziers’ Investment Company before Christmas…Read More

Terry Sim, December 10, 2019

Online wool sales hit by falling demand before Christmas

AUCTIONSPLUS wool sales were confined to a 25-bale line of Merino fleece wool last week as demand followed the pre-Christmas trend of auction trading…Read More

Sheep Central, December 10, 2019

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

AWEX is maintaining silence on its position on sheep freeze branding as some Merino breeders mount a campaign opposing the procedure’s recognition as a ‘non-mulesed’ classification on the National Wool..Read More

Terry Sim, December 9, 2019

Canada’s Pauline shears record 510 lambs in 8 hours

NEW Zealand-based Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay has become a world record holder in an historic day in a Waikato wool shed…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, December 9, 2019

Markets

Online wool sales hit by falling demand before Christmas

AUCTIONSPLUS wool sales were confined to a 25-bale line of Merino fleece wool last week as demand followed the pre-Christmas trend of auction trading…Read More

Sheep Central, December 10, 2019

Merino ewe hoggets sell to $262 on AuctionsPlus

DEMAND intensified for breeding sheep on AuctionsPlus last week, with Merino ewe hoggets selling to $262 and older ewes making to $252…Read More

Sheep Central, December 9, 2019

Saleyard numbers move trade lamb price closer to mutton rate

SALEYARD trade, export and restocker lamb prices slipped across the eastern states in the past week as seasonal conditions and water concerns increased sales of lighter lambs in the north and the southern sucker turn-off gained momentum…Read More

Sheep Central, December 6, 2019

Shipping deadlines, a stronger dollar and volumes hit wool demand

AUSTRALIAN wool prices continued to deteriorate this week as demand was hit by a stronger dollar and increased supply, and tightening shipping deadlines leading up to the Chinese New Year…Read More

Sheep Central, December 6, 2019

Lamb Production

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

AWEX is maintaining silence on its position on sheep freeze branding as some Merino breeders mount a campaign opposing the procedure’s recognition as a ‘non-mulesed’ classification on the National Wool..Read More

Terry Sim, December 9, 2019

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – November 2019

The sheep, lamb and goat space is bouncing along nicely, with lambs from Victoria and south-east South Australia yielding well and many being trucked to northern New South Wales and southern works for slaughter…Read More

Chris Howie, December 4, 2019

Low methane sheep in New Zealand – what a gas….

NEW Zealand sheep breeders are testing their sheep for gas to underpin the accuracy of the world’s first breeding value for methane production…Read More

Sheep Central, December 4, 2019

MLA launches accelerated adoption initiative for levy payers

SHEEP, cattle and goat levy-payers can get a wide range of Meat & Livestock Australia’s products and services delivered directly at no cost under its accelerated adoption initiative…Read More

Sheep Central, December 2, 2019

Wool Production

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

AWEX is maintaining silence on its position on sheep freeze branding as some Merino breeders mount a campaign opposing the procedure’s recognition as a ‘non-mulesed’ classification on the National Wool..Read More

Terry Sim, December 9, 2019

AWI reviewer to lead Agriculture, Water and Environment Dept

AUSTRALIA’S new Agriculture, Water and Environment Department will be led by Andrew Metcalfe AO – the man who lead last year’s Ernst Young review into Australian Wool Innovation’s performance and governance…Read More

Terry Sim, December 5, 2019

Canadian shearer to attempt world 8-hour lamb record

WORRIES about a possible December storm in an otherwise warm New Zealand summer has resulted in Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay’s historic world shearing record attempt being brought-forward to tomorrow…Read More

Doug Laing, media officer, Shearing Sports New Zealand., December 6, 2019

Low methane sheep in New Zealand – what a gas….

NEW Zealand sheep breeders are testing their sheep for gas to underpin the accuracy of the world’s first breeding value for methane production…Read More

Sheep Central, December 4, 2019

Processing

Canada’s Pauline shears record 510 lambs in 8 hours

NEW Zealand-based Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay has become a world record holder in an historic day in a Waikato wool shed…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, December 9, 2019

Hardwick appointed to lead AMIC for next four years

INDUSTRY veteran Gary Hardwick has been appointed chairman of the peak processing, wholesale, retail and smallgoods body, the Australian Meat Industry Council…Read More

Sheep Central, December 5, 2019

Canadian shearer to attempt world 8-hour lamb record

WORRIES about a possible December storm in an otherwise warm New Zealand summer has resulted in Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay’s historic world shearing record attempt being brought-forward to tomorrow…Read More

Doug Laing, media officer, Shearing Sports New Zealand., December 6, 2019

Ex-patriate Kiwi wool handler to sweep for Australia again

A NEW Zealander who became Australia’s only world wool handling champion is back in the shirt of her adopted nation for two test matches against New Zealand next year…Read More

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

Trade

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

AWEX is maintaining silence on its position on sheep freeze branding as some Merino breeders mount a campaign opposing the procedure’s recognition as a ‘non-mulesed’ classification on the National Wool..Read More

Terry Sim, December 9, 2019

NAB survey highlights lamb strength and drought impact

LAMB and mutton sector resilience has failed to offset a flattening of agribusiness conditions due to seasonal conditions in the last quarter of 2019, according to the latest NAB Agribusiness..Read More

Terry Sim, December 9, 2019

Hardwick appointed to lead AMIC for next four years

INDUSTRY veteran Gary Hardwick has been appointed chairman of the peak processing, wholesale, retail and smallgoods body, the Australian Meat Industry Council…Read More

Sheep Central, December 5, 2019

McCormack firm on RSPCA call to drop sheep vessel exemptions

DEPUTY Prime Minister Michael McCormack has indicated he won’t reconsider a government decision to consider exemptions for twin-tiered live sheep export vessels…Read More

Sheep Central, December 4, 2019

Property

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

TFI’s Texas Downs sale to test value of Lower Darling country

ANOTHER corporate investor is set to exit the Menindee district in western New South Wales with Thomas Foods International’s listing of its 5278-hectare property Texas Downs…Read More

Liz Wells, April 30, 2019

Beef Central

Impact of drought becoming more pronounced

The effects of the continuing drought are becoming more pronounced with falling production and high input costs presenting serious challenges in many regions, especially in New South Wales and Queensland..Read More

Safety warning for quad bikes, side-by-sides

Since 2011, 136 people have died as a result of quad bike accidents, while thousands more have been seriously injured...Read More

$3.73m to help beef producers benchmark sustainability practices

Federal funding of $3.73 million has been allocated to a new project to help beef producers assess their land management practices against a new national online sustainability framework being developed..Read More

10 great Christmas gift ideas for meat lovers

From meat thermometers to high-end dry aging cabinets, here are 10 gift ideas for the beef lovers in your life this Christmas...Read More

Grain Central

Ag production falls for third year in row: ABARES

The effects of the continuing drought are becoming more pronounced with falling production and high input costs presenting serious challenges, especially in NSW and Qld, according to ABARES' latest Agricultural..Read More

Agribusiness confidence drifts lower as dry grinds on: NAB

Challenging seasonal conditions and poor crop performance have led to a flattening of agribusiness conditions in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019, according to NAB’s quarterly Agribusiness Survey...Read More

Drought prompts cuts to Namoi Cotton jobs, cashflow

Major Australian ginner and marketer Namoi Cotton has shed 50 jobs and cut its cashflow estimates in a restructure designed to help it weather the current drought...Read More

Rural confidence hits 15-month low, but above previous droughts: Rabobank

Sentiment in the nation’s agricultural sector is at a 15-month low as Australia’s farmers brace for a hot, dry summer with drought conditions intensifying across large swathes of the country..Read More

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